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

First Sunday in Lent
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, March 5

When someone does us wrong, it is very tempting to be vengeful. Jesus, however, asks us to be merciful. How do we get from vengeful feelings to merciful action?

Join us in worship this Sunday as we reflect on this challenge!

This Week

First Friday: Who Was St. Paddy?

Friday, March 3

It's not too late to join us for First Friday: Who Was St. Paddy on Friday, March 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy Spring 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!

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race

Sunday, March 5

"Intersections" resumes this Sunday, March 5 at 11:00 am in Room 8. Please join us as we continue discussions on racism and justice.

Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion

Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2

This Sunday, March 5 is 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 5:45 pm. (To help with clean up, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.) Childcare is available for our youngest. We’ll be gathering for five consecutive Sundays from March 5 to April 2.

And, as in past years, we are soliciting soup donations! Can you make or purchase a soup to share at one of the sessions? If you can bring soup, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathleen is trying to coordinate soup offerings so we don’t have too much one night, and too few another.

Food Pantry

Sunday, March 5

This Sunday, March 5 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, March 6

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

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 (5:30 - 7:00 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!

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, March 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!

Book Group

Sunday, March 12

The book club meets next Sunday, March 12 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room 7. We’ll be discussing The Children Act by Ian McEwen. Please join us for an interesting discussion! Even if you haven’t read the book, join us and meet new friends and listen to the discussion. Mr. McEwan has written a number of other books so perhaps you have read one of those and can compare.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, March 12

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, March 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.

Welcoming New Members

Sunday, March 12

We will be receiving six new members next weekend! Please be sure to join us in in worship at 10 am on Sunday, March 12 to show them an extravagant LRUCC welcome!

Listening Session - We Want to Hear From You

Sunday, March 19

As is traditional for the church leadership, we’ll be having a church council retreat at the end of March. Prior to meeting, however, we’d like to get your thoughts on what should be the leadership priorities for the coming year. To get your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, we’d like to have a listening session on Sunday, March 19—right after church. Come for coffee and snacks, and share your ideas about the coming year.

If you are unable to make it to the listening session, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in person, via email or just stick a note in the Moderator’s box in the church office.

More Church News

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday This Month?

If so, then please come by the church office during the week of the birthday so your child can pick up a “Happy Birthday” pillowcase from Pastor David or another member of the office staff. This is a special gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on his/her special day. Did your child have a birthday in January or February? Then come by anytime during the week that is convenient for you.

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 continues this Sunday, March 5 with the documentary film: Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States. The film takes an eye-opening look at the pro-Israeli public relations efforts within the U.S. and explores how the Israeli government, U.S. government and the pro-Israeli lobby have joined forces to shape American media coverage of the conflict. Stay after the film for discussion about justice and human rights in the Holy Land. 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.