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

Second Sunday in Lent
10:00 am Worship (Communion offered after worship)

Sunday, March 12

This Sunday, we're receiving six new members into our congregation! Who are they? Come to worship this Sunday at 10 am to find out (and to welcome them)!

This Week

Book Group

Sunday, March 12

The book club meets this 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.

Sanctuary Open Early

Sunday, March 12

The sanctuary will be open at 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoons during Lent for quiet prayer and meditation preceding the Lenten Soup, Supper, and Discussion. All are welcome to partake in this quiet time.

Lenten Soup Supper and Discussion

Sundays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2

This Sunday, March 12 is the second 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, March 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.

Congregational 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.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sundays, March 19, 26 and April 2

Please join us next Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 pm in the Jubilee Room as we explore Meditation as a contemplative practice that helps to quiet the mind. We will have a brief guided meditation followed by sharing about the experience. We’ll be gathering for the next three consecutive Sundays: March 19, 26 and April 2.

Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) Call for Volunteers!

Sunday, March 19 & 26

On Sunday, March 19 and March 26 a table will be set up during Fellowship Hour for volunteers to sign up for two opportunities. We would like to start an outreach program working with Annandale Terrace Elementary School. Options available will be reading, mentoring, or just taking time to have lunch with students at the school. If you are interested please stop at the table after church on the 19th or 26th and sign up. BOSJ would also like to know if you are, or would like to become, involved in outreach activities such as prison pen-pals, legislative lobbying, or advocacy of any minority groups in our area. A separate sign-up sheet will be at the volunteer recruitment table for this survey.

More Church News

Communications Committee Meeting (March 7)

The Communications Committee met on Tuesday, March 7 and would like to share that we are currently working on plan to build a new "responsive" website for Little River. If anyone is interested in joining the team that will be working on this new website, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Also, we plan to start a weekly “Thanksgivings and Concerns” email on Mondays. If you do not want the information that you share in church to Sunday to be circulated via email, please let us know at the time of sharing and we will remove it from the Monday email.

Governance Board Meeting (March 8)

The Governance Board met on Wednesday, March 8 and would like to share that the Associate Pastor Search Committee has received resumes and is in the process of scheduling interviews. In addition, the discussed the following topics: safety and security issues at church; plans for improved communication (committees sharing information on upcoming dates, decisions made, and items where feedback would be welcome); and short-and long-term needs of the church. If you would like send any feedback or ideas related to these topics, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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 on Sunday, March 26 with the documentary film: Open Bethlehem. Drawn from 700 hours of original footage and rare archive material, Open Bethlehem follows the story of director Leila Sansour as she returns to her hometown as it is soon to be encircled by The Wall. Chronicling Sansour’s campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling Bethlehem, this fierce and poignant story maps a determined and ongoing effort to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in the desire for free access to the Holy City. Stay after the film for discussion. Need more details? See the event website: Let's show our support!