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Lent Brochure: Events and Activities

Little River UCC will observe Lent  2015 with a special emphasis on our sixtieth anniversary.  Read our Lent brochure to find out about our offerings, including:

  • Shrove Tuesday supper and Ash Wednesday worship, February 17-18
  • weekly Communion at our 11:00 service
  • soup supper with reflections on our 60 years of ministry, Sunday evenings March 1-22
  • church-wide One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 15
  • special choral music in worship on Sunday, March 22
  • opportunity to participate in an ecumenical Lenten carbon fast
  • Holy Week worship:
    • Palm Sunday, March 29
    • Maundy Thursday, April 2
    • Good Friday, April 3

—all of which culminates in glorious worship on Easter Sunday, April 5. Please join us and invite your friends and neighbors.

This Week

Fair-Trade Sale

Sunday, February 8

Stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil between services while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive-oil sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.

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.

Finding Your Way through Loss and Grief

Sundays through February 22

This 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 each Sunday afternoons in February from 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.

Next Week

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, written by our own Spencer Jones and performed by Little River adults 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.

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

Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

Starts Wednesday, February 18

Last year, over 6,000 people the world over welcomed a day-by-day opportunity to fast from carbon as their Lenten discipline. Initiated by the United Church of Christ and endorsed by the Episcopalians, people of every Christian perspective—and people who are not Christians—benefitted from this opportunity to become more conscious and conscientious in their daily lives. For more information and to sign up visit the Carbon Fast website.

Open Mic Night

Saturday, February 21

On Saturday evening, February 21, Little River will once again host our annual Open Mic Night! Enjoy an evening of easygoing fun as members and friends young and old sing or play music, readi poetry or prose, dance, or share whatever (non?-)secret talent they arrange to present. Show time is 7:00. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or any member of the Music Committee.

Coming Soon

Summer Youth Mission Experience

Deadline Sunday, February 22

From June 28 through July 4, youth who will have completed any grade 9 through 12 will join others from nine local congregations for a week of faith-filled mission at Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in Franklin, West Virginia. Interested?  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at church.  She must receive your reservation no later than Sunday, February 22.

Feedback for David Lindsey

Deadline Saturday, February 28

The Reverend Dr. David Lindsey joined us on June 30, 2014 as our new Senior Pastor.  Since his arrival, David has been interested in seeking feedback on his role as our senior pastor.  Over the next month, we are giving the congregation with the opportunity to provide feedback on the following areas of David’s involvement in church life:

  • leadership of worship services
  • sermons
  • administrative responsibilities and oversight
  • pastoral care and communications

A small team will be helping with this:  Brian Payne, Barb Lowrey, Jason Thompson, and Tom Ross.  You may contact them at any time to share your thoughts, confidential or otherwise.

Please be in touch no later than Saturday, February 28, so we can provide David with feedback the first week in March.  We will be undertaking more formal evaluations of both Hank Fairman and David in the future and will keep you informed about the timing.

Sixtieth Anniversary Worship Celebration

Sunday, March 1

On February 27, 1955, our new church was welcomed into the fellowship of the Congregational Christian Church, a parent denomination of the soon-to-be-created United Church of Christ.  This year marks sixty years since that service of worship and celebration.  We will begin a year-long celebration of our sixtieth jubilee during worship on March 1.

Lenten Soup and Discussion Series

Sundays, March 1-22

This Lent, we will spend time reflecting on our congregation’s sixty years of ministry in Annandale, in Fairfax County, in Virginia, and throughout the world.  Each session will be shaped by the newsletters, annual reports, photographs, and historic items lovingly tended in our church archive. Meals begin at 5:00 and the discussions at 5:30.  Themes, drawn from the "generational theory" research of William Strauss and Neil Howe, will include:

  • March 1: Calling to All the People, “The Prophets*”—1955-1970
  • March 8: The Middle Years, “The Nomads”—1970-1988
  • March 15: Becoming Little River, “The Heroes”—1988-2000
  • March 22: Radical Hospitality, “The Artists”—2000-2014

To help with cleanup, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.

Ongoing

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

Monday-Saturday, July 13-25

It's not too late to join the Footsteps Switzerland trip on July 13-25. Rev. Lindsey will help lead the study of our religious roots, and we will get to ride the special Glacier Express across the Alps!  We now have enough participants to make the trip a go, but we are eager for more members of the congregation and their friends to join in this experience. If interested, please contact www.reformationtours.com or 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 Church Council will be held on Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30. This meeting is for newly elected, continuing, and immediiately past Council members.  An agenda 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 .