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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, Editor Revised June 5, 2014

This 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:

This Weekend...

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. The Little River UCC Group will be staging on 22nd Street, NW, between O and P Streets. Our group will be the fifth group, counting back from P street. Walkers should arrive no later than 4:00 pm and will see the UCC float at that location when they arrive. For those with mobility needs, we can arrange for a seat in the Pride Jeep, departing at 1:00 pm (please contact the church office, 703-978-3060, 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! 6/6

Summer Church School begins June 8

Church school will be offered this summer, beginning on Sunday June 8 at 10:00 am, for children ages 3-9. The children will begin in worship and proceed to class following the 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. 6/6

Fair Trade Olive Oil News, June 8

When the fair trade coffee, chocolate, and olive oil are offered for sale this Sunday, the cost of a bottle of olive oil will be $18, not $15.The seven member churches of the Olive Oil Ministry met recently to discuss how best to move forward with sales of the oil. Bob and Ann Lingo and Dave and Jan Curtis represented Little River UCC at this meeting. Briefly, the decision to raise the price was based on the commitment to continue supporting both the Palestinian farmers and the many programs of the Tent of Nations (ToN), a Christian mission in the West Bank working for peace with justice. Whereas two years ago, the net to ToN from the sale of one bottle was about $6, the net has fallen (due to increased costs of shipping and handling) to about $4. The return to Palestinian farmers per half liter remains about $3.50. In light of the recent devastating destruction at ToN and in recognition of ToN's extraordinary programming, the group agreed to charge $18 per bottle and thereby increase the net to ToN to $7. Furthermore, $18 per half liter of organic, fair trade, extra virgin olive oil compares well with the marketplace. The cost per liter, sold in cans, remains $30, a great bargain that provides excellent returns to both the producers and ToN. Read more about Tent of Nations and the recent destruction of its trees and land.6/6

Next Week...

Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Lock-In, June 14 –15

All youth age 11–18 are invited to attend a Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Lock-In on Saturday, June 14 to Sunday, June 15. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and stay tuned for details! An adult male chaperone is please needed in order for the lock-in to take place. 6/6

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. The June 15 class will be held in Room 8, while the other classes will be in the Jubilee Room.. The class is led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. Copies of the book are available from or from Fairfax County Public Library. 5/30

Torture Awareness Month: Stop by the Conference Room on June 15

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

Coming Soon...

Celebrating Little River's Civil Rights Commitment: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, June 22

Mark your calendar now for a very special Fifth Sunday event on Sunday, June 22, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. This will be an enriching inter-generational activity as we talk through, and then walk through, the parallel histories of our church and the Civil Rights movement. 6/6

The Scourge of Human Trafficking: A Special Screening of Not My Life, June 22

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to join other members of our interfaith community to learn what houses of worship and individuals can do to recognize and help stop human trafficking. A screening of Not My Life, a film about this heinous crime in our midst, will be held at Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike in Annandale, on Sunday, June 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm . This program is sponsored by the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP). Kay Duffield, Director, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative, and Robin Gahan, Director of Programs, VICPP, will speak following the screening and will entertain questions and comments from attendees. Light refreshments will be provided. 6/6

Save the Date!

Shalom, Ron Rising! Join us for a Special Coffee Hour on June 29

Sunday, June 29, will be Rev. Ron Rising's last Sunday at Little River UCC. Ron has served as our interim senior pastor since the beginning of March. We will celebrate his ministry among us and express our thanks to him with a special coffee hour following the 10:00 am worship service that day. We have a lot to be grateful for as Ron has helped guide us through a very busy period at the church. Please plan on attending and expressing your appreciation to Ron! 6/6

Little River UCC Welcomes Rev. Dr. David Lindsey, July 6

On Monday, June 30, David Lindsey will arrive at Little River UCC and begin his ministry with us as our new senior pastor. On Sunday, July 6, we will officially welcome David to our congregation as he leads the 10:00 am worship service.

Following worship on July 6, Dee Cardiff is planning a patriotic celebration to be held in the social hall, featuring visits by some of the U.S. Presidents from the 20th and 21st centuries. You will have a chance to connect with the presidents who were in office on the day you were born, answer some trivia questions, find out who is in your age group, and even enjoy a few munchies associated with "your" President! If you are interested in helping Dee with this celebration, please get in touch with her.

There are all-church and neighborhood events being planned for this summer to welcome David and his fiancee, Carrie Dobmeier, to the Little River UCC community. Details of these events will be shared soon!

David was called by Little River UCC at a congregational meeting on Sunday, March 23, following more than a year's work by our Senior Pastor Search Committee. For the past seven years, David has served as the senior minister of Lynnhurst Congregational UCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to that, David served as an associate minister at the Manhattan Beach Community Church in California. David recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. in Theater from Centre College in Kentucky, and a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. David's first day in the office at Little River will be Monday, June 30. 6/6

Little River UCC to Host Exhibit by Danish Artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen in July

In July, Little River UCC will have the honor of hosting an exhibit of artwork by Danish expressionist artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen. The exhibit will include a series of paintings and drawings on biblical themes. Some of it is more representational, other is more abstract, all of it is interesting! You can get a sneak peek of the work online at The exhibit will arrive at the end of June and will be on display in our hallway the second week in July. Volunteers are needed to help install the exhibit. If you can help the first week of July for a couple of hours, please contact 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 . 6/6

Women's Book Group, The End of Your Life Book Club, July 20

The Women's Book Group will meet on Sunday, July 20 at 11:15 am, in Room 7. The group will discuss The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe. This non-fiction book is about two love stories. One is between the author and his mother, who has pancreatic cancer. The other is the love the mother and son have of books. They form a two-person book club and discuss books as they wait for appointments and treatments. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion about this loving way of dealing with end of life issues. 6/6

We Need You...

Strengthen the Church Offering: There's Still Time!

A heart-felt thank you to everyone who supported the Strengthen the Church/New Visions Offering on Sunday, June 1. There is still time to make a contribution online or by check. Results of the offering will be published next week. 6/6

You Should Know...

Church Council Retreat and Next Steps on Governance

On Saturday, May 17, the Little River UCC Church Council held a retreat and spent the morning together to begin implementing the new pilot effort authorized by the congregational annual meeting this past January. This effort involves creating creating two new boards out of the existing church council: the "Governance Board" and the "Ministry Board."

The Governance Board is to consist of the elected officers of the church (Moderator, Past Moderator, Moderator Elect, Treasurer, Church Clerk, three elected members-at-large and the chair of the Board of Trustees) and deal with such key policies as finances, budget, personnel, building and groups, and other operational responsibilities of the church. The Governance Board is expected to meet at least monthly. The Ministry Board is to consist of the chairs of the boards and committees of Little River UCC along with the Historian/Archivist and membership clerk. The focus of the Ministry Board will be planning and coordination of the programs, worship, and mission of the church. They expect to meet at least quarterly. Both the Governance and Ministry Boards will also meet jointly during the year to discuss current issues and to coordinate activities.

At the retreat, both groups spent time discussing their various roles and what they perceive their responsibilities to be. Each group understood the importance of good communications not only between the boards, but also with the congregation. Meetings will be announced ahead of time along with meeting agendas, and minutes will be made available to the congregation as soon as possible after the meetings. All meetings will be open to any member of Little River UCC.

The Governance Board will meet on Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 pm, and plans to meet on the second Wednesday of every month (with the exception of August). The Ministry Board will meet on Monday, June 16, at 7:00 pm. A full Church Council meeting (the Governance and Ministry Boards) is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, with another meeting planned for November. Updates on meeting dates and times will be provided through Current Tidings, the church web site and the bulletin.

For further information or to share suggestions or concerns, please contact the moderator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or members of the Church Council. 6/6

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

Speaking of Stewardship

A summer reminder from the Stewardship Committee: Butterflies are free, but…pastors, great organ music and Youth programs are not! Please keep your church giving current during the summer weeks. Remember: Cheerful givers live longer!6/6