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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July  23, 2015

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Sermon:  How Honest Should I Be Right Now? by Rev. Samantha Tuttle

Sunday, July 26

Join us this Sunday for a special sermon by Rev. Samantha Tuttle. Samantha has been in the Northern Virginia area since 2003, where she has served as pastor at Centreville United Methodist Church and Dranesville United Methodist Church. A native of Covington, VA, Samantha earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Ferrum College, and her Master of Divinity from The Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, GA.

Ordained in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, it was after serving her second church that she felt called to start a new faith community. She has spent the past three years on Family Leave, in order to be a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Noah and Audrey, who are now five and three. During this time she also worked to bring into focus her vision for a Leesburg community church plant, called "On Earth."

After careful discernment Samantha made the decision to transfer her ordination to the United Church of Christ, where she will be able to live out her ministry dream of progressive theology and radical inclusion in a way that is authentic and true to her convictions. Samantha is married to her husband Mike, who is an aerospace engineer at Orbital ATK, in Sterling.

Farewell to the Wilbur Family

Sunday, July 26

Carter, Sarah, and T-Mac Wilbur leave for a two-year posting at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan at the end of July. We invite you to join us in the Social Hall for cakes and cookies following the 10:30 a.m. worship. Help us send off the family with enormous Little River warmth and love.

Carter will assume duties as the head of the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy there. Sarah will continue studying the Azerbaijani language, and will be exploring opportunities to return to her field of Public Health. T-Mac will be attending an International School in Baku, and looks forward to exploring the mud volcanoes and fire mountains that are unique to Azerbaijan.

The family thanks everyone at Little River for welcoming them to the community, and for the love and support given to them over the past five years. Little River will never be far from their hearts.

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 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

Welcome Back Footsteps Participants

We welcome back the Footsteps group from their travel to Switzerland. We can’t wait to hear all about your trip and see all your photos.

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 .

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. 7/23

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

Welcome to Summer!

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. only, through September 6.
  • September 13 is Rally Day and the “Welcome Back" Picnic. The picnic will immediately follow the 10:00 a.m. service.
  • We will resume two worship services on Sunday, September 20.
  • 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

Minutes and more

  • 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 .