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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, Editor Revised May 21, 2014

This Weekend...

Summer Worship Schedule Begins May 25

Please note that beginning Sunday, May 25, we will worship at 10:00 am only. Celebration Sunday worship takes place on Sunday, June 1, at 10:00 am, followed by the church picnic. We will resume two worship services (9:30 and 11:00 am) on the Sunday after Labor Day. 5/9

Next Week...

Strengthen the Church/New Visions Campaign Offering

On Celebration Sunday, June 1, we will receive one of four special offerings of United Church of Christ: Strengthen the Church. This offering is collected to support growing congregations in the United Church of Christ through:

  • funding new church starts and invigorating existing congregations
  • nurturing lay and pastoral leadership
  • building youth and young adult ministries
  • supporting the God is Still Speaking ministry and its extravagant welcome for all within the United Church of Christ

This year we also have the opportunity to support the New Visions campaign in the Central Atlantic Conference. It is a one-time campaign to support new church starts and renewal of existing congregations.

Three churches in the Potomac Association already are benefitting from the campaign. Contributions will be shared equally by Strengthen the Church and the New Visions campaign.

Additional information will be mailed to the congregation next week. Please make checks payable to Little River UCC with "Strengthen Church/New Visions" on the memo line. Thank you for your generous support of these vital projects building the church's future. 5/16

Celebration Sunday Picnic, June 1

On Celebration Sunday, June 1, our annual church picnic will follow the single 10:00 am worship service. Please bring a side dish or dessert and a good appetite. The church will supply the entree. Share conversation and food with dear friends and new acquaintances. Hope to see you there!

We need lots of volunteers to make this happen. If you are able to help with shopping, setup, cooking, leading games, or cleanup, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 5/16

Safe Church Training, June 1

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Sunday, June 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, in Room 8. Safe Church training is required every two years for anyone who works with children and youth at Little River—including child care, church school, the youth group and the Welcome Center. Little River UCC's goal is to be a universally safe church. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. If you'd like to attend please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To ask questions or address concerns, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 5/16

Coming Soon...

Northern Virginia Interfaith Pride Worship Service, June 5

People of Faith for Equality in Virginia welcomes you to a service of celebration on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 7:00 pm, at Little River UCC. This service of praise and prayer, under the theme "Build Our Future Bright: A Global LGBT Jubilee—From Marshall-Newman to Bostic v. Schaefer," will be inclusive of all faith traditions and expressions and will welcome all people of faith who support the LGBT community in Northern Virginia.

In 2006, a group of faith leaders sought to bring the LGBT-supporting congregations in Northern Virginia together to stand against the Marshall-Newman amendment and to continue to work for equal treatment of same-gender loving people under the laws of Virginia. Eight years later, the ruling of the US District Court on the Bostic v. Schaefer case brings that spirit to a new place. Through the holy scriptures of diverse faith communities, we will celebrate the love between creator and creation and the unique and intentional beauty of each individual. Through spoken word and song, the rainbow hues of creation will shine out the fullness of the human condition! For event updates, please visit

UCC Churches to March in the Capital Pride Parade, June 7

On Saturday, June 7, the annual Capital Pride Parade will kick off at 4:30 pm near Dupont Circle. The United Church of Christ is sponsoring a float, and congregants from Rockville United, Bethel, Hope, and Little River UCCs, along with other Potomac Association UCC members and friends, are invited to participate. The best part? God will be speaking when we join with our UCC family to walk in the parade. The Little River UCC contingent will gather at the church at 2:30 pm and will take the Metro down to the parade staging area. You can also join the group at the float, arriving no later than 3:30 pm in the staging area (the location number will be circulated closer to the event). For those with mobility needs, we can arrange for a seat in the Pride Jeep, departing at 1:00 (please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 706-978-3060, to reserve a seat). Little River UCC participants will have the opportunity to pass out LRUCC 'swag' that includes bookmarks and very cool wristbands. Did we mention T-shirts too?! God IS still speaking!5/23

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time Returns June 15

Looking for a way to deepen your encounter with the Bible? Looking for something different in adult faith formation? 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. June sessions focus on the Gospels, the Epistles, and the Book of Revelation. New participants are welcome! Gatherings take place on Sundays June 15, 22 and 29, from 8:45-10:00 am, in the Jubilee Room. The class is led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. Copies of the book are available in the office for $15.00. 5/9

We're Thankful For...

A Hospital in Mungeli, India

On Sunday, May 11, many of us at Little River UCC had a unique opportunity to learn first-hand of the work we are supporting through our benevolence to Global Ministries and contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing every year. Our missionary, Dr. Anil Henry, accompanied by his wife Teresa, shared about their work at the Christian Hospital in Mungeli, India, which provides medical, educational and social services to thousands of local residents in the area. Through his meditation at both services and his presentation at a potluck luncheon afterward, we learned of the inspirational story of the Christian Hospital, which was started by Christian missionaries in 1879. Lives are literally being transformed through the contributions we make.

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Henry and his wife, and to the Board of Outreach and Social Justice for helping to make this visit possible. You are encouraged to watch a video on the hospital website to further understanding of how important our support is to this incredible ministry. It is a reminder of how much we can do and how much our support is needed in order to continue this powerful ministry.5/16

Thank You from Shaw Community Ministry

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice and Shaw Community Ministry want to extend a cheerful "thank you" to the congregation. Our annual fundraising effort collected more than $1,500 for a six-week summer camp at Cleveland Elementary School in downtown Washington, DC. There will be daily breakfasts and lunches, weekly field trips, several excursions to a community pool, and programs to maintain grade level over the summer months. 5/16

We Need You...

Torture Awareness Month

In observance of Torture Awareness Month, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to stop in the conference room after the worship service on Sunday, June 15 and send (1) a thank you note to Senator Warner for voting to make public part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the treatment of terrorism suspects after September 11, 2001; and, (2) a message to President Obama asking him to personally oversee the declassification of the report to make sure it is made public without delay and with only minimal, essential redactions.

Read more about this important issue.5/23

Kitchen Chaos

Dried-up bread loaves, lumpy milk, slimy iridescent green ham, cloudy mystery beverage, solid half and half, cheddar cheese with suspicious spots, limp vegetable plate three weeks old—all these items were recently found in the refrigerator, unloved, unwanted, (and worth at one time about $30.00), quietly moldering away, until someone took pity on the mess and tossed it all out. So this is a reminder: please don't leave leftovers—it's wasteful and messy.

The Kitchen Fairies, AKA: Almuth Payne and Sue Leathers 5/23

Summer Church School Teachers Needed

Church school will be offered this summer for children ages 3-9, beginning Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 am. The children will begin in worship and proceed to class following Time with Children. Three volunteers are needed each Sunday to staff classes through the end of August. No experience is necessary and all lesson and craft materials will be provided. Please sign up in the narthex. 5/16

Graduates: Information Please!

On Sunday, June 1, we will honor members of our church family who graduated this spring, or have done so since last June, from high school, college, technical school or graduate school. If that describes you or a family member, please notify the church office in writing by Monday, May 26. Please include the graduate's name, school and degree, relationship (if not a Little River UCC family member) and, for high school graduates, whether they will continue their education, military service, etc. Also please let the office know about any address changes for graduates listed in the church directory. Please send this information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 5/9

You Should Know...

New Church School Butterfly Garden

On Saturday, May 17, a small work party completed a special project in our courtyard. Jane and Don Wallace, John Davis, and Ben Northrup built a new raised garden, next to the preschool's garden, for our youngest church school classes. Both gardens contain spring bulbs and various seasonal plants, but their primary emphasis these days is on plants that will attract and feed butterflies. Thus, these two gardens, planted by young children, will supplement each other through the summer and fall for many years to come. Our courtyard is a sunny and sheltered space that is easily visible through the windows of classrooms 2 and 4, so that children and teachers can watch these gardens throughout the year in any weather. The church school children and their teachers will be planting their new butterfly garden during the remainder of this spring planting season. Everyone is invited to visit these gardens and enjoy this forgotten corner of our church as nature's wonders unfold through the coming months. If you wish to visit the courtyard, entry is either through the small kitchen behind the cloakroom, or up the stairs from the lower courtyard next to the Jubilee Room hallway. 5/23

Church Council News

The approved minutes of the April 24 Church Council meeting and the draft minutes of the May 14 Church Council meeting have been posted on this website. Information on the May 17 Church Council retreat as well as the dates for upcoming Church Council meetings will be posted here shortly. For further information, please contact the moderator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 5/23