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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised April 24, 2015

This Week

For the Living of These Days

Sunday, April 26

This Eastertide, we as a church are prayerfully considering God's call for our congregation, both now and in the years to come. This Sunday brings our final gathering as we focus on the question, "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) to participate in this session. Based on your input, our church will be making significant decisions in the coming years, from mission statements to staff positions to potential capital campaigns. So let your voice be heard!

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.  Little River recyclable cups will be available at the park for $5.00, payable by cash or check (please put “OSJ Cups” in the memo line).  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 .

Interfaith Prayer Service and Court Watch

Sunday, April 26; Tuesday, April 28

This Sunday, April 26, an Interfaith Prayer Service to Embrace the LGBT Communities will be held at 4:00 at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington. This prayer service is being held in advance of the Supreme Court marriage equality cases being heard on Tuesday.  A banner will be created to lift up the names of those we know and love whose lives will be shaped by the Supreme Court's decision(s).

Also on Tuesday, April 28, we are invited to join a wide array of people of faith in standing witness in front of the Supreme Court.  We will meet at 8:45 am at the press briefing on the front steps of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, then walk together to the Court.

Coming Up

Potomac Association Spring Meeting

Saturday, May 2

The annual spring meeting of the UCC Potomac Association will take place at Bethesda United Church of Christ from 8:30 am to noon on May 2. This is an opportunity for us to be involved on the level of our wider church, with lots of good information on what is taking place in other churches in our denomination, here in the Potomac Association as well as in the rest of the Central Atlantic Conference and the wider world.  These meetings are always informative and stimulating and remind us that God is Still Speaking and calling us to service beyond Little River UCC!

Cost is $15, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. If you are interested in participating, please contact Past Moderator Tom Ross as soon as possible. We will be carpooling from Little River, and all are welcome to attend.

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.

Women's Ministry Events

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 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!

Fall Retreat

Deadline Sunday, May 3 for October 17-18

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.

Celebration Sunday Picnic

Sunday, May 31

Little River will host our annual picnic for our church family and friends on May 31, following our single worship service at 10:00.  Be sure to join in the festivities!

Speaking the Truth in Love: Summer Sermon Series

Starts Sunday, June 7

On June 7, Little River will launch a summer sermon series entitled “Speaking the Truth in Love.” Pastors David and Hank will be reflecting with us on the many joys and challenges of faithful communication at home, in church, and in the wider world. Be sure to join us for this lively series!

Capital Pride Parade

Saturday, June 13

On Saturday, June 13, the annual Capital Pride Parade will kick off at 4:30 near Dupont Circle!  The United Church of Christ is involved in the celebration, and we at Little River are honored to help support this public witness. Our congregation's contingent will gather at the churchat 2:30 on parade day to take the Metro down to the parade staging area. For those with mobility needs, we can arrange for a seat in the Pride Jeep, departing at 1:00 (please contact the church office to reserve a seat).

Central Atlantic Conference Meeting

Friday-Sunday, June 12-14

The fifty-first annual meeting of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ will take place the second weekend in June at the University of Delaware, in Newark. All are welcome!


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 Church Council 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 .