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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised July 3, 2014

This Weekend...

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

On Sunday, July 6, we officially welcome our new senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. David Lindsey, to our congregation. David will lead us in worship at 10:00 am.

Following worship, 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!

There are all-church and neighborhood events being planned for this summer, including the all-church pool party, 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 was Monday, June 30. 6/6

Thrive DC Needs Summer Essentials, July 6

On Sunday, July 6, we will again be collecting nonperishable items for local food pantries. In addition to the staple pantry items, 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 "work-out" type shorts
  • New or gently used T-shirts, sizes L, XL, and XXL preferred
  • New socks or 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 with 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

Little River UCC Hosts Exhibit by Danish Artist

This month, Little River UCC has the honor of hosting an exhibit of artwork by Danish expressionist artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen. The exhibit includes a series of paintings and drawings on biblical themes. Some of it is more representational, other is more abstract, all of it is interesting! The exhibit is on display in our hallway through the end of July. You can get a sneak peek of the work online. Many thanks to Rev. Julie Holm for shepherding the exhibit to Little River UCC, and to Judy Miller and her team of volunteers for installing it!7/4

Next Week...

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.

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.

Sessions are:

  • Sunday, July 13 - Ecclesiastes 1 & 2
  • Sunday, July 20 - Ecclesiastes 3 - 4:8
  • Sunday, July 27 - Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 6:12
  • Sunday, August 3 - Ecclesiastes 7 - 12

Classes meet 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 . 7/4

Coming Soon...

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 and Picnic, July 20

Join Pastor David Lindsey and other Little River UCC folks on Sunday, July 20, following worship, for an all-church pool party and picnic! We will gather, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Wakefield Chapel Recreation Association Pool, 4627 Holborn Avenue in Annandale, for this church-wide, intergenerational, and fun-filled day. In addition to the large pool, baby pool, changing facilities, lifeguards, shade, and a sand volleyball court, there will be grills with accessories and a snack bar available. Bring your swimsuits, a potluck lunch dish to share, and something for your family to grill, to the picnic tables on the back hill. There is limited capacity, so please sign up in the narthex or RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . On hot days, parking is limited, so consider carpooling from church. In case of thunderstorms, this event will be cancelled. 7/4

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, 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, Aaron and Caitlin Morneau for sharing their gifts in worship.

Sponsored thru the Board of Outreach and Social Justice, special thanks go to Judy Moats, Richard Davidson and Bob Lingo for their research in locating the graves, and to Dee Cardiff for the 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 not only has provided dedicated service to the conference, but also to our church where he serves as chairs of both the Stewardship and Endowment Fund committees. Thank you for your service, Rob! 6/27

You Should Know...

Endowment Fund Progress

The good news: The Little River UCC Endowment Fund is growing. The challenge: It still needs to reach its minimum goal before it can benefit church programs.

In 2006, LRUCC established a formal Endowment Fund with a written policy and operating plan. It was created to provide ministries that might not otherwise be possible. The fund may be used for four purposes:

  • Special outreach projects as requested by the board of Outreach and Social Justice;
  • Innovative ministries or programs, and/or capital projects at LRUCC;
  • Support of the church operating budget as requested by the Trustees;
  • Theological or continuing education.

When the endowment was established, the congregation stipulated that no payment be made from the fund until the total amount contributed reaches $250,000. After that, a portion of annual dividends and growth in value, but never contributions, may be spent. So far, the fund has received $184,000, leaving us $66,000 short of our minimum goal.

Where do contributions come from? Bequests that come from estates are the primary source of support for Little River's endowment. Second, some individuals make periodic contributions when they receive unexpected gifts, inheritances, or tax refunds. A third source is memorial giving from members and friends of Little River when a beloved member or friend dies.

Where and how is the money invested? The Endowment Fund is invested with United Church Funds, the UCC foundation in New York. The good news is that the current market value of the endowment (contributions plus dividends plus growth) is approximately $290,000.

Even though we haven't yet reached our initial goal, the endowment has come a long way. Now we have an opportunity to make further progress. Our hope is that over the next several months the Endowment Fund will see significant growth, and that it will reach the goal of $250,000 in contributions during Little River's 60th anniversary year in 2015.

If you have questions about the Endowment Fund or wish to make a gift, please speak with a pastor or a member of the committee. Members are Rob Peters (Chair), Jen Beckman, Fran DuRocher, Brian Payne, and Jerry Surbey. 7/4

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. The next meeting of the Governance Board will be on Wednesday, July 9, beginning at 7:30 pm. For further information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 7/4