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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised February 28, 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

Happy Anniversary!

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 past Friday marked sixty years since that service of worship and celebration. We will soon begin a year-long celebration of our sixty-year jubilee.

Food Pantry

Sunday, March 1

Every communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-perishable staple food items for our church's FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry, which is used to help the hungry in our community. Use of the pantry has increased; we are in special need of cereal, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat, and powdered milk.

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.

Feedback for David Lindsey

New deadline Sunday, March 1

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 our extended deadline of Sunday, March 1, 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.

Lenten Soup and Discussion Series

Sundays in March

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 POSTPONED: 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.  Volunteers are also encouraged to help set up, provide soup or bread, or help clean up.  Please sign up in the narthex or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Fair Trade Sale

Sunday, March 8

Plan to stock up on fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil between worship services next Sunday.

Greenspring Drivers Needed

Each Sunday, one or more volunteers picks up residents of Greenspring for the 11:00 service. Most of our riders are long-time members of Little River who no longer drive. They sometimes come with a walker, but nothing more cumbersome. Being with us on Sunday morning means a great deal to each of them.

Because some of our faithful drivers have had to take a break, we need more drivers. Please consider helping out.

Drivers are given the names of possible riders a few days in advance. The driver than calls the riders to arrange pickup times and places. Our goal is to have enough drivers that no one has to drive more than once every month of two. The schedule is worked out around the availability of the drivers: no one is assigned a Sunday when they might have another responsibility.

If you can help, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coming Soon

Women's Book Group

Sunday, March 8

The Women's Book Group will meet from 12:15 to 1:30 on Sunday, March 8 to discuss Marilynn Robinson's novel Gilead. A narration of the preacher's life, it is also a meditation on fathers and children, faith, and the imperfection of people.  Please join us for an interesting discussion of this book!

To Be Rescheduled

  • Open Mike Night, snowed out February 21
  • "Finding Your Way Through Loss and Grief" final session, snowed out February 22

Footsteps: Switzerland Education Series

Sunday, March 15

Our Footsteps adult education series continues with Rev. Dr. David Lindsey discussing with us the legacy of the Swiss Reformers. On March 15 at 11:00 you are invited to meet in the Jubilee Room to hear about the folks who followed Zurich’s Ulrich Zwingli. This influential reformer’s legacy shaped a host of Protestant churches, from the Anabaptists to our beloved United Church of Christ.

You don’t have to go on the Footsteps trip to enjoy this series. Just stop by on by for some learning and fun!

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!

Envisioning Our Future

Sundays, April 12-26

This Eastertide, we as a church will be prayerfully considering God’s call for our congregation both now and in the years to come. Over three weeks, we will gather for sessions after both Sunday worship services. Each week we will focus on one of three questions: Who are we? What is God calling us to do and be? Who are our neighbors? Please be sure to attend, as your presence is vital for this process!


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.

For Prospective Liturgists

If you would like to volunteer to be a liturgist, the Deacons invite you to use the Internet service SignUpGenius.  The Deacons can send you a link to sign up online.  Otherwise, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

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 Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, March 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 .