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First Sunday of Advent
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, November 27

Advent begins this Sunday!

With Thanksgiving behind us, we now begin anticipating the birth of Christ that we celebrate at Christmas. Our scripture for Sunday comes from Isaiah, where the prophet envisions a day when God reforms the world so that 'nation shall not lift up sword against nation'. What does it mean to anticipate God moving humanity beyond war and conquest, in a world with so much conflict? Pastor David will reflect on this passage in his sermon.

And this Sunday afternoon, we have Advent Fun Shops, a great event for children under 10 to make crafts (and for adults to hang the greens in the sanctuary!).

This Week


Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, November 27

Please join us on Sunday, November 2 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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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 this 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!

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.

White Gift Christmas Tags and White Gift Service with Dinner

Tags Available now until Sunday, December 4

Service and Dinner: Sunday, December 11

The White Gift Service is a beloved Little River tradition in which our members reenact the Nativity scene, then follow the Magi to offer gifts honoring the Christ child. In preparation for that joyful service, our White Gift Christmas tree stands in the atrium to express the Christmas hopes of young children from low-income families served by ACCA Child Development Center, Main Street Child Development Center, and Shaw Community Ministry. Allow yourself the pleasure of sharing God’s love with a child this Christmas season! Gift tags and a sign-up sheet (used this year again to assist the Board of Outreach and Social Justice in tracking gifts) will be available through Sunday, December 4. Please take only as many tags as you are able to provide gifts.

Please also plan to attend the White Gift Service at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 11 and our first White Gift Dinner following that service. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice would like to celebrate the season of giving with a pasta dinner prepared by our own John Davis. A sign-up sheet to RSVP is available in the atrium near the White Gift Tree; please let us know if you are able to attend so we can plan to have enough food. We are asking for a few contributions of salad and dessert with sign-ups for those also available in the atrium. Join us to come together as community!

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 28

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.

First Friday: Hurry Monsters

Friday, December 2

Join us for First Friday: Hurry Monsters on December 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The children will enjoy dinner, games, crafts and a puppet show by KD Puppets while you enjoy a little free time. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. 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!

Advent Spiral Walk

Sunday, December 4

The Advent Spiral is a lovely tradition, which Little River UCC has adopted. It provides a way to help us slow down, pause, and live in a moment of Advent expectation. Deacons and Women’s Ministry Team invite you join others in our sanctuary at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 4, for this meditative experience. One by one, each person will walk through a spiral of evergreens, light a candle, place it in an apple holder on the path, and return to a seat to watch the sanctuary become lighted with candles. This year, the path will be wider and the journey shorter. Each person may arrive when convenient, and stay as long as it’s comfortable. Children are welcome. (There will be candles on the floor, so please dress accordingly—no long skirts or shawls.)

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Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, December 4

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.

Order Poinsettias for Christmas

Monday, December 5 -- Order Deadline

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.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, December 7

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. The next class is Wednesday, December 7 (7:00 - 8:30 pm in Room 8), when we our topic will be “Jesus”. In the new year, we will continue to focus on additional topics: the Holy Spirit will be the topic on January 4. Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

Bereavement Tea

Tuesday, December 13

As the holidays arrive, we remember those individuals who are no longer with us. The Deacons’ Annual Bereavement Tea welcomes everyone who has lost an immediate family member within the past year to gather, remember, and share stories. This gathering will take place at Green Spring Gardens Park on Tuesday, December 13 from 1-3 pm, where we will share high tea, learn a bit about the history of Green Spring Gardens, and enjoy each others company in a relaxing and peaceful setting. Invitations for the tea were recently mailed.

If you have lost a close loved one this year, and do not receive an invitation, please contact the 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 by early December.

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.)

Church Council News


Little River UCC Committee Meeting Minutes

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

Board of Deacons Meeting (November 15, 2016)

Board of Trustees (October 18, 2016)

Christian Education (September 20, 2016)

Communications Committee (August 9, 2016)

Endowment Fund Committee (October 12, 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.