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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 16, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, September 18

One of the most famous phrases in the Bible is 'You cannot serve both God and mammon'. This is one of the Bible's many indictments of folks who love wealth more than they love God. But what does that passage mean today, especially here in one of the wealthiest areas of one of the wealthiest nations on earth?

Join us at 10:00 am this Sunday as Pastor David preaches about that question in worship!

This Week

Book Group

Sunday, September 18

Women's Ministry is organizing its Book Group for 2017 – please come and join us! If you are interested in being on the email list for this group, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The next gathering is Sunday, September 18 at 11:30 am in Room 7. We will be discussing Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Biblical Storytelling Workshop

Sunday, September 18

Biblical Storytelling is an art form of telling stories from the Bible by heart, as was the custom in the early Christian Church. If you are an experienced storyteller or a novice interested in learning a new way to share your favorite stories from scripture, please join us in Room 8 at 11:30 am on September 18. This will be an information session to gauge interest in developing a group to offer stories in worship on a regular basis. All ages and abilities are welcome!!

Men's Fellowship

Sunday, September 18

The Men’s Fellowship will be meeting at 11:30 am on Sunday in the Jubilee Room immediately after fellowship hour for a light lunch and a chance to chat with Reverend David Lindsey about current activities and initiatives at Little River UCC. Please join us!

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, September 18

Please join us on Sunday, September 18 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.

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Welcoming Warmth: Coat Drive for Thrive DC

Sunday, September 11 - Sunday, October 2

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is partnering with Thrive DC again to provide coats and winter items for homeless in DC. We are collecting earlier this year so start looking through your closets now! Do you have any used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets or sleeping bags that could warm someone in need this winter? A collection box will be available in the Narthex through Sunday, October 2. We will make our delivery of donated items to Thrive DC in early November for their first distribution of the winter.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, September 19

Monday Morning Bible Study led by Richard Davidson is studying Islam this year. Please join us at 10:00 am in Room 8 on Monday mornings.

Sign Up Today to Help "Stop Hunger Now"

Sunday, September 25

Please join us on Sunday, September 25 for our 5th Stop Hunger Now meal packing event to help feed children with limited resources around the world. We need about 80-100 volunteers to pack 20,000 meals for hungry children around the world. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. We have jobs for people of all ages (4+) and abilities; child care will be provided for those too young to help.

Set-up assistance is needed from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Meal packing volunteers are needed from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Childcare will be available from 2:45 - 5:15 pm.

Interested in helping? Sign-up online or in the narthex after church on Sunday.

Little River UCC Dismantling the New Jim Crow

Sundays, October 2; November 6 and November 20

Little River UCC 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 invites you to join a series of events this fall to build our understanding of these issues and to move us to become more effective advocates for racial justice. You are invited to participate in two Sunday evening panel discussions from 4 - 6:30 pm (dinner included) on October 2 and November 20 at Little River UCC. On November 6, we will welcome Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert from Howard Divinity School as a guest preacher, and invite you to stay for brunch and a conversation about white privilege and racial justice based on the book America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis.

"Talking White Privilege"

Sunday, October 9

Beginning Sunday, October 9 at 9:00 am David Roach will begin this Adult Education program designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race. “It is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. The curriculum will lead participants through four areas of focus: telling the story of your spiritual journey through the lens of race; looking at the dynamic of a culture in which whiteness is the established norm; learning how America attaches a cash value to whiteness; and inviting the participants to commit to becoming an ally in the pursuit of racial equity.

At the present time other dates are scheduled for November 6 and December 4. Lessons will be continued in the new year of 2017. We hope to see you there.

More Church News

Adult Faith Formation for Fall

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Adult Faith Formation offerings. The Board of Christian Education has worked to create many new ways for you to discover the many expressions that God shows us each day. These offerings are tailored to our creative side, our academic side, our spiritual side, and our fun-loving side. Come share yourself and your story as we journey together in a life of faith. Read more about this year's offerings.

Front Office Volunteers – We Need You!

Volunteers are needed to work in the church office during the week of October 11-14. If you have light computer skills, experience answering phones, filing, and other light office duties, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her at (703) 978-3060. We are looking for volunteers for afternoon shifts from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

VOICE Assembly: Deliver the Promise

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice would like to encourage you to attend VOICE’s (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) meeting on Sunday, October 16 from 3:30-5:30 pm at Oakton High School (2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181). State and local officials will address concerns about schools, housing, safety and community in Northern Virginia. This is an opportunity for you to stand with your neighbors and demand a more just Northern Virginia. For more detailed information please see their information online.

Church Council News

Little River UCC Committee Meeting Updates

Board of Outreach and Social Justice (July 24, 2016)

Board of Deacons Meeting Minutes (July 31, 2016)

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 (August 22, 2016)

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.

Nominations and Appointments Committee Meeting Minutes (August 2, 2016)

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 Minutes (August 3, 2016)

Women's Ministry Meeting Minutes(September 12, 2016)

Women’s Ministry met in the conference room and discussed the following:
Our mission statement was discussed. We changed several words to bring it up to date.
We discussed the Spiral Walk to be held on Dec. 4th at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The jobs for making it happen were divided up among the members.
The Book Group that we sponsor was discussed. Rachel Smith is the coordinator for gathering book titles and summaries of books from interested people. If you have a book title and summary of a book send it to her. It will be put on the list and voted upon by email. Her email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Book Group meets on the second Sunday of the odd months from 11:30-1:30 in room 7. November on the 6th we will be cosponsoring a discussion with Sacred Conversation on Race on the book “America’s Original Sin” by Jim Wallis. This will be done during the luncheon following church. The discussion will be on Chapters 5 and 6. On January 8th WM will have a Poetry Discussion given by Jennifer Atkinson. It will be from 11:30-1:30 in room 7.
There will be a Tea and Talk in Feb. At that gathering, Covenant Groups will be formed. It is time to meet people and discuss how these groups meet on their own. Our next meeting is October 27, Thursday at 10 AM in the conference room. Facilitator for this meeting was Bunny Jones.

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