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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 3, 2017

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, February 5

This Sunday, we begin a sermon series based on one of the New Testament's greatest gifts to the world: the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). These three chapters of the Bible are so loaded with extraordinary wisdom about God and humanity that we are going to reflect on just a small section at a time in order to really dive deep into Jesus's teachings. This series will therefore unfold over the coming months, even as our Lectionary readings continue.

Why spend so much time on each line of the Sermon on the Mount? Frankly, with all the tumult happening around the world right now, it is more important than ever to stay grounded in our core beliefs by getting back to basics.

Join us in worship this Sunday at 10 am, as we begin these 'Sermons on the Mount'!

This Week

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!

Food Pantry

Sunday, February 5

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. 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. Thank you for your ongoing generous donations to the pantry.

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

Sunday, February 5

The sessions on “White Privilege” continue this Sunday, February 5 at 9:00 am in Room 8 for Week 4 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 12, 19, and 26. We hope to see you there.

New Member Information Class

Sunday, February 5 & 12

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, February 5 or next Sunday, February 12 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!

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 6

The Monday Morning Study Group will not meet on Monday, February 6 due to the scheduled power outage.

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.

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!

Faith in Film Returns

Sunday, February 12

Faith in Film returns next Sunday, February 12 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to share lunch and view Loving.

“From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.”

Please join the Board of Outreach and Social Justice in Room 8. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or through the event on the LRUCC Group Facebook page so we may plan lunch. If you need child care, please indicate that in your RSVP.

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

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!

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!