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Our 61st Year Revised February 7, 2014

This Weekend...

First Friday: Happy Hearts, February 7

Bring your children to First Friday on Friday, February 7, from 6:30- 9:30 pm. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Additional information and registration forms are available here.

First Friday is a kids' night out program, designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. Dinner is provided for children and helpers. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC. Tell your friends and family! 2/7

Youth Sunday, February 9

This week, our worship services will be led by the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship and the Salt of the Earth and Joyful Noise choirs. On Sunday, February 9, they will share with us a new way to encounter God's word—by tweeting the Good News! Come and share in this salty and bright encounter at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am services. Thanks to PYF leaders Chris Weakley and Carolyn Yocom as well as Church School teachers Jennifer Atkinson, Natalie Stapert, and Carter Wilbur for their guidance in bringing the service together. 2/7

Fair-Trade Sale, February 9

Stop by the narthex after worship on Sunday, February 9, 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.1/29

Faith in Film: Welcome to Shelbyville, February 9

Faith in Film returns on Sunday, February 9, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm, in Room 8 to share lunch and to view Welcome to Shelbyville. From the film's website:

Welcome to Shelbyville is a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In this one small town in the heart of America's Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone's throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

To help plan our meal together, please sign up in the social hall or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on the film please visit the PBS website.1/29

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Mid-Session Legislative Update, February 9

Join other members of our interfaith community on Sunday, February 9, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, in the social hall at Little River UCC to learn where the priority issues of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy stand halfway through the 2014 Virginia General Assembly legislative session. This program will provide an opportunity to meet with VICPP staff and other committed advocates to hear about the status of bills that have switched houses and to discuss ways to oppose bills that can harm the poor and vulnerable in Virginia. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 2/7

Next Week...

Little River UCC Church Council Meeting, February 12

On Wednesday, February 12, members of the "new" Little River UCC church council will have their initial meeting, beginning at 7:30 pm, in Room 8. All members of Little River are invited to submit items to be included on the agenda.

At the January 26 annual congregational meeting, the congregation authorized the council to undertake a pilot effort this year in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of how it operates. Essentially, the council was authorized to conduct business through two groups, the Executive Board and the Ministry Board. The Executive Board will focus on the key policies and "governance" of the church in terms of finances, operations and personnel. The "Ministry" Board will focus on identifying priorities for the church's mission and coordinate programs and activities. Each group could meet separately, but establish procedures for communication and collaboration.

All meetings of the Church Council, the Executive Board and the Ministry Board are open to any member of Little River UCC. Agendas will be posted ahead of time and minutes of the meetings will be made available to all members. View a draft agenda for the February 12 meeting. For further information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Moderator, via email, or by phone at 202-329-8641. 2/7

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, continues February 16

Looking for a way to deepen your encounter with the Bible? Can't make it to our usual 11:00 am faith formation 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.

The class will be led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. 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 from 9:30 to 11:00 am on Sundays February 16, and 23, and March 9 and 23. April 6 will be a make-up day in case it is needed. Although the class began on February 2, it's not too late to join in. The class will be exploring creation stories on Sunday, February 16.2/7

Coming Soon...

Open Mike Night, February 22

On Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 pm, come enjoy a sparkling night of entertainment and togetherness as Little River UCC holds Open Mike Night. Open Mike Night is our annual informal performance jam, feturing songs, original poetry, music, readings, and more from our talented church friends and stalwart band.

Would you be willing to help set up or clean up for an hour our two, or to bring a dessert or other refreshment? To volunteer or to find out more, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or speak with event coodinator Sue Leathers 2/7

Women's Book Group, February 23

The Women's Book Group will meet to discuss The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian on Sunday, February 23, from 12:15 until 1:30 pm.

This book is a historical love story steeped in the Armenian culture. Elizabeth volunteers on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to help deliver food and medical supplies to refugees of the Armenian genocide in 1915. Laura, in current times, goes back in her family history to find out what happened to her family members in the genocide. This book is especially relevant since 2015 will be the centenary anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Please join us for a thoughtful and insightful discussion. 1/29

Little River on the Go:  Clara Barton National Historic Site, February 23

On Sunday afternoon, February 23, as a fellowship event for all ages, we plan to tour the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland. Clara Barton, Civil War nurse, founded the American Red Cross when she was nearly 60. She lived her last 15 years in a house that also served as national headquarters for the Red Cross and a rooming house for volunteers. The unusual building overlooks the Potomac at Glen Echo. After a potluck lunch at church, we will carpool, departing the church at 1:15 pm. After the tour, some may choose to walk a scenic stretch of the nearby C&O Canal towpath. If you would like to attend, please sign up in the narthex after worship or by contacting the church office via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone, 703-978-3060. For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 2/7

Save the Date!

Rev. Susan Henderson's Farewell, March 2

Rev. Susan Henderson's last day at Little River UCC will be Sunday, March 2. On that day, we will express our farewell to Susan with deep gratitude. We will be doing that through a special service of worship, beginning at 10:00 am (there will only be one worship service that morning), which will include our conference ministers. Immediately following the service there will be a brief time of fellowship, followed by a short ceremony which will include some special remembrances, music, and gifts that reflect our love and appreciation. We hope that you will be present on Sunday, March 2, to honor and thank Susan for her love and devotion.

As a part of the time of fellowship, we will be providing light refreshments in the social hall and could use some help with simple kinds of snacks: cheese and crackers, fruit or other kinds of finger food. If you are able to assist, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 1/29

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 4

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, 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

The Search Committee brings tidings of great joy! The committee has identified the individual whom they will recommend as Little River UCC's next Senior Pastor. They have scheduled a candidate weekend for March 22 and 23, and hope that each of you will be available that weekend to meet the candidate and to vote on the candidate's call. Details for the candidate weekend are still being worked out, but the weekend will culminate with the candidate presiding over a single 10:00 am service on Sunday, March 23. Following that service the candidate will depart and we will hold a congregational meeting where we will vote whether to call this candidate to our church. Additional activities will be scheduled, including an opportunity for all Little River UCC members and friends to meet with the candidate on Saturday, March 22. As is the common practice, we will share the name of the candidate about a week before the candidate weekend. We are told that the United Church of Christ is like a small town in terms of sharing news and it is important that our candidate have the opportunity to officially notify his or her current church at the appropriate time. This is an exciting period for LRUCC, and we look forward to introducing you to our candidate in March. 2/7

We're Thankful For...

Thank you, Hube Beckwith!

Since 1991, Hube Beckwith has served as editor of Little River UCC's newsletter, Currents. For more than 20 years, Hube made sure that our newsletters appeared in our mailboxes bi-weekly with information as timely, accurate, and compelling as humanly possible. In November, Hube transferred newsletter editing responsibility to Heather Shackley, who began her work with Current Tidings as a staff member last summer and now continues as a volunteer. Athough Hube continues to archive each week's Currents online, to produce the print-friendly edition, and to serve as an active member of the Communications Advisory Team, with this change, he has relinquished a major volunteer responsibility. His years of dedicated newsletter-editing were recognized at the Annual Meeting on January 26 with an announcement and a standing ovation. Please join us in our hearty appreciation of Hube! 1/29

We Need You...

Let's Freshen Up the Nursery, February 28 and March 1

Volunteers are needed to make the nursery a warm, cozy, welcoming room for our youngest visitors! On Friday, February 28, from 10:00 am to noon and 6:00 to 9:00 pm, we will be cleaning, moving the furniture, and patching the walls to prepare for painting. On Saturday, March 1, from 10:00 am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm, we will be painting and putting the room back in order. All supplies and refreshments will be provided; please come dressed to get messy! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in showing off those DIY skills! 1/29

Apostle of Coffee or Disciple of Decaf?

Make new friends and help us keep the coffee flowing! The Apostles of Coffee. The Disciples of Decaf. These are just two of our nine Coffee Teams, those friendly folks who bring you coffee and tea every Sunday morning. We are nine teams, each with seven to nine members. Each team serves once every ninth week. The teams are large enough that if a few team members are out of town there are still enough members to serve the coffee. But recently several team members have moved, and we're looking for a few people to replace them. We need all types of volunteers: if you're friendly you can pour and serve; if you're strong, you can hoist the coffee pots; if you like to clean, we've got lots of cups to run through the dishwasher; if you don't have time on Sunday mornings you can bring a snack to share. Training will be provided. Please help us keep the coffee flowing, and send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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 2/7

Seeking Liturgists

Have you ever thought about being the liturgist on a Sunday morning? Would you like to help serve the Little River UCC community by contributing your voice and time to worship? Little River's Worship Committee is happy to help you understand what you need to do and will also be offering orientation sessions in March for anyone interested in being a liturgist. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information or to volunteer. 2/7

You Should Know...

Little River Welcomes Rev. Ron Rising!

At the Little River UCC Annual Meeting held on January 26, 2014, the congregation approved the hiring of Rev. Ron Rising as Interim Senior Pastor, succeeding Rev. Susan Henderson, effective Monday, March 3. Ron will serve on a half-time basis until the arrival of our new senior pastor, anticipated to be later this spring. Ron's focus will be on worship, parish care, and helping ensure a smooth transition over the next few months.

Ron is an ordained UCC minister and brings a wealth of experiences as a pastor, interim pastor, and counselor, principally in Connecticut. He last served as the Interim Pastor at the Union Congregational Church in Oakville, Connecticut, from 2008 to 2010. He is currently retired. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Silver Spring, where they assist with family and grandchildren. Ron has a B.A. in history from Tufts University, a M.Div. from Yale University, and a Th.M. from United Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. Minnesota. Ron will be introduced at the February 9 worship services. Please join us in welcoming Ron to Little River! 1/29

Update to Roster of Congregational Leaders

The following updates have been made to the roster of congregational leaders at Little River UCC:

  • Pat Berry, appointed to fill a vacancy on the Stewardship Committee, class of 2016
  • Steven Carr, appointed to complete Ann Lingo's term as at-large congregational representative to Church Council, class of 2015
  • Brian Payne, appointed to complete James Taylor's term on the Endowment Fund Committee, class of 2016
  • Rob Peters, appointed to fill a vacancy on the Stewardship Committee, Class of 2017 1/29