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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 18, 2016

Twenty-seventh Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, November 20

This Sunday marks the end of the Christian year with Reign of Christ Sunday (a.k.a. Christ the King Sunday), and Jason Thompson is preaching! As you may know, Jason recently finished seminary and was just approved for ordination pending a call.

Please be sure to attend worship this weekend at 10 am to show Jason some love and support!

This Week

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 disproportionally 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.

Confirmed panelists for the discussion are:

  • Alisha Burnett: MA, MPA: Director, Central Intake Services, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • Bill Casey: Restorative Justice (RJ) Coordinator at Northern Virginia Mediation Service an organization that provides services to Fairfax County Police, Juvenile Court and schools.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 21

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

Thursday, November 24

The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. While the office will be open on Friday, November 25, some of our staff members are away for the holiday. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (703) 978-3060 before you stop by the church office.

Next Week and Beyond

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.

New Member Information Class

Sunday, November 27

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 New Member Class next Sunday, November 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm 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!

More Church News

Why All the Safety Pins?

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:35

There’s no doubt about it, the results of the 2016 election have made some folks uneasy, some angry, and for a wide margin of minorities in the country, downright scared. You may have heard of, seen, or, God forbid, experienced hate speech, racism, or violence as a certain element of the population in this country has been emboldened by the election of such a divisive figure. In the wake of all of this, you may have also noticed people having safety pins on their clothing.

This is not a sign that the pinned need a tailor or that their church name tag has fallen off. Having a safety pin pinned to one’s clothing has become a symbol in the last week that is meant to signal to the marginalized that the person with the pin is “safe”. The movement’s roots run to Britain after Brexit where it was used to show refugees and immigrants that they have support.

Anyone wearing a pin is standing up against sexism, racism, heterosexism, and xenophobia. The pin is a declaration that the wearer is an ally and friend to the marginalized in a time that rampant bullying, oppression, and discrimination have so many frightened.

I don’t know about you, but I have been heartened in the last few days to see grocery stores sold out of these fabric fasteners. This tells me that the Spirit is moving and God’s radically inclusive love can be seen in the smallest of gestures. (Content provided by the Board of Outreach and Social Justice.)

Celebrate Faithful Giving Campaign Update

This week, the Celebrate Faithful Giving campaign reports that 78 commitments have been received. They total $356,586, or 58.7% of the goal of $607,000 in pledged support for 2017.

Everyone is urged to submit their pledges of support for the coming by presenting them during the Offertory in worship, or by mail. Pledge cards were mailed to everyone in early November. Additional cards are available in the church office and the literature rack in the Atrium and Narthex. Please help achieve the goal as soon as possible. The campaign result is critical to the Trustee’s budget planning for next year.

Ecumenical Service for Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)

A very important ecumenical service has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm at the Annandale United Methodist Church. Not only is the service ecumenical in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, but it is also the beginning of ACCA’s 50th year of service in this community. This will be a joyful celebration, not to be missed.

There will also be a reception after the service including refreshments and a wonderful display of archived photos from ACCA’s 50 years.

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.

Volunteer for General Synod 2017 in Baltimore

At least 500 volunteers are needed to greet the wider church at the United Church of Christ General Synod (June 2017) in Baltimore. 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 at a greatly reduced rate.

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.