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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 6, 2015

This Week

First Friday - Harvest Fest Game Night

Friday, November 6

Bring your children to First Friday tonight 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 at 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.

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!

Fair Trade Reminder

Sunday, November 8

Fair Trade Sales will take place this Sunday. Stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil between services 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.

Cookies for College Students

Sunday, November 8

This Sunday, November 8, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 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 3 dozen cookies or your time to help pack the cookies. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up to provide cookies or help pack them on the 8th. All cookies should pack easily and be nut free! Please drop them off in the church kitchen on the morning of the 8th, labeled "Cookies for College Students."

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 pm. 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.

Faith in Action: 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 this Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm 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.

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

Sunday, November 8 and 15

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting in-kind donations to create Thanksgiving baskets for Shaw Community Ministry. Each year, Shaw Community Ministry gives gifts of food to residents of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC in order to provide low-income families with supplies to make their own holiday meals. The goal this year is to feed at least 75 families a Thanksgiving meal through donations by several local UCC churches. LRUCC is committed to providing 15 of the Thanksgiving baskets.

Shaw Community Ministry has put together a list of requested items for each basket. Each basket should also contain a $20-$25 grocery store gift card for families to buy fresh items for their holiday meal. Reusable grocery bags with the shopping lists and a sign-up sheet will available in the atrium this Sunday, November 8.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up at the table in the atrium for a bag of requested items (please take a bag), a gift card, or both. All donations should be brought to church by Sunday, November 15 for delivery to Shaw on the 16th. Questions? Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice.

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, hats, scarves or gloves in your closet that could warm someone in need this winter? A collection box is available in the Narthex until November 29. The next delivery will be made to Thrive DC on Monday, November 30.

Next Week

Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11

The church office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

More Church News

Where Was Pastor Hank?

This summer, Pastor Hank was selected to take part in the Credo Conference. This is a new program in pastoral excellence offered by the Pension Boards-UCC (in partnership with the Episcopal Church Pension Group), blending vocational discernment with healthy practices in body and spirit, financial health and planning, and spiritual health and practices. This past week Pastor Hank attended a pilot session hosted at the Cerveny Center at Camp Weed in Live Oak, Florida, an outdoor ministry setting of the Episcopal Church. We give thanks to the Pension Boards-UCC for their continued mission in clergy health and wellness, and their underwriting of the entire cost for the program. Look for an information session on Pastor Hank’s learnings and take-aways—and how they can help continue healthy ministry at Little River UCC—in the coming months. For more information on the Credo Conference, please visit

Thank You and Good Bye to Country Steppers

The Country Steppers have been performing for almost 30 years as the official demonstration team sponsored by the Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. Unfortunately, there has been a declining interest in country-western dancing and the team has lost many members. Due to the loss of team members, the Country Steppers has, regrettably, made the decision to disband. The team thanks Little River for their generosity over the years in providing a convenient location for weekly dance practices. We wish them all the best as they go their separate ways.

Stewardship Season is Upon us!

If you have not yet made your pledge, please pick up a pledge card from the information table in the narthex, or print a copy here. We rely on your pledges to be able to responsibly plan for our expenses in 2016. Thank you!

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 to those members that have already submitted photos!

Save the Date

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday and Friday, November 26-27

The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Advent Fun Shops and Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, November 29

Enjoy a joyful and magic Sunday afternoon together celebrating the approach of Christmas. We will have many Advent centered crafts. Thank you to our volunteers and the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship who help make this special Little River UCC tradition possible. The Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF) will be available to wrap your gifts for the White Gift Service during the afternoon.

We’ll also hold our annual cookie swap during the Funshops, so dust off your holiday recipes. Bakers should bring three dozen cookies to the church kitchen that afternoon: two dozen to swap and a dozen to make treats for members of our congregation who need a little extra light in their lives this Advent season.

Also that afternoon, a merry crew will deck the halls and sanctuary. All are invited to join the fun, and give the church a “sprucing” up for the Advent and Christmas season.

Advent Spiral Walk

Sunday, December 6

The Advent Spiral comes to us from Germany, where it is practiced in Waldorf Schools. Sometimes it’s called the Winter Garden. This lovely tradition provides a way to help us slow down, pause, and live for an Advent moment of expectation and peace. Please join us in the sanctuary at 5:00pm for a time to pause, meditate, and just "be." All ages are welcome. (There will be candles on the floor, so please dress accordingly -- no long skirts or shawls.)

Church Council News

Minutes and more

  • LRUCC Proposed Governance Concept Powerpoint Presentation (Originally presented at the October 11, 2015 congregational meeting.)
  • 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 .