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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July  17, 2015

Coming Events

Summer Teach-in: Justice in Our Time

Sunday, July 19

Join us this Sunday for the first event in the "Freedom Summer" program series -- a Freedom School Teach-In for all ages. Following Sunday's worship, we will share in two sessions exploring justice in our time and a call to live our faith in action:

  • 11:30-12:30 Age-Focused Encounter Sessions
  • 12:30-1:00 Lunch for all ages
  • 1:00-2:00 Youth and Adults: Restorative Justice Workshop with Vicki Shoape from Fairfax County Public Schools

Whether you have signed up in advance for lunch, please do stay and join in the Teach-In! There is room for all people and all ages!  For more details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure.

To sign up for Freedom Summer events, call the church office (703) 978-3060 or sign up online. 7/16

More Freedom Summer Events

Sundays, August 2 and August 31

The second event in the "Freedom Summer" series is the Faith in Film showing of The House I Live In, an examination of the effects of the war on drugs in America; and the third event on August 31 is a discussion of the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative law practice.  For more details, please see the Freedom Summer 2015 brochure and to sign up call the church office (703) 978-3060 or sign up online. 7/16

Assistants Still Needed for Summer Church School

Sundays through August 30

Church school is being offered this summer for children ages 3-9. They begin in worship at 10:00 and proceed to class following the Time with Children. Assistants are still needed for July 26, August 16, and August 30. 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. 7/16

Opportunities for Sharing

Come Share Yourself by helping with Church School!

The new church school year begins with Rally Day (September 13), and the children of Little River UCC are anxiously waiting to share in your faith journey, and have you share in theirs! Volunteers are needed to assist with infants through elementary ages, and substitutes are always welcome. Please consider sharing your time and talents! Interested? Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Letters Against Torture

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice thanks everyone who participated in the June 21 letter-signing activity encouraging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to read and take appropriate action on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report of its investigation into the CIA torture program. Regrettably, Justice Department officials have signaled a lack of interest in the report, saying both that no one at the Department has read the report and that nothing in the report warrants any further action. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture is asking congregations to urge the Attorney General to read and act on the report to help ensure that the U.S. never tortures again.

We gathered 40 letters, which will clearly be noticed, especially in combination with similar messages from other people of faith and human rights advocates. We would love to gather even more signed letters, so if you were not able to participate in the action, you may download this sample letter as a MS-Word document or PDF file.

We regret that the attempt to show the PBS documentary "Secrets, Politics, and Torture" failed because of technical difficulties. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to view this compelling video online. 6/26

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

Mid Year Giving Statements

The office is in the process of sending out mid-year giving statements to all those who have pledged to contribute financial support to LRUCC for 2015. Recipients should review their statements to make sure the information matches their own records as to pledge amount and contributions through June 30. Please contact Gary Allen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (703) 978-0479) or Donna Jones ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (703) 978-3060) if you find any discrepancies, have questions, or if you are expecting a statement and do not receive one.7/16

Ongoing

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. only, through September 6.
  • Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Monday through Friday, through the end of August.

To communicate with staff outside of office 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.

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 and 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? Samantha Tuttle
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

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