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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 20, 2017

Third Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, January 22

This Sunday (the morning after the Women's March), we are honored to welcome Rev. Emma Chattin to preach!

Rev. Chattin is an ordained minister in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination founded in 1968 with a primary outreach to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning individuals. Emma currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia, with Heather, her life-partner of 18 years (they were legally married in DC in 2010).

Be sure to join us at 10 am for what promises to be an exciting morning!

This Week


Women’s March on Washington – Pre-March Fellowship Dinner

Friday, January 20

Please join us in the Social Hall on Friday, January 20 at 6:30 pm for a fellowship dinner and prayer service with our guests from First Congregational UCC in Asheville, NC. The dinner is open to all church members, friends visiting for the march, and march supporters. We will order food from the Lebanese Taverna, and ask for a free will offering. Little River UCC members: please bring a favorite dessert dish to share if possible.

In order that we not waste food (or heaven forbid, run out of food!), please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you plan to attend. Of course you can come, even if you forget to RSVP, but hearing from folks will give us a better idea how much food to buy.  See the entire timeline here for this weekend's events related to the Women's March.

Women’s March on Washington

Saturday, January 21

Won’t you join us at the Women’s March on Washington?

Add your voice, body, and spirit to a unified Little River UCC presence at the Women's March on Washington. Join us in actively upholding the legacy of LRUCC’s commitment to Civil Rights. Help us show the world that Little River UCC will continue to be a beacon and haven for not only our mothers, daughters, and sisters, but for all who seek shelter, truth, and peace.

First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC has graciously opened their doors to marchers to stop by and warm up, recharge, and center themselves in prayer. Interested Marchers should plan their own transportation to First Congregational UCC which is located at 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Their doors are open at 7:00 am and they are offering a light breakfast through 9:00 am. At 9:15 am, there will be a prayer and commissioning before everyone disperses for the March. Please plan on being at First Congregational UCC by 8:45 am so that everyone can be accounted for and the flock can be folded together.

To get to First Congregational UCC, members of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be on hand at the LRUCC parking lot to direct carpool caravans to the Vienna and Springfield Metro Stations. Interested carpoolers should be in the parking lot by 7:00 am on Saturday, January 21 to ensure everyone can arrive at the event with plenty of time to spare.

First Congregational UCC has asked for an RSVP, so please sign up on the sign-up sheet located in the foyer this week. Please also indicate whether or not you plan to carpool.

See the entire timeline here for this weekend's events related to the Women's March.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, January 22

Please join us on Sunday, January 22 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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Visit by the TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington DC (TGEA)

Sunday, January 22

On Sunday, January 22 Little River United Church of Christ will welcome Rev. Emma Chattin, Roxanne Edwards, and Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz from the TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington DC (TGEA). Rev. Chattin will serve as guest preacher at our 10:00 am morning worship service preaching a sermon entitled: “Diversity, By God (Inclusivity is Up to Us).”

Ms. Edwards and Ms. Ortiz will then offer a presentation beginning at approximately 11:30 am to help LRUCC members and friends become better advocates and supporters for the transgender community. Their formal presentation will conclude at 12:45 pm at which time we will gather for lunch, questions, and discussion.  See the speaker biographies here.

Are you hosting family and friends for the Women’s March on Washington? Please invite them to join us to continue the call for equal rights for all. All are welcome! Let us know you are planning to attend on the sign-up in the Narthex or through the event link on LRUCC’s Facebook page. More information about TGEA is available on their website at www.tgeagw.org.

Attention All Youth!

Sunday, January 22

We are planning an outing to Fairfax Ice Arena this 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!

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, January 23

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.

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

Sunday, January 29

The sessions on “White Privilege” continue this Sunday, January 29 at 9:00 am in Room 8 for Week 3 of this seven-week program. “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, 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. The remaining dates will be February 5, 12, 19, and 26 (There is no class on Sunday, January 22). We hope to see you there.

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 29

The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 29. See the official call to meeting here.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, February 1

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, February 1 (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?” This class will include the curriculum designed for the January class. We will add a class at the end of the year to make up for missing January. Since Ash Wednesday is the first Wednesday in March, our March class will be held on Tuesday, March 7 instead. The topic will be "suffering / evil". Our classes will then resume on the first Wednesday of the month: April 5 for "resurrection / eternal life," May 3 for "ethics," and June 7 for "prayer". Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

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 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!

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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, February 8

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!

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


3rd Annual Film Series: Voices from the Holy Land 2017

Little River UCC is a supporter of the 3rd Annual Film Series: Voices from the Holy Land 2017, a film series that seeks to offer a different perspective and provide a voice to the people living in this Holy Land. It also seeks to present informative and compelling documentary films by Israeli, Palestinian, American, and European film makers to start conversations.

All film showings take place in the Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 pm. The series starts on Sunday, February 19 with the film: Two Blue Lines -- a documentary exploring the passionate dispute among Israeli citizens about their government's occupation of Palestine. Need more details? See the event website: http://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Let's show our support!

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!

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: http://bit.ly/Synod2017.