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Hymn Sunday, August 31

Join us on Sunday, August 31, at 10:00 am, as our worship service celebrates this time of change with a host of favorite hymns.8/29

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Welcome Back to Church School, September 7

Welcome Back to Church School! Church School for children and youth begins Sunday, September 7, following Time with Children at 10:00 am worship. Registration tables will be open in the atrium beginning at 9:30 am and again at 11:00 am for those unable to register before church school. Parents with children 18 years and younger will receive an email with a registration form and further information. Registration forms are also available at We look forward to an exciting, faith-filled year ahead! 8/29

Help Stock Our Food Pantry, September 7

On Sunday, September 7 Little River UCC will collect food for Fairfax FISH as well as other community groups as donations allow. We leave our donations of non-perishable items in the narthex, and during worship the ushers bring a representative basket of donated foodstuffs forward along with our monetary offerings.8/29

"Welcome Back" Picnic, September 7

Save the date and your appetite for an end-of-summer "welcome back" picnic on Sunday, September 7, following the 10:00 am worship service. The church will supply beverages, barbecue sandwiches, and hot dogs; the remainder is potluck. Lots of volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup, so please notify Lois Wyatt, Judy Miller, James Taylor or Clark Beil if you are able to help. 8/15

Photo Day, September 7

We're in the process of creating a new Little River UCC photo gallery and would like to include pictures of everyone. Our expert photographer Katherine Schultz will be taking pictures on Sunday, September 7, the day of the picnic. So bring your best smile along with your appetite, and be sure to stop by and see Katherine. She will have her "photo bench" set up just inside the social hall, and will be available to take photos as you wait in line for your food. 8/22

Pathfinders – Progressive Christian Young Adults Ministry, September 9

Little River UCC's young adults join young adults from other progressive churches for Bible study, dinner, and fellowship. Pathfinders also participate in mission projects, an annual retreat, and other events. To learn more about Pathfinders please contact leader Kathy Staudt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit 8/29

Coming Soon...

Two Worship Services Resume, September 14

Sunday, September 7, will be our last 10:00 am worship service for the summer. Our regular schedule of two worship services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, will resume on Sunday, September 14 8/29

Fair-Trade Sale, September 14

Stop by the narthex after worship on Sunday, September 14, to purchase fair-trade coffee, chocolate, and olive oil. Sales of these quality goods support sustainable agriculture and living wages for workers in developing countries.8/29

Save the Date!

Safe Church Training, November 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, Pilgrim Youth Fellowship and the Welcome Center. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. The training originally scheduled for August 24, has been postponed to Saturday, November 8, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. 8/29

We Need You...

Swiss Footsteps Tour

The Footsteps Committee is in the process of organizing a Swiss Footsteps Tour for July 13 - 25, 2015. The purpose of this Footsteps Tour is to focus on the Swiss Reformation leaders, such as John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, among others. But we will also travel to see the wonderfull Swiss scenery, such as the Matterhorn, and travel by rail on the GlacExpress. Cost for 20 persons is $3,500, plus $1700 air fare. Sign up for the trip is expected to begin early November 2014. For more information contact Robert Lingo, 703 425-9140 8/29

Mission Trip Opportunity - Village of Hope School in Haiti

A volunteer team from Peace Lutheran Church invites Little River UCC members and friends to join them in a Christmas mission trip to the Village of Hope School in Haiti from December 15 - 20. 2014. During this trip, volunteers will organize, package, and distribute Christmas gift bags to the 650 kids and 75 staff as well as work on some projects at the school or at Hope House, where volunteers would stay. There will also be an opportunity to visit some sights in Haiti and maybe experience a special meal at a restaurant. No special talents are required for participation in this trip. Youth must be at least 16 to travel without a parent. Volunteers must be able to climb in and out the back of a truck and tolerate heat (90+), as well as be in generally good health. Travel arrangements are made for the group, but all travel expenses are covered by the participants. If you are interested in participating in this trip, or if you are interested in future trips, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible. 8/15

A Message from the Historians: Memories Needed

We have lots of records in the archives and there are always more and more coming in — minutes and annual reports and facts of every kind. The newsletters over the years give us a lot of the history of the events and important milestones in the lives of our members. But what is missing is the stories behind all the statistics.

We've heard some wonderful tales of events that haven't been recorded in the formal records, like the cows passing by the sanctuary windows during a Sunday morning service soon after we had moved into our new building in 1959, or Beck's recounting of his request to Jane Hustvedt that she scale down her floral displays a bit so he could see the congregation from behind the communion table — and the next Sunday she created a miniature bouquet that could barely be seen. Now that we have so few members from the early days of the church, we should capture these stories as well as all the ones that have been created since.

What we'd like to request is that you write these stories down now before they're forgotten. And not just stories of events. Was there someone who was particularly important to you? Was there a service that was especially inspiring? Did something happen that was memorably amusing? What are the stories that we should cherish?

Write down what you remember, what amused you, what moved you, what was important to you, and/or what you think others should know. Articles can be any length. Print or type your contribution, if you can, or if you don't have a machine, handwrite it on a standard sheet of paper, and we will collect these memories in a notebook in the archives. These documents will be important to present and future members of the church, and, if someone someday decides to write a history of the church, such a collection will be of especial value. Written memories may be mailed to or dropped off at the church office.

Help us preserve special memories of the church!

Kent and Steve Rogers8/15

College Addresses Needed

We would like to stay in touch with Little River UCC college students as they study near and far! Please send college addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses—and new contact information for recent graduates—to Darlene Lane This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone, 703-978-3060.8/15

Jesus and the Gospels DVDs

The Monday morning Bible class is in search of the Great Courses Jesus and the Gospel DVDs. If you borrowed the series, please return to the office. Thank you! 8/15

You Should Know...

Little River UCC, Certified National Wildlife Habitat

"And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)

Little River UCC is now a certified National Wildlife Habitat! Our lovely woodland campus qualifies! We have water thanks to our little creek. We have food sources for a diversity of wildlife, thanks to all our native plants and trees, some of which are bear nuts, berries, nectar or seeds. And we offer many different animals shelter, abundant roosting and burrowing places in our briars and bushes, native grasses, dead trees, and fallen logs. Little River is officially recognized and certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Check out the certificate on the bulletin board in the social hall! And keep your eyes open in the fall for a new sign proclaiming our commitment to caring for all God's creation! 8/15

Church Council News

  • The next meeting of the full Church Council (both Governance and Ministry Boards) will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, beginning at 7:30 pm.
  • The minutes of the May 14 Church Council meeting, the June 11 Governance Board meeting, as well as the draft minutes of the July 9 Governance Board meeting have been posted on this website.

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