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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 27, 2017

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, January 29

This Sunday is a hymn sing Sunday! In lieu of a sermon, we will reflect on the Word by shouting out some of our favorite hymns. Join us in worship at 10 am, ready to sing! And if you're a member of Little River, please be sure to stick around after worship for our Annual Meeting. We will discuss church business (including the budget and nominations), as well as some important matters for which our church leaders need your feedback. Be sure to be there!

This Week

"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. We hope to see you there.

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 29

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

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, January 30

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.

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 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!

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

Final Results from the Celebrate Faithful Giving Campaign

The Celebrate Faithful Giving campaign for annual support the church’s ministries in 2017 achieved real success. The final result includes pledges and continuing contributions which are expected to provide $614,000 for the budget this year. This result provides the basis for the balanced budget which the Trustees are proposing for consideration during the annual meeting today.

1st Annual Little River UCC Silent Auction

In an effort to raise more donations, the auction date has been pushed back to later in the year – specific date still to be determined. Thank you to all who have donated already and look out for more news later!

Notice From the Board of Trustees: Power Outage – Monday, February 6

You may have noticed the large pole laying on the grass just to the right of our main entrance sign. Dominion Virginia Power has discovered that the primary pole connecting our church to the electrical grid is rotten. Should it have fallen in bad weather, a large area along Little River Turnpike would have lost power. A new pole will be installed Monday, February 6 between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm. The church will be open that morning; however, there will be no heat and only limited electricity provided by the emergency generator. We expect the phones and Wi-Fi to operate as normal. Dress warmly if you come in that morning. The Annandale Cooperative Preschool will be closed for a county-wide teacher training day.

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: Let's show our support!