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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised July 17, 2014

This Week...

Women's Book Group, The End of Your Life Book Club, July 20

The Women's Book Group will meet on Sunday, July 20 at 11:15 am, in Room 7. The group will discuss The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe. This non-fiction book is about two love stories. One is between the author and his mother who has pancreatic cancer. The other is the love the mother and son have of books. They form a two-person book club and discuss books as they wait for appointments and treatments. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion about this loving way of dealing with end of life issues. 6/6

All-Church Pool Party and Picnic, July 20

Join Pastor David Lindsey and other Little River UCC folks on Sunday, July 20, following worship, for an all-church pool party and picnic! We will gather, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Wakefield Chapel Recreation Association Pool, 4627 Holborn Avenue in Annandale, for this church-wide, intergenerational, and fun-filled day. In addition to the large pool, baby pool, changing facilities, lifeguards, shade, and a sand volleyball court, there will be grills with accessories and a snack bar available. Bring your swimsuits, a potluck lunch dish to share, and something for your family to grill, to the picnic tables on the back hill. There is limited capacity, so please sign up in the narthex or RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . On hot days, parking is limited, so consider carpooling from church. In case of thunderstorms, this event will be cancelled. 7/4

Ecclesiastes: A Listen Up! Bible Study continues July 20

God's word is alive. God will always have something new to say to us. That's why the purpose of the Listen Up! Bible Study series is not simply learning information about the Bible. It is hearing God speak.

Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society. This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God.

Sessions are:

  • Sunday, July 20 - Ecclesiastes 3 - 4:8
  • Sunday, July 27 - Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 6:12
  • Sunday, August 3 - Ecclesiastes 7 - 12

Classes meet at 2:00 pm at the home of Chris Weakley, the class leader. Please sign up in the narthex or reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . New participants are welcome to attend! 7/18

Coming Soon...

Support Back-to-School Readiness in Annandale, August 3

On Sunday, August 3, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting items specifically requested by the schools in the Annandale pyramid (this includes Annandale High School and its feeder middle and elementary schools). Annandale is one of the most economically and socially diverse communities in Fairfax county, and needs your support to ensure that the students start school in September ready to learn.

The Annandale pyramid has requested special items. These items include:

  • Backpacks for teenagers
  • Kids and youth underwear
  • Kids and youth socks

We welcome donations of any of the above items from now until Tuesday, August 5. Please look for the labeled bin in the narthex. For questions or to volunteer at the distribution event that will take place on August 13, please contact Nancy Hall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the fair, visit https://sites.google.com/site/annandaleresourcefair/ 7/18

Pack Backpacks for Shaw, A "Mini" Fifth Sunday Project

On Sunday, August 3, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice invites you to join them after worship in the choir room to pack backpacks with school supplies for the children served by the Shaw Community Ministry. This "mini" Fifth Sunday project needs your help! Please join us. Questions? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 7/18

We're Thankful For...

Thank You From Thrive DC

Thank you to everyone who donated requested items for Thrive DC on Sunday, July 6! We were able to deliver multiple bags of hats, sunglasses, t-shirts and shorts, socks and underwear, backpacks, water bottles, suntan lotion, and Gatorade to Thrive on July 10 for their special summer needs. Our delivery also included a crateful of hotel-sized toiletries and several bags of food. They were very appreciative of the donation and will immediately begin distributing the items donated. And thanks to the generous donations that have come in to the food pantry over the last several months, we were also able to make an additional donation of five bags of food to Food for Others and several boxes of snacks, baby items, and household goods to Homestretch this month. And the pantry is still well stocked for our monthly distributions for Fairfax FISH. Thank you for your generous donations to those in our community!7/18

We Need You...

A Call for Summer Musicians

From June through Labor Day, the choirs take a holiday. During this season, members and friends of Little River present a rich variety of solo and ensemble music during worship. Performers include individual members from the various choirs, members of the congregation at large, and guests from the broader community.

If you are interested in providing special summer music, please contact any member of the music staff or the music committee. Both instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. So consider this your official invitation! 7/18

You Should Know...

Speaking of Stewardship

1 Peter 4:10 offers us this counsel, "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."

John Calvin, the great theologian of Geneva, Switzerland, explained the text this way:

Riches in themselves and by their nature are not all to be condemned; and it is even a great blasphemy against God to disapprove of riches, implying that a man who possesses them is thereby wholly corrupted. For where do riches come from if not from God?

But Scripture, to lead us by the hand to this, warns that whatever benefits we obtain from the Lord have been entrusted to us on this condition: that they be applied to the common good of the church. And therefore the lawful use of all benefits consists in liberal and kindly sharing of them with others. No surer rule and no more valid exhortation to keep it could be devised than when we are taught that all the gifts we possess have been bestowed by God and entrusted to us on condition that they be distributed for our neighbors' benefit [see 1 Peter 4:10].

Let this therefore be our rule for generosity and beneficence: We are the stewards of everything God has conferred on us by which we are able to help our neighbor, and are required to render account of our stewardship. Moreover, the only right stewardship is that which his tested by the rule of love. Thus it will come about that we shall not only join zeal for another's benefit with care for our own advantage, but will subordinate the latter to the former. 7/18

Summer Schedule for Current Tidings

Current Tidings, Little River UCC's email newsletter, and Currents, the associated content on the website, will begin a modified summer schedule beginning this week. For the remainder of July and August, Current Tidings will be sent out every other week. As always, the content deadline will be the end of the day on the Monday prior to Friday's publication. Weekly publication will resume on Friday, September 5. Please use the chart below to ensure that any information to be shared with Little River UCC members and friends is included in the bi-weekly publication. 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 .7/11

Current Tidings Publication Date Content Deadline
August 1, 2014 July 28, 2014
August 15, 2014 August 11, 2014
August 29, 2014 August 25, 2014

Little River UCC Hosts Exhibit by Danish Artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen

This month, Little River UCC has the honor of hosting an exhibit of artwork by Danish expressionist artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen. The exhibit includes a series of paintings and drawings on biblical themes. Some of it is more representational, other is more abstract, all of it is interesting! The exhibit is on display in our hallway through the end of July. You can get a sneak peek of the work online. Many thanks to Rev. Julie Holm for shepherding the exhibit to Little River UCC, and to Judy Miller and her team of volunteers for installing it!7/4

Endowment Fund Progress

The good news: The Little River UCC Endowment Fund is growing. The challenge: It still needs to reach its minimum goal before it can benefit church programs.

In 2006, LRUCC established a formal Endowment Fund with a written policy and operating plan. It was created to provide ministries that might not otherwise be possible. The fund may be used for four purposes:

  • Special outreach projects as requested by the board of Outreach and Social Justice;
  • Innovative ministries or programs, and/or capital projects at LRUCC;
  • Support of the church operating budget as requested by the Trustees;
  • Theological or continuing education.

When the endowment was established, the congregation stipulated that no payment be made from the fund until the total amount contributed reaches $250,000. After that, a portion of annual dividends and growth in value, but never contributions, may be spent. So far, the fund has received $184,000, leaving us $66,000 short of our minimum goal.

Where do contributions come from? Bequests that come from estates are the primary source of support for Little River's endowment. Second, some individuals make periodic contributions when they receive unexpected gifts, inheritances, or tax refunds. A third source is memorial giving from members and friends of Little River when a beloved member or friend dies.

Where and how is the money invested? The Endowment Fund is invested with United Church Funds, the UCC foundation in New York. The good news is that the current market value of the endowment (contributions plus dividends plus growth) is approximately $290,000.

Even though we haven't yet reached our initial goal, the endowment has come a long way. Now we have an opportunity to make further progress. Our hope is that over the next several months the Endowment Fund will see significant growth, and that it will reach the goal of $250,000 in contributions during Little River's 60th anniversary year in 2015.

If you have questions about the Endowment Fund or wish to make a gift, please speak with a pastor or a member of the committee. Members are: Rob Peters (Chair), Jen Beckman, Fran DuRocher, Brian Payne, and Jerry Surbey. 7/4

New Church Directory

Copies of the Little River UCC directory are now available in the narthex! Please pick up a copy the next time you are at church. Electronic copies of the directory are available to members and friends of Little River UCC. If you would like an electronic copy, please call the church office at 703-978-3060 or send an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As always, if you have updates to your directory listing, please let the office know!6/27

Church Council News

The minutes of the May 14 Church Council meeting and the draft minutes of the June 11 Governance Board meeting have been posted on this website. The minutes from the July 9 meeting of the Governance Board will be posted shortly. The Ministry Board will meet next the evening of Wednesday, August 6. For further information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 7/11