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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised August 14, 2015

This Week

School Supply Collection to Benefit ACCA and Main Street

Sunday, August 16

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting school supplies for children served by the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale and the Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax. Donated supplies will be distributed to the children in August before the start of school.

Especially needed are: boxes of crayons and markers, #2 pencils, glue sticks and bottles of glue, small scissors, construction paper, and boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer (7.5 oz size), and containgers of Clorox wipes.

Acting Moderator - Rob Peters

In light of Moderator Cici Thompson's ongoing health challenges, the Governance Board of the Church Council has voted to make Moderator-Elect, Rob Peters, the Acting Moderator of Little River until Cici is able to return to the role. Please direct all questions for the Moderator to Rob Peters in the days and weeks to come. Thanks to Rob for stepping into this role at this time!

Visioning for the Future of Little River

Are you passionate about Little River's future? Did you enjoy the Visioning conversations in April? Do you enjoy collaborating with fellow church members on important projects? Then Little River needs your help! A task force has been created to pair our April conversations with demographic information about our community. This group, led by Rev. Dr. David Lindsey, will meet regularly in the coming six months to draft a compelling, achievable vision for our congregation over the next several years. A report on their findings will happen at a Congregational Meeting this fall, with a full presentation and vote at the Annual Meeting in January. Please email David at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested!

Crime Prevention Awareness

PFC Kathleen O'Leary, Crime Prevention Officer for Mason District Station, reached out to us this week to let us know about a nighttime burglary that occurred on July 13 at a place of worship in Annandale. Officer O'Leary requested that we remind parishioners to report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police immediately. The Mason District Station non-emergency phone number is (703) 691-2131. If you see anyone that you feel is actively breaking into the church or you encounter anyone inside the building after hours that is not supposed to be there, please call 911 immediately.

Assistants Still Needed for Summer Church School

Sunday, 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 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.


College Addresses Needed

We would like to stay in touch with Little River college students as they study near and far! Please send college addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for current students, and new contact information for recent graduates to Darlene Lane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (703) 978-3060.

Come Share Yourself by helping with Church School!

The new church school year begins on 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 .

A welcome dinner and team meeting for Seasons of the Spirit teachers will take place on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the dinner to 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.

Save the Date

"Freedom Summer" - Book Discussion

Sunday, August 30

The third event in the "Freedom Summer" series 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. Please RSVP by calling the church office (703) 978-3060 or using the online form.

Hymn Sing Sunday

Sunday, September 6

Come share in our annual Labor Day Weekend Hymn Sing! In place of a traditional sermon, we will reflect on and sing our favorite hymns and songs of worship from the Chalice Hymnal. Please take time in the next few weeks to find your favorite hymns and mark down their page numbers!

Medicaid Expansion: Who Benefits?

Thursday, September 10

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to attend this free, informative forum about Medicaid expansion. Hear from informed community leaders about this most important topic. The event is sponsored by the Arlington League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Chapter, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. To resever a seat, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit the League of Women Voters of Arlington website for additional details.

Women's Book Group

Sunday, September 20

Save the date and start reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for the September Women’s Book Group discussion.

Summer Continues!

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. only, through September 13.
  • September 13 is Rally Day. Church School for children and youth begins. End-of-summer, “Welcome Back" Picnic takes place immediately following 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 Labor Day.

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 Rev. Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .