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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 4, 2016

Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, November 6

This Sunday is All Saints' Day, and we are pausing to reflect on those we've lost this past year. Given all the losses in and around African-American communities across America since this time last year, we are also spending significant time this Sunday reflecting in depth on the racial justice challenges in our nation today.

During worship, we will welcome Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert to the pulpit. Dr. Gilbert is an Associate Professor of Homiletics at Howard University's School of Divinity, and he is the author of several books about African-American preaching traditions (including The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching and A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights). After worship, we will have a meal in the Social Hall and a conversation in the Choir Room about Jim Wallis' America's Original Sin, a book that explores how racism has shaped and continues to shape America today.

Please be sure to join us this Sunday at 10:00 am for what promises to be a powerful morning!

This Week


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 http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. 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!

Guest Preacher, Brunch and Conversation

Sunday, November 6

Little River UCC is delighted to announce our guest preacher for this Sunday, 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: http://divinity.howard.edu/kenyatta_gilbert.html.

After worship, please join us for brunch and conversation about America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. The book offers “a prophetic and deeply personal call to action, a sermon of hope and repentance, and a practical guide for real and positive change.” Because the book is so packed with ideas, the discussion will concentrate on chapters five and six, “Dying to Whiteness,” and “A Segregated Church or a Beloved Community.”

This event is jointly sponsored by the Women’s Book Group and Intersections: Sacred Conversations on Race. All are invited to participate.

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.

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

Sunday, November 6

If you signed up to participate in the Board of Outreach and Social Justice's Thanksgiving basket collection for Shaw Community Ministry, please bring your donations to church by Sunday, November 6 for delivery to Shaw next week.

Questions? Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, November 6

This 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.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 7

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.

Office Closed

Tuesday, November 8 & Friday, November 11

The church office will be closed on Tuesday, November 8 in observance of Election Day and on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, November 9

On the second Wednesday of the month, Pastor David visits with our church members at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. This visit happens in the Craft Room at Hunter’s Crossing from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This month’s discussion will focus on scripture, and next month’s discussion will focus on faith in public life. If you or someone you know lives at Greenspring, be sure to let them know about this opportunity to get together with their neighbors and church friends!

Next Week and Beyond


Celebrate Faithful Giving on Consecration Sunday and Stay for Lunch

Sunday, November 13

Celebrate Faithful Giving is the theme of this year’s campaign for annual financial support of Little River. This week you will receive a brochure which outlines our many ministries. This mailing includes a giving guide as well as a pledge card. Our goal is $607,000 in promised support. Please consider prayerfully a generous commitment of financial support and bring your pledges with you on Consecration Sunday (November 13). This is the day 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.

Fair Trade Sales Reminder

Sunday, November 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday between worship services. Plan to stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.

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!

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 (September 20, 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 (October 4, 2016)

Women's Ministry(September 12, 2016)

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