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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 17, 2017

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, February 19

Jesus told his disciples that the meek would inherit the earth (or in Greek, "the land"). Two thousand years later, has Jesus's promise come true? If so, then where are the meek today? And if not, then do we dare to say that Jesus was wrong?

Join us at 10 am as Pastor David preaches a thought-provoking sermon entitled "This Land is Whose Land?"

This Week

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

Sunday, February 19

The sessions on “White Privilege” continue this Sunday, February 19 at 9:00 am in Room 8 for Week 6 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 last class will be next Sunday, February 26. We hope to see you there.

Men’s Fellowship

Sunday, February 19

This 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, February 20

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.

Office Closed

Monday, February 20

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day. We will resume or normal business hours on Tuesday, February 21.

Dismantling the New Jim Crow Team Meeting

Sunday, February 26

Little River UCC is committed to working for racial justice and dismantling the New Jim Crow. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice has formed an ad hoc team to implement this work. And, now that we will have completed the White Privilege curriculum, it is time to discuss next steps. Our next team meeting is Sunday, February 26 from 9:00-10:00 am in Room 7. All who are interested in working on this issue are welcome!

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.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, March 1

The season of Lent officially begins with our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 1. This quiet, reflective service will include both the Sacrament of Communion and the imposition of ashes. The service begins at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Please join us for this beautiful, ancient tradition.

Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion

Sunday, March 5

On Sunday, March 5, the first session of this year’s Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion starts. This year, we will focus our conversation on the diverse spiritual practices of our faith, including fasting, prayer, and meditation. These sessions are intergenerational events hosted by the Board of Christian Education and the Board of Deacons. Meals will begin at 5:00 pm and discussion at 5:30 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. Sessions take place each Sunday during Lent ending on April 9.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Tuesday, March 7

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 Tuesday, March 7 (7:00 - 8:30 pm in Room 8), when we our topic will be "suffering / evil". In particular, we will focus on the question, “How might we claim a belief in God in light of the suffering and evil in the world?” Our next classes will go back to the first Wednesdays 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!

More Church News

Justice @

Do you feel like you need to get involved? Are you interested in receiving timely information about social justice events and work that is happening at Little River UCC and in our local community? The justice @ list serve is a way to receive and share information with other LRUCC members and friends. To add or remove your name from the justice @ list serve, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

What can be recycled in our TREX plastic bag recycling bin?

Grocery bags • Bread bags • Case overwrap • Dry cleaning bags • Newspaper sleeves • Ice bags • Wood pellet bags • Ziploc and other resealable bags • Produce bags • Bubble wrap • Salt bags • Cereal bags. All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Please do not place the hard plastic wrappers from food in this bin. If you have any questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or talk with her in church she will answer all your questions.

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