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Our 62nd Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised January 23, 2015

This Week...

Annual Meeting—and Single Worship Service

Sunday, January 25

All are welcome to attend our congregation’s Annual Meeting, which will begin around 11:00 on Sunday, January 25, immediately after our single worship service at 10:00. Members of Little River UCC will have a vote as we seek to approve a budget, a slate of nominees for 2015, and changes to our By-laws. Child care will be provided.

Follow these links for PDF copies of the official call for the meeting (below) and the 2014 annual report.

Call for Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ is called for Sunday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m.  Principal business of the meeting will include:

Receipt of reports of officers, boards and committees,

Election of officers and members of boards and committees,

Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws as enumerated in the attached document,

Report on the pilot project to restructure the Church Council by dividing its work between a Governance Board and a Ministry Board as authorized at the 2014 Annual Meeting,

Report and action on church resolution, Dismantling the New Jim Crow,

Adoption of the budget for 2015,

Other business as may be appropriate.

January 15, 2015
Ann Lingo,
Church Clerk

“Dismantling the New Jim Crow” Hearing

Sunday, January 25

At the annual meeting on January 25, we will consider a resolution, approved last May by the Central Atlantic Conference, called "Dismantling the New Jim Crow." It is a call to action to address modern-day injustices based on race and class.  It calls us as Christians to respond to inequalities such as the fact that more African Americans are under the control of the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850, and that the United States has 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's prison population.

Please join the Board of Outreach and Social Justice for breakfast and conversation about this resolution on January 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 am in Room 8. Copies are available in the narthex.

"Our Whole Lives" Parents' Interest Meeting

Sunday, January 25

Our Whole Lives (OWL), a sexuality and spirituality course designed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Church, is being offered this year to youth in grades 10-12.   The class will be led by Cheryl and Michael Urban, who have received OWL teacher training.  Parents of prepective students are required to attend an orientation on Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and to sign a permission slip for their youth.  Classes will meet Sundays from February 1 through April 26. 1/09

Youth Choirs and PYF Potluck and Skating Party

Sunday, January 25

The Joyful Noise, Salt of the Earth, and Pilgrim Youth Fellowship, along with their families, are invited to a potluck lunch beginning at noon in the Jubilee Room, followed by skating at Fairfax Ice Arena from 1:00 to 3:00. If you are interested, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coming Soon...

Finding Your Way through Loss and Grief

Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22

This four-session learning experience is for those who want to understand the many kinds of loss we experience, as well as the tasks and process that are part of the experience of grief. The sessions will be held on each Sunday afternoons in February 3:00 to 4:15, led by Little River member the Rev. Dr. Robert "Rob" Peters, Jr. These information sessions are designed to give participants useful information and tools for understanding and navigating one of life’s most intense emotional experiences. For more information call or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to Rob.

Little River on the Go

Sunday, February 1

You are invited to join Little River on the Go Sunday, February 1, to visit the building technology of the future by touring Fairfax County’s first certified Passive House, an environmentally designed and extremely energy efficient house. We will carpool at 12:15 to the Pimmit Hills area, where Caroline and Nelson Labbé will open their home for us at 12:30 to share a potluck lunch and to tour and learn about their project to build a green house. What design elements were employed? How do the elements complement and work together? What materials were chosen? What issues did they face during the planning and building process? Almost two years in, what is life like in their new house?

Hear their story of commitment and challenges as they acted to fulfill this ambitious project. Please sign up in the narthex or RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office.

Safe Church Training

Sunday, February 1

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training on Sunday, February 1 from 12:00 to 2:00 in Room 8. Safe Church training is required every two years for anyone who works with children and youth at Little River—including in child care, church school, PYF youth group, and the Welcome Center. Training is open to everybody and encouraged for all. A meal will be provided. If you’d like to attend please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the church office. To ask questions or address concerns, please contact Pastor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, February 1

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 for our next conversation.

First Friday

Friday, February 6

First Friday is a children’s night out program for young people age six months through 12 years, designed to give parents an evening to themselves.  Between 6:30 and 9:30, volunteers provide dinner and creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC—tell your friends and family!

The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30.  If you pre-register by February 1, the cost is $10 with a family maximum of $25! Register on the First Friday web page or at church on Sundays, between services in the narthex. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2014-15 program year, please send an email to 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 on February 6.

Faith in Film

Sunday, February 8

On the second Sunday of even-numbered months, we gather for lunch and a movie at 12:30 pm. Each film is chosen to be relevant to today's most pressing issues of justice, faith, society, spirituality and how we can grow in our faithful response. Each film shares a timely theme with the church's outreach and social justice programs. This program is offered in partnership by the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and the Board of Christian Education. Please join us February 8 for our next viewing and discussion.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday

February 17-18

Get ready for for the start of Lent—the preparation for the most important Christian holiday season—by joining church friends for a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30.  Come when you can; a blessing will be said at 6:30.  Pancakes, sausages, and fruit salad will be served, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.  RSVP to Donna Jones in the church office either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone (703-978-3060).  Donations by cash or check will be received at the door.  We also need volunteer pancake flippers, set-up helpers, and clean-up angels!  Sign up on the bulletin board in the social hall after any Sunday service.

Lent officially begins with our Ash Wednesday service on February 18. This quiet, reflective service will include the sacrament of Communion and the imposition of ashes. The service begins at 7:30 pm.  Care will be provided for children age two and under.  Please join us in this beautiful, ancient tradition.

Open Mic Night

Saturday, February 21

On Saturday, February 21, Little River will once again host our annual Open Mic Night! Everyone is welcome to share a piece of music (sung or played), a reading of poetry or prose, a dance, or whatever secret talent you would like to present. This is an all-ages event.

If you would like the band to accompany you (which is encouraged!), please get your music to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, February 1. For more information, ask Dave Shepherd or any Music Committee member.   12/26


Offering Envelopes

The 2015 offering envelopes are available for those who would like a box to use. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the church office. 1/15

Flower Calendar

The 2015 Flower Calendar is posted on the community board in the social hall. Donating flowers for worship is a great way to celebrate a significant anniversary, a recent graduation, or even the passing or memory of a loved one. Please see the display for more information and sign up to provide for flowers on the date you want.

Footsteps Trip

July 13-25

The number of prospective travelers still stands at thirteen people out of the twenty or more needed to assure a reduced price. Reformation Tours needs to know that we have a definite number committed to the trip. The group will visit Reformation sites and learn about John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, as well as riding the Glacier Express and visiting Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. For more details visit, or contact Robert Lingo.

Church Council News

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, December 10.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, October 1.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, January 14.
  • The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30. An agenda for that meeting will be posted a few days before the meeting.
  • Minutes of Church Council, Governance Board, and Ministry Board meetings are 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 .