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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 11, 2016

This Week

Women’s Ministry Breakfast: “Loving You In the New Year”

Saturday, February 13

Tomorrow at 9:30 am women of Little River UCC are invited to a delicious breakfast and opportunity to meditate and explore, "Loving You in the New Year". This event is sponsored by the Women's Ministry Team and everything will be provided. Join other women to explore "Loving You" (you personally, wider circle of family/friends, extending outward) in preparation of a wonderful 2016! For those of you who attended the retreat in October at Roslyn, this will be a response to a desire for continuing exploration; those who wish to join in at this time, we warmly welcome you! Please contact anyone on the Women's Ministry team with any questions.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, February 14

Fair Trade Sales take place this Sunday between services. Plan to stock up on fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil. Your support not only will enhance your family's pantry, but also will provide fair compensation to small farmers in less-developed countries.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, February 14 & 21

Join Rob Peters this Sunday and next Sunday after worship as he leads an introduction to famous Christian Mystics at 11:00 am in Room 8. Additional sessions are scheduled in March and April. Consider how mystics experienced the presence of God and explore examples of the mystics' guides to rich spiritual practices as they sought to enter the loving presence of God. Sessions will include discussion questions. Please sign up with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that sufficient resources are provided.

Faith in Film: Godspell -- the 1973 Classic

Sunday, February 14

Come begin your Lenten journey with Faith in Film. We will join in viewing a classic of contemporary Christian cinema: Godspell!

…the 1973 film adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical created by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell. Tells the narrative of Jesus of Nazareth and the Disciples as told in the Gospel of Matthew. The story is through a series of parables, interspersed with musical numbers. Many of the scenes take advantage of well-known sites around an empty, still New York City. John the Baptist gathers a diverse band of youthful disciples to follow and learn from the teachings of Jesus. These disciples then proceed to form a roving acting troupe that enacts Jesus's parables through the streets of New York. They often make references to vaudeville shtick.the film is set in contemporary New York City.

PYF is hosting this month’s movie, as they were going to watch it on the weekend of the blizzard. Please bring a Lent-inspired dish to share! We will gather at 12:15 pm for lunch in Room 8, and begin our viewing at 12:20 pm. The movie will last 103 minutes, and will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Lenten Soup and Supper Series - Session 1: Becoming and Belonging

Sunday, February 14

This Sunday is the first session of this year’s Lenten Soup and Supper and Discussion series. Join us as we consider together how one enters a life in faith and chooses to do so in the community of a church. We will ask questions of welcome and of relationship, and consider how to extend the same to those who come to seek a faith community like Little River UCC.

These sessions are intergenerational events hosted by the Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons and co-hosted with the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship. Meals begin at 5:00 pm and discussion at 5:30 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on March 13 (No Session February 28).

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 15

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 at 10:00 am in Room 8 on Monday mornings.

Office Closed - Presidents' Day

Monday, February 15

The church office will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day. We will resume our normal office hours on Tuesday, February 16.

Next Week

Lenten Soup and Supper Series - Session 2: Gifts of Time and Talent (and Treasure)

Sunday, February 21

Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is God’s. -Matthew 22:21 (MSG)

Worship is at the heart of what a faith community does. It is what sends each person out to do things, and restores them when the world has diminished one's spirits. Serving others is part of the deal, as well. As much as one is able, willing, and has interest. How does this all get translated into a reason to give time, or talents and gifts, or financial support to the mission of a church?

This week, we will ruminate on the many ways people supply and develop themselves as the tools of mission and ministry in a local church. We will ask questions about what "Giving" has meant in light of scripture and practice, and how we can respond to the many needs of our modern world.

These sessions are intergenerational events hosted by the Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons and co-hosted with the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship. Meals begin at 5:00 pm and discussion at 5:30 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on March 13 (No Session February 28).

Save the Date

Reflections on 60 years at Little River UCC

Sunday, February 28

Please mark your calendar and come and reflect with us! Everyone is invited to a brunch following the one service at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 28. Verne Arens will be preaching and we are hopeful that past members/ministers/friends will return to celebrate with us as we conclude the first 60 years at Little River UCC and look forward to the next 60!

If you have ideas to share or would like to help by providing a brunch item, please contact one of the committee members listed here: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-385-4543); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-620-0990); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-239-1324) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-204-2792).

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, February 28

It has been said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. Are you seeking to add a contemplative element to your spiritual practice? Please join us on Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 am in the conference room as we explore Meditation as a contemplative practice that helps to quiet the mind. We will have a brief guided meditation followed by sharing about the experience. Please 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 if you have any questions.

First Friday: The Sheepdog Detectives

Friday, March 4

March’s First Friday welcomes back our friends from Kaydee Puppets, and their canine sleuths, the Sheepdog Detectives!

Come join the fun on March 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 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.

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 February 28.

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!

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, March 6

Save the date for a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 6 following one worship service at 10:00 am. The official call to meeting will be coming soon.

Cancelled -- Intersections: Sacred Conversations on Race

Sunday, March 6

Intersections, our Sacred Conversation on Race, will not meet on March 6 due to the Congregational Meeting on the church budget. Please look for an updated meeting time in Currents and in your email. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be added to the email list, or with questions or comments.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sunday, March 6

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of five mission offerings of the United Church of Christ and provides hope to people in more than eighty countries. The offering blesses people in need by providing clean water to drink and healthy food for the hungry. The offering helps build schools, medical clinics, and homes in communities that don’t have them or that have been badly hurt by earthquakes, hurricanes, poverty, and war.

Coin boxes and calendars for children and youth will be made available in the atrium and envelopes will be in the bulletin. Gifts also may be made via the Online Giving button.

Lenten Soup and Supper Series - Session 3: Priesthood of All

Sunday, March 6

Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life... -1 Peter 2:4 (MSG)

All in favor? Yea or Nay? There are not many places where a person can be present in full-conscience. There are few places that will accept someone outright regardless of society’s barriers or social conventions. But there is one place, and that’s called “Church.” When one finds a place where they belong, what are they challenged to “take on” or to “set aside?” What does taking on the name of “Christian” mean in a poly-religious society and a secularized world?

This week, we will ponder what it means to be in active membership. We will look at the obligations we take on when joining a church, and how that is different from other voluntary organizations. And we will spend some time considering how we behave towards one another—how we keep a covenant community strong.

These sessions are intergenerational events hosted by the Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons and co-hosted with the Pilgrim Youth Fellowship. Meals begin at 5:00 pm and discussion at 5:30 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on March 13 (No Session February 28).

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