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Our 61st Year Revised March 14, 2014

This Weekend

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 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

Liturgist Orientation, March 16

Have you ever thought about being the liturgist on a Sunday morning? Would you like to help serve the Little River community by contributing your voice and time to worship? Little River's Worship Committee will be offering a liturgist orientation session on Sunday, March 16, at 10:30 am in the conference room. The session will last about 30 minutes. Please speak to Chris Weakley for additional information. 3/12

Next Week...

Lenten Soup and Discussion: The Art of Lent, March 19

Faith: Abraham and Nicodemus; promises broken and made whole

Join us on Wednesday, March 19, in the social hall for the second in our Lenten Soup and Discussion series. We will share a simple meal of soup and bread beginning at 6:30 pm. Then, at 7:15 pm, we will begin our discussion. Our stories are woven through those of each person we have ever met. Our relationships are the warp and weft of who we are. Then they become frayed by the living of our days, so we must find ways to darn the broken places. We will look deeply at forgiveness and apology, and how we can live as re-weavers of the fabric of life.

To assist with clean up following supper, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.

View additional information about the Lenten Soup and Discussion series

If you can help out one of the Wednesday nights during Lent 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, 703-978-3060.3/12

On March 22 and 23, Little River UCC welcomes our candidate for Senior Pastor. You are invited to join the festivities for this weekend designed around the theme of New Beginnings—celebrating spring as well as the possibilities it offers. You and your family are welcome to attend one or more of the events that suit your schedule and your interest. Let's all provide an extravagant LRUCC welcome to our candidate!

View the Senior Pastor Candidate Weekend schedule of events in PDF

Saturday, March 22

Saturday will begin with a visit to Greenspring at 10:00 am, followed by lunch with the Church Council at 12:00 noon. The youth group will gather with Pastor Hank at 2:30 pm to meet and converse with the candidate (snacks provided!). At 3:00 pm, families with children will join the candidate for milk and cookies, stories, songs, and a craft in the choir room. Then, starting at 4:00 pm, all are invited to an open house in the social hall. Come enjoy a spring inspired fiesta with music, light hors d'oeuvres, and sparkling drinks.

Contributions of plated hors d'oevres are needed and welcome; please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let her know what you would like to bring. Following the open house at 5:00 pm, Kathleen Styles will host a panel discussion with the candidate in the sanctuary. Time will be included for congregation members to ask questions.

Sunday, March 23

On Sunday the candidate will preside over a single 10:00 am service with communion. Church school will follow a communion Sunday format with an activity for children after the Time with Children. Following the service the candidate will depart and we will hold a congregational meeting at 11: 30 am where we will vote whether to call this candidate to our church. If approved, our new Senior Pastor should be joining us in June.3/12

Call to Special Congregational Meeting, March 23

A Special Congregational Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ is called for Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 11:30 am in the church sanctuary for the purpose of calling a Senior Pastor and other business as may be appropriate.

Ann Lingo
Church Clerk
March 12, 2014

Richmond Wrap-Up—A SALT Event, March 22

The Little River UCC Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to participate in the upcoming Social Action Linking Together (SALT) Richmond Wrap-Up on Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 to 11:15 am. The event will be held at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 180, in the Patriot Hall, 330 Center Street North, Vienna, Virginia (enter the rear of the building). Following the opening keynote Northern Virginia legislators will discuss the 2014 General Assembly session, and answer questions from attendees. Professor Richard Rubenstein of the George Mason University School of Conflict Resolution will keynote on the theme: "How do Poverty and Inequality Endanger Virginia? Are there Solutions?" Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the American Legion (703-938-9535) for directions. 3/12

Coming Soon...

Lenten Music Sunday, March 30

During Advent and Lent, the two reflective and introspective seasons of the church year, the Sanctuary Choir presents a larger-scale work 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 Green Space Cleanup, 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 intergenerational 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

Save the Date!

Seder Dinner, April 6

Come join us on Sunday, April 6, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the social hall for an intergenerational Seder dinner. The Seder is the feast which marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating God's blessings in the Exodus from oppression in Egypt. In keeping with the tradition of the Seder, this is an intergenerational event with a special invitation to our families with young children! All are welcome at the table!

A traditional Seder menu will be served. We invite you to help create a part of the meal at home (recipes provided!) and bring it to share. In order to have enough food for everyone, we ask that you RSVP. If you would like to attend and/or can help prepare an element of the meal, please sign up in the narthex or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office via email or phone, 703-978-3060. We would like a rough head-count by Sunday, March 30. If you have questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We hope you will come and experience this wonderful meal!3/12

We're Thankful For...

The Journey Continues at LRUCC

On 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 a celebration of Susan's ministry which 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 to 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 "You are Invited to Senior Pastor Candidate Weekend."

A special thanks for all who were a part of the events and activities on Sunday, March 2 and to the congregation for their generous contributions to 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 Forrest, 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 or any other 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 a 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

Rev. Ron Rising is settling in as Little River UCC's transitional Senior Pastor. Ron will be with us for the next three months on a part-time basis, providing leadership on worship and pastoral care and guiding us as we transition to the arrival of our new Senior Pastor.

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 interim period, please contact the church office. You can also reach him on his cell at 203-206-7299.3/12

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