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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised February 21, 2015

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 of worship, fellowship, discussion, and service.

This Week

Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

Started 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

Cancelled or postponed

Alas, Open Mic Night took a powder under the fresh powder. The Music Committee is looking into possible snow dates. Watch for further information.

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 Rev. 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.  This month we are giving the congregation 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 is 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.

Coming Soon

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.

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, March 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 for our next conversation Sunday, March 1 in Room 8.

First Friday: Shamrock Shenanigans!

Friday, March 6

First Friday is a children’s 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.  The program starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:30.  Dinner is provided.

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.  The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30.  If you pre-register by March 1, the cost is $10 with a family maximum of $25!

Tell your friends and family! Register online or between church services at the table in the narthex. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2014-15 program year, please 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.

Holy Week and Easter

Sunday, March 29-Sunday, April 5

Our Lenten journey comes to a close during Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (March 29). We will have special evening services on Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3).

We will celebrate the glory of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday (April 5) at our outdoor sunrise service at 6:30, as well as at our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. These special services only come around once a year, so be sure to mark your calendars!


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 or Robert Lingo.

Church Council News

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, February 11.
  • 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. 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 .