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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, Editor Revised May 28, 2014

This Weekend...

Help Stock Our Food Pantry, June 1

On Sunday, June 1, 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.

This month's food offering will support FISH and Food for Others. Food for Others is in particular need of:

  • Canned meats, chili, fruits
  • Mac & cheese
  • Re-usable grocery bags

Please do not bring food that has expired as we are unable to use it, and it becomes a burden to dispose of it. 5/30

Strengthen the Church/New Visions Campaign Offering, June 1

On Celebration Sunday, June 1, we will receive one of four special offerings of United Church of Christ: Strengthen the Church. This offering is received 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.

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

Next Week...

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 (an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman) 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 (challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage) 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: www.facebook.com/NOVAPrideWorship5/23

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 UCC, 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 church office, 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 from Amazon.com or from Fairfax County Public Library. 5/30

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

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

Summer Worship Schedule

Please note that from now through Labor Day, we will worship at 10:00 am only. We will resume two worship services (9:30 and 11:00 am) on the Sunday after Labor Day, Sunday, September 7. 5/30

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