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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 4, 2015

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, February 7

Members are called for the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 7 following one worship service with hymn sing at 10:00 am. Read the official call to meeting here.

Please take a moment to review all the Annual Meeting documents including proposed changes, resolutions, and recommendations. You may view those documents on the 2016 Annual Meeting page.

If you would like to receive a copy of the annual report in advance, please send your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This Week

One Worship Service followed by Annual Congregational Meeting and Baked Potato Lunch

Sunday, February 7

This Sunday there will be one worship service at 10:00 am with a hymn sing. After service is the annual congregational meeting at 11:00 am. See the link to the official call to meeting in the box above as well as a link to all documents to be reviewed before the meeting.

To help fuel the discussion at the Annual Meeting, PYF will help provide a Baked Potato Bar lunch. This will serve as a fund raiser to help the PYF Youth attend this summer’s UCC National Youth Event (NYE), taking place from July 26-30, 2016 at Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL (Yes, we’re going to Disney World!). This will be an ecumenical leadership and mission event (different from our usual hands-on mission trips), and the cost is substantially increased (about $800 per person attending). Please bring your appetites, and your wallets, to support our youth attending through a free-will offering.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, February 7

This Sunday and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-expired, 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. Food is distributed by FISH; to local charities including Food for Others, Alternative House, and Thrive DC; and to individuals who ask for assistance from the pastoral staff.

Individual pre-packed bags of food are prepared for use by FISH and church staff to respond to immediate needs. A bag of food includes: two boxes of cereal, one can of fruit, two cans of vegetables, one canned meat product, two boxes of pasta, one jar/can of pasta sauce, dry milk, and a jar of peanut butter. These items and paper or reusable grocery bags to pack them in are especially needed for the pantry at this time. Thank you for your support of the pantry.

Screening of "An Ordinary Hero"

Sunday, February 7

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages your participation at Bethel UCC's Community Spotlight: Movie Event -- Screening of "An Ordinary Hero" on Sunday, February 7 at 6:00 pm.

What’s right and what’s easy are rarely the same thing. "An Ordinary Hero" is the amazing true story of one woman’s courage to help change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary Civil Rights Activists, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests she was put on death row in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary with other Freedom Riders. She was involved in one of the most famous and violent sit-ins of the Movement at the Jackson Woolworth lunch counter and helped plan and organize the 1963 March on Washington.

The movie will be followed by remarks and panel discussion with Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and religious and community activists.

The event takes place at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203 (Parking at American Red Cross at 4333 Arlington Blvd.) and is free with donations being accepted for the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 8

From The Great Courses, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg focuses on the book of Genesis. This course of 24 lectures allows for numerous avenues of inquiry. Discussions are led by Richard Davidson. Please join us at 10:00 am in Room 8 on Monday mornings.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 9

Mark your calendars! Plan to prepare for the start of Lent – the most important Christian holiday season – by joining Little River UCC friends for a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come when you can; a blessing will be said at 6:30.

Pancakes, sausage, and fruit salad will be served, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office either by email or by phone at (703) 978-3060. Donations (cash or check) will be received at the door. Please note: We also need volunteer pancake flippers, set-up helpers, and clean-up angels! Sign up on the bulletin board in the social hall after any Sunday service.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 10

The season of Lent officially begins with our Ash Wednesday service on February 10. This quiet, reflective service will include both the Sacrament of Communion and the imposition of ashes. The service begins at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Please join us for this beautiful, ancient tradition.

Women’s Ministry Breakfast: “Loving You In the New Year”

Saturday, February 13

On Saturday, February 13 at 9:30 am, women of Little River UCC are invited to a delicious breakfast and opportunity to meditate and explore, "Loving You in the New Year". This event is sponsored by the Women's Ministry Team and everything will be provided. We just need you to sign up with Bunny at the Welcome Table! Join other women to explore "Loving You" (you personally, wider circle of family/friends, extending outward) in preparation of a wonderful 2016! For those of you who attended the retreat in October at Roslyn, this will be a response to a desire for continuing exploration; those who wish to join in at this time, we warmly welcome you! Please contact anyone on the Women's Ministry team or stop at Welcome Table with any questions.

Next Week

Faith in Film: Godspell -- the 1973 Classic

Sunday, February 14

Come begin your Lenten journey with Faith in Film. We will join in viewing a classic of contemporary Christian cinema: Godspell!

…the 1973 film adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical created by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell. Tells the narrative of Jesus of Nazareth and the Disciples as told in the Gospel of Matthew. The story is through a series of parables, interspersed with musical numbers. Many of the scenes take advantage of well-known sites around an empty, still New York City. John the Baptist gathers a diverse band of youthful disciples to follow and learn from the teachings of Jesus. These disciples then proceed to form a roving acting troupe that enacts Jesus's parables through the streets of New York. They often make references to vaudeville shtick.the film is set in contemporary New York City.

PYF is hosting this month’s movie, as they were going to watch it on the weekend of the blizzard. Please bring a Lent-inspired dish to share! We will gather at 12:15 pm for lunch in Room 8, and begin our viewing at 12:20 pm. The movie will last 103 minutes, and will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, February 14

Rob Peters will lead an introduction to famous Christian Mystics beginning on February 14 and 21 at 11:00 am in Room 8. Additional sessions are scheduled in March and April. We'll consider how mystics experienced the presence of God and explore examples of the mystics' guides to rich spiritual practices as they sought to enter the loving presence of God. Sessions will include discussion questions. Please sign up with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that sufficient resources are provided.

Lenten Series – Soup & Discussion

Sundays, February 14 - March 13*

The Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons will host a soup and supper and discussion series. This intergenerational event is co-hosted with the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship, and will be organized for children, youth, and adults to share in together. The meal begins at 5:00 pm and the discussion at 5:30 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest.

February 14 is the first session, Becoming and Belonging,  where we will consider together how one enters a life in faith and chooses to do so in the community of a church. We will ask questions of welcome and of relationship, and consider how to extend the same to those who come to seek a faith community like Little River UCC.

*No Session February 28.

Save the Date

Reflections on 60 years at Little River UCC

Sunday, February 28

Please mark your calendar and come and reflect with us! Everyone is invited to a brunch following the one service at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 28. Verne Arens will be preaching and we are hopeful that past members/ministers/friends will return to celebrate with us as we conclude the first 60 years at Little River UCC and look forward to the next 60!

If you have ideas to share or would like to help by providing a brunch item, please contact one of the committee members listed here: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-385-4543); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-620-0990); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-239-1324) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-204-2792).

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, February 28

It has been said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. Are you seeking to add a contemplative element to your spiritual practice? Please join us on Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 am in the conference room as we explore Meditation as a contemplative practice that helps to quiet the mind. We will have a brief guided meditation followed by sharing about the experience. Please contact 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 if you have any questions.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sunday, March 6

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of five mission offerings of the United Church of Christ and provides hope to people in more than eighty countries. The offering blesses people in need by providing clean water to drink and healthy food for the hungry. The offering helps build schools, medical clinics, and homes in communities that don’t have them or that have been badly hurt by earthquakes, hurricanes, poverty, and war.

Coin boxes and calendars for children and youth will be made available in the atrium and envelopes will be in the bulletin. Gifts also may be made via the Online Giving button.

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