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Our 60th Year Revised September 20, 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

News from the Search Committee

We are busy at the task of identifying Little River’s next Senior Pastor. Each week since the beginning of July we have been reviewing applicant profiles and sending additional questions to those we feel might be a good fit for the church. We also have been watching sermons via video and YouTube and also reading others on church websites. Soon we will conduct our first phone interviews of promising candidates. All of this information gathering is helping us make judgments about the best possible candidate for Little River. 9/16

Preventing Gun Violence

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax will host a film series with keynote speakers and discussion on the topic of "Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic." The first gathering will take place Thursday evening, September 26 from 7:30 to 9:00. As demonstrated most recently at the Washington Navy Yard, gun violence is a public health crisis that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. Come listen, learn, and see what we can do about it.

The church is located at 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124. Seating is limited, so advance registration is required. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .9/19

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

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race and learn how race intersects with many justice issues, we gather on the first Sunday morning of each month at 8:30 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Conversations begin Sunday, October 6 in the conference room. 9/17

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

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

. . . Making National News!

In its September 18 article "UCC Congregations Working to Make a Difference During Hunger Action Month," the UCC's online News and Events gives considerable space to our upcoming Fifth Sunday project (above), with remarks by Hank Fairman about its goals and our church's mission. We are grateful the UCC is spreading the word so widely about this project and the vital work of Stop Hunger Now. May many others read about it, learn, and join the effort. 9/20

Stewardship: Little River Still Matters

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Social justice. Strong community. Vibrant music. Peaceful refuge. Progressive Christian voice. Little River has mattered so much to our members and to our world for 58 illustrious years. This year, our annual stewardship campaign will focus on why Little River Still Matters. We remember the outreach efforts our congregation has led over the years, working for civil rights for people of all races and all sexual orientations, and we continue the conversation about what it means to be open and affirming. We give thanks for the leadership of our congregation's founders, and celebrate the talents and commitment of new leaders in music, outreach, faith formation, and youth ministry. We continue discussions on where we are going as a church, and who will lead us from the pulpit. And we continue to build a community on fellowship and love, practical help and private support, withholding judgment and extravagantly welcoming new people and fresh ideas.

As we kick off the 2013 Stewardship Campaign, we ask you to start discussions within your family and within your heart about why Little River Still Matters to you, and how you can support its mission financially. Because while each of us matter, individually, to this vibrant community, our gifts together have been more than the sum of their parts. They have given us the resources to matter to the larger world, making change, and bringing the love of Christ where it is needed. Thank you for your thoughtful support of Little River. 9/20

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

Preparing for Advent Funshops

As always, we will mark the first Sunday afternoon of Advent with a cozy afternoon of holiday crafts for all ages, a cookie swap, music, and goodies. Funshops time—Sunday, December 1 from 3:00 to 5:00—is a time to make special holiday memories. A jolly crew of decorators will also deck our church for the holidays at that time.

It takes many helping hands to bring this traditional event to fruition. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Tuesday, October 1. This year, those hands will include the ones belonging to a new Funshops co-chair. You do not need to be Martha Stewart to volunteer! Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more. A huge thank-you goes to Mary Ellen Ardouny for her work as co-chair for the last four years! 9/15

Update to Roster of Leaders

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