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

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 10

Our scripture for Sunday is about The Good Samaritan. Come hear our Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey's sermon entitled Peaches and Plums. We will also have a guest violinist, Pam Lassell, performing works by Faure and Bradbury.

This Week


Adult Summer Engagement Series: The Arc of Moral Justice

Sunday, July 10

Technology, Entertainment and Design. These are the three words that make up the acronym TED, a global sharing of wisdom from people working in a variety of vocations and disciplines. This Sunday, July 10, we welcome all to the fifth session in this summer Adult Faith Formation series as we call on TED’s wisdom to open our minds and spirits to respond to our call to work towards justice and peace in our lives, communities, and around the world.

The Boards of Outreach & Social Justice, Christian Education, and Deacons have selected a variety of topics to help further our discernment on our congregation’s Mission and Vision Statement.  We begin at 9:00 am in Room 8 with video and discussion (and end in plenty of time to get to worship). We will share in follow-ups from what we witnessed together, answering the question, "What is God calling us to do with this information?"  The series runs each Sunday through August 28.

Upcoming Topics

  • Sunday, July 10 - Racism and Voting, featuring Nate Silver
  • Sunday, July 17 - Teaching Peace, featuring John Hunter
  • Sunday, July 24 - Changing the Church, featuring Chelsea Shields

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, July 10

Please join us on Sunday, July 10 at 9:00 am in the Jubilee 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.

We will continue meeting every two weeks at 9:00 am in the Jubilee Room throughout the summer.

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Book Group: Things Get Rearranged

Sunday, July 10

Please join the Book Group from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm on Sunday, July 10, in Room 7 as they discuss Things Get Rearranged by our very own Janet Parsons Mackey. Janet  remembers her grandfather as a man of strong convictions. His passion for progressive politics and economic justice made him a focal point for political discussion in their Minnesotan home. His interest in Russian Revolution made his family nervous, however, given the Red Scare gripping post- WWII America.

Next Week

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, July 17

A congregational meeting will be held in the sanctuary at 11:15 am on July 17. We will receive updates from board and committees, including updates about our income and expenses at mid-year. We will also review the Search and Call process for a settled Associate Pastor in the United Church of Christ in anticipation of the formation of a Settled Associate Pastoral Search Committee. While we have hired several different associate pastors in recent years, it’s been 14 years since we last actually called an Associate Pastor (Rev. Ginna Minassian Dalton, in 2002), so this will be news for some of us and a refresher for others. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we are going to have a conversation about how we as a congregation will respond to the recent police-related tragedies in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. All church members are encouraged to attend.

Adult Summer Engagement Series – Teaching Peace

Sunday, July 17

All are welcome to next week’s session of the TED Talk Series. We’ll meet at 9:00 am in Room 8 with video and discussion about the topic: Teaching Peace, featuring John Hunter.

Enrich your Prayer Life: Two Workshops

Sunday, July 24 and 31

On July 24 and 31, Rob Peters will offer a series of two workshops following worship focused on methods of prayer and meditation. Participants will explore the approach to praying about passages of Scripture known as lectio divina. The sessions will also provide opportunities to experience Centering Prayer as a method of meditation and of contemplating the divine. The focus of the sessions is to increase the depth and richness of the experience of prayer in daily living.

More Church News

A Message from the Stewardship Committee

On May 13, 2016 Debra Finch sent Little River United Church of Christ a bequest of $10,000 from Eleanor Wulff, her mother and long-time member of our church. Eleanor died on April 22, 2016. She lived for nearly 20 years in Sterling, VA before moving to Colorado last February to be closer to her children. The Stewardship Committee has gratefully acknowledged her generous gift.

Little River UCC Dismantling the New Jim Crow

Little River UCC (LRUCC) has received a grant from the Central Atlantic Conference to implement programming to increase advocacy for dismantling the New Jim Crow and to pursue reform of the school to prison pipeline. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is seeking members and friends of LRUCC to create an implementation team. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in being a part of the planning team.

Help Us Keep Little River UCC Looking Its Best

Although the All-Church Workday is over, there is still more that needs to be done. If you would like to help keep our church looking its best, the Board of Trustees has a number of inside and outside projects that can be completed in a couple of hours. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know your availability.

In addition, the Board of Trustees is compiling a list of volunteers with “skills and experience” such as carpentry, interior painting, gardening, furniture finishing, window washing. If you have special skills and would be interested in helping on projects that include: refurbishing and new plantings in the flower beds (especially along the main entrance side of the church and the courtyard); refinishing the teak outdoor furniture; and indoor painting projects. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Summer Worship Schedule and Office Hours

  • Sundays from Memorial Day, May 24 to Labor Day, September 4, our worship service will take place at 10:00 am. We are currently accepting comments on whether to resume two services or not starting on Rally Day, September 11.
  • From Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, September 2 the office will be working on summer hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

It’s Not Too Early to Start Thinking about Advent

The Board of Deacons is going green for the Advent FunShops this year! We need items such as corks, buttons, yarn, wooden spoons, etc. You can find a complete list of items on the bulletin boards in the Social Hall and here. Please review the list and consider gathering up any of the various items that you might have stashed away and bringing them to church. Please do not purchase anything, but bring what you might have around the house. You can deposit it in the container in the atrium, and Lorri Jones will collect the items each week. Thanks in advance for all your donations!

Church Council News

Little River UCC Committee Meeting Updates

Board of Outreach and Social Justice (April 17, 2016): The Board of Outreach and Social Justice met on Sunday, April 17 and had a productive meeting covering many topics. The board budget was discussed, including first quarter benevolence disbursements to Fairfax FISH, Food for Others, and United College Ministries and the recent generous offerings received for One Great Hour of Sharing ($6,589) and the Easter Offering for Stop Hunger Now (approaching $5,000). Plans were finalized for the Earth Day Hands-on Sunday park clean up at Mason District Park scheduled for April 24. Beginning stage plans were made for participation in the Capital Pride Parade on June 11: registration will be completed soon, a jeep will be rented for both transportation and advertising purposes, and volunteer sign-ups on paper and Sign-up Genius will be prepared. BOSJ will be in touch with the Deacons about purchasing items to distribute at the parade. Pastor Hank shared youth activity following the recent Faith in Film showing of the movie Tapped. The board worked on plans for a summer series in collaboration with CE and Deacons using TED Talks related to social justice issues, including four sessions focused on racial justice. Plans were finalized to share information gathered about hosting a refugee family; BOSJ will join the Intersections group on May 1 and hopes to offer an information table at coffee hour on May 8 to determine the level of congregational support for moving forward with this initiative. The Board will be assisting Pastor Hank in offering a worship service at the upcoming Potomac Association meeting. The meeting closed on a discussion of how best to frame and preserve the map of the slave graves prepared for the summer 2014 Remembrance Service.

Board of Deacons (May 24, 2016):  The Board of Deacons met on Tuesday, May 24. At that meeting, the Deacons had an in-depth discussion of whether to go to one service year-round or to keep having two services during the school year. The Deacons were divided about this issue and are inviting your feedback. Keep your eyes peeled at church for the pro/con poster about the issue, and be ready to share your perspective! We discussed whether to have any flags and where they should be. Deacons usually serve as liturgist, but other members of the congregation may also serve. Deacons will also be hosting 3 or 4 of the summer TED talks, to be held at 9am before the 10am service.

Board of Trustees (May 17, 2016): On Tuesday, May 17, the Trustees met for their regular meeting. They discussed the financial and operational life of the church, as well as the building and grounds needs. In particular, they focused on coordinating for the all-church Work Day on Saturday, June 4, from 9:30 to 2:00 pm. They also spent time reviewing the church budget for 2016, including current income and expenditures. All church meetings are open, including the Trustees' meetings, so you are welcome to attend! The next meeting is Tuesday, June 21.

Christian Education (May 18, 2016): The Board of Christian Education has been focusing on the knowledge needed to evaluate our curriculum needs in the coming years. The Board spent time reflecting on the wisdom from John Roberto ( and the UCC’s Association of Christian Educators ( From this work, the Board has developed the basic “Faith Formation Vision Statement” needed to reflect on the many types and styles of curriculum to ensure that our full-life focus on Faith Formation. Soon, the Board will be asking for your help to focus our work even closer on what we need to teach and to encounter in our Faith Formation ministries (read, “A Survey is coming!”. Thanks in advance for helping out!

Endowment Committee (April 13, 2016): At its meeting on April 13, the Endowment Fund Committee welcomed Sandy Miller as a new member and elected George Leonard as its new Chair. We received a financial report from our treasurer, Fran DuRocher, showing contributions to the Fund of $1,400 during the first quarter of 2016, total contributions to date of $234,132, and a market value of $334,007 as of March 31. We need only about $16,000 in additional contributions before the fund will be able to make disbursements. A new version of the endowment fund brochure was approved for posting on the church web site. Next meeting will be July 13.

Finance Committee (May 4, 2016): During the Finance Committee meeting on May 4, we reviewed the Little River UCC’s current financial condition. The most significant area of immediate concern is the critically low balance in the Major Repair Reserve. We would have to take unusual action if a need for any significant repairs would arise. We observed that people are generally complying with the policies and practices that have been approved by the Council (now Governance Board) and posted on the website and agreed how to address the specific cases where additional action is needed. We also defined the next actions regarding several items in progress, including a draft policy statement on paying Little River UCC members for services provided to Little River, on the handling of some of the designated funds, and on developing a policy regarding retention of financial records. Next meeting will be June 20.

Governance Board (May 11, 2016): On Wednesday, May 11, the Governance Board met to discuss a variety issues of import to the congregation. Here are a few highlights: (1) At this meeting, the Board engaged in Part 1 of a conversation about how to cultivate greater civility in our common life as a congregation. This conversation is based on the article "Holy Manners: The Spiritual Politeness of Healthy Congregations" by Gil Rendle.  (2) The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between LRUCC about our Office Administrator Donna Jones about her current medical leave. Ms. Jones had knee surgery on April 25th and may be unable to return to work for 6 to 8 weeks.  (3) Pastor Lindsey gave a report about Church Consultant Rev. Claire Bamberg. Rev. Bamberg has been hired by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC to coach our congregation in the coming months. Her work will focus on help us deal with recent conflicts, suggesting ways we might forward into a positive future, and how we might staff our church in order to move into that future. If you have questions about the work of the Governance Board, please be in touch with our Moderator Rob Peters, who chairs the Board. The next meeting date is June 8.

Ministry Board (May 25, 2016):The Ministry Board (one half of Church Council) met on Wednesday, May 25. The meeting focused on three areas: 1) discussing the role of congregations' in nurturing a culture of civility, 2) sharing what our various programmatic ministries are doing, and 3) considering areas where our programmatic ministries might support each other. On June 8, the Ministry Board will participate in a full Church Council meeting with Governance Board to deliberate about and take action on some of the big-picture challenges we are currently facing.

As with all board and committees of the church, the Ministry Board meeting is open to all who wish to attend.

Nominations and Appointments Committee (April 26, 2016): Forthcoming.

Personnel Committee (April 20, 2016): The Personnel Committee continues to tweak language of the Employee Handbook as needed; is working on a charter for Governance Board approval; and has begun drafting a "How-To" manual for the committee's work. The committee also advises David Lindsey on position descriptions and personnel issues.

Stewardship Committee (June 6, 2016): The Stewardship Committee met with Pastor David Lindsey, Moderator Rob Peters, and Treasurer Mary Summers on June 6th. We selected a design for the cover of this year's stewardship brochure, and discussed the layout and contents. We also developed a timeline for the Stewardship Campaign. Consecration Sunday, the day we joyfully receive pledges for 2017, will be celebrated on Sunday, October 30th. If any of you reading this summary in Currents feels the spirit move you, please come to our next meeting on Monday, July 11th, at 7:30 pm in the Conference Room to help us plan the celebration of faithful giving. We hope that everyone reading this will take a minute to add a note on why you give to the display in the Fellowship Hall.

Women's Ministry (April 4, 2106): The Women’s Ministry team met on Thursday, April 4, to discuss the upcoming Tea and Talk, Gifts from Mom, scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 12:15, in the Jubilee Room. Plans were completed for signup, advertising, food, setup and cleanup, and leadership of the program. Other topics at the meeting included hearing updates on church-wide programs and issues, including special programming on and commemoration of Little River UCC women on Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 8; taking care to calendar events on the main church calendar to avoid conflicts; upcoming travel by PF youth to the UCC National Youth Event in Orlando, FL, in July; and ongoing discussion of one vs. two services beginning in the fall. Next meeting will be June 6.

Full minutes of Church Council, Governance Board, and Ministry Board meetings are posted on this webpage.