The programs, activities, and operation of Little River United Church of Christ are established broadly at congregational meetings. The annual meeting of the congregation is held on the last Sunday of January. While our ordained pastors and other leaders guide the implementation of congregational intent, members carry out most of the programs, activities, and operations through service on boards and committees.
All meetings of the church and any of its constituent organizations are open to members of the church, except when it is necessary to protect the privacy of an individual. To attend a meeting, check the Calendar to confirm the next scheduled meeting of a particular group. To volunteer to be considered for nomination to a board or committee,
or call the church office at 703-978-3060.
Roster of Congregational Leaders
This roster lists our officers, board and committee members, and leaders and contact people for other groups in our congregations.
The Church Council consists of the pastors, the other church officers, and the presiding officer of each board, committee and organization of the church. The Council considers the entire work of the church, advises the pastors on the general direction of the church’s activities, and facilitates a well-rounded program. The Moderator (an elected layperson) chairs the Council and can act for the church in minor matters.
At the January 26, 2014, annual congregational meeting, the congregation authorized the council to undertake a pilot effort this year in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of how it operates. Essentially, the council was authorized to conduct business through two groups, the Executive Board and the Ministry Board. The Executive Board will focus on the key policies and "governance" of the church in terms of finances, operations and personnel. The Ministry Board will focus on identifying priorities for the church's mission and coordinate programs and activities. Each group could meet separately, but establish procedures for communication and collaboration.
All meetings of the Church Council, the Executive Board and the Ministry Board are open to any member of Little River UCC. If you are interested in finding out what is going on at Church Council meetings, please read our minutes.
Board of Deacons
The Deacons cooperate with the pastors in the spiritual welfare of the church. Specifically the Deacons assist in worship, promote the concerns of evangelism and fellowship, and are responsible for special care and ministries in the parish. These roles are accomplished through the work of the Worship, Evangelism, Fellowship, and Parish Care Committees of the Board. The Board also has a Pastoral Relations Committee that is responsible for pastoral staffing needs. (Last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) A schedule of Deacons' worship support duties is available here.
Board of Christian Education
The Board of Christian Education at Little River designs and implements educational programs for infants through adults. The Board’s work complements and supports the ministry of the pastoral staff. Board members serve on one of three committees: Church School, Youth Fellowship, or Adult Educational Ministry. (Third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Board of Outreach and Social Justice
The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) is the steward of the outreach ministry of the church. BOSJ fosters the connection between LRUCC, the local community, the nation, and the world. The Board engages the congregation in the local, national, and international mission and relief activities. In addition, it allocates the annual church budget for outreach among these mission and relief projects. BOSJ also considers special funding requests, promotes special offerings during the year, and provides coordinators for mission projects of the church. BOSJ fosters connections to local level organization through service and encourages volunteerism. BOSJ promotes social justice by engaging the congregation in meaningful dialog, mission work and faith-based action. BOSJ organizes church-wide Fifth Sunday mission projects (on fifth Sundays about four times a year) when a fifth Sunday occurs in a month. The Fifth Sunday mission supports local and international organizations with meaningful contributions while celebrating fellowship through collaborative mission work. Click here to learn about missions supported by Little River UCC. (Usually first Sunday at 3 pm)
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees coordinates the overall management of the property, the financial affairs, and the business operations of the church and manages the details of these areas except as specifically delegated to other boards or committees. Committees of the Trustees oversee Building and Grounds, Finances, and Operations. (Second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Board of Commonwealth Trustees
The Board of Commonwealth Trustees holds legal title to all church property.
The Music Committee guides the church’s music programs, provides general supervision of the music staff of the Church, and allocates the funds budgeted for music programs. (Sunday, monthly, at 12:30 p.m.)
The Stewardship Committee promotes the ideals of Christian stewardship, interprets the program needs of the church in financial terms, and secures financial pledges to underwrite the annual budget of the church. The committee works closely with the pastors to ensure broad involvement in this aspect of the Christian life. New pledges are welcome at any time during the year; click for our giving brochure and response form. Online gifts by credit or debit card are welcome here.
Nominations and Appointments Committee
The Nominations and Appointments Committee provides nominations for all positions (except for the Nominations and Appointments Committee itself) to be filled by congregational vote at the annual meeting and makes interim appointments to fill vacancies that occur between meetings.
Endowment Fund Committee
The Endowment Fund Committee oversees operations and investment policies for the church's endowment funds. Click here for our brochure that explains how to contribute to the Fund and its goals and policies. Online gifts by credit or debit card are welcome here.
The Audit Committee audits the church's financial records.
Safe Church Committee
The Safe Church Committee administers the Safe Church Policy and investigates any complaints under this policy.
The Finance Committee, chartered by Church Council, recommends financial policies to the Council for approval, establishes details of financial practices that are consistent with those policies, and oversees the implementation of those policies and practices. The Finance Committee can also serve as a sounding board for financial questions from any of the church Officers, Boards, or Committees.
The congregation or the Church Council may appoint temporary committees for special projects. Examples of Special Committees include search committees, Welcome Center Committee, Planning Committee, and Multiracial Multicultural Committee.