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Our 60th Year Revised October 1, 2013

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—including 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

“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

Help Stock Our Food Pantry

On the first Sunday of each month Little River UCC collects food for Fairfax FISH as well as other community groups as donations allow. We leave our donations of non-perishable items in the narthex, and during worship the ushers bring a representative basket of donated foodstuffs forward along with our monetary offerings.9/29

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

Fair Trade Sale

Stop by the narthex after worship the second Sunday of each month to purchase fair-trade coffee, chocolate, and olive oil. Sales of these quality goods support sustainable agriculture and living wages for workers in developing countries.9/29

Tea & Talk: A Fresh Start

All women are invited to a Tea and Talk on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 to follow up on thoughts and ideas developed at the August retreat. Join the Women’s Ministry to discover ways to make a “Fresh Start” this fall! We will also use this time to help the women served by Homestretch make a“Fresh Start” by collecting cleaning items such as laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, household cleaning products, and bath soap. A snack to share is welcome and child care will be available in the nursery. We hope you can join us. 9/29

Fifth Sunday: Thank You

Wow!  The Board of Outreach and Social Justice thanks friends and members of Little River UCC for being so active in support of our September 29 Fifth Sunday project for Stop Hunger Now, where we packed meals for poor children in developing countries. Around 100 friends and members were there. Thanks to our hardworking setup crew, to those who measured the food, to those who stayed for cleanup, and to the youth group for providing care for the little kids. Thanks also to everyone who rang the gong every time we completed another thousand meals.  In total, our over-achieving crew packed about 21,000 meals—that is a lot of childhood hunger avoided!  The Board will let the congregation know when Stop Hunger Now tells us where our meals are sent.

Stop Hunger Now will attend our mission fair on Sunday, October 27. You will have opportunities to hear more about their work, and they will be selling tee shirts.

Again, thanks to all! 10/01

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