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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 14, 2016

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 17

What does it take to help someone feel welcome in your home or at church? Our scriptures for Sunday explore this topic, but they arrive at seemingly contradictory conclusions. Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am for worship, as Pastor Lindsey wrestles with this tension during the sermon.

And be sure to stick around after worship for the Congregational Gathering in the sanctuary, where we will hear updates about our financial and staffing ministries while grappling with how to respond to the repeated and shocking violence we have witnessed this summer.

This Week


Adult Summer Engagement Series: The Arc of Moral Justice

Sunday, July 17

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 17, we welcome all to the next 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 17 - Teaching Peace, featuring John Hunter
  • Sunday, July 24 - Changing the Church, featuring Chelsea Shields
  • Sunday, July 31 - Education and Reintegration

Congregational Gathering

Sunday, July 17

An informational congregational gathering 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.

Next Week

Enrich your Prayer Life: Centering Prayer and Deeper Meditation 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.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, July 24

Please join us on Sunday, July 24 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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More Church News

Mid-Year Giving Reports

Mid-year contribution and pledge status reports are in the process of being mailed out to all members and friends who made pledges or contributions to Little River UCC for 2016. When you receive your statement, please take a moment to review it and make sure it comports with your records as to your 2016 contributions/pledges through June 30. If you find any discrepancies (or if you have contributed/pledged and do not receive such a statement within the next few days), please contact the church office (703-978-3060) or the Treasurer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703-503-8834 or via email) immediately.

Sound System Volunteers Needed

Every Sunday we need someone willing to sit in the back of the church by the blinking black box. Don't be fooled -- it doesn't require sophisticated technical skills. The job involves adjusting the volume levels throughout the service so that all can hear, as well as creating a CD that can be shared with folks who might miss the service. The sermon is also available online for those who choose to use that format. If you would be willing to serve in this capacity, it would be a commitment of about one service per month. Training and support is available from our sexton, John Davis, or another member of the team and Craig Stapert is available on Sunday mornings to provide support. 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 are interested and thank you for considering this service.

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 Little River UCC 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. Our first meeting will take place on July 31 from 11:00am – 12:30 pm in the Conference Room.

Volunteer Sign-up for General Synod 2017

The official volunteer sign-up for the United Church of Christ General Synod (June 2017) in Baltimore is ready now. At least 500 volunteers are needed to greet the wider church. Let’s help the Central Atlantic Conference share in the extravagant welcome of the Conference. Register today at: In November volunteers will be able to register for the General Synod, but at a greatly reduced rate.

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.

Church Council News

Little River UCC Committee Meeting Updates

Board of Outreach and Social Justice (June 5, 2016): Forthcoming.

Board of Deacons (July 12, 2016):  Our Board of Deacons met on Tuesday, July 12, in Room 8. They discussed a host of issues, primarily focusing on the question of whether or not to have one service or two once the church's program year begins again in the fall. For several weeks, the Worship Committee (with the help of Dee Cardiff) has hosted a "One Service or Two?" poster with pros and cons in the atrium. While there were some pros to doing two services (and come cons to doing one), the overwhelming majority of the comments suggested that one service would help us be a united church community at this time, one in worship, fellowship, and reflection. The Deacons therefore voted unanimously to have one Sunday morning worship service in the 2016-17 program year. The Deacons have some ideas about a time for the service, but they are going to be in conversation with a few church boards and committees (e.g. C.E., Music Board) before making a final decision. Any questions? Please be in touch with Dawn Forrest, who is the chair of the Board of Deacons at this time.

Board of Trustees (June 21, 2016): Forthcoming. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 19.

Christian Education (July 11, 2016): The Board of Christian Education is preparing for the absence of Hank and making sure that we are ready and able to continue our efforts without him. This includes maintenance of records and continuation of programming to meet the needs of the congregation. Our summer programming for the children is off to a good start with strong attendance and almost a completely filled slate of volunteers. In partnership with other Boards and Committees, out TED Talks series has also been well attended and well received. We are also looking forward to the fall program season and are lining up volunteers to make sure that we can fulfill our plan. As always, if you are interested in volunteering, please see Saundra Honeysett.

Endowment Fund Committee (July 13, 2016): Forthcoming.

Finance Committee (June 20, 2016): The Finance Committee meeting on June 20 discussed several recent financial situations that have occurred to clarify how they were being handled. We also discussed preliminary comments received regarding draft policies. One such proposed policy, on paying members of the congregation for services rendered to LRUCC, has been circulated to church leaders for comment. It notes that since Little River UCC is sustained largely by the active voluntary participation of the congregation, it is the exception to pay members for services provided to the church and requires that any such exceptions have the prior approval of the Governance Board. A full statement of the draft policy and the supporting discussion is available here. This proposed policy will be submitted to the Governance Board for approval in the next few months. Any comments on this draft policy can be submitted to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Next meeting will be August 3.

Governance Board (July 13, 2016): Forthcoming. The next meeting date is August 10.

Ministry Board (June 8, 2016): The Ministry Board met in June as part of the full Church Council, please see the June 8 Church Council Minutes for details.

Nominations and Appointments Committee (June 11, 2016): Forthcoming.

Personnel Committee (June 22, 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 continues advising David Lindsey on position descriptions and personnel issues.

Stewardship Committee (July 11, 2016): Forthcoming.

Women's Ministry (June 6, 2016): Women's Ministry Team met June 6. Members reviewed the May Tea and Talk, in which about twenty-five women participated. One recommendation for the next Tea and Talk is to continue to meet in Jubilee Room, but to offer taxi service for those who find stairs a challenge. We reaffirmed our decision to use table cloths and washable dishes rather than paper supplies. We decided to sponsor a pot-luck lunch September 18th after Fellowship Hour. We sorted several boxes of supplies for disposal or storage. The next meeting will be held August 5th (a change from the minutes) at 9.30 a.m. with Dee Cardiff leading.

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