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Our 61st Year Revised February 27, 2014

This Weekend...

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

Blessings and Peace to Rev. Susan Henderson, Sunday, March 2, at 10:00 am

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 Bunny Jones by phone or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 1/29

Help Stock Our Food Pantry, March 2

On Sunday, March 2, and 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.

Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) is a non-profit direct-aid program supported by 16 Fairfax County churches near the City of Fairfax. FISH responds to requests for necessities such as food, clothing, critical transportation, and urgent financial assistance with housing and prescriptions.

FISH volunteers distribute food from our pantry to area clients. Quarterly, we send unused food to other mission partners, including Food for Others and Thrive DC (formerly the Dinner Program for Homeless Women), where our most recent donation went to assist the homeless in Northwest Washington. Read more about these programs on our Local Support and Action web page. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities by visiting our partners' sites.

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice thanks the congregation for its ongoing generosity in this life-giving year-round ministry of our church. 2/27

Next Week...

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

Coming Soon...

Faith in Film, March 16

Faith in Film returns on Sunday, March 16, from 12:30-2:00 pm, in Room 8 to share lunch and a movie. This month's focus is Women's History Month. We will share in several segments of MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The PBS documentary "tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy." To help us 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.2/27

Save the Date!

The Little River UCC Senior Pastor Search 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. 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...

Sign a Card for a College-Aged Young Adult

Please take a moment this Sunday to write an encouraging word to Little River's college-aged members at the display in social hall. The signed cards will be mailed to students along with a Lenten devotional.2/27

Christian Education Survey

In the hope of providing the most meaningful experiences in faith formation for each person at Little River UCC—child, youth, and adult—we are asking all members and friends to take a moment and complete an online survey. This will provide the Board of Christian Education good feedback as they work to design and plan the faith formation opportunities for the summer and upcoming 2014-2015 program year. The survey will take you about 15 minutes and will be open until March 31. We will report back on the survey results after Easter. To complete the survey please visit: surveymonkey.com/s/LRUCC_Christian_Education_Survey. We all thank you in advance for telling us about your experiences this year, and your hopes for years to come!2/27

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 March 12-April 9, 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

You Should Know...

Church Council News

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 authorizing 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 on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 pm. A draft agenda will be posted the week of March 3. Additional information on Church Council may be found on the Boards & Committees web page. Please contact Moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions. 2/27