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Two Worship Services Resume at 9:30 and 11:00 am

Sunday, March 13

This week's scripture is John 12:1-8 and Pastor Hank will be preaching a sermon entitled, "Wasted:" How much time do we spend worrying about the jar of nard in unresolved anxiety? How can we spend this time seeking forgiveness from ourselves before demanding apology from another?  Please join us!

This Week

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, March 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday between worship services. Stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil 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.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, March 13

Join Rob Peters on Sunday, March 13 at 11:00 am in Room 8 as he leads an introduction to famous Christian Mystics. This week's class focuses on Hildegard of Bingen and Francis of Assisi. Sessions include discussion questions and resource materials and guides to a deepening life of prayer. Future sessions will be held on Sunday, March 20. This is a popular class, so please sign up with 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 so that sufficient resources are provided.

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 award-winning writer Chimananda Ngozi Adichie. Please join us at 12:15 pm in Room 7 for the discussion.

"Caring Hands" Prayer Shawl Project

Sunday, March 13

"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 this Sunday, March 13 (11:00 am - 12:15 pm) in Rooms 5 & 6 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 .

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?

During this final session, 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.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, March 14

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

Palm Sunday and Music Sunday Led by the Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 20

Worship begins with a Palm Parade, led by our children and youth. We will reflect on Christ’s "triumphal entrance" into Jerusalem, his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the symbolism and mystery of Holy Week. In addition, the Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians will lead us from the joyful shouts of Hosanna! into the introspective and redemptive days of Holy Week as we approach Easter and the resurrection.

Maundy Thursday Supper (6:00 pm) and Service (7:30 pm)

Thursday, March 24

We are honored to welcome Michael Joseph to our pulpit on Maundy Thursday. Michael is a UCC missionary in Colombia, where he works with our Central Atlantic Conference partners in the Evangelical Council of Colombia (a.k.a. CEDECOL). He leads the Prophetic Call Human Rights Documentation Program of CEDECOL's Peace Commission. As part of that work, Michael provides critical pastoral presence to clergy and lay leaders who are living in life-threatening situations. Decades of violent conflict have decimated Colombia, and church workers like Michael face the Herculean task of proclaiming God's peace in a nation devastated by civil war. Michael is a member of First Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C., a church whose commitment to social justice led to the creation of Howard University in 1867 (and Little River UCC in 1955!). Please join us for a light soup supper in our Social Hall starting at 6:00 pm, followed by worship at 7:30 pm.

Good Friday Worship Service (7:30 pm)

Friday, March 25

The traditional service of candles and darkness will begin at 7:30 pm. We will share in an experience of the three days of self-exploration leading towards Easter. Music, Meditation, Communion, Scripture and the Extinguishing of the Lights.

Save the Date

Easter Worship Services (6:45, 9:30 & 11:00am)

Sunday, March 27

Sunrise Service at the Cross begins at 6:45 am with a service of Baptismal renewal and Communion followed by an Easter breakfast with hot cross buns and Easter eggs.

At 9:30 & 11:00 am  a Service of Resurrection  led by the Sanctuary Choir and Brass Ensemble will call us to rejoice with the brass and tympani as we exclaim, Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!

The Sanctuary and Joyful Noise choirs combine forces to lead the service in music and song with the trumpets, trombones, and the full organ. From the prelude to glorious, familiar hymns and to the grand anthems, the music reflects Christ’s triumph over the grave and our redemption by his love.

As a part of the 9:30 am service, an Easter Time with Children will be offered, with an Easter egg hunt following for all children.

Easter Offering - Stop Hunger Now

Sunday, March 27

On Easter Sunday, a special Easter Fund offering will be received on behalf of our fifth annual STOP Hunger Now event, to take place in September 2016.

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) asks for your support of this offering, which enables the purchase of meals we can pack for persons in need. Our meal packing event in September 2015 produced 20,000 meals to send to those in need. Every meal costs just 29 cents, and we hope to pack up to 20,000 meals again this year. To support the offering, please designate "Easter Fund" on the memo line of your check or include your contribution in the offering envelopes, writing "Easter Fund" on the outside.

Thank you for your tremendous support in 2015. BOSJ looks forward to helping our congregation be a blessing to those in need again in September.

Office Closed

Monday, March 28

The church office will be closed on the Monday after Easter. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, March 29.

Coming in April

  • First Friday - Friday, April 1
  • Intersections: Sacred Conversations on Race - Sunday, April 3
  • Faith in Film - Sunday, April 10

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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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