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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised April 5, 2015

This Week

Office Closed Easter Monday

Monday, April 6

The church office will be closed the day after Easter.  To communicate with staff, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a voice message (703-978-3060). If there is an urgent matter, please contact Pastor David or Pastor Hank (703-473-3534).

First Second Friday: Love Your Mother (Earth)!

Friday, April 10

Because the first Friday of April is Good Friday, next month's children’s-night-out program moves to forward a week to April 10, when the theme will be Love Your Mother (Earth)!  As always, volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment and a meal for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  It 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. Tell your friends and family!

Register online here 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.  The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30.

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, April 12

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 at 8:30 a.m. for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Please join us for our next conversation Sunday, April 12 in Room 8.

Fair Trade Sale

Sunday, April 12

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

Faith in Film: An Inconvenient Truth Ten Years Later

Sunday, April 12

Faith in Film returns April 12 from 12:30 to 2:00 to share lunch and to view again An Inconvenient Truth. This 2005 film opened the world’s eyes to climate change and sparked a worldwide conversation that continues today. We will recall the impact of this documentary and consider what has taken place in environmental justice and earth care in the ten years since its creation. Please join us in Room 8. RSVP to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we may plan lunch. Notify This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want care for your child.

Little River and Potomac Youth

Sunday, April 12

Please join Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Sunday , April 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 for dinner and fellowship.  A dinner provider and adult chaperone are needed.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.

Also meeting on April 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 is the rescheduled Potomac Youth "Winter" Gathering for summer mission trip participants at Westmoreland Congregational UCC in Bethesda.

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!

Interfaith Gathering: Reducing Solitary Confinement

Friday, April 17

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), a sponsor of the 2015 conference Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice, is hosting an interfaith gathering.  It will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Arlington on Friday, April 17, from 3:30 to 5:30. NRCAT invites everyone from the DC Metro area to attend this free event; attendance at the conference is not required.

This session includes briefings from advocates from across the country on their work to reduce the use of prolonged solitary confinement at the state and local levels. It will include a replica of a solitary confinement cell.  If you may be interested in attending, RSVP to ensure that the room will accommodate everyone. More information is available at the Ecummenical Action Days website.

Ninetieth Birthday Party

Saturday, April 25

Members and friends of Little River UCC are invited to a ninetieth birthday part at church 2:00-5:00 on April 25. Hors d'oeuvres and cake will be served.

Coming Soon

Hands-On Mission Project: Environmental Cleanup

Correct date: Sunday, April 26

Little River UCC’s next Hands-On service project will be a green-space cleanup at Roundtree Park on Sunday, April 26, from 12:30 to 3:00. The park is just four miles from the church.People of all ages are welcome.  You are advised to wear long sleeves and long pants.

You are invited to bring a picnic lunch to eat at 12:30. Charcoal grills are available, and BOSJ will have them heated and ready to go if you would like to use one. Following lunch, cleanup will begin at 1:00

We look forward to sharing this time together outdoors in stewardship of God's green spaces. Questions? Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Confirmation Sunday

Sunday, May 17

Come celebrate with this year’s Confirmation Class as they share their faith with us and consider what membership in a congregation like Little River UCC means in such a time as this.

Ongoing

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Ushers

Get better acquainted with your fellow church members by becoming an usher.  Talk to an usher at church or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Liturgists

If you would like to volunteer to be a liturgist and are familiar with the online service Sign-Up Genius, the Deacons can send you a link to sign up. Otherwise please e-mail or phone This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 3/01

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

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, February 11.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, March  4.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, March 11.
  • 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 .