A Note from the Moderator
Fall is always a busy time at Little River UCC. Church school and adult courses have started, we're back to having two worship services every Sunday, the PYF youth program is underway, boards and committees are meeting again, and there are opportunities to support such important endeavors as Neighbors in Need as well as our own local service activities. To top it off, October brings with it our annual stewardship campaign and the need for each of us to prayerfully consider our financial commitment to Little River and our wider church for the upcoming year.
As we take the time to reflect on what kind of financial commitment we will make, I hope we will also consider another aspect of stewardship: that of our personal time and energy. Just as our financial support addresses the needs of our congregation and our wider mission, so does our personal commitment of service and time bring about God's love and blessing in so many ways. From serving on a board or committee to working on a service project, serving as a volunteer in a church program, teaching church school, or serving as an officer or leader of Little River UCC, we can all play a part.
This fall, as you consider your financial support for the upcoming year, please also consider serving the church by participating on a board or committee or serving as a church officer. Our Nominations and Appointments Committee is working hard to support our congregation by identifying individuals who can serve, and they have a huge task ahead of them. Feel free to contact Bunny Jones, Kathy Richardson, Ginny Peters, Nancy Carey, or myself in the weeks ahead. Little River needs you!
Guest Steward in the Pulpit
Minister Melissa McQueen is will be our preacher at both services on Sunday October 19. Minister McQueen, a past recipient of the Beckwith Scholarship from Little River, is currently studying at Howard University School of Divinity. She is a licensed Baptist minister and actively involved at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC. She will share with us reflections on the place of stewardship in the life of faith as part of Little River "Gifts from Loving Hearts" campaign. 10/3
Early Bulletin Deadline
Donna Jones will be away October 22-28. All bulletin information for Sunday, October 26 is due Monday morning, October 20. 10/10
2015 Budget Conversation
At 12:30 on Sunday, October 19, there will be an open conversation for members of Little River related to the budget plan for 2015. Several leaders will outline the major items for inclusion in the budget plan for 2015 as requested by the boards and committees of the church. How much of the total budget plan will be funded will depend on the results of the current "Gifts from Loving Hearts" stewardship campaign. A detailed budget plan will be prepared after the campaign for consideration by the congregation during the annual meeting at the end of Januars. 10/3
All are welcome on Sunday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m., as our Switzerland Footsteps Tour leader, Bob Lingo, facilitates a discussion about the creation of the League of Nations. The League of Nations, sponsored by President Wilson, was established in Geneva. We will discuss the League's history and ultimate failure. In the spring of 2015, the Switzerland Footsteps Tour from Little River UCC will visit Geneva and the League of Nations, as well as the International Red Cross and the World Council of Churches also located there.
This is one of a series of sessions leading up to the Footsteps tour of Switzerland July 13-25, 2015. Come join a group of twenty as we visit Swiss Reformation sites and learn about John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, as well ride the Glacier Express and visit Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. The cost of the trip is $3,499, plus an additional $1500 for direct air fare to and from Geneva. Reformation Tours is now accepting reservations. In addition, a $200 payment to the church is required to cover tips for the bus driver. tour guide, and other expenses. For additional information about this education talk or the Footsteps tour, please contact
Green Justice Team Talk and Tour
Come foray with us where the grass grows wild and wind blows free! The newly forming Green Justice Team will host a "Talk and Tour" on Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 8. Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will give a talk on the urban forest environment that surrounds our church. A tour of the grounds will follow his presentation with a focus on the invasive and beneficial species that live on our property. Please join us to learn more about caring for our shared environment. Questions? Contact
On Sunday, October 26, as the culmination of our "Gifts from Loving Hearts" stewardship campaign,we will celebrate Consecration Sunday, during which we will present and dedicate our financial pledges for the coming year. There will be only one service that day, at 10:00 a.m., so that the entire congregation can worship together and share in the celebratory luncheon following the service.
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If you plan to attend worship and the luncheon, please inform the church office so the Stewardship Committee can make arrangements for the luncheon. Please indicate, either on the attendance pad at worship or to Donna Jones in the church office
or phone (703-978-3060), your plan to attend and the number of people attending with you. 9/26
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Exploring Jim Crow Yesterday and Today
As Little River UCC prepares to turn 60 early next year, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice seeks to to engage the congregation in a conversation about civil rights and racial justice and to examine historical and current realities. To this end, we invite you to learn about and read about the "new Jim Crow" as described by Michelle Alexander in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This book lays out a compelling argument that our criminal justice system now functions much more like a system of racial or social control than a system of crime prevention and control. In fact, this book led to a resolution by the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ in June 2014 entitled "Dismantling the New Jim Crow."
Please join a special church-wide discussion on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
We will gather in the Jubilee Room for breakfast and conversation about the book as well as Little River UCC's role in responding to this American crisis. To ask questions or to RSVP, please contact
Begins November 2
The class is a small-group, DVD-based exploration of the relevance of Jesus, featuring religious voices of our day. Topics include Who Was Jesus, Jesus' Ministry of Compassion, and Why Jesus is Worth Saving. Sessions begin on Sunday, November 2, at 11:00 a.m.. 9/26
It Takes Ten Thousand Villages . . . for Shopping!
Plan to do loads of shopping for the holidays, birthdays, house gifts etc.. during coffee hours on Sunday November 16. Our Board of Outreach and Social Justice is bringing Ten Thousand Villages with unique, handmade fair-trade gifts from around the world including baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans.
Volunteers are welcome for setup and cleanup. Please contact
if you can help.
We Need You...
Front Door Greeters Needed
Help us extend our welcome every Sunday—sign up to be a front door greeter! Each week, we put out the hand of fellowship to everyone entering the church building for the 9:30 and 11:00 services. If you feel called to share your warmth and love, please contact Bunny Jones by
or phone (703-328-9888). 9/19
You Should Know...
Church Council News
- The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, October 1.
- The Governance Board met on Wednesday, October 8.
- The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. An agenda for that meeting will be posted a few days before the meeting.
- The most recent minutes of Church Council and Governance Board meetings have been posted on this website.
- For more information, please contact moderator