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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 11, 2015

This Week

Welcome Back To Church School!

Church School for children and youth begins this Sunday, September 13, following the Time with Children at 10:00 a.m. worship. Registration tables will be open in the atrium beginning at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11:00 a.m. Registration forms are also available at We look forward to an exciting, faith-filled year ahead!

Rally Day and "Welcome Back" Picnic

Sunday, September 13

Rally Day is the day when Church School for children and youth and all other Faith Formation begins. In general, the entire church community kicks into high gear. So help rev up your appetite for our end-of-summer "Welcome Back" picnic immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The church will supply beverages, barbecue sandwiches, and hot dogs; the remainder is potluck. Lots of volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup, so please notify Clark Beil if you are able to help.

Fair Trade

Sunday, September 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.

Monday Morning Bible Study – The Apostle Paul

Monday, September 14

From The Great Courses, Historian Luke Timothy Johnson offers a fresh and historically grounded assessment of the life and letters of Christianity's "apostle to the Gentiles" in this video series. "One of the most fascinating, important, and controversial figures in the religious history of the West, Paul the Apostle continues to find champions and detractors, sometimes in surprising places," says Professor Johnson. Discussions are led by Richard Davidson. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. in Room 8 beginning September 14.

The Cross We Bear

Saturday, September 19

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages your participation in the Cross We Bear event on Saturday, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (4704 Thirteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20011), there will be an afternoon of authentic storytelling and honest discussion as participants seek to unmask and confront the racism that mars and disfigures our churches and communities. The event is sponsored by both the Potomac Association Racial Justice Working Group and the Central Atlantic Conference’s Board of Directors.

Next Week

Two Worship Services Resume

Sunday, September 20

Our regular schedule of two worship services, at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., will resume on Sunday, September 20.

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. The group will meet in room 7 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on September 20 to discuss this enthralling story about a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy/soldier whose lives intersect during the end of Germany's occupation of France in 1944 during WWII. The writing is vivid and the novel explores human nature at both its best and its worst. All are invited to attend the discussion.

Church Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 23

The church council, composed of the Governance Board the Ministry Board, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed include: church governance, the church visioning process, church finances, and other business. Church council and governance meetings are open to all. If you have any questions, please contact past moderator, Tom Ross.

Tea and Talk at Greenspring

Saturday, September 26

Join other women of Little River for afternoon tea and conversation at Greenspring (The Accotink Room in Village Square from 1-3:00 PM). Enjoy this time to share a few moments and abundant memories that connect us to one another in our church fellowship.

More Church News

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 still needed to assist with Godly Play; and Jr/Sr High School (male assistant needed); 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 or sign up in the narthex.

Join the Youth or Children's Choir

The Salt of the Earth Choir welcomes children in grades 1-5 to rehearse regularly and sing in services throughout the school year. Beyond the children’s church school experiences, this choir offers an opportunity to learn a variety of musical traditions, instruments, and choral techniques in an atmosphere of fun, sharing their accomplishments periodically with the congregation. This experience offers a wonderful foundation for developing young musical talents. The Salt of the Earth will begin rehearsals on September 13 at 12:00 pm after the “Welcome Back” picnic.

The Joyful Noise is a choir for youth in grades 6-12. This choir performs a variety of music from classical to folk, including many contemporary anthems. Singers learn to work with others and develop their musical talents in a Christ-centered environment. Joyful Noise assists at worship on a regular basis and will begin rehearsals on September 20 at 11:15 am.

Seeking "Welcome Center" Hosts

Every Thursday afternoon during the academic year, the “Welcome Center” gathers in the Jubilee room to meet with English as a Second Language (ESL) students from the NVCC Annandale Campus. These students are trying to improve their English listening and speaking skills while learning more about America. This year we need volunteers who are available between the hours of noon and 3:00 pm to come and meet these young people. You do not need any special English skills, just a willingness to listen and make them feel welcome. If interested in coming for all or part of the time or just occasionally, that would be very helpful. If you would like to meet these students from all over the world, please contact Ellen Wertman (703-764-3741 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Richard Davidson.

Adult Faith Formation for Fall

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Adult Faith Formation offerings. The Board of Christian Education has worked to create many new ways for you to discover the many expressions that God shows us each day. These offerings are tailored to our creative side, our academic side, our spiritual side, and our fun-loving side. Come share yourself and your story as we journey together in a life of faith. Read more about this year's offerings.

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.

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

Hands-On Sunday Project — Stop Hunger Now

Sunday, September 27

Since 2012, Little River UCC has sent over 50,000 meals to El Salvador, Haiti and West Africa to help feed children with limited resources. Our partnership with Stop Hunger Now has enabled us to serve the wider world and strengthen our community's bonds.

On Sunday, September 27th, we will gather in the social hall from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to pack highly nutritious meals that will be sent abroad in the hopes of continuing to fight the global hunger pandemic. We need 75–100 people to assist with packing approximately 20,000 meals. Between setup, packing, and cleanup, there will be opportunitiesfor people of all abilities and ages (four and up) to participate. Child care will also be provided.

Please sign-up online or by contacting the church office. Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 11

A congregational meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 11 a.m., following the 10:00 a.m. worship (please note that there will only be one worship service on that date). Tentative topics are: 1) approving the Reverend Dr. Verne Arens as Pastor Emeritus for Little River; 2) 2015 church finances; 3) church governance. Please plan on attending!

Church Council News

Minutes and more

  • As of August 13, 2015, Moderator-Elect, Rob Peters, will be the Acting Moderator of Little River. Please direct all questions for the Moderator to Rob at this time.
  • 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 .