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Our 60th Year Revised August 16, 2013

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Currents Goes All-Electronic

Little River Currents is now based exclusively on this web page. Instead of appearing in biweekly issues, it is updated as needed. Readers receive a weekly digest of Currents, with direct links to every article, in our e-mail news digest Current Tidings. Together, Current Tidings and Currents now serve as your integrated source for news about our church community.

As a result, Currents is now longer routinely printed and mailed. For a paper copy, you may of course print this page—and watch for a link to an even more printer-friendly format. Our archive of back issues continues to preserve our content regularly. If you do not have access to the Internet, please ask the church office for copies of Currents by mail.

To learn about subscribing to Current Tidings or submitting news items, please visit About Currents.

We hope this new combined service will keep you even better informed about events, actions, and matters of interest at Little River UCC. 8/13

Renewing Our Communications

Making Currents (almost) all-electronic is part of an effort now under way to reorganize and consolidate Little River’s communications. With a congregation ever more wired, wireless, and toting mobile-devices, the Communications Advisory Team is working with the pastors and office staff to make the best use of all available media. The goals are to reach our members and friends more effectively, minimize unneeded work, improve coordination among our various communications channels, and make it simpler for people to find information and send it where it needs to go.

Watch for more announcements as we make ongoing improvements and put new pieces of our network into place. Your questions and concerns are always welcome. Please get in touch with CAT coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 7/22

Little River at the Lake

Little River On the Go stays close to home on Sunday, August 25 as we swim, kayak, and picnic at Lake Barcroft from 2:00 to 6:00. Bring your swimsuits and take a dip in the lake (lifeguards will be on duty) or take a spin in one of the kayaks that will be available for your use. We’ll throw some hotdogs on the grill for supper; the rest is potluck. All ages are welcome. Please sign up at the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Questions? Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Lois Wyatt or James Taylor. 7/22

Safe Church Training

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Sunday, August 25 from noon to 2:00 in Room 8. Safe church training is required every three years for anyone who works with children and youth at Little River—including child care, church school, the PF youth group, First Friday, and the Welcome Center. Little River’s goal is to be a universally safe church.

Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. A meal will be provided. If you’d like to attend please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To ask questions or address concerns, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 7/22

Pathfinders Young Adults

Pathfinders meetings resume on Tuesday, September 3 in Vienna. Pathfinders welcomes people in their 20s and 30s, are open and affirming, and welcome diversity. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month for food, fellowship, Bible Study and prayer. More information on the group is on our website.

Our theme this fall will be the Song of Songs, also known as Song of Solomon. Please contact leader 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 for more information and plan on joining us on September 3! 8/16

Youth Fellowship Lock-In

All youth ages 11-18 are welcome to a lock-in Friday-Saturday, September 6-7 from 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 a.m. in the Jubilee Room! We’ll start the new PF year by reconnecting, widening our circle of friends, and planning for the year ahead. Adult chaperones who are Safe Church certified are also welcome. Please let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it know if you plan to come. 8/16

Leading Church School is Awesome! Come Share Yourself!

The new church school year begins Sunday, September 8, and the children of Little River UCC are anxiously waiting to share in your faith journey and have you share in theirs! Volunteer to assist, lead or substitute. A Welcome Dinner and training for teachers will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30 to 9:00.

All leaders are required to complete Safe Church training; the next training session is Sunday, August 25 (see above).

Interested? Questioning? Please contact Mike Craven, Carolyn Yocom, or Rev. Hank. RSVP For either Safe Church training or the Welcome Dinner, RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 8/16

Women’s Book Group: The Round House

The Women’s Book Group will meet on Sunday, September 15 from 12:15 to 1:30 to discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Based on real events, this novel tells the story of a woman who is attacked on her home reservation in North Dakota. Her son, Joe, narrates the story. His father is a tribal judge, but resolving the crime defies his efforts. The story details tragedy, injustice, human characters, and the spirit world. These are authentic reflections of what happens in the lives of many Native Americans on reservations today. Please join us for a meaningful discussion of an often-ignored topic.7/22

Thanks for Additional Giving

Thank you, Little River UCC members and friends who have made supplemental gifts or increased your pledges in response to the letter and guidelines for giving included with the mid-year pledge and giving statements! While the responses to date do not yet eliminate the projected 2013 shortfall, they do make a meaningful reduction in the gap.

Should you wish to contribute to further reduce the shortfall, please contact Stewardship chair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it regarding your pledge, or send your gift marked for this purpose to the church.

Thanks again!8/16