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Our 61st Year Donna Jones, EditorRevised October 10, 2014

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Faith in Film

October 12

Faith in Film returns on Sunday, October 12, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., as we share lunch and view excerpts from Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. The film tells the moving story of a year in the life of one mother whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by more than 42 million American women and the 28 million children who depend on them. It is the unvarnished account of a single mom struggling to get ahead, but constantly getting knocked back by a system that almost seems designed to see her fail. Please join us in Room 8. 10/10

Fair Trade Sale

October 12

The sale of fair trade items returns to Little River UCC on Sunday, October 12. Coffee and chocolate bars will be offered, as well as olive oil. Items will be sold between services (but not after the 11:00 a.m. service). Your support in purchasing fair trade items benefits small farmers in less-developed countries. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 10/10

Animate: Bible

Through October 26

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 a.m. through October 26 in Room 8. 10/3

Decaf and Dessert

October 14

"Leaders" at Little River — that is, everyone who is elected, members of boards and committees, volunteers, choir members, staff members, and all others who help move Little River forward in any way — are invited to attend a "Decaf and Dessert" gathering with our guest steward, Minister Melissa McQueen, on Tuesday, October 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This will be a time of fellowship and inspiration as we meet Minister McQueen and prepare for the events of the "Gifts from Loving Hearts" stewardship appeal. Child care will be provided. 10/10

Guest Steward Rev. Melissa McQueen

October 14, 19

It is a joy to announce that the Rev. Melissa McQueen has agreed to serve as our guest steward during this fall’s stewardship campaign. If you consider yourself one of Little River UCC's volunteers, please come and meet Rev. McQueen for "Decaf and Dessert" on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.. She will also preach at both services on October 19. Mark your calendar for these special events and be present to welcome our guest steward.

A recipient of Little River UCC’s Beckwith Scholarship, Rev. McQueen is a licensed Baptist minister actively involved in Covenant Baptist UCC in Washington, DC. A student at Howard University, she is a Member-in-Discernment for ministry in the UCC. She describes herself as a "feminist, womanist, counselor, and healer."

A native of North Carolina,she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in South Carolina in 2002. She has worked across a variety of disciplines, including serving in the Army from 1998 to 2006. Currently, she works at Many Voices, a non-profit group that describes itself as "a black church movement for gay and transgender justice." 10/3

Exploring Jim Crow Yesterday and Today

October 15, November 1

As Little River UCC prepares to turn 60 early next year, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice seeks to to engage the congregation in a conversation about civil rights and racial justice and to examine historical and current realities. To this end, we invite you to learn about and read about the "new Jim Crow" as described by Michelle Alexander in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This book lays out a compelling argument that our criminal justice system now functions much more like a system of racial or social control than a system of crime prevention and control. In fact, this book led to a resolution by the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ in June 2014 entitled "Dismantling the New Jim Crow." You are invited to explore this further by participating in the following upcoming events:

First, gather on Wednesday, October 15, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., for an evening with Professor Jennifer Ritterhouse from George Mason University, who will share her research about race and identity in the Jim Crow South. Professor Ritterhouse is the author of Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race (UNC Press, 2006). Professor Ritterhouse will give a talk as well as answer questions to set the stage for our exploration of human rights and racial justice.

Next, we invite you to join a special church-wide book discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. On Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, we will gather in the Jubilee Room for breakfast and conversation about the book as well as Little River UCC's role in responding to this American crisis. To ask questions or to RSVP, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 9/26

Early Bulletin Deadline

October 20

Donna Jones will be away October 22-28. All bulletin information for Sunday, October 26 is due Monday morning, October 20. 10/10

“Love Makes a Family” Art Display

Through October

October is LGBT History Month. To help celebrate this annual reflection on the Open and Affirming values of our congregation, the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF) and Open and Affirming (ONA) Committee are spending each gathering learning about the life experiences of LGBT people in America, and especially Virginia. As part of this focus our congregation is blessed to host the Family Diversity Projects’ “Love Makes a Family.” The traveling exhibit is on display in the main hallway for the month of October, welcoming us to explore the many faces of love that surround us. For in-depth information on this display, please visit the Love Makes a Family website. 10/3

Next Week...

Switzerland Footsteps Education Talk

October 19

All are welcome on Sunday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m., as our Switzerland Footsteps Tour leader, Bob Lingo, facilitates a discussion about the creation of the League of Nations. The League of Nations, sponsored by President Wilson, was established in Geneva. We will discuss the League's history and ultimate failure. In the spring of 2015, the Switzerland Footsteps Tour from Little River UCC will visit Geneva and the League of Nations, as well as the International Red Cross and the World Council of Churches also located there. For additional information about this education talk or the Footsteps Tour, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 10/3

Green Justice Team Talk and Tour

October 19

Come foray with us where the grass grows wild and wind blows free! The newly forming Green Justice Team will host a "Talk and Tour" on Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 8. Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will give a talk on the urban forest environment that surrounds our church. A tour of the grounds will follow his presentation with a focus on the invasive and beneficial species that live on our property. Please join us to learn more about caring for our shared environment. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 10/3

2015 Budget Conversation

October 19

A conversation about items related to budget planning for 2015 will be held on Sunday, October 19, at 12:30 p.m., following the second worship service. Further information will be forthcoming in the Sunday bulletin and in Currents. 10/3

Save the Date!

Consecration Sunday

October 26

On Sunday, October 26, as the culmination of our "Gifts from Loving Hearts" stewardship campaign,we will celebrate Consecration Sunday, during which we will present and dedicate our financial pledges for the coming year. There will be only one service that day, at 10:00 a.m., so that the entire congregation can worship together and share in the celebratory luncheon following the service.

Sign up now!

If you plan to attend worship and the luncheon, please inform the church office so the Stewardship Committee can make arrangements for the luncheon. Please indicate, either on the attendance pad at worship or to Donna Jones in the church office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (703-978-3060), your plan to attend and the number of people attending with you. 9/26

Saving Jesus

Begins 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 a.m.. 9/26

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 for the 9:30 and 11:00 services. If you feel called to share your warmth and love, please contact Bunny Jones by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (703-328-9888). 9/19

You Should Know...

Speaking of Stewardship

This year's stewardship campaign, "Gifts from Loving Hearts," is becoming more visible in the next few weeks. Information about the campaign was mailed to members and friends last week.

Stewardship is what a person does after saying I believe. —William H. Geever 9/26

Church Council News

  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, October 1.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, October 8.
  • The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. An agenda for that meeting will be posted a few days before the meeting.
  • The most recent minutes of 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 . 10/10