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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July  3, 2015

Coming Events

Monterey County High School All-Star Band and Vocal Ensemble in Concert

Friday, July 3

Virginia Music Adventures, Inc.and Little River United Church of Christ present the Monterey County High School All-Star Band and Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble in concert.  The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free. See the flyer for more information.

Food Pantry: Urgent Request Continues

Sunday, July 5

We still need supplies for another delivery to Heritage United Church of Christ in Baltimore in late July. This Sunday, we especially invite your generous gifts of non-perishable staple foods and toiletries. Thanks! 6/14

Women's Book Group

Sunday, July 12

The Women's Book Group will meet this month to discuss Karen White's The Time Between. Please join us for a worthwhile discussion of the book from 11:30 to 12:30 in Room 7.

Wedding Reception

Sunday, July 12

The Board of Deacons requests the pleasure of your company at a celebration for Pastor David Lindsey's wedding to Carrie Dobmeier. Please join us in the social hall after the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, July 12. We'll have cake, pictures, toasts, and more as we demonstrate our extravagant welcome. If you are available to help, 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 . 6/14

Freedom Summer: Justice in Our Time

Sundays: July 12, August 2, August 31

You are invited to join the Little River UCC community this summer in an exploration of justice in our time through our own "Freedom Summer" series.  Learn more about the causes of the "New Jim Crow" and mass incarceration, their disproportionate impact on people of color, and how we can respond as a faith community.  As in the Freedom Summer schools of 1964, we will seek racial justice through education.  Events include a summer vacation teach-in on July 19 about closing the cradle-to-prison pipeline; a Faith in Film showing of The House I Live In, an examination of the effects of the war on drugs, on August 2; and a discussion of the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative law practice, on August 31.  For details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure.

Please sign up for Freedom Summer events: call the church office (703-978-3060) or sign up online. 6/19

Beckwith Scholarship Recipient: Jason Thompson

Sunday, September 6

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (OSJ) is pleased to announce that Little River's own Jason Thompson is the 2015 Hubert S. Beckwith Scholarship recipient. Established in honor of our founding pastor on the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination, the Hubert S. Beckwith Scholarship Fund offers a $1,000 scholarship to seminary students within the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ. Criteria for awarding the scholarship are sustained commitment to community service, academic achievement, and a thoughtful vision of future ministry. Jason, a student at Wesley Theological Seminary, exemplifies all of these criteria. Jason is busy interning at Bethel UCC this summer, and will join us to celebrate at Little River on Sunday, September 6!

Opportunities for Sharing

Letters Against Torture

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice thanks everyone who participated in the June 21 letter-signing activity encouraging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to read and take appropriate action on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report of its investigation into the CIA torture program. Regrettably, Justice Department officials have signaled a lack of interest in the report, saying both that no one at the Department has read the report and that nothing in the report warrants any further action. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture is asking congregations to urge the Attorney General to read and act on the report to help ensure that the U.S. never tortures again.

We gathered 40 letters, which will clearly be noticed, especially in combination with similar messages from other people of faith and human rights advocates. We would love to gather even more signed letters, so if you were not able to participate in the action, you may download this sample letter as a MS-Word document or PDF file.

We regret that the attempt to show the PBS documentary "Secrets, Politics, and Torture" failed because of technical difficulties. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to view this compelling video online. 6/26

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. 6/14

Teach Summer Church School

Sundays through August 30

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. 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. 5/29

Ongoing

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. only, through September 6.
  • 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

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, May 13.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, June 3.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, June 10.
  • Minutes of Church Council, Governance Board, and Ministry Board meetings are posted on this website.
  • For more information, please contact Moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .