"White Privilege-Let’s Talk” by the UCC
Sunday, January 15
The sessions on “White Privilege” continue this Sunday, January 15 at 9:00 am in Room 8 for Week 2 of this seven-week program. “It is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. The curriculum will lead participants through four areas of focus: telling the story of your spiritual journey through the lens of race; looking at the dynamic of a culture in which whiteness is the established norm; learning how America attaches a cash value to whiteness; and inviting the participants to commit to becoming an ally in the pursuit of racial equity. The remaining dates will be January 29, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 (There is no class on Sunday, January 22). We hope to see you there.
Living Your Values as a Federal Employee
Sunday, January 15
Many of our congregants are federal employees or contractors and some have expressed concern over how we can live our values in the new administration. Is anyone interested in joining an informal affinity group to discuss these issues? Perhaps we can help each other through discussion, fellowship, or insight.
If you are interested, please join us in Room 8 this Sunday, January 15 at 11:30 am for a brief organizing discussion. As an affinity group we could try to have lunch once a month, meet occasionally, or participate in other activities. Hope to see you there!
Fair Trade Sales
Sunday, January 15
Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, January 15. Plan to stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.
Next Week and Beyond
Monday Morning Bible Study
Monday, January 16
The Monday Morning Study Group invites you to begin the 'Study Of Jesus and His Jewish Influences’ from the Great Courses with Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Explore excerpts and passages from influential texts such as the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Apocrypha. Follow the evolution of 12 Israelite tribes into a monarchy that crumbled over tensions about worshipping the God of Israel. Examine how the Book of Daniel is repeated in Jesus's own prophesies about the destruction of the Temple. We hope you will join us Mondays from 10:00 am to noon in Room 8. This study group is led by Richard Davidson.
Women’s March on Washington – Poster Preparation Party
Wednesday, January 18
In preparation for the Women's March on Washington, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be hosting a Poster Preparation Party at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18 in Room 7. Interested participants should bring paint, paint brushes, and markers; BOSJ will provide poster board.
A signup sheet will be in the foyer this week, please RSVP so that we can ensure we have plenty of poster board.
Women’s March on Washington – Pre-March Fellowship Dinner
Friday, January 20
Please join us in the Social Hall on Friday, January 20 at 6:30 pm for a fellowship dinner and prayer service with our guests from First Congregational UCC in Asheville, NC. The dinner is open to all church members, friends visiting for the march, and march supporters. We will order food from the Lebanese Taverna, and ask for a free will offering. Little River UCC members: please bring a favorite dessert dish to share if possible.
In order that we not waste food (or heaven forbid, run out of food!), please RSVP to
if you plan to attend. Of course you can come, even if you forget to RSVP, but hearing from folks will give us a better idea how much food to buy.
Women’s March on Washington
Saturday, January 21
Won’t you join us at the Women’s March on Washington?
Add your voice, body, and spirit to a unified Little River UCC presence at the Women's March on Washington. Join us in actively upholding the legacy of LRUCC’s commitment to Civil Rights. Help us show the world that Little River UCC will continue to be a beacon and haven for not only our mothers, daughters, and sisters, but for all who seek shelter, truth, and peace.
First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC has graciously opened their doors to marchers to stop by and warm up, recharge, and center themselves in prayer. Interested Marchers should plan their own transportation to First Congregational UCC which is located at 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Their doors are open at 7:00 am and they are offering a light breakfast through 9:00 am. At 9:15 am, there will be a prayer and commissioning before everyone disperses for the March. Please plan on being at First Congregational UCC by 8:45 am so that everyone can be accounted for and the flock can be folded together.
To get to First Congregational UCC, members of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be on hand at the LRUCC parking lot to direct carpool caravans to the Vienna and Springfield Metro Stations. Interested carpoolers should be in the parking lot by 7:00 am on Saturday, January 21 to ensure everyone can arrive at the event with plenty of time to spare.
First Congregational UCC has asked for an RSVP, so please sign up on the sign-up sheet located in the foyer this week. Please also indicate whether or not you plan to carpool.
Women’s March on Washington – Updated Information on Hosting
Friday and Saturday, January 20 & 21
We are thrilled that former Little River UCC member Noreen Bania, now living in Asheville NC, has organized a group of people from First Congregational UCC in Asheville to attend the Women’s March on Washington. Originally we thought they would be camping in the church basement, but it now appears our members are going to offer them an extravagant welcome and most (if not all) will be housed in homes of individual members.
While we think we have enough beds, we are still looking for additional volunteers who might be welcome to open up their home to one or more individuals to sleep on the nights of January 20 and 21. If you can volunteer one or more beds in your home, please speak with
in person or via email.
Hosting marchers involves picking up your guests at Little River UCC after the Friday evening dinner (and hopefully attending the dinner yourself too!), and dropping them back at the church EARLY on Saturday morning. We haven’t set a firm time, but expect to deliver them back to the church no later than 7:00 am. They will travel downtown by taking their bus to Vienna, and then taking the Metro. In the evening, they will return to Annandale via Metro, and eat dinner together in a local restaurant of their choosing, before returning to church around 8:00 pm. Hosts will pick them up Saturday night, and take them to church Sunday morning. The group will depart for Asheville after the service on Sunday. The only meals you need to provide would be coffee/juice/light breakfast snack on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit by the TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington DC (TGEA)
Sunday, January 22
On Sunday, January 22 Little River United Church of Christ will welcome Rev. Emma Chattin, Roxanne Edwards, and Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz from the TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington DC (TGEA). Rev. Chattin will serve as guest preacher at our 10:00 am morning worship service preaching a sermon entitled: “Diversity, By God (Inclusivity is Up to Us).”
Ms. Edwards and Ms. Ortiz will then offer a presentation beginning at approximately 11:30 am to help LRUCC members and friends become better advocates and supporters for the transgender community. Their formal presentation will conclude at 12:45 pm at which time we will gather for lunch, questions, and discussion. See the speaker biographies here.
Are you hosting family and friends for the Women’s March on Washington? Please invite them to join us to continue the call for equal rights for all. All are welcome! Let us know you are planning to attend on the sign-up in the Narthex or through the event link on LRUCC’s Facebook page. More information about TGEA is available on their website at www.tgeagw.org.
Attention All Youth!
Sunday, January 22
We are planning an outing to Fairfax Ice Arena on Sunday, January 22. If you are interested in joining us please email
or contact the church office. The cost is $6.25 per person and $4.00 for the skates unless you bring your own. The session runs from 12:00pm to 3:45pm. Pizza and hot dogs available at the rink!
First Friday: Valentines are Fun!
Friday, February 3
Join us for First Friday: Valentines are Fun! on Friday, February 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy Valentine crafts and games while parents enjoy some free time. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Registration forms are available at http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2016/2017 program year, please email
to let us know your child(ren) will be attending.
First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC, so spread the word and make your plans!
1st Annual Little River UCC Silent Auction
Sunday, February 5
Save the date and donate for the 1st Annual LRUCC Silent Auction. This inter-generational event is being organized to raise money to benefit Little River UCC. There will be fun activities for children and lunch will be provided (monetary donations will be accepted!). Please direct your commitment of a donation or willingness to volunteer to help
or by at phone 703.863.4453. Actual physical donations must be provided by Sunday, January 29 and the auction will take place on Sunday, February 5 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. See more details here.
Biblical Storytelling: The Gospel of Mark
Sunday, February 12
Ever wonder how the early Christian community may have experienced the Gospel?
Join us from 3-5 pm on Sunday, February 12 to witness Dr. Tracy Radosevic, Dean of the Academy of Biblical Storytellers, present the Gospel of Mark. Beginning with John the Baptist's proclamation of Christ's arrival and Jesus's own baptism, we will journey together to experience the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, all the way to the tomb! This is a must see event! Child care will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place on February 19.
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Opportunities for Service in 2017
In addition to making a financial commitment to Little River UCC to meet the needs of our church for operations and carrying out our ministry, we constantly have a need for church members to serve in other ways. These include volunteering to serve on a board or committee or to assist in helping out with various tasks during the year.
A key part of our service to LRUCC is participating as a board or committee member, elected at our annual meeting and providing needed leadership to the many responsibilities that face us. Especially in need are individuals willing to serve on the Board of Deacons, Trustees, Stewardship & Christian Education Committees. Terms of office are for three years and provide both practical experience in serving Little River as well as a sense of teamwork in addressing important issues facing Little River in the years ahead. If you are willing to serve, please contact any member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee without delay. Roy and Camille Brooks, Tom Ross, and Barbara Allen would be glad to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please consider this opportunity to serve!
Giving Envelopes Available Now
Please pick up your 2017 giving envelope boxes in the atrium today—unless you give electronically or did not request envelopes. If you are expecting a box in your name and don’t find it, please contact Donna in the church office at (703) 978-3060 or
2017 Flower Calendar
The 2017 Flower Calendar is posted in the social hall. You are invited to sign up to give flowers on the Sunday of your choice on a first-come basis.