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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 6, 2017

The Baptism of Christ
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Sunday, January 8

We are receiving new members this weekend! Four folks will be joining Little River on the 8th. Be sure to join us in in worship at 10 am this Sunday to welcome them!

As we receive new members, we are emboldened and challenged by Peter's vision of our faith, laid out in Acts 10:34-43, in which Peter clearly states that the gospel is for all nations, not just an exclusive few. After hearing this scripture, Pastor David will be preaching about how we continue witness to God's radically inclusive love in 2017.

Be sure to come to worship for an exciting morning!

This Week

Matching Challenge Deadline and Celebrate Faithful Giving Update

Friday, January 6

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

The matching gift challenge ends on Friday. This challenge will provide one dollar for each three dollars of increased giving from current or new givers up to a total match of $6,000. Can we do it?

This week the campaign reported $565,645 in pledges from 129 families and individuals. Only $41,355 is needed to reach the campaign’s minimum goal of $607,000. Only 10 more pledges are needed to exceed the total pledges received for 2016.

"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.

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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, January 9

The Monday Morning Study Group invites you to begin the 'Study Of Jesus and His Jewish Influences’ from the Great Courses with Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Explore excerpts and passages from influential texts such as the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Apocrypha. Follow the evolution of 12 Israelite tribes into a monarchy that crumbled over tensions about worshipping the God of Israel. Examine how the Book of Daniel is repeated in Jesus's own prophesies about the destruction of the Temple. We hope you will join us Mondays from 10:00 am to noon in Room 8. This study group is led by Richard Davidson.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, January 11

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. 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!

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 am 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!

First Friday: Valentines are Fun!

Friday, February 3

Join us for First Friday: Valentines are Fun! on Friday, February 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy Valentine crafts and games while parents enjoy some free time. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Registration forms are available at 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!

1st Annual Little River UCC Silent Auction

Sunday, February 5

Save the date and donate for the 1st Annual LRUCC Silent Auction. This inter-generational event is being organized to raise money to benefit Little River UCC. There will be fun activities for children and lunch will be provided (monetary donations will be accepted!). Please direct your commitment of a donation or willingness to volunteer to help This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by at phone 703.863.4453. Actual physical donations must be provided by Sunday, January 29 and the auction will take place on Sunday, February 5 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. See more details here.

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

Opportunities for Service in 2017

In addition to making a financial commitment to Little River UCC to meet the needs of our church for operations and carrying out our ministry, we constantly have a need for church members to serve in other ways. These include volunteering to serve on a board or committee or to assist in helping out with various tasks during the year.

A key part of our service to LRUCC is participating as a board or committee member, elected at our annual meeting and providing needed leadership to the many responsibilities that face us. Especially in need are individuals willing to serve on the Board of Deacons, Trustees, Stewardship & Christian Education Committees. Terms of office are for three years and provide both practical experience in serving Little River as well as a sense of teamwork in addressing important issues facing Little River in the years ahead. If you are willing to serve, please contact any member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee without delay. Roy and Camille Brooks, Tom Ross, and Barbara Allen would be glad to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please consider this opportunity to serve!

Giving Envelopes Available Now

Please pick up your 2017 giving envelope boxes in the atrium today—unless you give electronically or 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.