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Our 61st Year Revised January 17, 2014

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Looking Ahead: A Discussion on How We Work Together, January 19

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.

Last Sunday, January 12, members of the organizational review team hosted a discussion about possible changes in the way we operate beginning in 2014. An additional opportunity for discussion will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 12:15 in Room 8. 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! 1/17

Next Week...

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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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 providing 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.

Here is an advance posting of the official call to the meeting:

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,

Election of officers and members of boards and committees,

Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws as follows:

Article IX, Section 3. To 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

Consideration of a proposal (not requiring a bylaws change) to restructure the Church Council by creating a governance group and a ministry group,

Approval of the hiring of a part-time Interim Senior Pastor to serve until a new settled Senior Pastor is called and enters on duty,

Adoption of the budget for 2014,

Other business as may be appropriate

January 18, 2014

Brian Payne,
Church Clerk1/17

Souper Bowl of Caring: Help Tackle Hunger, January 26 and February 2

Please support Little River's youth during the Souper Bowl of Caring after worship on two Sundays, January 26 and February 2, 2014. On Super Bowl Sunday in 1990, a simple prayer inspired a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world. The prayer was "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." Please empty your pockets of change—or your billfold of bills!—into the large soup pots in the narthex. All funds collected will be donated directly to Food for Others in Fairfax. 1/17

Coming Soon...

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, February 2

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 am, for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Please join us for our next conversation Sunday, February 2, 2014, in Room 8. Each month we focus our conversation on a specific issue within the intertwined issues of racism. 1/17

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, February 2 through April 6

Looking for a way to deepen your encounter with the Bible? Can't make it to our usual 11:00 offerings? Looking for something different in Adult Faith Formation? Come and share in an experiential small group gathering, engaging Marcus Borg's Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, through worship, reflection, and discussion. With the help of interactive, engaging conversations, this study provokes us into deeper inquiry of the Bible, and welcomes us to ask questions and engage our imaginations, and encourages listening for and discovering the word.

We will focus on the Hebrew Scriptures, where they came from, and how we can journey with their stories on our life in faith. Our gatherings will take place every other Sunday from February 2 through April 6, 2014,  from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This time was selected to meet the busy schedules of our families with children, though all are welcome. The class will be led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. Please contact Darlene in the church office, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by January 26 to reserve a copy of the book (cost is $15). In order to be fully engaged at the first session, you will be asked to read chapters 1-3 (about 50 pages) before we gather. 1/17

Safe Church Training, February 2

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, in Room 8. Safe Church training is required every two years for anyone who works with children and youth at Little River UCC—including child care, church school, youth group, and the Welcome Center. Little River's goal is to be a universally safe church. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. A meal will be provided. If you'd like to attend, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To ask questions or address concerns, please contact Pastor Hank This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 1/17

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 155 pledges for a total of $618,739.50. Thank you for sharing your blessings! 1/15

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

Save the Date!

Open Mike Night: Let's Put On a Show!

Whether you're an irrepressible Paul McCartney ("Gotta sing! Gotta dance!") or a hesitant Ringo Starr ("Would you stand up and walk out on me?"), Little River's Open Mike Night is for you! People of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to share their art through spoken word, comedy, dance, skit, any kind of musical performance, and more. You can even perform with a live band, courtesy of our ace house musicians. Show time is Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 7:30 pm.

Please let us know what you plan to perform by Sunday, February 2. If you want the band to back you up (and who doesn't?), give us either the sheet music or lyrics and a recording (CD, mp3, web link, etc.) by that date–but earlier is better! Sign up at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Send your music to the same address or give it to maestro Dave Shepherd. So that all may have a turn, please plan to take part in only one act.

We're also looking for a merry crew to help with refreshments, setup, and decorating. If can help in any way or want to know more, please contact coordinator Sue Leathers.

Above all, we're looking for lots of you to come enjoy a sparkling night of entertainment and togetherness! 1/15

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Plan to prepare for the start of Lent—the most important Christian holiday season—by joining Little River UCC friends for a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come when you can; a blessing will be said at 6:30 pm. Pancakes, sausage, and fruit salad will be served, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office by Sunday, March 2, so we can get a rough head count. Donations (cash or check) will be received at the door. We also need volunteer pancake flippers, set-up helpers, and clean-up angels! Sign up on the bulletin board in the social hall after worship services on Sunday, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for kitchen help or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for setup and cleanup. 1/15