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Our 61st Year Revised May 1, 2014

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Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, May 4

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race we gather Sunday, May 4, at 8:30 am, in Room 8 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Sunday's session is Race and…Leadership. This is the final gathering for the program year. Intersections resumes on Sunday, September 7. 4/30

The Troubbable of Zerubbabel, May 4

This Sunday, May 4, the Joyful Noise and Salt of the Earth choirs will be presenting the musical The Troubbable of Zerubbabel at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. The musical tells the Old Testament story of the rebuilding of the temple of Solomon through song and dramatic readings. Although we know less about the temple rebuilt by Zerubbabel than the earlier temple built by Solomon or the one built by Herod, this second temple stood for almost 500 years—over 100 years longer than its predecessor and over 400 years longer than the magnificent temple built later by Herod. Please join us to hear this wonderful and oft-forgotten story. 4/30

Collection for Shaw Summer Camp, May 4

Shaw Community Ministry is launching its annual spring drive to raise funds for Camp Shining Star, a summer day camp that provides a wonderful out-of-school alternative for inner-city children in Washington. The focus is on fun, but the camp also provides important enrichment experiences for kids who need help achieving and maintaining grade-level skills over the summer. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be accepting donations in the narthex after both services on Sunday, May 4. Shaw Community Ministry is very thankful for the ongoing support from Little River UCC!4/24

Women's Book Group - Moloka'i, May 4

Please join the book group on Sunday, May 4, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, for an insightful discussion of Alan Brennert's historical fiction book Moloka'i. The book is set in Hawaii in the late 1800s and centers around Rachel's family as they learn that she has leprosy. She is removed from her family and sent to a leper colony on Moloka'i. It is a story of human drama, isolation, tragedy, joy, courage, and dignity. 4/22

Next Week...

Gay Men's Chorus Benefit Concert for Equality, May 9

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC, one of the area's most acclaimed musical groups, will peform the evening of Friday, May 9, for the benefit of People of Faith for Equality for Virginia (POFEV). The Little River UCC Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages your participation in this joyous and inspiring evening of music. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling. Doors open at 6:30 pm for tapas; the concert begins at 7:30 pm.

To reserve a seat, make a donation online to POFEV of $15 per adult and $5 per child with a credit card or PayPal account. Click on the large, black Gay Men's Chorus icon. Write "Gay Men's Chorus" in the "purpose" field next to the amount paid. Bring your receipt, and we'll have your tickets at the door. Child care will be available at the event. For more information, go to 4/22

Dr. Anil Henry Visit, May 11

On Sunday, May 11, we will welcome our missionary partner from India, Dr. Anil Henry and his wife Teresa, to Little River UCC. We provide an annual benevolence to Dr. Henry through Global Ministries to support his work at the Christian Hospital of Mungeli. Dr. Henry will share a meditation at both services on May 11.

Following the 11:00 am service, at 12:15 pm, you are invited to join Dr. Henry and his wife for lunch and an informational talk in the social hall. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will provide vegetarian lasagna; potluck side dishes (including salads and desserts) are needed and welcome, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up to contribute to this meal. This promises to be a wonderful opportunity for Little River UCC to connect with Dr. Henry and learn about his work. Questions? Please contact the Board of Outreach and Social Justice at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4/22

We're Thankful For...

Fifth Sunday

A huge thank you to all who participated in our Fifth Sunday/Earth Day activity at Roundtree Park on Sunday, April 27! The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is happy to report that a lively, inter-generational group of 25 people joined together for more than two hours to fill and remove from this community park, 20 full trash bags of 'stuff' and about 10 bags of recyclable materials! 4/30

Faith in Film

Thank you to all who participated in Faith in Film this program year. The series, offered in partnership by the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and the Board of Christian Education, resumes in September. 4/30

One Great Hour of Sharing Donations

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice reports that we at Little River UCC gave $5,486 to our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 30. Thank you! Because of your generosity, this money will join other churches' offerings to help alleviate hunger, address refugee crises, and ameliorate the results of natural disasters. 4/22

We Need You

Help Stock Our Food Pantry, May 4

On Sunday, May 4, and every communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-perishable, staple food items, which are placed in our church's FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community.

Little River UCC maintains a food pantry to provide assistance to the needy in our community as part of our commitment to making a difference in the world. The pantry is overseen by the Board of Outreach and Social Justice, and food donations are distributed to several local charities. Once a month, Fairfax FISH accesses the pantry to prepare bags of food for those needing immediate help in the Fairfax area. Bags of pre-sorted food are also prepared for use by Little River UCC's clergy to respond to walk-in needs as they deem appropriate. Additional food and supplies held in the pantry are sorted quarterly and distributed to Food for Others, Homestretch, and Thrive DC. In addition to the special collection on the first Sunday of every month, donations of non-expired, non-perishable foods, baby items, household cleaning supplies, and small toiletries are always welcome for the pantry.

The following items are especially appreciated by our partner organizations:

  • Baby formula and food, rice cereal
  • Canned meats, chili, pastas fruits & vegetables
  • Cereal, Juice Boxes, Mac & Cheese, Pasta & Sauces
  • Disposable diapers, pull-ups and baby wipes and Home cleaning supplies
  • Rice, Peanut butter, and Snacks for children (Goldfish, granola bars, individual snacks)

All donations are distributed to the following charities to support their good work in our community: Fairfax FISH, Food for Others, Homestretch, and Thrive DC4/30

Planning Committee Forming Now for Participation in Capital Pride Parade

On Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, in Room 8, Little River UCC members are invited to meet with members of other local United Church of Christ churches to plan our involvement in the Capital Pride Parade to be held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 7. All interested people are invited to attend this strategic planning session. We will discuss issues of float setup and breakdown, marching,and other parade activities. 4/30

You Should Know...

What Ever Happened to Passages?

Before our beloved newsletter, Currents, went all-electronic, members and friends at Little River UCC were able to keep track of the joys and concerns of the congregation through the regular column Passages. With the move to the electronic Current Tidings and Currents on the Web, the ability to communicate these important milestones to the congregation while protecting the privacy of those involved was missing. Its absence has been very much on the mind of the congregation, the pastoral staff, and the Communications Advisory Team! We know that this is an important part of the work we do and we rejoice to report that we have a solution!

Beginning the middle of May, a twice-monthly email will be sent just to members and friends of Little River UCC. This email will be a place to share joys, concerns, and address updates with the congregation. We envision that this also would be available at church in printed form for pick-up or for mailing to those who are unable to access email. Stay tuned for additional details and thank you for your patience!

Heather Shackley, Chair, Communications Advisory Team 4/30

Church Council News

The minutes of the March 23 special congregational meeting, the April 13 special Church Council meeting, as well as the draft minutes of the April 24 Church Council meeting have been posted on this website.The next meeting of the Little River UCC Church Council will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 pm. An agenda will be posted the week 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 . 4/30