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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised December 30, 2016

First Sunday after Christmas
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, January 1

Happy New Year!

Little River UCC is committed to proclaiming God's radically inclusive love, so come and start off 2017 with us as we work towards fulfilling that commitment.

This Week

Annual Reports Due

Saturday, December 31

Please note that all annual committee and board reports, officer and minister reports should be submitted by Saturday, December 31. Please limit your report to no more than two pages. If you need to access last year's report for formatting or content information it can be found online. The annual meeting will be held Sunday, January 29 at 11:30 am. Please submit your report to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have any questions please contact Cici.

End-of-the-Year Financial Reminders

Saturday, December 31

In order for your contributions to Little River UCC to be treated on our books and giving statements as having been made in ​2016, they must either be (a) physically received in the church office no later than the close of business on ​Friday, ​December 3​0, or (b) placed in the mail and postmarked on or before December 31​​, or (c) made via LRUCC's online giving option before 4:00 pm on December 31. Please keep in mind that the Post Office does not always date-stamp mail as a routine matter, so just dropping an envelope in the mail on December 31 will not necessarily guarantee that it will receive such a postmark.

Food Pantry

Sunday, January 1

This Sunday and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month) we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food and baby items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. For the month of January the focus is canned fruit.

Thanks to the ongoing generous donations to the pantry, in November and December the Board of Outreach and Social Justice was able to make several donations to our benevolence partners. Eight bags of non-perishable staple food items, two cases of pasta, two large boxes and three packages of men's adult diapers, three large bags of hotel-sized toiletries, and five packages of feminine hygiene products were delivered to Thrive DC, serving the homeless in Washington, DC. We also delivered 250 pounds of food to Food for Others, a food bank in Merrifield, VA, and two packages of diapers, juice, and two bags of food to Alternative House, an organization in Annandale, VA, offering a comprehensive program of support to young people.

Next Week and Beyond

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, January 4

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, January 4 (7:00 - 8:30 pm in Room 8), when we our topic will be “the Holy Spirit”. In particular, we will focus on the question, “What exactly is the Holy Spirit, and what does it do?” In the new year, we will continue to focus on new topics: prayer on February 1, suffering and evil in March and so on. Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

Poetry in January

Sunday, January 8

Women’s Ministry presents the Book Club, featuring Poetry with Jennifer Atkinson. Jennifer teaches at George Mason University and will be bringing her “teaching bag” with lots of activities that will be fun for us to try. Please plan to come and have a pleasant, enriching time. See you Sunday, January 8 at 11:30 am in Room 7.

"White Privilege-Let’s Talk” by the UCC

Sunday, January 8

Beginning Sunday, January 8 at 9:00 am, a team of leaders will begin this Adult Education program designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race. “It is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, co-writer and UCC general minister and president.

The curriculum will lead participants through four areas of focus: telling the story of your spiritual journey through the lens of race; looking at the dynamic of a culture in which whiteness is the established norm; learning how America attaches a cash value to whiteness; and inviting the participants to commit to becoming an ally in the pursuit of racial equity. This is a seven week program. The remaining dates will be January 15, 29, and February 5, 12, 19, and 26. We hope to see you there.

Receiving New Members

Sunday, January 8

On Sunday, January 8, we will be receiving new members into our fellowship! Be sure to join us in worship at 10:00 am as we welcome folks into our congregation. If you've been thinking about becoming a member, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or on his cell phone at (571) 339-9343 to learn more.

Living Your Values as a Federal Employee

Sunday, January 15

Many of our congregants are federal employees or contractors and some have expressed concern over how we can live our values in the new administration. Is anyone interested in joining an informal affinity group to discuss these issues? Perhaps we can help each other through discussion, fellowship, or insight.

If you are interested, please join us in Room 8 on Sunday, January 15 at 11:30 for a brief organizing discussion. As an affinity group we could try to have lunch once a month, meet occasionally, or participate in other activities. Hope to see you there!

Fair Trade Sales Reminder

Sunday, January 15

Fair Trade Sales are happening on the third Sunday in January (January 15). 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.

Save the Date - Visit by TGEA

Sunday, January 22

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be hosting speakers from the Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington (TGEA) on Sunday, January 22 for an informational program immediately following the morning service. Please plan to attend beginning at 11:30 am to learn more about the transgender community and how Little River UCC can both welcome and advocate for members of this community.

Attention All Youth!

Sunday, January 22

We are planning an outing to Fairfax Ice Arena on Sunday, January 22. If you are interested in joining us please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the church office. The cost is $6.25 per person and $4.00 for the skates unless you bring your own. The session runs from 12:00pm to 3:45pm. Pizza and hot dogs available at the rink!

Biblical Storytelling: The Gospel of Mark

Sunday, February 12

Ever wonder how the early Christian community may have experienced the Gospel?

Join us from 3-5 pm on Sunday, February 12 to witness Dr. Tracy Radosevic, Dean of the Academy of Biblical Storytellers, present the Gospel of Mark. Beginning with John the Baptist's proclamation of Christ's arrival and Jesus's own baptism, we will journey together to experience the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, all the way to the tomb! This is a must see event! Child care will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place on February 19.

More Church News

Celebrate Faithful Giving Update

This week the campaign reported $546,170 in pledges from 123 families and individuals. Only $60,830 is needed to reach the campaign’s minimum goal of $607,000. There is also the real possibility that together the congregation will receive a larger total number of commitments for 2017 than in 2016. Only 24 pledges are needed to exceed the total pledges received for 2016. The matching gift challenge continues. It will provide one dollar for each three dollars of increased giving from current or new givers up to a total match of $6,000. Watch this space!

The matching challenge must be met by the close of business on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Giving Envelopes Available Now

Please pick up your 2017 giving envelope boxes in the atrium today—unless you give electronically or have did not request envelopes. If you are expecting a box in your name and don’t find it, please contact Donna in the church office at (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2017 Flower Calendar

The 2017 Flower Calendar is posted in the social hall. You are invited to sign up to give flowers on the Sunday of your choice on a first-come basis.

Women’s March on Washington – More Information and a Hosting Request

The rhetoric of the past election cycle marginalized people of all different religions, origins, and genders. In an effort to stand up to the new administration and make their voices heard, a march on Washington is planned for January 21 to show solidarity for protections of rights, safety, health, families, and equality for women. People from all over the country are planning and seeking help to come to our area to exercise their First Amendment rights in the spirit of democracy.

We are thrilled that former Little River UCC member Noreen Bania, now living in Asheville NC, has organized a group of about 45 people from First Congregational UCC in Asheville to attend the Women’s March.

Little River UCC would like to help our visitors as much as possible. Is anyone willing to open up their home to one or more individuals to sleep on the nights of January 20 and 21? Some of the individuals from Asheville will stay with church members who have already volunteered their spare bedrooms, while others will bring sleeping bags and “camp” here at the church – but we would love to be able to volunteer more bedrooms. In addition to our friends from Asheville, the Potomac Association is trying to find housing for additional participants. If you can volunteer one or more beds or donate bedding for “campers,” please speak with 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 in person or via email.

Do you plan on attending the march? Would you like to coordinate with other LRUCC members? If so, let us know! We can also share route information and warming station plans from the Potomac Association.