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Our 60th Year Revised August 23, 2013

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Currents Goes All-Electronic

Currents and our weekly e-mail news digest Current Tidings have joined forces!  Their union creates the new all-electronic news service for Little River UCC.

Current Tidings is now the subscription side of this service.  Every Friday it sends our extended church family the news at a glance.  “Read More” links guide readers to this web page, where you will always find the full text of Little River’s news.

In consequence, Currents is no longer published on paper or as a separate e-mail subscription—no more biweekly schedule, no more Thursday deadlines. Instead,Currents on the web serves as:

  • a news page that is always accessible (though never directly “delivered”)
  • the place to find the full text of the week’s news
  • an online news archive: a collection of periodic snapshots of this page.

If you want a paper copy, simply print this page.  (Watch for an even more printer-friendly format.)  Those who do not have Internet access can ask the church office for paper copies by mail.  Please visit About Currents, where you can also learn about:

  • subscribing to Current Tidings
  • the new procedure for submitting news items
  • the new schedule of deadlines: submit by Monday for publication on Friday.

We hope our new integrated service will keep you even better informed about events, actions, and other matters of interest at Little River UCC. 8/19


March on Washington

The United Church of Christ's Washington office invites members and friends to join in the march and rally Saturday, August 24 in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

UCC participants will meet in the area around the Lincoln Memorial near the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue SW at 9:00 a.m. Follow the sidewalk along the edge of the World War II memorial to the beginning of the Reflecting Pool. We will be in the grassy, hilly area just above the sidewalk at the start of the Reflecting Pool—the side closest to Constitution Avenue. Look for large UCC banners.

Read more about the anniversary march and our denomination’s longstanding commitment to civil rights and racial justice on the UCC website. 8/23

Write Your Senator: Disclose Interrogation Report

Senator Warner needs to hear from you!

Two years have passed since many of us signed letters to him urging him to support making public the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA detention and interrogation practices after September 11, 2001. The Committee has now finished and adopted the 6,000-page report. The CIA has proposed extensive edits. We expect the Committee to decide soon whether to make any revisions and how much, if any, of the report to make accessible to the public. As an Intelligence Committee member, Senator Warner will have an important say in what happens next.

Take a moment after worship on Sunday, September 8 or 15 to send a message of support for publishing as much of the report as possible. We will make it easy for you! We will have sample messages and laptops for sending them.

Why does this matter to the Little River community?

  • Our congregation has endorsed the aims of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which has long called for disclosure of the practices in question.
  • Torture is illegal under both U.S. law and binding treaties. International law forbids cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • Access to the report is essential to informed public opinion about whether those practices are legal and acceptable—and if not, how to prevent their future use. Government accountability is vital to democracy.
  • Releasing the facts about these practices can strengthen the credibility and integrity of the agencies involved by showing their willingness to learn from mistakes.

The New York Times reports that Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss, and the White House all favor releasing at least a summary of the report. The full committee must vote on what, if any, part of it to make public. Senator Warner’s views on this are unknown, and he needs to hear from his constituents.

Jennifer Atkinson, Pam Binninger, Gay Gardner, Barbara Lowrey, Judy Moats, Eric Pankey 8/19

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!8/17

Youth Fellowship Kickoff 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. 8/17

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 . 8/17

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!8/17

. . . and for School Supplies

Many thanks to all the Little River helpers who brought back-to-school supplies to church and to those who helped fill book bags for children at Shaw Community Ministry, Alternative House and Homestretch.

Homestretch had a picnic August 17. The children joyfully participated in games and munched on hot dogs. However, the mothers were happiest when each picked up her child's custom book bag overflowing with supplies to launch her child into a successful year at school. 8/21

Directory Update: New Appointment

Stewardship Committee, class of 2014: Jen Beckman (0+) for vacancy (was Tawny Hammond)8/19