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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, Editor Revised June 18, 2014

This Weekend...

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, June 22

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. Gatherings began on June 15, and will continue on Sundays, June 22 and 29, from 8:45-10:00 am in Room 8. New participants are welcome! The class is led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. Copies of the book are available from or from Fairfax County Public Library. 6/20

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

Gather on Sunday, June 22, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, for a special Fifth Sunday event. During this enriching inter-generational activity, we will talk through, and then walk through, Little River UCC's shared history with the Civil Rights Movement. First, we'll meet in groups to share our collective Little River UCC histories that recognize the intertwined roots of our church and the Civil Rights Movement. We'll share our stories about the church's roots, branches and offshoots that continue to bear fruit from our original commitment to civil rights. Then, at 12:30 pm, the groups will join to walk (or ride as needed) midway down the driveway, for a service of reflection in proximity to the unmarked slave burial site on our property. The short walk and worship service will focus on the longer, symbolic journey of our property from a plantation holding to a parish with an extravagant welcome for all. 6/13

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

Next Week...

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

Coming Soon...

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

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

Save the Date!

Ecclesiastes: A Listen Up! Bible Study begins July 13

God's word is alive. God will always have something new to say to us. That's why the purpose of the Listen Up! Bible Study series is not simply learning information about the Bible. It is hearing God speak. Why Ecclesiastes? Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society. This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God. The class meets Sundays July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, at 2:00 pm, at the home of Chris Weakley, the class leader. Please sign up in the narthex or reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 6/13

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

All-Church Pool Party, July 20

After the worship service on Sunday, July 20, everybody is invited to join our new pastor at an all-church pool party and potluck picnic at the Wakefield Chapel Recreation Association pool on Holborn Avenue in Annandale. Stay tuned for further details. 6/20

We're Thankful For...

Strengthen the Church Offering

A heart-felt thank you to everyone who supported the Strengthen the Church/New Visions Offering on Sunday, June 1. The total offering received was $4,094, which will be split between Strengthen the Church and the Central Atlantic Conference's New Visions campaign. 6/20

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 two new boards out of the existing church council: the Governance Board and the Ministry Board.

The Governance Board is to consist of the Moderator, Past Moderator, Moderator-Elect, Treasurer, Church Clerk, three elected members-at-large, and the chair of the Board of Trustees. It will 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 other 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 met on Wednesday, June 11, and plans to meet on the second Wednesday of every month (with the exception of August). The Ministry Board met on Monday, June 16. 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 moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or other members of the Church Council. 6/20

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

Summer Church School

Church school will be offered this summer beginning Sunday, June 8, 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

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