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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised May 29, 2015

This Week

Summer Schedule

Now through Sunday, September 6


May 24 begins our summer season of worship at 10:00 am only. We will resume worship at 9:30 and 11:00 on September 13, the Sunday after Labor Day.

Office Hours

The church office will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Summer office hours of 9:00-2:00 start Tuesday, May 26. To communicate with staff beyond those hours, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a phone message (703-978-3060). Staff members will respond when they are in the office. For an urgent matters, please contact David or Hank on their cell phones.

Celebration Sunday

Sunday, May 31

Celebrating Faith Formation

Please join us May 31 at our single 10:00 worship service as we celebrate Faith Formation at Little River! Come see what we’ve learned this past year and help us reflect on how we travel together on this lifelong journey. We’ll honor both our participants and our dedicated Faith Formation leaders as a part of this service.

All-Church Picnic

After worship we will celebrate with the annual picnic for our church family and friends. Be there to mark the start of the summer season in style! The church will provide chicken and hot dogs, and drinks. Please bring a potluck side dish or dessert and a good appetite for your early lunch. Share conversation and food with dear friends and new acquaintances.

Strengthen the Church Special Offering

Sunday, May 31

Each day, visions and dreams are created in the hearts of many in the United Church of Christ. Through the Strengthen the Church offering, they can become a reality. As God calls our congregations to be “church” in new ways, your gift will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Because of this offering, many more will hear the good news that “God is still speaking.” Your offerings are directed to the Central Atlantic Conference, Local Church Ministries, and The Stillspeaking Ministry for these purposes.

You may make a contribution at church on May 31 by writing a check payable to Little River UCC, with memo "Strengthen the Church," or at any time on this website, by using the Online Giving feature at the bottom of this and most other pages.

Forum on Redistricting Reform

Thursday, June 4

Join other people of faith for a forum on legislative redistricting sponsored by the redistricting reform coalition OneVirginia2021 and area chapters of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the League of Women Voters. Participants will include coalition head Brian Cannon, League redistricting task force member Sara Fitzgerald, and Frank Shahfroth, director of the Center for State and Local Government Leadership at George Mason University.

The forum will be held Thursday evening, June 4 from 6:30 to 9:00 in 120 Hazel Hall at George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3551 N Fairfax Drive, Arlington 22201. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can register online for the forum.

Coming Up

Honoring Our Graduates

Sunday, June 7

On June 7, we will honor members of our church family who graduated this spring or any other time since last June. This includes graduates from high school, college, technical school, or graduate school. If that describes you or a family member, please notify the church office in writing immediately. Please include the graduate’s name, school and degree, relationship if not a Little River UCC family membe) and, for high school graduates, whether they will continue their education, military service, etc. Also, please let the office know about any address changes for graduates listed in the church directory. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Food Pantry: Urgent Request

Sunday, June 7

Next Sunday, June 7, we especially invite your generous gifts of non-perishable staple foods and toiletries. Supplies are severely depleted at the food pantry of Heritage United Church of Christ in Baltimore. We join the pastor, the Rev. Julius Jefferson, in inviting you to support this urgent request for shelf-friendly food as well as toiletries such as full size shampoo, soap, and toilet paper. Your contributions will also help sustain our ongoing support closer to home through Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help),

Speaking the Truth in Love: Summer Sermon Series

Sundays, June 7–August 30

On June 7, Little River will launch a summer sermon series about “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!

June 7 Communication and Conflict David and Hank
June 14 How Direct or Indirect Should I Be? David
June 21 I Speak as to a Child: Harmful or Instructive? Hank
June 28 Things You Can’t Say: Being Honest or Earnest? Hank
July 5 When Do You Just Walk Away? David
July 12 Talking While Holding a Grudge David
July 19 Don’t Check Your Email on Vacation Hank
July 26 How Honest Should I Be Right Now? David
August 2 Offering and Receiving Criticism David
August 9 (Re-)Learning to Talk after Trauma David
August 16 Speaking Words of Wisdom David
August 23 Say What You Feel, and Stand with Conviction Hank
August 30 Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak David and Hank

If you know anyone who is really struggling with communication, this is a great opportunity to invite them to church. Please bring them with you to worship and offer to stay with them after the service. There will be "debriefing" sessions after worship.

Interfaith Pride Worship Service

Sunday, June 7

Join the ninth annual Northern Virginia Interfaith Pride Worship Service hosted by People of Faith for Equality in Virginia-POFEV, Northern Virginia Network. This year’s service will be hosted by Commonwealth Baptist Church, 700 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301. The church is Metro-accessible at the Braddock Road Station on the Blue Line, and street parking is available. The service will take place at 4:00 pm. Keep an eye out for changing details at the POFEV-NoVA Facebook page.

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!

Senior Voice Recital

Saturday, June 13

Please join us on Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 for the senior voice recital of Hope Carey, soprano, accompanied by Craig Stapert, piano. Hope is a student of Elizabeth Kluegel. A reception will follow the recital.

Capital Pride Parade

Saturday, June 13

On Saturday, June 13, the annual Capital Pride Parade will step 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 church at 2:30 on parade day to take the Metro down to the staging area. For those with mobility needs, we can arrange for a seat in the Pride Jeep, which departs at 1:00 (please contact the church office to reserve a seat).

Fair Trade Sale

Sunday, June 14

Plan to stock up on fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil after worship!

Wedding and Vacation

Wednesday, June 17–Sunday, June 28

The Rev. Dr. David Lindsey and Carrie Dobmeier, Esq., will be joined in marriage on Friday, June 19, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Between the wedding and the honeymoon, Pastor Lindsey will be on vacation from Wednesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 28. If you have pastoral concerns during that time, please contact Pastor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congratulations to David and Carrie!

Safe Church Training

Sunday, June 21

All teens and adults are invited to attend Safe Church training Sunday, June 21 at 11:30-1:30 in Room 8. Safe Church training is required every two years for anyone who works with children or youth at Little River—including child care, church school, the PYF youth group, and the Welcome Center.Training is open to everyone and is encouraged for all. Snacks will be provided. 5/15

If you'd like to attend, please contact Pastor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Opportunities for Sharing

Summer Church School Teachers Needed

Sundays, June 28–August 30

Church school will be offered this summer for ages 3-9 starting Sunday, June 28 for children ages 3-9. The children will begin in worship at 10:00 and proceed to class following the Time with Children. Fulfill the promise we make during baptisms and please help those beginning their faith journey to take some early steps by teaching summer church school. All lessons and craft materials will be provided. Sign up in the narthex. 5/29

Women's Covenant Groups

A new covenant group formed during the Women's Ministry Tea and Talk on May 3, with a beginning focus on "Living Through Loss." Members of the group committed to meeting three times, then diciding about ongoing commitments. Three other covenant groupls have been ongoing for about two years. Some are in the process of expanding.

If you are interested in learning more about covenant groups, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 5/08

Videotapes for Children

Free to a new home: VHS tapes for children in room 7, including Veggie Tales, Beginner Bible Stories, Zoo Life, and others. Please help yourself! 5/22


Church Council News

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, May 13.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, March 4.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, April 8.
  • The next meeting will be for the Governance Board on Wednesday, June 10, 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 .