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Transfiguration Sunday
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, February 26

Americans are taught from a young age to hunger and thirst for stuff: toys, clothes, you name it. Jesus, meanwhile, says that that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be blessed. How do we manage these two teachings, knowing that we live in a consumer economy and worship in Christian churches?

Join us this Sunday at 10 am as we consider what this scripture means for us today!

This Week


"White Privilege-Let’s Talk” by the UCC

Sunday, February 26

The sessions on “White Privilege” end this Sunday, February 26. Please join us at 9:00 am in Room 7 as we meet jointly with the Dismantling the New Jim Crow Team. “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. Thank you to all who have attended.

Dismantling the New Jim Crow Team Meeting

Sunday, February 26

Little River UCC is committed to working for racial justice and dismantling the New Jim Crow. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice has formed an ad hoc team to implement this work. And, now that we will have completed the White Privilege curriculum, it is time to discuss next steps. Our next team meeting is Sunday, February 26 from 9:00-10:00 am in Room 7. All who are interested in working on this issue are welcome!

Tea and Talk - Sister Friends: Strength Through Relationship

Sunday, February 26

Join the Women’s Ministry team in celebrating the unique and special bonds of women with their “sisters” in friendship at a Tea and Talk this Sunday, February 26, at 11:30 am in Room 8. The Women’s Ministry team will provide tea sandwiches and breads. We are looking for four to five volunteers to bring fruit, veggies/dip, cheese/crackers, and cookies/brownies. We look forward to seeing many of you at this special event.

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 27

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.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, March 1

The season of Lent officially begins with our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 1. 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.

First Friday: Who Was St. Patty?

Friday, March 3

Join us for First Friday: Who Was St. Patty on Friday, March 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy Spring 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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!

Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion

Sunday, March 5

On Sunday, March 5, the first session of this year’s Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion starts. This year, we will focus our conversation on the diverse spiritual practices of our faith, including fasting, prayer, and meditation. These sessions are intergenerational events hosted by the Board of Christian Education and the Board of Deacons. Meals will begin at 5:00 pm and discussion at 5:45 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on April 2.

Food Pantry

Sunday, March 5

Next Sunday and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month) we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food and baby 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 always appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing generous donations to the pantry.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Tuesday, March 7

Pastor David is teaching a class on the first Wednesday of every month through the end of June 2017. The class is a 9-part series on process theology, one of the major threads of progressive Christianity. Process theology examines Christian belief in light of the scientific, mathematical, and philosophical advancements over the past century. The next class is Tuesday, March 7 (5:30 - 7:00 pm in Room 8), when we our topic will be "suffering / evil". In particular, we will focus on the question, “How might we claim a belief in God in light of the suffering and evil in the world?” Our next classes will go back to the first Wednesdays of the month: April 5 for "resurrection / eternal life," May 3 for "ethics," and June 7 for "prayer". Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, March 8

On the second Wednesday of the month, Pastor David visits with our church members at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. This visit happens in the Craft Room at Hunter’s Crossing from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. If you or someone you know lives at Greenspring, be sure to let them know about this opportunity to get together with their neighbors and church friends!

More Church News


Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday This Month?

If so, then please come by the church office during the week of the birthday so your child (ages 10 and under) can pick up a “Happy Birthday” pillowcase from Pastor David or another member of the office staff. This is a special gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on his/her special day. Did your child have a birthday in January or February? Then come by anytime during the week that is convenient for you.

Justice @ lrucc.org

Do you feel like you need to get involved? Are you interested in receiving timely information about social justice events and work that is happening at Little River UCC and in our local community? The justice @ lrucc.org list serve is a way to receive and share information with other LRUCC members and friends. To add or remove your name from the justice @ lrucc.org list serve, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

3rd Annual Film Series: Voices from the Holy Land 2017

Little River UCC is a supporter of the 3rd Annual Film Series: Voices from the Holy Land 2017, a film series that seeks to offer a different perspective and provide a voice to the people living in this Holy Land. It also seeks to present informative and compelling documentary films by Israeli, Palestinian, American, and European film makers to start conversations.

All film showings take place in the Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 pm. The series continues this Sunday, February 26 with the film:  "Where Should the Birds Fly" -- the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. Need more details? See the event website: http://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Let's show our support!

Thinking Green:  Recycle Your Plastic Bags at LRUCC

What can be recycled in our TREX plastic bag recycling bin?

Grocery bags • Bread bags • Case overwrap • Dry cleaning bags • Newspaper sleeves • Ice bags • Wood pellet bags • Ziploc and other resealable bags • Produce bags • Bubble wrap • Salt bags • Cereal bags. All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Please do not place the hard plastic wrappers from food in this bin. If you have any questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or talk with her in church she will answer all your questions.

Download the flyer here for a complete list of plastics that can be recycled.

Volunteer for General Synod 2017 in Baltimore

At least 500 volunteers are needed to greet the wider church at the United Church of Christ General Synod (June 2017) in Baltimore. Let’s help the Central Atlantic Conference share in the extravagant welcome of the Conference. Register today at: http://bit.ly/Synod2017.