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Our 61st Year Revised February 20, 2014

This Weekend...

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

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, continues February 23

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. Our gatherings take place on Sundays February 23, March 9 and April 6, from 9:30 until 11:00 am. Although the class began on February 2, it's not too late to join in. The class will be exploring the Torah portion of the Hebrew Bible (chapter 5 in Borg's book) this Sunday.2/20

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.

Participants are welcome to bring a sandwich to eat during the discussion and then join the car pool to the Clara Barton National Historic Site at 1:15 pm. 2/13

Little River on the Go by the Big River, 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

Next Week...

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 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm 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 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, we will be painting and putting the room back in order. All supplies and refreshments 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

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

Coming Soon...

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

First Friday: Fat Tuesday on Friday, March 7

Bring your children to First Friday on Friday, March 7, from 6:30- 9:30 pm! The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. If you pre-register by March 2, the cost is $8 with a family maximum of $20! Register online or between worship services at the table in the narthex.

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!2/20

"Hands On" Little River, March 9

Our hands--what incredible instruments they are! Over the course of any day they do so many things: cooking and cleaning; feeding one's self and sometimes others; caressing and correcting; praising and praying--so many ways our hands express who we are. On Sunday, March 9, the Women's Ministry Team invites the women of Little River UCC to a true spa experience to pamper your hands: hand waxing, a treatment that leaves them wonderfully soft, supple, and gently eased of arthritic pain. Plan to join us as we experience a spa moment enhanced by meditation to help us recognize the connection of our hands to our spirits. Marilin Sailor will lead us in this special treatment, and Jennifer Atkinson will once again share her poetic gifts in expressing the spirituality of the connection between body and spirit. We will meet in the Jubilee Room at 12:15 pm, after the second service, and finish by 1:30 or so. Light refreshments will be available; feel free to bring a "finger" food to share with others2/13

Save the Date!

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...

"Souper" Thanks for Helping Tackle Hunger

Although Denver lost, it also won! How? Well in our Souper Bowl of Caring, Denver was the big winner, collecting $309.00 for our local food bank. Seattle collected $235.96, and there was one good soul who made a $20.00 a check with no team specified. In total, our local food banks were $564.96 richer for your participation. On behalf of the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship, thanks for playing!2/20

We Need You...

Seeking Soup for Wednesdays in Lent

This Lenten season we will gather on Wednesday evenings to share a simple meal of soup and bread before we explore "The Art of Lent," a creative journey with different fine arts. Please consider preparing a pot of soup for the buffet table to nourish our hungry bodies before we embark on each evening's journey. If you can help out one evening in March or April please sign up in the narthex after worship, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the church office, 703-978-3060.2/20

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 7 to 9 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...

February Church Council Meeting

The LRUCC Church Council met on Wednesday, February 12 and took action on several items, including approval of the LRUCC Annual Meeting minutes of January 26, the Church Council minutes of January 14 and authorized the Church moderator to sign a "covenant" letter with Reverend Ron Rising. Draft minutes of the February 12 Church Council meeting have also been posted. The next Church council meeting will take place in March. The exact date will be announced shortly--it will be moved from it's usual "second Wednesday" so as not to conflict with the Lenten series. An agenda will be posted a week ahead of the actual meeting. For further information, please contact Church moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 2/20