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Our 60th Year Revised September 14, 2013

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Our News Goes All-Electronic

Currents and our weekly e-mail news digest Current Tidings have joined forces! Together they make up 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 lead 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

Christian Education for Adults

A variety of classes and groups meet throughout the year to with the goal of meeting needs and interests of all our members and friends.

Sunday morning offerings include:

  • Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race — prayer and thought on the continuing issues surrounding race and ethnicity. First Sunday of each month at 8:30.
  • Faith in Film — lunch and a movie focusing on pressing issues of justice, faith, society, and spirituality. Second Sunday of each month at 12:30.
  • Our Faith and the World — programs exploring the connections among faith, politics, and activism. Third Sunday of each month at 12:30 (starting October 20).
  • Faith Formation — two series: Animate Faith (late September-late October—see below) engages the “big questions” of Christian faith. Painting the Stars(November-December) celebrates the communion of science and faith in the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Most Sundays at 11:00.

This season, monthly themes will link Faith in Film and Our Faith and the World with our outreach and social justice programs. Topics for September-December include hunger, LGBT history, homelessness, and the meaning of Christmas.

Find out more about all these programs at our Christian Education for Adults web page. 9/06

Animate: Faith

This adult course imaginatively explores central topics of Christianity. In each Animate: Faith session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith and engage in conversation on big questions of the Christian faith in our congregation. Session topics are God, Cross, Jesus, Church, and Religion. The class meets Sundays, September 22, 29 and October 13, 20, and 27 at 11:00 in Room 8. 9/12

Outreach Events 2013

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice hopes you had a good summer. We want to share with you the many opportunities to get involved we have planned—activities for most Sundays from now to the end of the year. We are excited about the ways our community can show our caring and compassion for others.

September is nationwide Hunger Action Month. Thanks to all who bring food for our pantry on communion Sundays and to everyone who saw the film A Place at the Table here September 8. On September 29 our Fifth Sunday mission project will pack 20,000 meals for children overseas (See Fifth Sunday below.)

On October 6 we will receive the special offering Neighbors in Need (see below). Three Sundays later, on October 27, our annual Mission Fair at both coffee hours will feature opportunities to discuss outreach concerns with representatives from our local mission partners, donate goods for their clients, pick up Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes, and sign up for any of several volunteer activities.

We will show a film on homelessness November 3. We hope to continue work Saturday, November 9 on the Habitat for Humanity project our youth contributed to in the summer. Our annual Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale takes place November 17, when you can also learn about homelessness from our guest speaker, donate items for Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving baskets, and begin picking up suggestions for White Gift Service toy donations.

On November 24 we will launch the Advent Conspiracy initiative: a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. Our traditional White Gift Service takes place the afternoon of December 8, when we offer donations of Christmas gifts for area children. Fifth Sunday returns December 29 with snack packs to be filled for youth and children assisted by Homestretch, Alternative House, and Thrive DC.

Watch for details in advance of each event. 9/14

Neighbors in Need Offering

On Sunday, October 6 we will join congregations nationwide in receiving the UCC’s Neighbors in Need offering, which supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.

This is one of only four special offerings that we receive each year. A third of the funds is used by the Council for American Indian Ministry to support its outreach to twenty-one Native American UCC congregations. Justice and Witness Ministries uses the remainder for a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and grants to congregations for service projects to help their communities.

Over the last few years, donations have been used to address the crises of global poverty, human trafficking, and climate change. NIN also helped support Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing, which certified trainers to equip local church leaders for fostering justice ministries to serve their communities. Another recipient was the new UCC Center for Environmental Justice, which opened recently in Port Orchard, Washington.

Give to Neighbors in Need through the Little River UCC website via a secure online form: use the blue Online Giving button at the bottom of this and every other page. NIN offering envelopes are also available in the church office.

Thank you for your continuing generous support of the Neighbors in Need offering. 9/11

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

Monday Morning Bible Study

A new year of Monday morning Bible study begins on Monday, September 16 at 10:00 in Room 8. This year, we will explore From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism, From the Old Testament to Christianity, a Harvard College class.9/04

Conversations on Church Membership

If you are considering membership in Little River United Church of Christ, you are invited to attend our next Conversations on Membership on Sunday, September 22 (session A) and Sunday, October 6 (session B), both from 1:00 to 3:00. Session A focuses on our local congrega­tion, while session B deals primarily with the United Church of Christ. You are encouraged to attend both sessions A and B (in any order or time of your choosing) before joining. Those ready to covenant with us will do so on Sunday, October 27.

The next round of Conversations will be held in December and January.

For more information, please speak with one of the pastors. 9/04

Fifth Sunday: Stop Hunger Now

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice invites you to join us 3:00-5:00 on Sunday, September 29 in the social hall for Little River’s “Fifth Sunday” mission project. BOSJ hosts this program at church or nearby every fifth Sunday of a month (about once a quarter).

This month we are packing high-nutrition dried meals for Stop Hunger Now. The 13,000 meals we sent last year benefited poor children in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in our hemisphere. This year the meals will be used in developing countries for emergencies and for feeding programs in schools and orphanages.

We need 80 or more people this time to pack some 80,000 meals. Between packing and setup and cleanup, there will be jobs for people of all abilities and ages (four and up) . Child care will also be provided. Please sign up at the Outreach bulletin board in the social hall or contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you have questions, please ask 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 . We appreciate your support for this life-giving ministry benefiting the world's children. 9/04

Voices for World Communion Sunday

If you speak a foreign language and are able to help read during worship at either service on World Communion Sunday, October 6, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 9/06

Footsteps: Next Stop—Switzerland

Come to Room 8 Sunday, October 6 at 11:00 for a discussion of a Swiss Reformation Footsteps tour planned for either 2014 or 2015, whichever suits more people. As presently envisioned, the tour will focus on sites associated with John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, both theologically important to UCC religious heritage. We will visit the Matterhorn and ride the Swiss Glacier Express train through the mountains. And then of course, there is Swiss chocolate. Main cities to be visited include Geneva, Zermatt, Chur, Lucerne, and Zurich. Ask Robert Lingo (425~9140) about details. 9/13

Baptism Blankets Needed

If you’ve been at worship when we’ve baptized an infant or young child, you know it is our custom to present a blanket to the one newly baptized as a reminder of the love which enfolds them—both God’s and ours. These blankets are lovingly knitted or crocheted by members and friends of Little River UCC using white washable yarn. They are approximately 30 by 36 inches in size. Our current supply is low, so contributions would be most welcome! Please let 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 know if you have questions. 9/09

Update to Roster of Leaders

There is a new vacancy on the Board of Trustees, replacing Sue Leather (2015). Clark Beil is now chairing the board. See the updated roster of congregational leaders. 9/12