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Our 61st Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 20, 2015

This Week

White Gift Christmas Tree Trimming and Gift Tags

Friday, November 20

In preparation for the White Gift Service, our White Gift Christmas tree stands in the atrium to express the Christmas hopes of young children from low-income families served by ACCA, Main Street Child Development Center, and Shaw Community Ministry. A White Gift Christmas tree trimming gathering will take place on Friday, November 20 from 12-4 pm to prepare the tags and decorate the tree. Tree trimming helpers are welcome to join the gathering! Gift tags and a sign-up sheet (new this year to assist the Board of Outreach and Social Justice in tracking gifts) will be available from Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, December 6. Please take only as many tags as you are able to provide gifts. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

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.  We will resume our normal business hours on Monday, November 30.

Fall Cleanup Day

Saturday, November 28

The Trustees have scheduled a fall cleanup and work-party for Saturday, November 28, from 8:00 am to noon.

Outdoor tasks include leaf raking, gravel drive maintenance, brush removal, cutting down three invasive Ailanthus trees, and relocating bricks piled outside kitchen door.

Indoor projects include putting new felt pads on the bottoms of sanctuary chairs, cleaning the floor in the main equipment room, replacing stained ceiling tiles in the nursery, and thoroughly washing kitchen pots and pans.

Please join us, rain or shine!

Welcoming Warmth: Coat Drive for Thrive DC

Thank you to everyone who brought in items already for the Thrive DC coat drive for the homeless in Washington, DC. An initial delivery of five large bags was delivered to Thrive DC for their November distribution. We can still accept more. Do you have any coats, hats, scarves or gloves in your closet that could warm someone in need this winter? The collection box will be available in the Narthex until November 29 and the final delivery will be made to Thrive DC on Monday, November 30.

Next Week

Advent Centering and Prayer Circle

Sunday, November 29 (Sundays in Advent)

With each candle lighted, we step closer to the mystery of Christmas. Come step away from the “busy-ness” of the season for a little while, sharing in spiritual practices that can guide our minds and spirits to a centered place for the season. We will gather in Room 8 (our Advent Chapel) at 11:00 am. This time comes from the experience of many at this fall’s Women’s Retreat.

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 and a table of wrapping supplies will be available so you can wrap your gifts for the White Gift Service.

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.

First Friday with Mortimer and Santa

Friday, December 4

We are back with the traditional December visit with Mortimer and Santa, with all of the sugar-plum-laden fun to boot! So, bring your children to First Friday 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 http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. Pre-register by November 29 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 December 4.

First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC, so spread the word and make your plans.

More Church News

Update on Heating in the Sanctuary

The Trustees have been working on a plan to restore heat to the sanctuary. Read the update here.

YOU Put the Fun in Fun Shops!

Let the Advent party begin! The first Sunday of Advent is fast approaching – it's November 29 – and that means that Fun Shop time is upon us! We're super-excited! (See all the exclamation points?) We need your help to make our Fun Shops well, fun! We're looking for set-up help, clean-up help, craft table "monitors," and hospitality help. There will be a sign-up available in the narthex, so, you know, sign up. Questions? Ask a Deacon, or check in with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Order Poinsettias for Christmas

You are invited to provide red or white poinsettias in the Sanctuary, in honor or in memory of a loved one. Deadline for ordering a poinsettia is Monday, December 7. The cost is $10.00 per pot. Please make your check payable to LRUCC and note “Flower Fund” on the check and/or envelope. Place your order with payment in the offering plate or leave in the church office. Order forms are available in the atrium or can be downloaded here.

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!

Save the Date

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. Deacons and Women’s Ministry Team invite you to participate in a time of quiet, meditation, calm, peacefulness, and prayer. On December 6, our sanctuary will be open at 5:00 pm so we can enter into an experience of Advent anticipation. One by one, each person will walk through a spiral of greens, light a candle, place it in an apple holder on the path, and return to our seat. Children are welcome to participate. As we listen to music, we will watch the sanctuary become lighted with candles. (There will be candles on the floor, so please dress accordingly -- no long skirts or shawls.) Questions? Contact 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 .

Food Pantry

Sunday, December 6

Special requests for this month donation are powdered milk, pasta sauce (canned preferred), and cereal.

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, December 6

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, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 7 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism.

Advent Music Sunday

Sunday, December 13

This year, the Sanctuary Choir leads a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Like the famous British Christmas Lessons and Carols service, anthems and Scripture alternate to guide us through this season of preparation, remembering the birth of Christ but also pointing us toward Christ's second coming. With music from many centuries and reflecting diverse styles, come hear God's call to people of all times and places as we approach Christmas and receive the gift and calling of God with us, Emmanuel.

Town Hall

Sunday, December 13 & 20

The leadership of Little River needs to hear from YOU! In December, Senior Pastor David Lindsey and Past Moderator Tom Ross will be co-hosting town hall meetings focused on Little River's visioning process and governance renewal. David and Tom will share the insights they have gained from their respective teams. These sessions are a time to listen and reflect on what God might be calling Little River to do and be (and how we might go about doing it). Each session is identical and will last an hour.

White Gift Christmas Service

Sunday, December 13

The White Gift Service is a beloved Little River tradition in which our members reenact the Nativity scene, then follow the Magi to offer gifts honoring the Christ child. In preparation for that joyful service, our White Gift Christmas tree stands in the atrium to express the Christmas hopes of young children from low-income families served by ACCA, Main Street Child Development Center, and Shaw Community Ministry. Allow yourself the pleasure of sharing God’s love with a child this Christmas season! Thank you for your generosity!

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 .