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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 10, 2017

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, February 12

This Sunday is jam-packed with excitement!

Our Joyful Noise Choir will be singing, so be sure to show up and support some of our youngest singers. The sermon this week will continue our focus on the Sermon on the Mount, and in particular, will focus on the verse, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." At 1 pm, we'll have Part 2 of our New Member Class in Room 8, then we'll have the entire Gospel of Mark delivered from memory in our sanctuary at 3 pm.

This Week

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

Sunday, February 12

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

New Member Information Class

Sunday, February 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 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!

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.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, February 12

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, February 12. 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 13

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.

Men’s Fellowship

Sunday, February 19

On Sunday, February 19 immediately following the Sunday worship service at approximately 11:30 am, the Men's Fellowship will gather in Room 8 for a lunch and conversation with Senior Pastor David Lindsey. All men in the congregation are welcome to join us; lunch will consist of "sub" sandwiches pre-ordered from Subway or feel free to bring your own lunch. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let him know if you are planning on attending and your order for lunch. Tom will pick up the sandwiches on the way to church and you can reimburse him at the luncheon. The Little River Men's Fellowship gathers periodically during the year to enjoy each other's company and to share a meal or brunch.

Tea and Talk - Sister Friends: Strength Through Relationship

Sunday, February 26

Join the Women’s Ministry team in celebrating the unique and special bonds of women with their “sisters” in friendship at a Tea and Talk on Sunday, February 26, at 11:30 am in Room 8. The Women’s Ministry team will provide tea sandwiches and breads. We are looking for four to five volunteers to bring fruit, veggies/dip, cheese/crackers, and cookies/brownies.

Please sign up with Bunny Jones at the welcome table in the foyer if you plan to attend. If you can provide one of the extra items, please let us know. We look forward to seeing many of you at this special event.

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: Let's show our support!

Thinking Green:  Recycle Your Plastic Bags at LRUCC

Did know you could recycle your clean, dry, empty plastic bags and film packaging at Little River UCC?

We have two recycling bins in the church -- one in the hallway outside of the kitchen and the second one in the hallway just down from rooms 7 and 8. Look for the recycling bins with the TREX logo on them and start bringing in your plastics including: grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, cereal liners, newspaper sleeves, bread bags, and more.

Please make sure all the plastic that you are recycling is on the list of items in the flyer linked below and that it is clean and dry.  For the past few weeks, we have received plastic that is not recyclable, not dry, and still has food or trash in them.

Download the flyer here for a complete list of plastics that can be recycled.