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Our 61st Year Heather Shackley, EditorRevised September 18, 2014

This 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. Let's have fun cutting up together! 9/5

Animate: Bible, September 21

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, through October 26, in Room 8. Read about other adult faith formation opportunities coming this fall. 9/11

Next Week...

Confirmation Class Dinner for Families, September 27

Confirmation is the historic process by which youth affirm the promises make at their baptism and take on the role of full participation in the church. You and your youth are invited to join for an evening of supper, information, and discernment about this year's class. We will meet on Saturday, September 27, at 5:00 pm, in the Jubilee Room. This will be an appetizer and dessert potluck. Please bring one of each, appetizer and dessert, that shares something about your family's heritage, traditions, or favorite foods. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, September 21. Questions about the class, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 9/19

Our Whole Lives Interest Meeting, September 28

Our congregation believes that our sexuality is part of God's gifts in creation. To help our youth grow into adulthood, we offer Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith (OWL). OWL is a multi-age curriculum developed to provide comprehensive sexuality education within a faith context. OWL gives our youth the tools that increase knowledge, communication, safety and health. All parents of youth in grades 6-12 are invited to an informational meeting at 11:00 am on Sunday, September 28. We will talk about the OWL offerings for 2014-2015. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 21. Questions about the class?  Please contact Carolyn Yocom or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 9/19

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!9/12

Coming Soon...

First Friday, October 3

Bring your children to First Friday on October 3, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm! The children will enjoy dinner, games, and crafts while you enjoy a little free time. The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30. If you pre-register by Sunday, September 28, the cost is $10 with a family maximum of $25! Registration forms are available on this website or between church services at the table in the narthex.

First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC. Tell your friends and family! 9/19

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

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, October 5

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 8.9/19

NOVA Pride Festival, October 5

Please plan to attend the NOVA Pride Festival on Sunday, October 5 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm, at the Bull Run Special Events Center, Centreville, Virginia. Little River UCC will be there with a booth and an open and affirming welcome for all. Come as a visitor and/or avolunteer. For more information and to sign up, contact Judy Moats, Rev. Hank, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 9/19

Save the Date!

Faith in Film, October 12

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 8.9/19

Saving Jesus, November 2

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. 9/19

We Need You...

Front Door Greeters Needed

Help us extend our welcome every Sunday! Sign up to be a front door greeter! Each week, we put out the hand of fellowship to everyone entering the church building at the 9:30 and 11:00 services. If you feel called to share your warmth and love, please contact Bunny Jones, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703-328-9888. 9/19

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

2014 - 2015 Stewardship Campaign Theme

The theme for this year's stewardship campaign is "Gifts from Loving Hearts." It is based on the text in II Corinthians 9:6-12. Watch for weekly information about coming events, a special guest steward, and informative mailings. The campaign will culminate with Consecration Sunday on October 26, featuring one service at 10:00 am and an all-church luncheon celebration and thank-you. Mark your calendars now! 9/19

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