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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised August 22, 2014

This Week...

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, August 24

On Sunday, August 24, at 8:30 am, the Intersections group will gather to continue our Sacred Conversation on Race. We will discuss the face of racism in our American context.  Having witnessed its hatred and fear in the death of Michael Brown and the continuing struggles in the community of Ferguson, Missouri, we are called to witness the continued struggle for justice and peace, and respond in faith-filled ways. If you would like to take part in the fall gatherings of this group or for more information, please contact Al Wilson or Dave Shepherd. 8/22

Safe Church Training, August 24

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Sunday, August 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, in Room 8. Safe Church training is required every two years for anyone who works with children and youth at Little River—including child care, church school, Pilgrim Youth Fellowship and the Welcome Center. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. A meal will be provided. RSVP to Darlene Lane This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone, 703-978-3060. 8/15

Greening Little River: Growing our Commitment to Environmental Justice, August 24

"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)

Our changing climate is transforming our planet and our lives. The implications of a warming planet disproportionately impact the financially and socially disadvantaged. A meeting will be held on Sunday, August 24, in the conference room, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, to discuss Little River UCC's commitment to environmental justice and possible next steps, including updating our environmental responsibility statement that was adopted by the congregation in 2007. This will be an informal brainstorming session to share ideas and engage each other in a dialogue that is relevant to our faith. Bring a boxed lunch and join the conversation. Questions? Visit with Jason Thompson or send a note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 8/15

Coming Soon...

"Welcome Back" Picnic, September 7

Save the date and your appetite for an end-of-summer "welcome back" picnic on Sunday, September 7, following the 10:00 am worship service. The church will supply beverages, barbecue sandwiches, and hot dogs; the remainder is potluck. Lots of volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup, so please notify Lois Wyatt, Judy Miller, James Taylor or Clark Beil if you are able to help. 8/15

Photo Day, September 7

We're in the process of creating a new Little River UCC photo gallery and would like to include pictures of everyone. Our expert photographer Katherine Schultz will be taking pictures on Sunday, September 7, the day of the picnic. So bring your best smile along with your appetite, and be sure to stop by and see Katherine. She will have her "photo bench" set up just inside the social hall, and will be available to take photos as you wait in line for your food. 8/22

We're Thankful For...

Mission Accomplished for Shaw Backpacks!

On Sunday, August 3, church-goers took a detour from the coffee line for hands-on participation filling backpacks for Shaw Community Ministry youth to use at school this fall. Sixty (60!) backpacks were filled within 30 minutes. Awesome outreach effort! Thank you to all who participated! 8/15

We Need You...

Come Share Yourself by Helping with Church School!

The new church school year begins on Sunday, September 7, 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! All leaders are required to complete safe church training every two years. The next training session is Sunday, August 24 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm (see Safe Church Training above). A welcome dinner and team meeting for teachers of Seasons of the Spirit (Kindergarten through Senior High) will be held on Wednesday, September 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Interested? Questions? Please contact Jane Wallace, Carolyn Yocom, or Pastor Hank. RSVP for safe church training and the welcome dinner to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 8/15

Mission Trip Opportunity - Village of Hope School in Haiti

A volunteer team from Peace Lutheran Church invites Little River UCC members and friends to join them in a Christmas mission trip to the Village of Hope School in Haiti from December 15 - 20. 2014. During this trip, volunteers will organize, package, and distribute Christmas gift bags to the 650 kids and 75 staff as well as work on some projects at the school or at Hope House, where volunteers would stay. There will also be an opportunity to visit some sights in Haiti and maybe experience a special meal at a restaurant. No special talents are required for participation in this trip. Youth must be at least 16 to travel without a parent. Volunteers must be able to climb in and out the back of a truck and tolerate heat (90+), as well as be in generally good health. Travel arrangements are made for the group, but all travel expenses are covered by the participants. If you are interested in participating in this trip, or if you are interested in future trips, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible. 8/15

A Message from the Historians: Memories Needed

We have lots of records in the archives and there are always more and more coming in — minutes and annual reports and facts of every kind. The newsletters over the years give us a lot of the history of the events and important milestones in the lives of our members. But what is missing is the stories behind all the statistics.

We've heard some wonderful tales of events that haven't been recorded in the formal records, like the cows passing by the sanctuary windows during a Sunday morning service soon after we had moved into our new building in 1959, or Beck's recounting of his request to Jane Hustvedt that she scale down her floral displays a bit so he could see the congregation from behind the communion table — and the next Sunday she created a miniature bouquet that could barely be seen. Now that we have so few members from the early days of the church, we should capture these stories as well as all the ones that have been created since.

What we'd like to request is that you write these stories down now before they're forgotten. And not just stories of events. Was there someone who was particularly important to you? Was there a service that was especially inspiring? Did something happen that was memorably amusing? What are the stories that we should cherish?

Write down what you remember, what amused you, what moved you, what was important to you, and/or what you think others should know. Articles can be any length. Print or type your contribution, if you can, or if you don't have a machine, handwrite it on a standard sheet of paper, and we will collect these memories in a notebook in the archives. These documents will be important to present and future members of the church, and, if someone someday decides to write a history of the church, such a collection will be of especial value. Written memories may be mailed to or dropped off at the church office.

Help us preserve special memories of the church!

Kent and Steve Rogers8/15

College Addresses Needed

We would like to stay in touch with Little River UCC college students as they study near and far! Please send college addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses—and new contact information for recent graduates—to Darlene Lane This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone, 703-978-3060.8/15

Jesus and the Gospels DVDs

The Monday morning Bible class is in search of the Great Courses Jesus and the Gospel DVDs. If you borrowed the series, please return to the office. Thank you! 8/15

You Should Know...

Little River UCC, Certified National Wildlife Habitat

"And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)

Little River UCC is now a certified National Wildlife Habitat! Our lovely woodland campus qualifies! We have water thanks to our little creek. We have food sources for a diversity of wildlife, thanks to all our native plants and trees, some of which are bear nuts, berries, nectar or seeds. And we offer many different animals shelter, abundant roosting and burrowing places in our briars and bushes, native grasses, dead trees, and fallen logs. Little River is officially recognized and certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Check out the certificate on the bulletin board in the social hall! And keep your eyes open in the fall for a new sign proclaiming our commitment to caring for all God's creation! 8/15

Little River UCC's Communities of Care

Have you met other church members who live in your Community of Care? The Communities of Care program assists the pastoral staff with functions involving care of Little River UCC members and friends with special needs. Members of Little River UCC are grouped geographically by ZIP code into Communities of Care that provide lay support for individuals in times of need. Each Community of Care is led by one or more deacons who are responsible for organizing appropriate action in times of need, and all members and friends are encouraged to assist as they are able.

Click here for a listing of the Communities of Care and the assigned deacons.

Actions organized by Communities of Care include:

  • occasional support (food, transport to doctor, child care, etc.) for members with special needs such as a recent surgery, hospitalization, or death in the family
  • intermittent assistance (e.g., child or elder care) over a long term for families dealing with on-going issues
  • assistance with receptions following memorial services
  • welcoming new members and calling on long-absent members

The Board of Deacons offers special thanks to the "Annandale" and the "East of Annandale" Communities of Care and other Little River UCC members and friends for your help with hosting the recent memorial service and reception for Roy Brooks, Sr. 8/1

Summer Newsletter Schedule Ends Next Issue, August 25-29

The modified summer schedule for Current Tidings email news and Currents on the web ends with the next issue. Beginning with the issue of Friday, August 29 (deadline: Monday, August 25), they will resume their weekly schedule, with a deadline at the end of each Monday for publication the following Friday. If you have questions, please contact Currents/Current Tidings editor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .8/15

Church Council News

  • The minutes of the May 14 Church Council meeting, the June 11 Governance Board meeting, as well as the draft minutes of the July 9 Governance Board meeting have been posted on this website.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, August 6.
  • The Governance Board will not meet in August.
  • The next meeting of the full Church Council (both Governance and Ministry Boards) will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, beginning at 7:30 pm.

For further information, please contact moderator Tom Ross. 8/1