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

This Week

Consecration Sunday and Potluck Brunch (One Worship Service)

Sunday, October 25

This Sunday, October 25 we celebrate Consecration Sunday. We will receive your annual stewardship pledges at a single 10:00 a.m. service and then enjoy our fellowship with a potluck brunch immediately following worship. The Stewardship Committee will provide an entree and drinks, with attendees providing sides, snacks, and dessert. All members, friends, and visitors are welcome to share in this celebration of abundant giving. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office by Friday, October 23, to help the committee anticipate the headcount.

Bible Presentation Sunday

Sunday, October 25

Each year, our congregation celebrates the growth of our younger friends as they journey in their life in faith. This Sunday, 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. May God bless our children, and their Bibles to their use!

Please Send Us Your Names: Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased

Wednesday, October 28

We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends who have died during the past 12 months and whose loss you mourn. On November 1, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving for these loved ones. Information is being collected through noon on Wednesday, October 28. Please call or email the church office (703) 978-3060 | 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.

Next Week

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, November 1

Next Sunday and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. Donations of non-expired, non-perishable foods, baby items, household cleaning supplies, and small toiletries are always welcome for the pantry. The following items are especially appreciated by our partner organizations:

  • baby formula and food, rice cereal
  • canned meats, chili, pastas fruits & vegetables
  • cereal, juice boxes, mac & cheese, pasta & sauces
  • disposable diapers, pull-ups and baby wipes and home cleaning supplies
  • rice, peanut butter, and snacks for children (goldfish, granola bars, individual snacks)

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, November 1

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, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 8 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism.

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 .

Welcoming Warmth: Coat Drive for Thrive DC

Mondays, November 2 and 30

LRUCC is partnering with Thrive DC to provide coats for the homeless in Washington DC. Do you have any coats, hats, scarves or gloves 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. The first delivery will be made to Thrive DC on Monday, November 2 with a second delivery to follow on November 30.

First Friday - Harvest Fest Game Night

Friday, November 6

Bring your children to First Friday on November 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.! 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 at Pre-register by November 1 and the cost is $10 with a family maximum of $25. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2015/2016 program year, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know your child(ren) will be attending on November 6.

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!

More Church News

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.

Photos for Church Database

The office staff is currently updating church member and friend mailing lists in our database and we'd love to add photos to our records. To that end, please send a photo of yourself (and your family) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos need not be formal, just something that lets us know who you are. Photos will be for internal office use only in our ACS database. Thank you!

Neighbors in Need

To date this year, the Neighbors in Need Offering has received slightly more than $4,500. We will shortly disburse the proceeds. Anyone wishing to contribute should do so promptly. Thank you for your generosity!

Church Governance Update

A presentation on church governance was provided at the congregational meeting on October 11 and is under active discussion with plans to present it at the Little River annual meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation which describes the proposed concept can be downloaded here. Further discussions will be scheduled for this fall and early winter. Questions or further thoughts should be directed toward Tom Ross on the Governance Renewal Committee.

Save the Date

Cookies for College Students

Sunday, November 8

On Sunday, November 8, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Deacons will pack cookies for college students. The cookies are our expression of love and good wishes to them, whether near or far, as they contend with the demands of college. Everyone is welcome to help with this project either with a donation of cookies or your time to help pack the cookies. If you wish to donate cookies (they should be easily packable and nut free!), please drop them off in the church kitchen on the morning of the 8th, labeled "Cookies for College Students". If you are related to a college student and have not yet updated their college address, please contact the church office. Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

VICPP NoVa Chapter’s Annual Advocacy Training Session

Sunday, November 8

Have you ever wanted to speak out against social injustice but were reluctant to meet with your legislator to express your concerns?

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to join other people of faith and attend The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), NoVa Chapter’s Annual Advocacy Training Session on Sunday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, VA. Learn about ways to connect with legislators, both in Richmond and in their home offices in Northern VA. Attendance is free and light refreshments will be offered.

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 .