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Our 61st Year Donna Jones, EditorRevised October 31, 2014

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Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

November 2

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 morning of each month at 8:30 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Please join us in Room 8. 10/17

Gifts from Loving Hearts

November 2

Letters containing Estimate of Giving cards are being mailed to members and friends of Little River who were not present at the Consecration Sunday Service. The Stewardship Committee encourages everyone to provide their estimates of giving for 2015 as soon as possible. These estimates are essential for developing the final budget proposal that will be submitted to the congregation for discussion and approval. On October 26, 79 estimates of giving were received, representing total support of $356,065 for 2015. The estimated total budget need for next year is $812,000. 10/31

Youth Schedule Change

November 2

Please note!

  • The Joyful Noise choir will rehearse from 3:15 to 4:00.
  • At 4:15 PYF will meet at Cinema Arts, 9650 Main Street, Fairfax, to view Pride at 4:35. Please arrange for a ride to and from the theater. (The movie is two hours long.)

Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power in Great Britain, and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. 10/31

New Members Class

November 5

Have you been thinking about becoming a member of Little River UCC? Here's your chance to learn more about the church! You are invited to join in a two-part new member class. Session 2, first offered on Friday, October 31, will be repeated Wednesday, November 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Classes will be held in Room 8. RSVP to Rev. Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone the church office (703-978-3060) to let us know you'll be there! 10/31

First Friday

November 7

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!

The session runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Dinner is provided. The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30. A $5 discount applies if you pre-register by Sunday, November 2,. Registration forms are available on the First Friday web page or at the table in the narthex between worship services. If you've already completed a registration form for the 2014-15 program year, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know your child(ren) will be attending November 7. 10/31

Safe Church Training

November 8

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 to noon in Room 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 Welcome Center volunteers. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Hank Fairman. 10/31

Synagogue Visit

November 8

The middle and senior high youth class will be visiting Temple Rodef Shalom to attend a Jewish service in order to gain a better understanding of other faiths in general and Christianity’s roots in particular. The service will be Saturday, November 8, at 10:30 am. As with the previous trip to the Islamic Center, the invitation also extends to the larger church community for adults to join as chaperones. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also visit the Temple's website. 11/2

Next Week...

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

Women's Book Group

November 9

Please join the Women's Book Group from 12:15 to 1:30 on Sunday, November 9 when the group will discuss The Inventions of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The novel is about Sarah Grimke, a Southern aristocrat, who is given a slave named Handful for her eleventh birthday. Sarah wants freedom from playing piano and doing needlepoint while Handful wants freedom from slavery. Our discussion will be lively as we talk about the wishes of both girls, the validity of their personal desires, and the outcomes. 10/31

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.

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

November 16

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting in-kind donations to create Thanksgiving baskets. Each year, Shaw Community Ministry gives gifts of food to residents of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC in order to provide low-income families with supplies to make their own holiday meals. With overwhelming support from Little River UCC and other churches, in 2013 SCM was able to offer over 100 families the much needed materials to create their own holiday celebrations. The goal this year is to feed at least 75 families a Thanksgiving meal.

Reusable grocery bags with shopping lists are available in the atrium. Please take a bag, put your donations in it, and bring it back to church on Sunday, November 16. Questions? Ask a Board member or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Place Setters Dine Out

November 16

Let's share Sunday evening dinner November 16 at 6:00 at Elephant Jumps, a Thai Restaurant in the Yorktowne Shopping Center in Merrifield (8110A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). To sign up, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the church office or look for the sign-up paper in the atrium.

Fall Clean-Up Day

November 29

The Trustees have scheduled a fall cleanup and work-party day the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29. Please come help clean up the leaves outside and do projects indoors. 10/31

You Should Know...

Neighbors in Need

To date this year, the Neighbors in Need offering has received slightly more than $5,000. We will shortly disburse the proceeds. If you wish to contribute, please do so promptly. Thank you for your generosity! 10/31

Footsteps to Switzerland

Come join a group of twenty as we visit Swiss Reformation sites and learn about John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, as well ride the Glacier Express and visit Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. The cost of the trip is $3,499, plus an additional $1500 for direct air fare to and from Geneva on July 13 and 25, 2015. In addition, a $200 payment to the church is required to cover tips for the bus driver and tour guide and other expenses. Additional information can be obtained from Robert Lingo, 703-425-9140.

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