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Our 60th Year Revised September 27, 2013

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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

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 launch this year’s 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

Draw a Family Portrait for Stewardship

Children and youth: the Stewardship Committee needs your help! We want you to draw a picture of your family—whomever “family” means for you—and submit it by Sunday, October 13 so we can display it as part of our stewardship campaign. Please draw in either black and white or color on standard unlined 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper, and include your family names on the picture. To help make this happen, we will have a “creation-station” table in the social hall on Sundays through October 13, complete with paper, markers, and a basket for completed pictures.

We hope all our children and youth will create beautiful portraits for our church family! If you have questions, please contact 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 . 9/27

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

“Animate: Faith” Series Continues

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 sessions are independent; you are welcome to attend any or all of them. Remaining classes meet Sundays, 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

Conversation on Church Membership

If you are considering membership in Little River United Church of Christ, you are invited to attend the remaining Conversation on Membership in our current series on Sunday, October 6 from 1:00 to 3:00. This session (session B) deals primarily with the United Church of Christ; session A (on September 22) focused on our local congregation. 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 either of our pastors, 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 . 9/27

World Communion Sunday

We will celebrate World Communion Sunday on Sunday, October 6 at both worship services. This day honors the many cultures from which our Little River church family is blended. In honor of this celebration, we encourage you to come dressed in a way that celebrates your heritage and shares your unique place on life’s journey. 9/27

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

Faith in Film: For the Bible Tells Me So

On the second Sunday of each month you are invited to gather for lunch and a movie at 12:30 in Room 8. Our Faith in Film series examines today’s most pressing issues of justice, faith, society, and spirituality and explore how we can grow in our faithful response to them.

This month Faith in Film gathers on Sunday, October 13 to focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The focus for this month comes from our Pilgrim Fellowship youth and their desire for a continuing witness with the LGBT community. We will share in watching the award-winning 2007 film For the Bible Tells Me So. According to the film’s website:

Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families—including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson—we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For the Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.

We will gather at 12:30 in Room 8 for lunch and begin the documentary promptly to maximize our time. To help plan our meal together, please sign up in Social Hall or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at church. 9/27

Update to Roster of Leaders

The roster of congregational leaders was revised September 26 to show that Ed Manchester has been chairing the Music Committee. 9/27