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Our 61st Year Revised April 4, 2014

This Weekend

First Friday: Love Your Mother (Earth!), April 4

Bring your children to First Friday on Friday, April 4, from 6:30-9:30 pm. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. If you pre-register by Sunday, March 30, the cost is $8 with a family maximum of $20. Register online or between church 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! 3/19

Annual Brunch for College Ministry, April 5

One of Little River's benevolences is United College Ministries in Northern Virginia. This ecumenical ministry, known as ARISE at the George Mason Univeristy (GMU) campus, depends on financial support and volunteer assistance from churches and from individual church members who want to ensure that students have support for their faith journeys while on campus. This ministry seeks to develop students' faith walks through four main areas: worship, service, fellowship, and small groups. The Little River UCC Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages members and friends of Little River to attend the annual ARISE brunch on Saturday April 5, 2014, at 10:00 am at GMU. This brunch will provide an opportunity not only to learn more about ways to support ARISE, but also to hear the Rev. Dr. Ray Buchanan, founder and president of "Stop Hunger Now," an organization our church also supports. To attend, visit the website at or call This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at United College Ministries (703-426-1939). 3/26

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, April 6

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race and learn how race intersects with many justice issues, we gather on the first Sunday morning of each month at 8:30 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Please join us for our next conversation Sunday, April 6 in Room 8. Each month we focus our conversation on a specific issue within the intertwined issues of racism. 3/19

Help Stock Our Food Pantry, April 6

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, 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. 4/3

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, April 6

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 final gathering will take place on Sunday, April 6, from 9:30 until 11:00 am in the Jubilee Room. It's not too late to join in!3/19

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 a complete menu, please sign up in the narthex, by phone or email with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office, 703-978-3060, or by email with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , no later than Sunday, March 30! We hope you will come and experience this wonderful meal!3/26.

Next Week...

Lenten Soup and Discussion: The Art of Lent, April 9

Dry Bones and Grave Clothes: Ezekiel's Valley and Lazarus' Tomb

Join us on Wednesday, April 9, in the social hall, for the final 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. This week, we will look deeply at the music that surrounds us when we encounter death—songs that speak to us about the end of human life and of what, we have faith, awaits us..

To assist with cleanup 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 Wednesday nights by preparing a pot of soup for the buffet table, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the church office, 703-978-3060.3/31

Little River on the Go, April 12

Let's get together on Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, to share a morning of exercise, fellowship, and a potluck lunch. We will enjoy the cherry blossoms, viewed close up or panoramically from the Virginia side. We can cross the 14th Street Bridge on foot or by bike or stroll on the Virginia side along the Mount Vernon Trail. We'll avoid the driving and parking hassles by meeting at Columbia Island Marina near the LBJ Grove. Bring a picnic dish for our potluck lunch. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or sign up in the narthex to participate. 3/26

Palm Sunday and Palm Parade, April 13

The 9:30 am service on Sunday, April 13, begins with a palm parade. All children and youth are invited to participate. Please meet Ashton Streavig in the choir room at 9:00 am to receive instructions and palms. 4/3

Faith in Film Returns with Chasing Ice, April 13

Faith in Film returns on Sunday, April 13, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in Room 8 to share lunch and to view Chasing Ice. Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. To help 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 . For more information on the film please visit

Coming Soon...

Maundy Thursday, April 17

A Service of worship and sacrament at 7:30 pm. We will remember Jesus' last meal with the disciples, and his words of prayer in the garden. This service includes a ritual of hand washing and communion.4/3

Good Friday, April 18

Via Dolorosa: Walking through the Passion Narrative, 6:30 pm

In concluding our focus on The Art of Lent, a new spiritual practice will be offered one hour prior to the Tenebrae service. Our friends in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have long walked the story of Holy Week though the Stations of the Cross. We will look deeply into the faces and moments of Christ's path from his arrival in Jerusalem to the place of his burial, using a progressive and modern display of the stations.4/3

Tenebrae Service of Worship, 7:30 pm

The traditional service of candles and darkness will begin our experience of the three days of self-exploration leading towards Easter through music, meditation, communion, scripture, and the extinguishing of the lights.4/3

Easter Vigil, April 19

An Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday, April 19, at 8:00 pm. This service is one of the oldest recorded services in Christian liturgy. It begins after sunset on Saturday to symbolize the arrival of the Third Day and then moves through a celebration of light, of word, of water, and of communion.4/3

Easter Sunday, April 20

Sunrise Service, 6:15 am

A service of baptismal renewal and communion, followed by an Easter breakfast with hot cross buns and Easter eggs.4/3

Traditional Easter Worship Services, 9:30 and 11:00 am

The brass and tympani call us to rejoice as we exclaim, "Christ the Lord is risen today!"

As a part of the 9:30 am service, an Easter Time with Children will be offered, with an Easter activity following for all children.4/3

Holy Week and Easter information is also available on this website:

Lent 2014 brochure in PDF

Lent-Easter 2014 Details

Worship Schedule4/3

Easter Offering, April 20

On Easter Sunday, April 20, a special offering will be received at all services. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice asks for your support of this offering which will fund our third annual Stop Hunger Now event in September. Last fall, Little River UCC members and friends packed over 20,000 nutritious dehydrated meals that were sent to feed the hungry in Burkina Faso. Thank you for tremendous support in 2013. Save the date for September 28, 2014! 3/26

Fifth Sunday Green Space Cleanup Postponed

Our next Fifth Sunday project will be a green space cleanup at Roundtree Park, about four miles from Little River UCC. Originally scheduled for March 30, this outing has been postponed due to very un-springlike weather. Watch for news of a new date.

When this springtime intergenerational outdoor activity does happen, 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. 3/30

Save the Date!

Little River UCC to Host Forum on Solitary Confinement and Mental Health Behind Bars

As the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has increased in recent years, more questions are being raised about the consequences of this trend and its impact on inmates and their families. Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has recognized that prolonged isolation of inmates can amount to torture, because of its profound impact on mental health, and urges that solitary confinement never exceed 15 days.

Little River UCC's Board of Outreach and Social Justice, along with SALT (Social Action Linking Together) and Interfaith Action for Human Rights, the mid-Atlantic partner of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, invites you to a forum exploring this topic on Wednesday evening, April 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the social hall. Find out what we are learning about the impact of solitary confinement on mental health and how different states are addressing this. Learn what Virginia is doing to reduce the use of isolation at Red Onion and Wallens Ridge prisons. Explore why this matters to the public and not just to inmates and their families, and find out about opportunities for advocacy around the issue. Invited speakers include Laura Markle Downton, Director of U.S. Prisons Policy and Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope, Rev. Jon Barton of the Virginia Council of Churches, and survivors of solitary confinement. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 4/3

We're Thankful For...

An Extravagant Welcome Indeed! Little River Calls Rev. David B. Lindsey

On Sunday, March 23, the membership of Little River UCC voted overwhelmingly to call the Rev. David Lindsey to be our third senior pastor, effective June 30, 2014.

Preceding the congregational meeting was a Saturday full of activities with David, which included a meeting and dialogue with the residents of the Greenspring community, followed by a luncheon meeting and discussion with the church council, a discussion with the youth of the church, an activity with children, and a reception followed by a question and answer period. Throughout it all David had an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions, ask and respond to questions, and meet many of the members of Little River UCC.

On Sunday morning, David led the worship service, preaching on Remember the Poor?, before the congregational meeting took place affirming him as our new senior pastor. He and his fiancée, Carrie Dobmeier, returned to the church to join in a celebration and to officially accept the congregation's call. In accepting, David expressed appreciation and thanks to the search committee, the congregation and others who helped make this happen.

David and Carrie will be returning to Minneapolis to complete his ministry at Lynnhurst Congregational Church and to complete his requirements for his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching before joining us at the end of June.

Little River is indebted to everyone who participated in the search process, especially those who served on the search committee as well as to those who made the candidate weekend such a success. It was truly an extravagant welcome for our new senior pastor and his fiancée! Welcome David and Carrie! 3/26

You Should Know...

Little River UCC Safe Church Committee

As a community of Christian faith, Little River UCC is committed to creating and maintaining its community and to providing programs and facilities in which members, friends, staff, and volunteers can worship, learn, and work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. To support this objective, the Safe Church Committee has recently been re-established with new members: Anne Holmes, John Mingus, and Robin Petrusak who will be helping implement and coordinating our safe church policy. Further information on our Safe Church Policy is available on our web site or by contacting one of the committee members. Thanks to Anne, John, and Robin for agreeing to serve! 4/3

Rev. Susan Henderson Sends Her Heartfelt Appreciation

Rev. Susan Henderson's last day at Little River UCC was Sunday, March 2. On that day, we expressed our farewell to Susan with deep gratitude for her ministry among us. Susan has written a letter to the members and friends of Little River UCC, sharing her thanks for the celebration and recognition of the ministry we have shared during this time of transition.

Read Susan's letter3/26

Speaking of Stewardship

"Butterflies are free, but..." Can you finish this paraphrased adage? Hint: check the stewardship bulletin board in the social hall at church! 4/3

Church Council News

The draft minutes of the March 23 special congregational meeting have been posted on this website. The next meeting of the Little River UCC Church Council will take place on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 pm. The meeting has been moved from its usual second Wednesday so as not to conflict with the Lenten series. An agenda will be posted a week ahead of the meeting. For further information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 4/3