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

Summer Schedule

Now through Sunday, September 6

On Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we worship at 10:00 am only. We will return to worshipping at 9:30 and 11:00 on September 13, the Sunday after Labor Day. The church office is open 9:00-2:00 Monday through Friday through the end of August. To communicate with staff beyond those hours, please leave a message ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-978-3060). Staff members will respond when they are in the office. For urgent matters, please contact David or Hank on their cell phones.

Welcome to our New Communications Coordinator!

On Tuesday, June 16, Roberta Croll started work as our part-time Communications Coordinator. Roberta joins our staff after extensive experience in the field of communications, including work with the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Roberta will work twelve hours each week and will be in the office Tuesday through Thursday mornings. Welcome, Roberta! 6/12

Coming Events

Wedding and Vacation

Through Sunday, June 28

The Rev. Dr. David Lindsey and Carrie Dobmeier, Esq., were married June 19 in Minneapolis. Congratulations! Pastor Lindsey will be back with us Monday, June 29. 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 .

Our congregation will hold a reception for them Sunday, July 12. See below.

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 Sunday, June 21, for an opportunity to view parts of the recent PBS Frontline program "Secrets, Politics, and Torture," learn more about NRCAT's work, and to take speak out against torture by signing a letter to the epartment of Justice to ask that the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture be fully reviewed and acted upon.

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 .

Wedding Reception for David Lindsey and Carrie Lindsey Dobmeier

Sunday, July 12

The Board of Deacons requests the pleasure of your company at a celebration for Pastor David Lindsey's wedding to Carrie Dobmeier. Please join us in the social hall after the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, July 12. We'll have cake, pictures, toasts, and more as we demonstrate our extravagant welcome. If you are available to help, please contact Clark Beil or Kathleen Styles. 6/14

Freedom Summer: Justice in Our Time

Sundays: July 12, August 2, August 31

You are invited to join the Little River UCC community this summer in an exploration of justice in our time through our own "Freedom Summer" series. Learn more about the causes of the "New Jim Crow" and mass incarceration, their disproportionate impact on people of color, and how we can respond as a faith community. As in the Freedom Summer schools of 1964, we will seek racial justice through education. Events include a summer vacation teach-in on July 19 about closing the cradle-to-prison pipeline; a Faith in Film showing of The House I Live In, an examination of the effects of the war on drugs, on August 2; and a discussion of the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative law practice, on August 31. For details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure.

Please sign up for Freedom Summer events: call the church office (703-978-3060) or sign up online. 6/19

Opportunities for Sharing

Stewardship Reminder

Please remember to continue your regular financial support of the church through the summer. It takes $14,000 per week to provide our ministries to members, communities and the wider church.  You may make or schedule donations at any time using the Online Giving button at the bottom of this page.6/14

Food Pantry: Urgent Request

Through early July

Thank you to everyone who contributed food and toiletry items for the pantry at Heritage United Church of Christ in Baltimore. We have seventeen bags of items to be delivered to Heritage UCC. We will continue to collect items for this ministry through June and early July. Non-perishable food as well as toiletries (full-size toothpaste, soap, and toilet paper) may be placed in the bin outside the sanctuary throughout the month. 6/14

Teach Summer Church School

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


Speaking the Truth in Love: Sermons about Communication

Sundays through August 30

Communication is one of the biggest challenges we all face. How do we speak honeslty to people while still being kind? When do we speak up about the injustices we see around us? How should church members speak to each other, and why? Who needs someone to speak up on their behalf, and how do we listen to them?

To address these and other difficult questions, Pastors David nd Hank have organized a summer sermon series. Here's the schedule:

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. Sessions are held after worship to debrief the pastors about the sermons. If you miss a Sunday, recorded sermons may be found here.

Church Council News

  • The Church Council met on Wednesday, May 13.
  • The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, June 3.
  • The Governance Board met on Wednesday, June 10.
  • 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 .