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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised October 9, 2015

This Week

One Worship Service and Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 11

Due to the Congregational Meeting, there will be only one 10:00 a.m. worship service this Sunday. Members are invited to meet after worship in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. for the meeting. Principal business of the meeting will include: 1) A vote on the proposal to honor Reverend Dr. Verne Arens as Pastor Emeritus of Little River; 2) Discussion on the results of the Congregational Visioning Process; 3) Discussion of a proposal to change the governance of LRUCC by replacing the Chuch Council with a Governance Board and a Ministry Board. Please plan on attending! View the official Call to Meeting here.

Designation of Verne Arens as Pastor Emeritus for LRUCC

During the congregational meeting we will have the opportunity to vote on the nomination of the Reverend Dr. Verne Arens as Pastor Emeritus at Little River UCC. This designation will honor Verne and his service at Little River while serving as Senior Pastor from 1988 to 2011. If approved, Verne will be invited back to Little River to participate in a special Sunday service in January of 2016. Further information on Verne can be found here.

Office Closed - Holiday

Monday, October 12

In observance of the holiday, the church office will be closed on Monday, October 12. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, October 13.

Next Week

Fair Trade Reminder

Sunday, October 18

Fair Trade Sales will take place next Sunday, October 18. Plan to stock up on fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil between worship services.

More Church News

Cancelled - Faith in Film: Reflect and Act

Due to the Congregational Meeting, this Sunday's Faith in Film (October 11) session has been cancelled. The next session will take place in December.

Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased

On November 1, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving for loved ones who have died during the past 12 months. We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends whose loss you mourn. Please call or email the church office, (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the name of the individual and your relationship to that person. Information will be collected through noon on Wednesday, October 28.

Annual Stewardship Campaign Underway

Check your mailboxes for this year's brochure, which includes a narrative budget describing the many ways that your pledge will impact our community, our neighbors, and the wider world. Please spend some time in careful consideration of your pledge prior to Consecration Sunday, October 25th. On that day, we will receive pledges at a single 10:00 a.m. service and then enjoy our fellowship with a pot luck brunch immediately following the service. All members, friends, and visitors are welcome to share in this celebration of abundant giving.

Bible Presentation Sunday

Each year, our congregation celebrates the growth of our younger friends as they journey in their life in faith. On Sunday, October 25 we will be presenting the SPARK Story Bible to our children entering Godly Play (age 3); and The Children’s Bible (NRSV) to our children currently in third grade. Parents, you will be receiving an email message in the coming weeks to verify your child’s personal information. If you do not receive this message by October 19, or have recently joined in the life of the congregation, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Save the Date

The Potomac Association 2015 Fall Meeting

Saturday, October 24

Little River will be hosting the Potomac Association's Fall Meeting. At the meeting the group will:

  • Explore various roles and responsibilities of the Association, the Conference and the National Office and discuss some of the important work that is being done in these settings.
  • Receive reports from the officers of the Board of Directors, each Standing committee, and any other person or organization as requested by the Board of Directors.
  • Vote on the proposed Association budget for 2016.

View the official Call to Meeting here.

Consecration / Bible Presentation Sunday (One Worship Service)

Sunday, October 25

On Sunday, October 25 we celebrate Consecration Sunday and Bible Presentation Sunday. We will have one 10:00 a.m. worship where we will receive your annual stewardship pledges. In additon, we will present Bibles to our children entering Godly Play (age 3) and to our children currently in third grade. All members, friends, and visitors are welcome to share in this celebration of abundant giving by joinging us at a pot luck brunch immediately following the service.

New Member Information Session

Sunday, November 1

Each year at this time, we reach out to those who have visited our church in worship, gatherings, and programs. We hope that your time spent with Little River UCC family has been memorable, and that you would consider learning more about the mission, vision, and ministry of our congregation.

We also know from past gatherings many people come and visit, and participate as “Friends” of the church for many years. This invitation goes out to you as well. Maybe you are feeling God’s gentle tug to share more deeply in the ministry of Little River.

In either case, you are invited to come and share in this year’s New Member Information Session on November 1 (1:00-2:30 p.m.). Childcare and light snacks will be provided.

This gathering is offered to help familiarize you with the many faces of the ministry at Little River. We welcome you to learn more about our ministries. At the conclusion of the session, you are invited to join in membership with the congregation.

We hope to see you at there! If you have any questions about membership at Little River UCC, please call us at the church office. You can RSVP by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

First Friday

Friday, November 6

Bring your children to First Friday on November 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm! The children will enjoy dinner, games, and crafts while you enjoy a little free time. The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30. Registration forms are available on this website. First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC. Tell your friends and family!

Women's Book Group

Sunday, November 8

Please join the Little River Women's Book Group as they discuss the long-time best seller Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline in Room 7 from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of the intertwined stories that make up this moving novel. Kline illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young women.

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

  • Moderator-Elect Rob Peters is currently serving as Acting Moderator of Little River UCC. 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 .