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Our 61st Year Hubert Beckwith, EditorRevised June 4, 2015

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.

Congratulations, Graduates!

June 7 is the Sunday we rejoice with members of our church family who have graduated this spring or any other time since last June. Congratulations to all our high school and college graduates!

High School

Joel Duncan Beckwith* Lansing HS (New York)
Anne Carey W.T. Woodson HS
Hope Carey W.T. Woodson HS
John (Johnny) Cronin
Evan Holt* Mattoon HS (Illinois)
Spencer Jones Fauquier HS
Duncan Jason Knox* James Wood HS (Winchester, VA)
Amanda Mingus Yorktown HS
Sloane Palmer W.T. Woodson HS
Julia Payne* Yorktown HS
Emily (Cap) Richardson W.T. Woodson HS
Nathan Watson Fairfax HS


Deacon Faulkner* Eastern Illinois University B.A., English and Language Arts
William S. Fischer* The University of Minnesota B.S., Physics and Computer Science
Timothy Planert College of William and Mary B.A., Economics & History
Natalie Stapert Johns Hopkins University M.A., Arts in Education
Adam Thayer* National Louis University

*extended family member of church member or friend

Food Pantry: Urgent Request

Sunday, June 7

This 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),

Coming Events

Speaking the Truth in Love: Summer Sermon Series

Sundays through August 30

On This summer's sermons are devoted to exploring the topic of “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 .

Torture Awareness Month: Letters

Sunday, June 21

Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month, commemorating the day in 1987 when the Convention Against Torture entered into force. As a supporter of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), an organization with the mission of mobilizing people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture, we as a congregation can reflect upon the moral challenge to ensure the human rights and dignity of all.

Little River UCC will be joining with people of faith around the world in recognizing Torture Awareness Month. Please plan to join the Board of Outreach and Social Justice for an opportunity to learn more about NRCAT's work and to take action through a letter-writing campaign on Sunday, June 21.

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 .