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Our 61st Year Donna Jones, EditorRevised October 17, 2014

A Note from the Moderator

Fall is always a busy time at Little River UCC. Church school and adult courses have started, we're back to having two worship services every Sunday, the PYF youth program is underway, boards and committees are meeting again, and there are opportunities to support such important endeavors as Neighbors in Need as well as our own local service activities. To top it off, October brings with it our annual stewardship campaign and the need for each of us to prayerfully consider our financial commitment to Little River and our wider church for the upcoming year.

As we take the time to reflect on what kind of financial commitment we will make, I hope we will also consider another aspect of stewardship: that of our personal time and energy. Just as our financial support addresses the needs of our congregation and our wider mission, so does our personal commitment of service and time bring about God's love and blessing in so many ways. From serving on a board or committee to working on a service project, serving as a volunteer in a church program, teaching church school, or serving as an officer or leader of Little River UCC, we can all play a part.

This fall, as you consider your financial support for the upcoming year, please also consider serving the church by participating on a board or committee or serving as a church officer. Our Nominations and Appointments Committee is working hard to support our congregation by identifying individuals who can serve, and they have a huge task ahead of them. Feel free to contact Bunny Jones, Kathy Richardson, Ginny Peters, Nancy Carey, or myself in the weeks ahead. Little River needs you!

Tom Ross

This Week...

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.

Next Week...

Exploring Jim Crow Yesterday and Today

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."

Please join a special church-wide discussion 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 . 10/17

Saving Jesus

Begins November 9

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 9, at 11:00 a.m.. 10/29

Coming Soon...

It Takes Ten Thousand Villages . . . for Shopping!

November 16

Plan to do loads of shopping for the holidays, birthdays, house gifts etc.. during coffee hours on Sunday November 16.  Our Board of Outreach and Social Justice is bringing Ten Thousand Villages with unique, handmade fair-trade gifts from around the world including baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans.

Volunteers are welcome for setup and cleanup. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.

You Should Know...

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 more information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 10/10