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Our 61st Year Revised March 6, 2014

This Weekend

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9 – don't forget move your clocks forward!

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. Register online

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!3/6

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, continues March 9

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 next gatherings take place on Sundays, March 9 and April 6, from 9:30 until 11:00 am. 3/6

Fair Trade Sale, March 9

Stop by the narthex after worship this Sunday, March 9, and the second Sunday of each month, 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.3/6

"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

Next Week...

Lenten Soup Supper Series: The Art of Lent, March 12

The Garden and the Tree of Knowledge; Christ's Temptation

Join us on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 6:30 pm, in the social hall, for the first in our Lenten Soup and Supper series. We will share a simple meal of soup and bread. Then, through various means of capturing images of life, we will look at the two stories of temptation and what they can show us about our humility. We will look deeply at the difference between knowledge and faith, and how we see these two parts of our human experience guide our decisions. You are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.

Read more about the Lenten Soup Supper Series

If you can help out one of the Wednesday nights during Lent (March 12-April 9) by preparing a pot of soup for the buffet table, 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, 703-978-3060.3/6

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

Coming Soon...

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. If approved, our new Senior Pastor should be joining us in June.

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

Save the Date!

Lenten Music Sunday, March 30

During Advent and Lent, the two reflective and introspective seasons of the church year, the Sanctuary Choir presents larger-scale works with a chamber orchestra. This year, on Sunday, March 30, at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services, the choir will lead worship, sharing J. S. Bach's Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4, one of his earliest cantatas. Scholars call this piece an example of Bach's painting narrative in music. 3/6

One Great Hour of Sharing, March 30

One of Jesus' last actions was to pray for unity among his disciples: "that all may be one." We hold to that enduring vision, although we know that the world presents us with challenges to its fulfillment. One way we, Jesus' followers, can respond to barriers we see around us is by giving generously through One Great Hour of Sharing.

One of five mission offerings of the United Church of Christ, the One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be accepted during worship on Sunday, March 30. Envelopes will be made available, and church school members are receiving coin boxes and sharing calendars. Gifts also may be made online.

Gifts through this offering empower people in poverty to learn a trade, raise their own food, and grow in faith. As people united in Christ, we help provide access to healthy food, good education, and excellent health care. This offering builds bridges, create spaces where people love and connect, and reminds us that we are united as one people, belonging to one family in God. Please give generously, for as long as one person is in need, we are all in need. 3/6

Fifth Sunday is Leaving the Building March 30!

Our next Fifth Sunday project will be a green space cleanup on Sunday, March 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at Roundtree Park, about four miles from Little River UCC. For this springtime inter-generational outdoor activity, participants should wear long sleeves and long pants. There will be a scavenger hunt for the young and young-at-heart. Low-mobility participants are needed as "certifiers" for scavenger hunt results. We look forward to sharing this time together outdoors in stewardship of God's green spaces. 3/6

Seder Dinner, April 6

The Seder meal marks the Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating God's blessings in the Exodus from oppression by Egypt. Join us on Sunday, April 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, for this wonderful interfaith moment, learning about the roots of one of our faith practices. In keeping with the traditions for the Seder, this is an intergenerational event, with a special invitation to our families with young children! All are welcome to the table! 3/6

We're Thankful For...

The Journey Continues at LRUCC

Last Sunday, March 2, we "closed" a chapter of Little River UCC history as we bade a fond farewell to Rev. Susan Henderson after her almost four years of ministry with us. It was a day filled with special significance, from the worship service, which offered reflections on our shared journey together, to the celebration of Susan's ministry that followed. It was a day full of tears, smiles, laughter, and humility with a grace that transcended it all. Susan has taught us a lot in her time with us and has left us with the confidence to move ahead to the next chapter of Little River life. We are thankful for her presence among us and for the love and care she extended to each of us in her time as our pastor. May she move on knowing that God's blessings and peace along with the love of Little River are with her in the days ahead.

It is also time for us to "open" the next chapter of Little River's life in a way that continues our traditions, our extravagant welcome, and our commitment to social justice with the belief that God is still speaking to us. In the next few weeks, we will be welcoming the individual that our Search Committee is recommending to be the third called Senior Pastor in Little River UCC's history. More information about the candidate's visit is above under "Senior Pastor Candidate Weekend."

A special thanks for all who have been a part of the events and activities this past Sunday and to the congregation for their generous contributions thanking Susan for her presence among us. We are a blessed and blessing congregation. Our journey continues! Tom Ross, Moderator3/6

Wow! Come See Our Made-Over Nursery!

The painting work party led by Saundra Honeysett last weekend has turned our dull off-white nursery into a very colorful, exciting, and friendly playroom that our littlest members already adore! The party included Saundra, Camille and Roy Brooks, Chris Jarvis, Dawn Forest, Matthew Halstead, Carter and Sarah and T-Mac Wilbur, Katherine Schultz, Mike Craven, Jane Wallace, John Davis, and Ben Northrup. This first work party of 2014 was a huge success! What about you? Is there something in our building you'd like to fix up too? Just gather a team and present your proposal to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – or just talk with one of us.  We would be delighted to work with you to help make Little River an even warmer and more inviting place. 3/6

We Need You...

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 We all thank you in advance for telling us about your experiences this year, and your hopes for years to come!2/27

Shaw Community Ministry Liaisons Needed

Little River UCC has a long history of cooperation with Shaw Community Ministry (SCM) in Northwest Washington, DC. We are currently in need of two people to serve as liaisons between LRUCC and the board of SCM. If you feel called to live out our mission of social justice and are looking for a way to get more involved, this may be the opportunity for you. If interested, please connect with Jason Thompson, 571-205-2539, or contact any member of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice. 3/6

Planning Committee for Dr. Anil Henry's Visit May 11

Have you ever noticed the list of Little River UCC staff at the end of the Sunday Worship Bulletin? Included at the end of that list, is "Anil Henry, Global Ministries Partner in India." Well, Dr. Henry is coming from India (by way of Tennessee) to visit with our Little River congregation on Sunday, May 11. We are excited to host Dr. Henry on Mother's Day weekend, and look forward to sharing worship with him on that day. To assure an extravagant welcome for Dr. Henry, we need your help. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is seeking interested participants to join the Planning Committee. A brief interest session will be held on Sunday, March 30, from 10:30 to 10:50 am in the Conference Room. All who are interested in helping plan Dr Henry's visit are welcome. If you have questions, or want to express your interest right away, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 3/6

You Should Know...

LRUCC Welcomes Rev. Ron Rising

This week, we welcome Rev. Ron Rising to Little River UCC as our transitional Senior Pastor. Ron will be with us for the next three months on a part-time basis, providing leadership in worship and pastoral care and guiding us as we transition to the arrival of our new Senior Pastor, who is expected to arrive in early June. Ron has already been with us for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and the Ash Wednesday service.

Ron is an ordained UCC minister and brings a wealth of experiences as a pastor, interim pastor, and counselor, principally in Connecticut. Most recently, he served as the Interim Pastor at the Union Congregational Church in Oakville, Connecticut, from 2008 to 2010. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Silver Spring, where they are close to family and grandchildren. Ron plans to be in the office Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, and other times as needed or by appointment. If you wish to contact Ron during this transition period, please contact the church office. You can also reach him on his cell phone at 203-206-7299.3/6

Lenten Calendars and Devotionals

Lenten materials are on the display table in the atrium. Daily devotionals as well as the purple Lent 2014 brochure, which lists Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter events and activities at Little River UCC, is available for pickup at church. Please help yourself and share with a friend!

Lent-Easter information is also available on this website:

Lent 2014 brochure in PDF

Lent-Easter 2014 Details

Worship Schedule3/6

Church Council News

The Little River 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 authorization for the 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. View the draft agenda for that meeting. 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. 3/6