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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 31, 2015

This Week

Faith in Film: The House I Live In

Sunday, August 2

Please join us after worship this Sunday for the second event in the "Freedom Summer" series -- the Faith in Film showing of The House I Live In, an examination of the effects of the war on drugs in America. For more details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure. Please RSVP by calling the church office (703) 978-3060 or using the online form.

Food Pantry Collection

Sunday, August 2

This Sunday we invite your gifts of non-perishable, staple food items, which are placed in our church's FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. We have seen an increase in the use of the pantry and are in special need of the following items: cereal, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat, and powdered milk.

Announcements

College Addresses Needed

We would like to stay in touch with Little River college students as they study near and far! Please send college addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for current students, and new contact information for recent graduates to Darlene Lane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (703) 978-3060. 7/30

Assistants Still Needed for Summer Church School

Church school is being offered this summer for children ages 3-9. They begin in worship at 10:00 and proceed to class following the Time with Children. Assistants are still needed for August 16, and August 30. Fulfill the promise we make during baptisms and please help those beginning their faith journey to take some early steps by teaching summer church school. All lessons and craft materials will be provided. Sign up in the narthex.

Come Share Yourself by helping with Church School!

The new church school year begins with Rally Day (September 13), and the children of Little River UCC are anxiously waiting to share in your faith journey, and have you share in theirs! Volunteers are needed to assist with infants through elementary ages, and substitutes are always welcome. Please consider sharing your time and talents! Interested? Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Stewardship Reminder

Please remember to continue your regular financial support of the church through the summer. It takes $14,000 per week to provide our ministries to members, communities and the wider church. You may make or schedule donations at any time using the Online Giving button at the bottom of this page. 7/23

Save the Date

"Freedom Summer" - Book Discussion

Sunday, August 30

The third event in the "Freedom Summer" series is a discussion of the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative law practice. For more details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure. Please RSVP by calling the church office (703) 978-3060 or using the online form.

Welcome to Summer!

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. only, through September 6.
  • September 13 is Rally Day and the “Welcome Back" Picnic. The picnic will immediately follow the 10:00 a.m. service.
  • We will resume two worship services on Sunday, September 20.
  • Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Monday through Friday, through the end of August.

To communicate with staff outside of office hours, please leave a message ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-978-3060). Staff members will respond when they are in the office. For urgent matters, please contact David or Hank on their cell phones.

Speaking the Truth in Love: Sermons about Communication

Sundays through August 30

Communication is one of the biggest challenges we all face. How do we speak honeslty to people while still being kind? When do we speak up about the injustices we see around us? How should church members speak to each other, and why? Who needs someone to speak up on their behalf, and how do we listen to them?

To address these and other difficult questions, Pastors David and Hank have organized a summer sermon series. Here's the schedule:

June 7 Communication and Conflict David and Hank
June 14 How Direct or Indirect Should I Be? David
June 21 I Speak as to a Child: Harmful or Instructive? Hank
June 28 Things You Can't Say: Being Honest or Earnest? Hank
July 5 When Do You Just Walk Away? David
July 12 Talking While Holding a Grudge David
July 19 Don't Check Your Email on Vacation Hank
July 26 How Honest Should I Be Right Now? Samantha Tuttle
August 2 Offering and Receiving Criticism David
August 9 (Re-)Learning to Talk after Trauma David
August 16 Speaking Words of Wisdom David
August 23 Say What You Feel, and Stand with Conviction Hank
August 30 Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak David and Hank

If you know anyone who is really struggling with communication, this is a great opportunity to invite them to church. Please bring them with you to worship and offer to stay with them after the service. Sessions are held after worship to debrief the pastors about the sermons. If you miss a Sunday, recorded sermons may be found here.

Church Council News

Minutes and more

  • Minutes of Church Council, Governance Board, and Ministry Board meetings are posted on this website.
  • For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .