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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 8, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter
Worship Services at 9:30 and 11:00 am

Sunday, April 10

This week, Pastor David will be preaching from John 21:1-19. In this passage, several of the disciples go on a fishing trip that turns into much more than they could have imagined. Please join us!

This Week

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, April 10

Fair Trade Sales take place this Sunday between services. Plan to stock up on fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tapenade 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.

Intersections: Sacred Conversations on Race

Sunday, April 10

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, April 10 at 11:00 am in Room 7 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism.

This month, we welcome all to the conversation, as we refocus ourselves on the continuing issues in our community, nation, and world that result from Racism. We will share in reflection on our first “Welcoming Dinner” in January, and look towards continuing our “potluck dinner” plan. We will also look towards the summer schedule, and an upcoming series of Adult Formation events that need our wisdom. And we will have an update on our congregation’s commitment to justice for refugees in America (Syrian and otherwise), and racial and social justice for all. Please come, and add your voice to the conversation. Looking forward to the gathered Beloved Community!

Faith in Film: Tapped

Sunday, April 10

From the moment the water crisis in Flint, MI came to our nation’s attention, our congregation has been in prayer for the people and seeking ways to personally respond to the crisis. One of the first things needed by the residents of Flint was clean, potable water. And the easiest way to support them, delivered bottled water, is not a problem-free solution.

Tapped: recounts what happens when the most necessary resource on earth, water, becomes a commodity.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

We will gather at 12:15 for lunch in Room 8, and begin our viewing at 12:20. A light lunch will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The movie will last 76 minutes, with discussion following.

Christian Mystics: Tour Guides for your Spiritual Journey

Sunday, April 10 & 17

Join Rob Peters and the Christian Mystics class at 11:00 am this Sunday to meet Mother Julian of Norwich, an anchoress or recluse whose visions and writing led her to proclaim "And all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." We’ll also meet Teresa of Avila, who was both a contemplative and a reformer in 16th century Spain. The class ends on Sunday, April 17 when Thomas Merton, a 20th century Roman Catholic mystic, and Howard Thurman, a 20th century African American Baptist pastor and mystic will share their spiritual journeys in the modern world.

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Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sundays, April 10 & 24

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 at 8:30 am on April 10 and at 11:00 am on April 24 in Room 8 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.

Opportunity for Action: Information Presented on Lifelines to Solitary

Sunday, April 10

On any given day, tens of thousands of incarcerated people live in solitary confinement in prisons and jails across the United States, spending 22 to 24 hours a day locked in closet-sized cells, without human contact, and often without work, educational opportunities, or distractions. This prolonged isolation has been shown to cause lasting damage to mental health in many cases, creates greater difficulty reintegrating in society and higher rates of recidivism once individuals are released from incarceration.

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR), a human rights organization that works to minimize isolated confinement in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., is partnering with Solitary Watch, a national group that investigates and reports on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, to launch a prison correspondence program called Lifelines to Solitary with communities of faith in our area. The project aims to ease some of the effects of isolated confinement by connecting those held in solitary with people in the world outside prison, believing "this communication has the potential to transform the lives not only of the individuals in solitary, but of those on the outside who bear witness to their suffering."

Gay Gardner, member of Little River UCC and board member of IAHR, will be in the narthex between services on April 10 to provide more information about this program. She will have handouts and a sign up sheet for those interested in attending a Solitary Watch orientation later in the month. You may also This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, April 11

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

Dan Romero Open House

Saturday, April 16

Join us for an open house in honor of guest preacher Rev. Dan Romero!

From 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, Little River UCC will host an informal gathering where you can come greet Dan, a retired Conference Minister and former General Secretary for the United Church Board for Wider Ministries (now Wider Church Ministries). From 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Pastor David will facilitate a more formal conversation with Dan about what it means to be church in this day and age, but feel free to stop by the Social Hall at any time between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. All are welcome!

Guest Preacher: Dan Romero

Sunday, April 17

Little River is delighted to welcome back Rev. Dan Romero!

Dan is a retired UCC pastor with an extraordinary depth and breadth of ministerial experience. After growing up in the Los Angeles area, he attended college at American University in the 1960s. During that time, he worshipped at Little River (back when we were known as the Congregational Christian Church of Fairfax County!). Upon his graduation in 1967, Dan moved back west to Berkeley, where he attended the UCC's Pacific School of Religion. In 1970, he was ordained as an Associate Pastor in Chula Vista, CA before becoming the pastor of his home church (Morningside UCC in Inglewood) in 1973. From 1976 to 1987, Dan served as an Associate Conference Minister in the Southern California Nevada Conference. During that time, he earned his J.D. at Loyola University. Dan then moved to New York, where he served as General Secretary for Mission Program of the United Church Board for World Ministries. In 1998, he returned to his home state, serving as the Conference Minister of the Southern California Nevada Conference until his retirement in 2008.

Since his retirement, Dan has been able to focus more heavily on doing the things that matter to him most: serving as a volunteer immigration lawyer, advocating for Latino ministries, and rooting for his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. He also guest preaches in congregations like ours; Dan last preached at Little River on October 26, 2008. We are honored to welcome Dan back -- especially amid the vitriol in America's public life today -- as he reflects with us on God's call for peace and justice.

Save the Date

Celebration of Earth Day and Hands-on Mission Project

Sunday, April 24

Join the Board of Outreach and Social Justice in a hands-on project to clean up Mason District Park after worship services from 12:30-4:00 pm. Please sign up here if you are interested in helping.

For this springtime intergenerational outdoor activity, participants should wear long sleeves and long pants. All participants are invited to bring their own picnic lunch to eat at 12:30, with clean up beginning at 1:00 pm. Charcoal grills are available. BOSJ will have the grills heated and ready to go if you would like to bring food to grill for lunch. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Guest Preacher: Jason Thompson

Sunday, May 15

Tea and Talk: Gifts from Mom

Sunday, May 15

Women's Book Group: Children on the Stone

Sunday, May 22

More Church News

One Great Hour of Sharing Collection Forwarded to the Central Atlantic Conference

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice would like to thank all those who supported the One Great Hour of Sharing collection taken during the month of March. At the end of the month, Little River forwarded the $6,589 taken in for this special UCC collection to the Central Atlantic Conference. Our funds will be combined with those from other churches to, in part, support communities displaced by catastrophes of war, famine, and natural disaster. Through our generous support of OGHS, we have stood in solidarity with those who are living in despair as refugees.

Living Well Aging Well Summit 2016

Saturday, April 16

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages your participation in the Fairfax area Living Well Aging Well Summit on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Fairfax Government Center.

The summit is open to individuals, family members, general community members and industry professionals interested in exploring living and aging well. The seminar features keynote presentations, seminars, exhibitors and more. To learn more and register for this free event, please visit: or call (703) 324-7647. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Annandale Coop 5K

Our friends at Annandale Cooperative Preschool invite Little River UCC runners to its annual 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday, April 30 at Ravensworth Farm Swim Club (5202 Inverchapel Rd, Springfield). Kids Fun Run begins at 8:00 am with the 5K to follow. Stroller friendly!!! You can register at Register by April 8 to get a Fun Run T-shirt!

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