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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised October 28, 2016

Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, October 30

This Sunday, we celebrate Reformation Sunday!

499 years have passed since Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a door, thus (inadvertently) launching the Protestant Reformation. Five centuries later, how is the church today in need of being reformed anew?

Come this Sunday to hear a sermon on this very question! Our service this Sunday will be led by a group of church members, including Chris Weakley (preaching), Natalie Stapert (Time with Children), Jason Thompson (retelling the story of Zaccheus), Don Wallace (liturgizing) and Janet Mackey (leading the rest of the service).

Come on out for worship this Sunday at 10:00 am to show them your love and support!

This Week

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

Sunday, October 30

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting in-kind donations to create Thanksgiving baskets for Shaw Community Ministry. Each year, Shaw Community Ministry gives gifts of food to residents of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC in order to provide low-income families with supplies to make their own holiday meals. The goal this year is to feed at least 75 families a Thanksgiving meal through donations by several local UCC churches. Little River UCC is committed to providing 20 of the Thanksgiving baskets.

Shaw Community Ministry has put together a list of requested items for each basket. Each basket should also contain a $25 Giant grocery store gift card for families to buy fresh items for their holiday meal. Reusable grocery bags with the shopping lists and a sign-up sheet will available in the atrium on Sunday.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up at the table in the atrium for a bag of requested items (please take a bag), a gift card, or both. All donations should be brought to church by Sunday, November 6 for delivery to Shaw the following week.

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Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, October 30

Please join us on Sunday, october 30 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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Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, October 31

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.

Please Send Us Your Names -- Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased

Wednesday, November 2

Each year we offer prayers of thanksgiving for loved ones who have died during the past 12 months. We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends whose loss you mourn so that we can remember then next Sunday, November 6. Please call or email the church office, (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the name of the individual and your relationship to that person. Information will be collected through noon on Wednesday, November 2.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, November 2

Pastor David is teaching a class on the first Wednesday of every month through the end of June 2017. The class is a 9-part series on process theology, one of the major threads of progressive Christianity. Process theology examines Christian belief in light of the scientific, mathematical, and philosophical advancements over the past century. Class is held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room 8. Our next class is this Wednesday, November 2, when we our topic will be “God”. In particular, we will focus on the question, “Does God change at all, or does God stay the same over time?” In each session after this week, we will continue to focus on an additional topic: Jesus on December 7, the Holy Spirit on January 4, and so on. Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

First Friday: Cranberries and Stuffing, Oh My!

Friday, November 4

Join us for our newest edition of First Friday for the 2016/2017 season on November 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The children will enjoy dinner, games, and crafts while you enjoy a little free time. The cost is $15 per child, with a family maximum of $30. Registration forms are available at If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2016/2017 program year, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know your child(ren) will be attending.

First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC, so spread the word and make your plans!

Next Week and Beyond

Guest Preacher: Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Ph.D

Sunday, November 6

Little River UCC is delighted to announce our guest preacher for November 6 -- Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert, Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity.

Dr. Gilbert has written extensively about African-American worship and black church experience. You can learn more about him from his bio page on Howard's website:

We will be hosting a brunch and conversation about racial justice following worship, please mark your calendars for what promises to be an exciting All Saints Day morning!

New Member Information Class

Sunday, November 6

Has God been nudging you to become a member of Little River UCC? Are you unsure but just want to learn more about our congregation? Then you are invited to our upcoming New Member Class! The class will happen from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 6, in Room 8. Child care is available, and kids are always welcome to attend the class with their adults. During this class, we will get to know one another, review church history (including Little River and its denominational roots), and even have a little fun! Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at to RSVP and with any questions you may have about joining Little River UCC.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, November 6

Next Sunday and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. Food is distributed by FISH; to local charities including Food for Others, Alternative House, and Thrive DC; and to individuals who ask for assistance from the pastoral staff.

Individual pre-packed bags of food are prepared for use by FISH and church staff to respond to immediate needs. A bag of food includes: two boxes of cereal, one can of fruit, two cans of vegetables, one canned meat product, two boxes of pasta, one jar/can of pasta sauce, dry milk, and a jar of peanut butter. These items and paper or reusable grocery bags to pack them in are always appreciated.

Little River UCC delivered 6 bags of groceries and 9 packages of diapers to Alternative House from our pantry during the month of October. Thank you for your support of the pantry.

Consecration Sunday

Sunday, November 13

November 13 is Consecration Sunday when we will present our pledges and promises of support during worship in the Service of Consecration. Following worship we will enjoy a potluck luncheon and celebration. Be sure to save the date and share in this important part of our preparation for the coming year.

Fall Cleanup - Help LRUCC Look Its Best!

Saturday, November 19

On Saturday, November 19, the Board of Trustees will sponsor an All-Church Work Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our main focus will be on outside grounds clean up: raking leaves, weeding, mulching and trimming brush and tree branches along the driveway, but there will be indoor cleaning and maintenance jobs, as well. Outside workers will need to bring gloves. The church has some lawn tools, but we will need volunteers to supply additional rakes, leaf blowers, tree trim poles, clippers and loppers, small garden trowels and string trimmers. Even if you have only an hour of time available, your participation will make a difference! Hope you can join us!

More Church News

Celebrate Faithful Giving

Celebrate Faithful Giving is the theme of this year’s campaign for annual financial support of Little River. This past week, everyone was sent a letter summarizes the budget discussion held last Sunday. It outlined the challenges to be met in planning our church’s financial program for next year. Our goal is $607,000 in promised support. In a few days, you will receive a brochure which outlines the many ministries of Little River. The mailing will include a giving guide as well as a pledge card. Please consider prayerfully a generous commitment of financial support.

Ecclesiastical Council for Laura Martin & Jason Thompson

An Ecclesiastical Council is called for Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:00 am at Emmaus UCC (900 Maple Avenue East; Vienna, VA 22180). The purpose is to present Laura Martin and Jason Thompson as Candidates for Ordination. The candidates will provide oral presentations of their papers describing their faith journey and readiness for ministry, followed by questions/responses/examination by the assembled delegates. A vote will take place after the presentations and examinations. The meeting is open to all members of the Potomac Association and all are encouraged to attend.

Potomac Association Fall Meeting

The Official Call to The Potomac Association 2016 Fall Meeting has been released and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will take place at Rockville United Church in Rockville, MD on Saturday, October 29 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. See all the important details here.

Church Council News

Little River UCC Committee Meeting Minutes

Board of Outreach and Social Justice (October 2, 2016)

Board of Deacons Meeting (September 27, 2016)

Board of Trustees (September 20, 2016)

Christian Education (August 22, 2016)

Communications Committee (August 9, 2016)

Endowment Fund Committee (July 13, 2016)

Finance Committee (August 2016)

Nominations and Appointments Committee (October 12, 2016)

Personnel Committee (June 22, 2016)

Stewardship Committee (August 3, 2016)

Women's Ministry(September 12, 2016)

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