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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised April 17, 2015

This Week

For the Living of These Days: Envisioning Our Future

Sundays, April 12-26

This Eastertide, we as a church are prayerfully considering God's call for our congregation, both now and in the years to come. Over three weeks, we are gathering for sessions after each Sunday worship service. During each session, we 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) each week in order to participate in these sessions.

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 .

Keeping Faith: Interfaith Prayer Service

Sunday, April 26

On Tuesday, April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and if state anti-marriage laws should be struck down as unconstitutional.

Join with Northern Virginia faith communities to embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities at this hopeful and vulnerable time for a time of prayer at 4:00 on Sunday, April 26, at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington. This interfaith worship is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

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.

May Tea & Talk

Sunday, May 3

Women's Ministry invites all women to the May Day Tea & Talk at 12:15 Sunday, May 3, in the Jubilee Room.  As always, Tea & Talk provides a chance to connect with women at Little River UCC and enjoy delicious finger food with a cup of tea.  Our theme will be Covenant Groups.

If you would like to find out more about covenant groups or explore the possibility of joining or forming one around common interests, please join us.  And if you want to just come and enjoy springtime fellowship — please join us!

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, May 3

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, May 3 in Room 8.

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

Looking for 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 .

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 .