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This Weekend...

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, June 29

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. Gatherings began on June 15, and conclude this Sunday, June 29, from 8:45-10:00 am, in Room 8. New participants are welcome! This week's discussion will focus on the Book of Revelation. The class is led by Janet Parsons Mackey and Barbara Lowrey. Copies of the book are available from or from Fairfax County Public Library. 6/27

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. 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

Potomac Youth Summer Mission Experience 2014, June 29-July 5

The senior high Pilgrim Youth Fellowship will join with youth from eight other Potomac Association UCC churches for this year's summer mission experience. Nearly 70 youth and chaperones will join together to blitz-build, through Habitat for Humanity, a new volunteer center in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Please come and bid them farewell with a service of commissioning during worship on Sunday, June 29, at 10:00 am. A big thanks to Randy Young and Hank Fairman for chaperoning our youth on the trip.

If you'd like to send a note to a participant, the address is: [individual name], c/o Potomac Youth, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, 43 E. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986. Please mail no later than June 28 to ensure delivery. 6/27

Next Week...

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 in California. 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

Coming Soon!

Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Mosque Visit, July 12

On Saturday, July 12, the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship will travel to Washington, DC, for a tour of the Islamic Center Mosque. The group will depart Little River UCC at 10:00 am. There will be a tour of the building, with its beautiful architecture, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about Islam. The tour will be followed by lunch. Both men and women will need to dress conservatively, no bare arms or legs for the women. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All members of the congregation are invited to participate. 6/27

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...

Little River UCC's Civil Rights Commitment Fifth Sunday Event: Poignant and Powerful

Poignant, often powerful reminiscing occurred at the Sunday, June 22, Fifth Sunday activity, Little River's Civil Rights Commitment: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

About 50 participants attended two panel discussions facilitated by Jason Thompson, Nancy Hall, and Shirley Bloomquist. Panelists George Matthews, Jane Hustvedt, and Steve and Kent Rogers shared experiences going back to the time of Little River's chartering, while panelists Robin Lingo, Nancy Hustvedt Wentworth, and Mary Summers shared perspectives on growing up at Little River UCC. Tom Ross shared thoughtful observations on Little River's social justice commitments today.

Our remembering continued with a short walk down the driveway. Rev. Ron Rising and Rev. Hank Fairman led a service of worship and remembrance in proximity to unmarked graves, "recalling the lives of those whose remains are buried, who lived a life in human slavery." Heartfelt thanks go to George Matthews and Aaron and Caitlin Morneau for sharing their gifts in worship.

Thanks go to the Board of Outreach and Social Justice for sponsoring the event, with special appreciation to Judy Moats, Richard Davidson, and Bob Lingo for their research in locating the graves and to Dee Cardiff for her wonderful illustration of the grave site.

Read additional information on the history of slaves near Little River UCC. 6/27

New Visions Campaign Kudos to Rev. Rob Peters

At the recent annual meeting of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ, long-time Little River UCC member Rev. Rob Peters was recognized for his leadership on behalf of the conference on the New Visions Campaign for New Church Development and Congregational Vitality.

This campaign is helping provide a dramatic expansion in the Central Atlantic Conference, which includes six new congregations. Under Rob's leadership, $350,000 has been raised, including contributions from Little River UCC (see "Strengthen the Church Offering" below). All of the funds remain with the conference for a new staff position and programs.

Rob has provided dedicated service not only to the conference, but also to our church, where he chairs both the Stewardship and Endowment Fund committees. Thank you for your service, Rob! 6/27

Strengthen the Church Offering

A heartfelt 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

We Need You...

Thrive DC Needs Summer Essentials

Thanks to the generous donations during the food pantry collection on Sunday, June 1, Little River UCC was able to donate over 300 pounds of food to Food for Others while maintaining a well-stocked pantry for our monthly Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) obligations. Thank you to everyone who brought in the specially requested items to make that donation possible!

We will again be collecting pantry items on Sunday, July 6. In addition to the staple pantry items collected on a monthly basis, please consider bringing in some items specially requested by Thrive DC. Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of service to help stabilize their lives.

Thrive DC has requested special items to help the homeless in DC through the heat of summer. These items include:

  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sunblock (travel and full-sized items)
  • New water bottles or bottled water
  • Gatorade (bottles or powder)
  • Gently used men's or women's shorts, including "workout"-type shorts
  • New or gently used T-shirts – sizes L, XL, and XXL preferred
  • New socks and underwear
  • Backpacks

Thrive DC also always welcomes donations of travel-sized toiletries. If you bring hotel toiletries home from your summer travels, please place them in the basket outside the sanctuary anytime. 6/27

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will make a delivery of donations for Thrive DC the week of July 7. We welcome any donations of the items above to help the homeless in DC this summer. 6/27

You Should Know...

New Church Directory

Copies of the Little River UCC directory are now available in the narthex! Please pick up a copy the next time you are at church. Electronic copies of the directory are available to members and friends of Little River UCC. If you would like an electronic copy, please call the church office at 703-978-3060 or send an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As always, if you have updates to your directory listing, please let the office know!6/27

Church Council News

The minutes of the May 14 Church Council meeting and the draft minutes of the June 11 Governance Board meeting have been posted on this website. For further information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 6/27