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Fellowship for Adults

 

Check the Calendar for the time and place of the next meeting for these activities.

Pathfinders: Progressive Christian Young Adults

Little River's young adults in their 20s and 30s join young adults from other progressive churches for Bible study, dinner, and fellowship on the first and third Mondays of each month. The group meets from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Caffee Amouri in Vienna, VA.  Pathfinders also participate in mission projects, an annual retreat, and other events. To learn more about Pathfinders please visit their blog or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Place Setters

Place Setters provides opportunities for small groups of six to eight to get to know one another better over a series of meals, typically once a month for four months. The meals are held in homes, restaurants, parks, or wherever each group decides. Participants take turns hosting as they are able, and all contribute parts of the meal. Place Setters groups are organized twice a year, with options to sign up for Dinners for Eight (or Seven or Six), midday Sunday Brunch Bunch, or weekday Lunch Gatherings. Groups can decide to be adults-only or family-friendly.

Exercise with Monica

Exercise with Monica provides invigorating group exercise and fellowship for adults each week on Tuesday mornings. A small charge for each session defrays the cost of hiring the instructor.

Footsteps

In 1996, a group of members and friends traveled to Israel and Palestine to study our biblical heritage and the roots of our faith. Two years later many of the same group and others went to Greece and Turkey “in the footsteps of Paul.” Every other year since, a group of 30-some persons has traveled to study some aspect of our Christian heritage. In preparation for each of these trips, classes have addressed different aspects of the country to be visited.

In May 2012 Little River members and friends set out on "Footsteps IX, the Dalmation Coast: Where the Balkans Meet the Mediterranean." Travelers explored relations over centuries among rival peoples of many ethnicities and religious affiliations, including Muslim, Orthodox Christian, and Roman Catholic. The trip was not all conflict and strife as the Coast is warm and lovely and claims a number of World Heritage sites. An educational series on "Conflict in the Balkans: Religious, Ethnic, Political, Historical" helped trip participants and others learn more about this fascinating region.

Women’s Book Group

A gathering of women who meet approximately every other month on Sundays, 12:15–1:30 p.m., to discuss books of mutual interest. Read a full description on the Christian Education for Adults page.

Men's Lunch Group

Men from the congregation meet for lunch and conversation the fourth Thursday of each month from September through June at noon at a local restaurant. This is a great way to get to know one another better. Just bring a modest appetite and a friendly smile.

Informal Groups

Several informal interest groups meet regularly at Little River, including:

Caring Hands
Beginners and experts alike are invited to join knitters and crocheters in making baptism blankets for Little River UCC and items for charity. Caring Hands currently meets one Sunday a month at 11:00 a.m. In addition, the Little River Quilters have issued a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join them to do any type of handwork.

Quilters
Participants meet at the church the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. to share their joy in a variety of handicrafts. Their work is occasionally displayed in the church.



July 17, 2011: Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

A non-fiction work that reads like a novel. A narrative that traces the lives of two
individuals, one is an Arab and one is a Jew, as they explore their lives by looking
at the similarities and differences. It serves to help readers understand the Israli-
Palestinian conflict and why it remains a conflict today. Is there hope or is the
situation hopeless?

September 18, 2011: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Marion & Shiva Stone are Siamese twins, joined at the skull, separated by
their father. The story is set in Ethiopia and parallels the growth of the
twins and their homeland, in a turbulent political time.

November 13, 2011: Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

The story of the migration of African American families who left the
South and their efforts to make a sustainable life for themselves and their families
after they moved North. The book focuses on three characters who made
the move with information that reflects on the masses of people who moved, the
treatment of those who came North as well as the treatment in the South that caused
the move(s) in the first place. The focus is on the years from 1915 to 1970. This is a
powerful, well-written, readable work of non fiction.