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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 18, 2016

Congregational Meeting and Town Hall

Sunday, March 6

Please save the date for a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 6. The meeting will start at 11:00 following one worship service at 10:00 a.m. The official call to meeting will be posted here soon.

For more information about what will be discussed in that meeting, please attend the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, February 28 at 4:00 pm in the Social Hall. Read below for more information about the Town Hall and budget preparation process.

This Week

Thank You, Welcome Center!

Sunday, February 21

Please join us for a special fellowship hour this Sunday as we show our appreciation to a large group of volunteers who devoted many long hours, days, weeks and, for some, years, to help conceive, create and implement the Welcome Center.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, February 21

Join Rob Peters on Sunday, February 21 at 11:00 am in Room 8 as he leads an introduction to famous Christian Mystics. This week's class focuses on St. Augustine and Dionysius the Aeropagite and their guides to rich spiritual practices as they sought to enter the loving presence of God. Sessions include discussion questions and resource materials and guides to a deepening life of prayer. Future sessions will be held on Sunday, March 13 and Sunday, March 20. 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.

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.) Upon request, 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 22

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.

Next Week

One Worship Service - 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).

Cancelled -- Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, February 28

The Meditation Group will not meet on February 28 or March 6. 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.

Town Hall Meeting: Budget

Sunday, February 28

At our Annual Meeting on February 7, the congregation postponed voting on the church budget for 2016 until March 6. As part of that vote, church leaders were tasked with exploring alternatives to the budget that was presented on February 7. To that end, the Trustees have appointed an ad hoc group (led by former Trustee Chair Joe Christiansen) to underake this task. This group will meet at church on February 24 to examine alternatives, and as with all church committees, this is an open meeting. On February 28, the group will present their findings during a Town Hall session at 4:00 pm at church. They will take the feedback they get that day, incorporate it as best they can into their work, then make a recommendation to the Trustees (who are charged with budget preparation). Please pray for this ad hoc group, as they have a challenging task ahead of them and a limited amount of time to do it. And be sure to attend our congregational meeting after worship on March 6.

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!

Save the Date

Congregational Meeting and One Worship Service

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.

On March 6, the offering will be collected during the 10:00 am worship service. Please use the special envelope that will be sent to you in your Giving Letter or mark your check with “One Great Hour of Sharing”. 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.) Upon request, childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on March 13.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, March 13

Women's Books Group - Americanah

Sunday, March 13

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what is means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. At once powerful and tender, Americanah is a remarkable novel of race, love, and identity by the aware-winning writer Chimananda Ngozi Adichie. Please join us at 12:15 pm in Room 7 for the discussion.

Lenten Soup and Supper Series - Session 4: The Social and the Sacred

Sunday, March 13

They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. -Acts 2:46 (MSG)

From the beginning, the followers of Christ sought to balance two parts of daily living. Honoring God is the first half of the Greatest Commandment, centering one on the need for faithful living and celebration of God’s never-ending love. Treating Neighbor as Self is the second, focusing on the need to live in community—and not just with the other followers of the way of Christ. Worship is social, just as Fellowship Hour is sacred—and vice versa! How do our lives reflect the living of this balance?

This week we will sit together and talk about how we can sit together more often. We will look at the existing opportunities for worship and fellowship, and dream together what new ways God is calling us to gather in sacred community.

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.) Upon request, childcare is available for our youngest.

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Thinking Green

Did know you could recycle your clean, dry, empty plastic bags and film packaging at Little River UCC?

We have two recycling bins in the church -- one in the hallway outside of the kitchen and the second one in the hallway just down from rooms 7 and 8. Look for the recycling bins with the TREX logo on them and start bringing in your plastics including: grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, cereal liners, newspaper sleeves, bread bags, and more.

Download the flyer here for a complete list of plastics that can be recycled.

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