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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 18, 2015

This Week

Seeking Treble Singers

Saturday, September 19

The Women’s Vocal Ensemble sings Sunday, September 27, at both services, and treble singers of all skill levels are most welcome. Rehearsals are Saturday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and Sunday, September 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the choir room with an additional rehearsal prior to the 27th. Singers need not attend both rehearsals. Please join us!

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 2:00-4:00 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.

Two Worship Services Resume

Sunday, September 20

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

Join the Handbell Choir -- Rehearsals Begin on Sunday!

Sunday, September 20

Ringers of all levels—including people who have never rung—are welcome as we begin Little River’s second year of handbell ringing. We ring 2-3 octaves of bells, teach basic music reading skills, and have a great time learning together. The bell choir plays in worship every 4-6 weeks during the academic year, and we’re looking for at least one new ringer and would welcome more! Rehearsals begin this Sunday, September 20 in the Social Hall at 12:15 p.m.

Women's Book Group

Sunday, September 20

The Women's Book Group will meet this Sunday, September 20 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. as planned in Room 7. We will gather to reflect on Judy Davidson's gift and decide how we move forward as a group. If time permits, we will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. All are welcome to attend the group.

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 1:00-3:00 PM). Enjoy this time to share a few moments and abundant memories that connect us to one another in our church fellowship. Please register at the welcome table in the church foyer as we need a headcount of our participants by September 18.

Next Week

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 opportunities for 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 .

NOVA Pride Festival

Saturday, October 3 (12:00-9:00 p.m. at Bull Run Special Events Center)

Volunteers are needed to staff the LRUCC booth and spread the word about Little River’s extravagant welcome at the NOVA Pride Festival. NOVA Pride is a coalition-building organization with a mission to educate, advocate, and celebrate the LGBTQ Community of Northern Virginia and our straight allies. LRUCC will have a booth to spread the word of God’s love. Please sign-up today to staff the table, and to share the good news about LRUCC. Please sign up in person or online

More Church News

Come Share Yourself by helping with Church School!

The new church school year began on September 13 and 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 rehearses on Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

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 a.m.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703) 764-3741 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.

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

Neighbors in Need Special Offering

Sunday, October 4

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. NIN will be collected along with our regular offering at both services on October 4. Look for a letter and special offering envelope in the mail soon. Donations may also be made online here or by using the Online Giving button at the bottom of this page.

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

October 4

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race and learn how race intersects with many justice issues, we will gather on Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 8 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism.

2nd Annual NOVA Pride Multifaith Worship Service

Thursday, October 8

In celebration with the 2nd Annual NOVA Pride Festival, we are invited to share in a multi-faith celebration of worship on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. This service will be hosted at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22124, with representation from diverse expressions of faith, including the UCC and Little River UCC. For more information, please contact the 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 .

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!

Faith in Film: Reflect and Act

Sunday, October 11

Following Freedom Summer, you are invited to reflect and act. Join us from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room 8 to view a compilation of video clips about racial justice and mass incarceration, intermingled with discussion and reflection. Then share your voice with our local community leaders through an opportunity to write letters to your locally elected officials, the Chief of Police and the Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Welcoming Warmth: Coat Drive for Thrive DC


LRUCC is partnering with Thrive DC to provide coats for the homeless in Washington, DC. Do you have any coats in your closet that could warm someone in need this winter? A collection box will be available in the Narthex from the end of October through the month of November.

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 .