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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised January 31, 2015

Annual Meeting Summary

At its January 25 annual meeting, the congregation received the 2014 annual report, adopted changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, elected the proposed slate of officers and board and committee members, approved continuing the church governance renewal effort through 2015, adopted a Central Atlantic Conference resolution opposing "new Jim Crow" discrimination, adopted a 2015 budget as proposed by the Trustees, and thanked those who served in 2014.

The changes to the Constitution and Bylaws reflect current practice regarding various financial officers of the church, and they resolve some discrepancies in the existing language.  After considerable discussion, it was determined that language newly presented at the meeting, as well as amendments proposed from the floor, were ineligible for adoption, not being properly warned.  The congregation also declined, as not being specific, additions recognizing the Personnel Committee and the Communications Advisory Team.

After presentation by the Trustees and representatives of the core ministries of the church, the budget was passed without further discussion and without dissent.  It was noted that reduced dollar amounts for certain program areas do not tell the whole story, as they are also supported by our members' and friends' increasingly generous volunteer work.

Minutes of this meeting, along with proposed corrections to the annual report, will be submitted to the Church Council for approval at its next meeting.  The new roster of congregational leaders,  the newly revised Constitution and Bylaws, and the resolution "Dismantling the New Jim Crow" are posted on this website

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.

Open Mic Night

Deadline: Sunday, February 1

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.

 

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

Faith in Film returns February 8 at 12:30–2:00 to share lunch and view February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. From the film's website:

In one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history. The four began a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in a small city in North Carolina. The act of simply sitting down to order food in a restaurant that refused service to anyone but whites is now widely regarded as one of the pivotal moments in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Please join us in Room 8. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we may plan lunch. If you need child car, please notify This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office.

Mythos: Dinner and PYF Performance

Sunday, February 15

You are invited Sunday, February 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 for dinner and the play Mythos, performed by members of Little River’s congregation and youth.  While there is no admission fee, freewill donations are welcome to help raise money for a youth mission trip.  Bring your friends and family!

As the play is based on Greek Mythology, you are encouraged to come in Greek costume—whether as a god or goddess, a hero or heroine, or a mythical creature. Or wear a toga!

Footsteps Education Series

Sunday, February 15

Join us at 11:00 am in the Jubilee Room for a continuation of our education series in preparation for our Footsteps trip to Switzerland.  Barbara Lowrey will lead a discussion on the history of Switzerland and what makes it special. This will include consideration of William Tell and the significance of the Eidgenossenschaft confederation during the thirteenth century and later.  To bring us up to the present, we may even review the recent turmoil in the Swiss Franc exchange markets.

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.

Ongoing...

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 to Switzerland

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 www.reformationtours.com, or contact Robert Lingo.

Church Council News

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, January 14.
  • 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 .