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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised March 13, 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.  Please note the date changes for the soup-and-discussion series detailed below.

This Week

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sunday, March 15

Each year the United Church of Christ partners with seven other Christian denominations for OGHS, a special mission offering that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in 138 countries around the world. Collected funds are used to provide clean water, food, medicines, shelter, healthcare and education.

We will receive the OGHS offering Sunday, March 15. Contributions may be given by check made out to Little River UCC with memo “OGHS,” or anytime by credit card on this website, using the Online Giving button on the bottom of the page.

Lenten Soup and Discussion

Sundays through March 29

Thanks to last weekend's freezing rain, we have moved our Lenten series a week later than originally scheduled, as shown below.  Over the next four Sundays, 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 8: Calling to All the People, “The Prophets”—1955-1970
  • March 15: The Middle Years, “The Nomads”—1970-1988
  • March 22: Becoming Little River, “The Heroes”—1988-2000
  • March 29: 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 .

Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

Now until Easter

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

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!

Coming Soon

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: "For the Living of These Days"

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!

Ongoing

Drivers for Greenspring Residents

Each Sunday one or more volunteers drives residents of Greenspring to church for the 11 a.m. service. Most are long-time members who no longer drive. Being able to be with us on Sunday morning means a great deal to each of them. They sometimes come with a walker, but nothing more cumbersome. Because some of our faithful drivers have had to take a break, we need more drivers.

Drivers receive names of possible riders a few days in advance, then calls them to make arrangements. Our goal is to have enough drivers so 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 out, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3/13

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.  3/01

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, March 11.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, October 1.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, November 12.
  • The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 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 .