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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised September 11, 2014

This Week...

Day-To-Serve Interfaith Food Drive to Benefit Our Neighbors, September 13

The Clergy and Leadership Council of Fairfax County is calling on faith communities to work together to commemorate this year's Day-to-Serve* with an interfaith effort. Volunteers from Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, the Baha'i Faith, Ravensworth Baptist Church, and the Annandale Stake of the LDS Church will work together on Saturday, September 13, to collect food and other items to benefit local food pantries. Donations will be accepted, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Giant Food Store at 7317 Columbia Pike in Annandale, and at the Shoppers Food Warehouse at 6360 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church. You will find volunteers at store entrances and exits with flyers detailing the needs of the receiving food banks. Our area food banks are depleted of much needed commodities, such as fresh foods and diapers (gift certificates are welcomed). All donations will be gratefully received and used to feed our neighbors. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice hopes you will do your grocery shopping at one of these stores on Saturday September 13.

*Day-to-Serve began in 2012 as collaboration among the governors of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and the mayor of Washington, DC. Setting aside political differences, they worked together to feed the hungry and improve their communities. 9/11

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. Read about other adult faith formation opportunities coming this fall. 9/11

Fair-Trade Sale, September 14

Stop by the narthex between the worship services 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. Please note, the sale table is open between the two services only. The table will not be open after the 11:00 am service. Please plan accordingly and make your purchases during the 10:30 to 11:00 am window. 9/11

Women's Book Group, September 14

Please join us on Sunday, September 14, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, in Room 7, as we discuss Elizabeth Strout's book, The Burgess Boys. Jim and Bob Burgess moved from Maine to New York as lawyers. Their father had died in a freak accdient. Their sister, Susan, remained in Maine with her son who did not blend in with the community or with the family. He unwittingly draws his uncles back to Maine. The story involves family secrets, love, verbal cruelty, diversity, and lack of tolerance for others. Join us for a lively discussion! 9/11

Green Justice Team Meeting, September 14

The burgeoning Green Justice Team will meet again on Sunday, September 14, at 12:30 pm, in Room 8. All are invited to attend as we continue our discussions on caring for Little River UCC's urban forest and our role in environmental justice. This will be an informal talk to examine our commitment to the eco-challenges we face as a community. Bring a lunch and join the conversation! 9/11

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

Next Week...

Greening Little River Work Party, 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

Coming Soon...

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

Hands-On Sunday Project — Stop Hunger Now, September 28

Since 2012, the community at Little River UCC has sent 33,000 meals to Haiti and West Africa to help feed children with limited resources. Our partnership with Stop Hunger Now has enabled us to serve the wider world and strengthen our community's bonds.

On Sunday, September 28, we will gather in the social hall from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to pack highly nutritious meals that will be sent abroad in hopes of fighting the global hunger pandemic. We need 75–100 people this time to pack some 20,000 meals. Between setup, packing and cleanup, there will be jobs for people of all abilities and ages (four and up). Child care will also be provided. Please sign up at the Outreach bulletin board in the social hall or contact the church office. Questions? Contact any member of our Board of Outreach and Social Justice, or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See you there!

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

We Need You...

Neighbors in Need Offering, October 5

Imagining a World Where Literacy is No Longer a Concern

Little River UCC is located in an area of strong schools, where many take the ability to read for granted. Yet, we know this is not so for everyone. This year we have an opportunity to support essential reading programs and initiatives through our Neighbors in Need offering. This program, which the United Church of Christ (UCC) highlights, is among the wide range of direct service projects and social justice initiatives supported by our yearly Neighbors in Need offering. One third of the offering will support the Council for American Indian Ministries, which provides funds for 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one multi-tribal congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two thirds of the offering will support the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries. This office works with a wide network and continues to advocate on issues such as voting rights, health care, environmental justice, immigration, civil liberties, and the federal budget. Watch for bulletin inserts, and look for envelopes in the pews on Sunday, October 5. If you prefer, you may write a check directly to Little River UCC with "NIN" in the memo line. When you give, please be generous. 9/11

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

Switzerland Footsteps Trip

The Footsteps Committee is organizing a Switzerland Footsteps trip for July 13 to 25, 2015. The purpose of this trip is to focus on Swiss Reformation leaders, such as John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, among others. We will also travel to see the wonderful Swiss scenery, such as the Matterhorn, and travel by rail on the Glacier Express. Rev. David Lindsey will be leading the group. Cost per person is $3,500, plus $1,700 air fare, with a 20-person group. Signup for the trip is expected to begin late October 2014. For more information contact Robert Lingo, 703 425-9140. 9/11

You Should Know...

Speaking of Stewardship

Coming soon—the 2014 Stewardship campaign! This year's theme: Will your heart play a part? 9/11

Church Council News

  • The full Church Council (both Governance and Ministry Boards) met on Wednesday, September 10, 2014:  Minutes from that meeting will be posted shortly.
  • The next meeting of the Ministry Board will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 7:00 pm.
  • The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 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 . 9/11