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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised September 4, 2014

This Week...

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

Monday Morning Bible Study, September 8

The Monday morning Bible study class features weekly discussion of the Bible and related Bible topics. This year the group explores The Great Courses series Jesus and the Gospels. The Gospels raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and the religious movement within which these narratives were produced. They also provide sometimes bewilderingly diverse images of Jesus. Is it possible to shape a single picture from the various accounts of his life given us by these Gospels? Can we really know who Jesus was? Classes meet on Monday mornings, at 10:00 am, in Room 8. 9/5

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

Next Week...

Two Worship Services Resume, September 14

Our regular schedule of two worship services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, will resume on Sunday, September 14. 8/29

Animate: Bible, September 14

In each session the group views a brief video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spends time on personal reflection and journaling, and shares ideas with the group. Topics include Canon, History, Testaments, Gospels, Genre, Interpretation, and Grace. The class meets Sundays at 11:00 am, from September 14 through October 26, in Room 8. 9/5

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

Women's Book Group, September 14

Please join the book group on Sunday, September 14, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, for a discussion of The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.9/5

Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Kick-Off Cook-Out, September 14

All youth ages 11-18 are invited to join us on Sunday, September 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, in the Jubilee Room. Let's reconnect, widen our circle of friends, and plan for the year ahead! Please bring chips or a favorite dessert to share. 9/5

Coming Soon...

Greening Little River Work Party, Saturday, September 20

Have you noticed the horde of invasive plants that are about to overwhelm our driveway? Next time you turn off Little River Turnpike into our main drive, be careful, they may grab your car! The Green Justice Team and the Board of Trustees need your help; it's time to fight back! We are calling a "greening work party" on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, to clear invasive brush on both sides of the driveway starting from our entrance signs and working as far toward the church as we can in three hours. Everyone is welcome to help, but long sleeves, jeans, sturdy shoes, and work gloves are necessary. The trustees have some tools, but it will help if you can bring lopping shears, saws, rakes, etc. We'll provide coffee, water, donuts, and cookies at 8:45 am as we organize the party for 9:00 am. Please sign up at our table in the narthex following worship on Sunday, September 7 or 14. Let's have fun cutting up together! 9/5

Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, September 28

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to participate in a free screening of Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert on Sunday, September 28, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard, in Arlington (Rte. 50 and N. George Mason Dr.). From Maria Shriver's groundbreaking multi-platform The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, in partnership with the Center for American Progress, comes this emotional film from HBO which tells the story of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, whose daily struggles mirror the multiple challenges faced by 42 million women and the 28 million children who depend upon them. Come learn about Katrina, a single mother of three, who works as a certified nursing assistant in an extended care facility in Chattanooga, TN, and often has to forgo her own health care needs to try to make ends meet on an inadequate salary of $9.49 per hour. This event is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Light refreshments will be served. 9/5

Save the Date!

Adult Faith Formation for Fall

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Adult Faith Formation offerings! The Board of Christian Education has worked to create many new ways for you to discover the expressions that God shows us each day. These offerings are tailored to our creative side, our academic side, our spiritual side, and our fun-loving side. Come share yourself and your story as we journey together in a life of faith. For more information please see the bulletin board in social hall and to preregister please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race and learn how race intersects with many justice issues, we gather on the first Sunday of each month at 8:30 am for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Conversations begin on Sunday, October 5, in Room 8.

Faith in Film

On the second Sunday of even-numbered months, we gather for lunch and a movie at 12:30 pm. The films are chosen to be relevant to today's most pressing issues of justice, faith, society, spirituality, and how we can grow in our faithful response. Monthly themes tie together Faith in Film and the church's outreach and social justice programs. These programs are offered in partnership by the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and the Board of Christian Education. The first film and discussion will take place on Sunday, October 12, in Room 8.

Women's Book Group

On the second Sunday of odd-numbered months, the Women's Book Group gathers, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, in Room 7, to discuss books of mutual interest. Please see "Women's Book Group," above, for information about the first gathering this fall, on September 14.

Saving Jesus

The class is a small-group, DVD-based exploration of the relevance of Jesus, featuring religious voices of our day. Topics include Who Was Jesus, Jesus' Ministry of Compassion, and Why Jesus is Worth Saving. Sessions begin on Sunday, November 2, at 11:00 am. 9/5

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...

Missing August 3 Worship Service CD

We need your help in tracking down the missing CD recording from the worship service on Sunday, August 3. This was the week that Craig was off so we did not have the MP3 recording of the service. Without this CD we cannot post the sermon on to the website. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you for your help! 9/5

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

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

You Should Know...

Speaking of Stewardship

He/She gives only worthless gold who gives from a sense of duty--James Russell Lowell9/5

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 the most recent Church Council and Governance Board meetings 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 . 9/5