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Our 61st Year Revised January 10, 2014

This Weekend...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

United Black Christians' annual Martin Luther King, Jr., prayer breakfast takes place on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, at Peoples Congregational UCC, 4704-13th Street, NW, Washington, DC. For more information, contact Peoples United Church of Christ at (202) 829-5511. 1/9

Fair Trade Sale

Stop by the narthex after worship on Sunday, January, 12, 2014, 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.1/9

Looking Ahead: A Discussion on How We Work Together

Over the last year, the Church Council has been giving great thought to how we work together and the manner in which we make decisions as a church community. As a congregational church, we frequently struggle with finding the right balance between too much discussion and the need to make decisions that help us move forward. We also often struggle with the need to have enough church members to serve as officers, board and committee members and in other capacities. On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 11:00 am, members of the organizational review team will host a discussion in Room 8, to discuss possible changes in the way we operate beginning in 2014. A pilot effort, which will be discussed at the annual congregational meeting, would allow the church council to operate in two ways: a smaller group of church officers and key leaders would serve as a "governing" body while the larger group would focus on church ministry and coordination. Please join us for an interesting and important discussion! Further information is available in this document. 1/2

Faith in Film

Faith in Film returns on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in Room 8 to share lunch and a movie. This month's focus is on human trafficking and modern slavery. We will share several segments of the PBS documentary, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. This inspiring four-hour series was shown on two evenings in October, 2012. It tells the stories of 24 encounters inspired by the book written by Nickolas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn. The segments we focus on will help us to understand these issues, and how they are still active in our world today. 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 . For more information on the documentary, please visit the Half the Sky website. Our mission partner International Justice Mission (IJM) challenges us to learn more about these issues, central to their ministry on our behalf. For more information, please visit IJM's website. 1/2

Conversation on Membership

If you are considering membership in Little River United Church of Christ, you are invited to attend our next Conversation on Membership class, to be held on Sunday, January 12, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, in the conference room. The discussion will focus on the history and mission of Little River's ministry and on the United Church of Christ. Those ready to covenant with us will do so on Sunday, January 26. For more information, please speak to one of the pastors. The next round of Conversations will be held in March. 1/2

Pilgrim Youth Fellowship

All youth ages 11-18 are invited to join us Sunday evening, January 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, in the Jubilee Room, for dinner and fellowship. Bring a friend!1/9

Coming Soon...

Virginia Interfaith Center's Annual Advocacy Day, January 21

Join fellow social justice advocates at the Virginia Interfaith Center's annual advocacy day on Tuesday, January 21 to learn about the legislation that the Center will be pursuing in Virginia's General Assembly to promote the well-being of Virginians in need. The program begins at the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 8:00 am and concludes at 2:30 pm. Visit Virginia Interfaith Center's website to register. Registration deadline is Friday, January 17. Bus transportation will be available from two Northern Virginia sites: Reston and Woodbridge. Contact Sherry Hoover at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information.1/9

Place Setters Dine Out, January 25

Let's share Saturday dinner January 25 at 6:00 pm at Rose Restaurant in Vienna. This family-owned restaurant serves Iranian specialties. To sign up, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the church office or sign up in the atrium at church. Place Setters is a Little River UCC fellowship program that provides periodic opportunities for small groups of members and friends to get to know one another better over a meal. 1/2

Annual Meeting, January 26

The 2014 Annual Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ will take place Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 11:00 am in the sanctuary. Because of the meeting, worship will take place at 9:30 am only. A draft of the official call follows:

Little River United Church of Christ
Call for Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ is called for Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Principal business of the meeting will include:

  • Receipt of the reports of officers, boards, and committees,
  • Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws as follows:
    • Article IX, Section 3.  Revise the current term for Moderator to a three year term; the first year serving as Moderator-Elect, second year as the Moderator, and the third year as Past-Moderator, serving all  three years on the Church Council.
  • Election of officers and members of boards and committees,
  • Adoption of the budget for 2014,
  • Other business as may be appropriate.

Brian Payne,
Church Clerk 1/10

We're Thankful For...

Little River Still Matters: Stewardship Update

Stewardship logo

A huge thank-you to all those who have turned in their pledge forms for 2014! Knowing the amount of pledges in advance of preparing the church budget enables Little River UCC to be fiscally responsible in allocating funds for the coming year.

For those of you who have not yet turned in your pledges, we ask you to do so as soon as you can. Pledge forms are available in the office or the narthex. To date we have received 152 pledges for a total of $609,839.50. Thank you for sharing your blessings! 1/7

Read Additional Reflections on Stewardship

Tracy Lee, Stewardship Chair (November 15)

Linda Anderson, Moderator (October 31)

Gary Allen, Stewardship Committee (October 25)

Clark Beil, Board of Trustees Chair (October 10)

We Need You...

Donate Sanctuary Flowers in 2014

The 2014 Flower Chart is posted in the social hall. You are invited to sign up to donate the flowers for the sanctuary on the Sunday of your choice, on a first-come basis. This is a wonderful way to honor or remember someone, or to celebrate a special occasion.1/2

You Should Know...

Pledge Envelope Boxes Available

Please pick up your 2014 pledge envelope boxes in the atrium—unless you give electronically or have requested no envelopes. If you are expecting a box in your name and find none, please contact Maureen in the church office at 703-978-3060 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .1/9

By now you have heard the Rev. Susan Henderson's ministry at Little River UCC will conclude on Sunday, March 2, 2014. And you are, no doubt, curious about where the Search Committee is in the process of identifying our next Senior Pastor. We have narrowed the search to a very few candidates. Should all go as anticipated, we will host what is called a "candidate weekend" at church in a couple of months.

During the candidate weekend, the prospective candidate and his or her family will come to Little River for a whirlwind visit. The individual meets with church members in a variety of settings and then preaches at a single Sunday service. After that single service, the candidate will leave the sanctuary and we will hold a congregational meeting to vote on the candidate. We hope that the result of that congregational meeting will be a decision to officially "call" that candidate to the position of Senior Pastor.

Once the official call is made, the individual gives notice at his or her current position, and then it will be two to three months before the newly-called pastor begins at Little River UCC. Given this schedule, we expect to have our new Senior Pastor at Little River in late spring. We are truly excited about the future and thank you for your patience and prayers as we move forward. 12/26

Deacons Adopt Nut Awareness Policy

The Little River UCC Board of Deacons adopted a Nut Awareness Policy at its November 26, 2013 meeting. The policy, as adopted, is as follows:

The church encourages you to avoid bringing foods with nuts for coffee hour or other events such as potlucks because we have individuals in the congregation, including a child, with serious nut allergies. However, we cannot guarantee a nut-free zone. If you are an individual with a nut allergy or have a child with the allergy, you must remain vigilant as there will probably be occasions when some kind of nuts are present.

Coffee teams and leads of potluck events should use the available "contains nuts" signs in the kitchen to label any item that they suspect may contain nuts.12/26

Save the Date!

Open Mike Night

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Little River UCC will once again host Open Mike Night! It's time to think about what talent you would like to present for this evening. All are welcome to participate! More information will follow shortly. In the meantime, if you have questions, please speak with the event chairman, Sue Leathers. 12/4