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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 21, 2016

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 24

In Luke 11, Jesus said, 'Ask, and ye shall receive.' For centuries, Christians have frequently affirmed this, seeing direct connections between prayer requests and prayers answered. But what about the prayer requests that go unanswered, when folks ask and do not receive?

Join us at 10:00 am for worship this Sunday, as Pastor David explores this tension from the pulpit.

This Week


Adult Summer Engagement Series: The Arc of Moral Justice

Sunday, July 24

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 24 - Changing the Church, featuring Chelsea Shields
  • Sunday, July 31 - Education and Reintegration
  • Sunday, August 7 - Art & Inspiration, featuring Janet Echelman

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.

Questions? 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 .

Next Week

Little River UCC Dismantling the New Jim Crow

Sunday, July 31

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.

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.

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): On Tuesday, July 19, the Trustees discussed the many leaks in the ceiling and the church's flat roof. After a lengthy conversation, the Trustees agreed that something had to be done. They are now in the process of finding a structural engineer to offer perspective on what options we have. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more!

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): At its quarterly meeting, members were delighted to learn that ten years after establishment of the Fund, total contributions as of June 30 had reached $257,232, putting the Fund over the threshold of $250,000 to enable disbursements. Second quarter contributions were $23,100, including a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Eleanor Wulff and many gifts from the congregation in response to a $4,000 challenge grant. The market value of the Fund on June 30 was $360,000. An amendment will be presented at the next congregational meeting to correct an error in the Endowment Fund Policy that would have drastically limited disbursements, after which some $12,000 will become available for 2017, per guidelines contained in the Policy.

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.