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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 12, 2016

This Week

Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, January 17

Our congregation was founded as an integrated church in the midst of the civil rights movement of the 1950s, and continues to live in this heritage today, confronting issues of racial, social and economic justice. Join us on Sunday for worship services in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on the 87th anniversary of his birth. We will investigate the last written work of Dr. King, entitled, “Where do we go from here: Community in Chaos,” the last book written by King and final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles. This will be done by sharing personal stories and witness, balanced by the current issues of racial, social, and economic injustice that we see in our society today.

Welcoming Dinner: Engaging in Interfaith Dialogue

Sunday, January 17

From our earliest outreach and justice ministry, Little River UCC has worked to broaden our understanding of the many ways that God is still speaking across the broadness of racial, social, and religious diversity in our community. The Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race group invites all to a time of community and relationship, learning what it means to be a welcoming place for interfaith dialogue in our time. This will be a time to encounter each other, and to develop our gifts in being partners in ministry with the diverse faith communities around us.

This will be a pot-luck dinner event starting at 5:00 pm, with special support from the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and the Intersections Group. Please do add your flavor to the feast by bringing a dish to pass. As we seek to welcome all, make note of the dish you are bringing (and any ingredients of which some need to be aware). Please  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pilgrim Youth Fellowship Lock-In

Sunday, January 17-18

The Annual PYF Martin Luther King, Jr Civil Rights Lock-in begins with the Welcoming Dinner at 5:00 pm (see above) and concludes Monday morning at 10:00 am. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it that you will be attending.

Office Closed

Monday, January 18

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Our normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, January 18

From The Great Courses, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg focuses on the book of Genesis. This course of 24 lectures allows for numerous avenues of inquiry. Discussions are led by Richard Davidson. Please join us on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 8.

Next Week

"Caring Hands" Prayer Shawl Project

Sunday, January 24

"Caring Hands" is Little River's name for those of us in the church who knit or crochet items for various causes. Over the past several years, projects have included preemie hats for Fairfax INOVA Hospital, winter hats for Thrive DC, squares for Knit-a-Square blankets for South Africa, scarves for the UCC Rainbow Scarf Project, and baptism blankets for babies baptized at Little River UCC. At this time, the Deacons' Parish Care Committee would like to provide prayer shawls to the pastors so that they may give them to those experiencing difficult life circumstances. The Committee aims to have several shawls on hand, so there is always one available when the need arises.

For those interested in making prayer shawls, there will be a drop-in session on Sunday, January 24 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) in Room 7 where you may pick up supplies and connect with others interested in this effort. There will also be information on baptism blankets as well as charity knitting and crochet projects beyond Little River UCC.

Questions? Or to schedule a knitting/crochet lesson, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hands-on Mission Project

Saturday, January 30

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is organizing a small, hands-on mission project for Saturday, January 30.

A small team of adult volunteers (about 10 - 12) is needed by our benevolence partner, Alternative House - The Abused and Homeless Children's Refuge, to organize and inventory items stored in their shelter basement. The on-site project will take place from 8 am - 12 noon.

Children and youth of the church are invited to attend a cooking event at LRUCC to prepare food items for the children served by Alternative House the morning of the 30th. Prepared items will be delivered to the shelter following the on-site project.

Details are being finalized, but those interested in the on-site inventory project or the church cooking event are asked to sign up by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or speaking with Amy Mireku, co-chair of BOSJ.

More Church News

Town Hall Meetings on Mission & Vision and Governance

On December 13 & 20, more than forty Little River UCC members and friends participated in a series of five Town Hall meetings in which ongoing work on the church’s mission and organizational structure was shared. The meetings were hosted by Senior Pastor David Lindsey and Past Moderator Tom Ross. Participants heard presentations, followed by questions and suggestions on the proposed updated mission and vision statement; and the governance structure which would establish a Ministry Board and a Governance Board. These items will be acted on at the congregational meeting on January 31.

The power point presentation from  these town hall sessions, which includes awith the comments and questions raised, is available here and posted on the bulletin board in the social hall. Further questions may be directed to Rev. David Lindsey or Tom Ross.

February 28: A Time to Celebrate!

Over the past several months, we have celebrated Little River UCC’s 60th Anniversary in a variety of ways. We’ve marked the occasion by sharing stories from our church’s history in Lent; reflecting in Eastertide on God’s call for us in the years to come; granting Verne Arens the honorific title of Pastor Emeritus in October; and (in January 2016) voting on a renewed vision for our future. As the 60th year anniversary year comes to a close in February, the Deacons would like to celebrate Little River UCC’s six decades of welcoming diversity, independent thought, and faithful action on Sunday, February 28.

And what better way to celebrate our church’s rich and vibrant history than to officially welcome back Verne and his wife Julie? In honor of our anniversary, and Verne and Julie’s return to the flock, we will host a celebration and Verne has graciously agreed to preach here at Little River UCC on the 28th to help us celebrate in honor of the occasion.

What kind of celebration? We don’t know -- help us! If you would like to help plan the festivities, please contact Deacons 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 .

Volunteers Needed for Sunday Services

Would you like to volunteer? We need ushers, liturgists and greeters on Sunday mornings.

Ushers prepare the sanctuary for worship services, help seat people, distribute worship bulletins, collect the offering, and generally support the logistics of the services. The time required is 1½ hours on most Sundays during every third month (i.e., 4 months a year).

Liturgists help to lead the worship service at one or both services on Sunday morning. They lead the Call to Worship and the Prayer of Invocation and read the scripture. They sit up on the chancel during the service. The liturgy you need to read is prepared for you and will be sent to you ahead of time so that you can become familiar with the text. You may choose to serve at both services or just one.

If you are ready to volunteer as an usher or liturgist, or would like more information about either, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We also need greeters at the Front Door for both services. Greeters arrive 30 minutes before the service and welcome visitors. Please sign your name on the sign sheet by the church office door if you are interested. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Annandale Cooperative Preschool Open House

The Evangelism Team of the Board of Deacons would like you to know about the Annandale Cooperative Preschool (ACPS) Open House!

See a cooperative preschool in action, where parents and teachers work hand-in-hand to nurture children and manage the school. No sign-up required. Children are welcome, and complimentary childcare will be provided.

WHEN: 9:30 AM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and Friday, January 22, 2016 (or 1/22 and 1/29 in the event of inclement weather)
WHERE: Annandale Cooperative Preschool, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

For questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about ACPS and information about weather-related Open House delays or cancellations, visit www.annandalecoop.org.

Giving Envelopes Available Now

Please pick up your 2016 giving envelope boxes in the atrium on Sunday—unless you give electronically or have did not request envelopes. If you are expecting a box in your name and don’t find it, please contact Donna in the church office at (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Save the Date

Annual Congregational Meeting (One Worship Service - 10:00 am)

Sunday, January 31

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ. The official call to meeting will be coming soon.

First Friday: Mardi Gras Celebration

Friday, February 5

We might be a few days early, but what does that matter during Carnival!  February’s First Friday will be a Mardi Gras Dance Party Celebration. Come let the bon temps roulez, February 5, 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 http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. 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 before January 31.

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, so spread the word and make your plans!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 9

Mark your calendars! Plan to prepare for the start of Lent – the most important Christian holiday season – by joining Little River UCC friends for a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come when you can; a blessing will be said at 6:30.

Pancakes, sausage, and fruit salad will be served, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office either by email or by phone at (703) 978-3060. Donations (cash or check) will be received at the door. Please note: We also need volunteer pancake flippers, set-up helpers, and clean-up angels! Sign up on the bulletin board in the social hall after any Sunday service.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 10

The season of Lent then officially begins with our Ash Wednesday service on February 10. This quiet, reflective service will include both the Sacrament of Communion and the imposition of ashes. The service begins at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Please join us for this beautiful, ancient tradition.

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