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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 11, 2016

Twenty-sixth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, November 13

If you've had a rough week, you are not alone. A great many folks at Little River are having a tough time in the wake of this election -- not because one party or another lost, but because of the way this election was won. In the midst of hard times, it's more important than ever that we get together as a church, to gather for worship, to celebrate God's presence among us, and to be generous toward one another and the world. Join us at 10 am on Sunday for worship, as we rally around God's promise to remake heaven and earth.

Now more than ever, our community needs a church like Little River to faithfully proclaim God's radically inclusive love. Please bring your pledge card for 2017 with you to worship, as we recommit ourselves to being a beacon of love in the midst of hateful times.

This Week


Celebrate Faithful Giving and Stay for Lunch

Sunday, November 13

Consecration Sunday happens this week and we look forward to seeing everyone! Plan to attend worship and offer your pledge or good faith promise of financial support for our ministries in 2017 and stay for a potluck lunch. During worship, will observe a time in the service for the blessing of our commitments. If you did not receive a brochure and pledge card, extras will be available.

Immediately following worship, join us for a potluck lunch and fellowship. If you are able, please bring a a casserole, salad, or dessert to share. Thank you in advance for sharing your gifts with everyone! We plan to announce the initial result of our commitments for 2017.

Little River: Open for Prayer and Conversation on Sunday Night

Sunday, November 13

On Sunday night, November 13, the church will be open for prayer and conversation from 6-9:00 pm. The Sanctuary will be available for quiet prayer and meditation; the Social Hall will be open for conversation and reflection; and Room 8 will be available if folks need to talk to a pastor one-on-one. This opportunity is open to both LRUCC members and the wider Northern Virginia community. Please feel free to advertise this or pass it along to anyone you know -- of any faith, or of no particular faith -- who is really struggling.

Fair Trade Sales Reminder

Sunday, November 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday. 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.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, November 13

Please join us on Sunday, November 13 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.

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 .

Men's Fellowship

Monday, November 14

The Men's Fellowship of Little River will be meeting at the First Watch Restaurant on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 am for a brunch. First Watch is located in the Fair City Mall, right off Little River Turnpike a few miles west of church (9600 Main Street, Fairfax, VA). The Men's Fellowship is open to men of all ages. If you will be participating, please let Tom Ross know at 202-329-8641 or by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 14

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.

Next Week and Beyond


Fall Work Day

Saturday, November 19

Everyone is invited to help spruce up LRUCC's grounds and building at the Fall Work Day, on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. While the main focus is on leaf and brush removal, trimming tree branches and outdoor planting, there are plenty of indoor tasks as well. A list of Work Day jobs are posted in the atrium and social hall. Families are welcome; there are jobs suitable for helpers of all ages. Come dressed for the weather and outdoor workers will need to bring gloves and additional yard and garden tools such as rakes, clippers, pole trimmers, branch loppers, shovels and garden trowels. Members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand to assign work areas and tasks, provide instructions and answer questions. We hope to see you on the 19th!

New Jim Crow Panel Discussion and Dinner

Sunday, November 20

Learn about the realities of the School to Prison Pipeline that disproportionately affect students of color. Understand ways that we can advocate to protect young people from becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Join us on Sunday, November 20 for a panel discussion from 4-5:30 pm followed by dinner and discussion.

Advent Fun Shops and Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, November 27

Enjoy a joyful and magical Sunday afternoon together celebrating the approach of Christmas. Starting at 3:00 pm, we will have many Advent centered crafts and a table of wrapping supplies will be available so you can wrap your gifts for the White Gift Service. We still need volunteers, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please see a Deacon, or check in with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to see where you can help.

Also that afternoon, a merry crew will deck the halls and sanctuary. If you are interested in helping with that, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or just show up to help. All are invited to join the fun, and give the church a “sprucing” up for the Advent and Christmas season.

More Church News


The Interim Associate Minister Search Committee has been formed and has had an initial meeting with the acting conference minister, Marvin Silver. They are currently developing a preliminary job description that will address the immediate needs of our church in the areas of Faith Formation, Parish Care, Children and Youth Ministry and Outreach and Social Justice. This is a temporary, hired position that is to be filled to see us through as we search for a permanent settled pastor or pastors based on the needs as determined by the study done by the Ministry Models Committee and Reverend Dr. Claire Bamberg. Search committee members include Chair, Cici Thompson, Carrie Douglas, Joy Faunce, Mike Craven, Carolyn Johnson and David Lindsey.

Order Poinsettias for Christmas

You are invited to provide red or white poinsettias in the Sanctuary, in honor or in memory of a loved one. Deadline for ordering a poinsettia is Monday, December 5. The cost is $9.00 per pot. Please make your check payable to LRUCC and note “Flower Fund” on the check and/or envelope. Place your order with payment in the offering plate or leave in the church office. Order forms are available in the bulletin or can be downloaded 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 (October 18, 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 (October 27, 2016)

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