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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised April 10, 2015

This Week

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: Postponed

Sunday, April 12

The tenth-anniversary viewing and discussion of An Inconvenient Truth originally set for April 12 will be rescheduled.

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.

For the Living of These Days: 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 each Sunday worship service. During each session, we will focus on one of three questions:

  • April 12    Who are we?
  • April 19    What has God called us to do or be?
  • April 26    Who is our neighbor?

Please plan to stay for an hour after your service of choice (10:45-11:45 in the social hall, 12:00-1:00 in the sanctuary) for each of these three weeks in order to participate in these sessions.

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 Service Project: Green Space Cleanup

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 .

Women's Ministry Fall Retreat

October 17-18; deadline Sunday, May 3

Women’s Ministry invites you to take time from a busy life to experience grace-filled time – time that can’t be measured. Join Little River friends at the Roslyn Retreat Center near Richmond from lunchtime Saturday, October 17 through breakfast Sunday, October 18 to find your Sabbath moments in everyday life through shared prayer, silent meditation, and interactive gatherings. Kathy Spaar will guide us in exploring themes found in Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner and Sabbath Time by Tilden Edwards.

The price ($140 per person) includes room, board, and program. Space is limited; please submit your RSVP form (found at the welcome desk) with a $20 deposit by Sunday, May 3. The balance is due by Sunday, September 13.

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.

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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 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, April 8.
  • The next meeting of the Governance Board will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 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 .