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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 14, 2017

Easter Sunday
6:45 Sunrise Service with Communion
10:00 & 11:30 am Worship with Guest Musicians

Sunday, April 16

We're almost to Easter Sunday! Join us for worship at the outdoor sunrise service (6:45 am) or one of two beautiful services in the sanctuary (10:00 and 11:30 am). Prepare to say, "Christ is risen!"

This Week


Community Vigil

Saturday, April 15

On Saturday, April 15, Little River UCC will host a community vigil at 7:30 pm. This event is a response to the vandalism at our church and the Jewish Community Center (JCC). This vigil is open to people of all faiths and to people of no particular faith. Members of several faith traditions will help lead the service, including friends from the JCC. Pastor David hopes that this vigil will help our communities -- Little River UCC, the JCC, and our various neighbors -- begin to heal.

Easter Offering – Rise Against Hunger

Sunday, April 16

On Easter Sunday, a special Easter Fund offering will be received on behalf of Rise against Hunger (previously named Stop Hunger Now) to take place in September 2017. This will be our sixth annual meal-packing event. The name of the organization has changed, but the meal-packing will be the same. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) asks for your support of this offering, which enables the purchase of meals we can pack for persons in need. Our meal packing event in September 2016 produced 20,000 meals to send to those in need. Every meal costs just 29 cents, and we hope to pack up to 20,000 meals again this year. To support the offering, please designate "Easter Fund" on the memo line of your check or include your contribution in the offering envelopes, writing "Easter Fund" on the outside.

Thank you for your tremendous support in 2016. BOSJ looks forward to helping our congregation be a blessing to those in need again in September.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 16

Easter egg hunts celebrate the joy of finding something new on Easter morning. The Board of Christian Education invites children, grades 5 and younger, to an egg hunt following 10:00 am worship on Easter Sunday. Families are asked to meet in the atrium after worship to divide children by age groups. The hunt will take place in and around the outdoor playground.

Next Week and Beyond


Calling All Federal Employees Or “Federally-Affiliated” Employees

Sunday, April 23

We’ve all heard about the budget proposals in the “Skinny Budget” and many of us are wrestling with the intersection of career and conscience. We met once to talk, and we’re going to do it again. This time we’ll meet for lunch, after church on Sunday, April 23 at noon at the Silver Diner in Merrifield. If you can come, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Retired feds are welcome — as is anyone who is concerned about the direction their career may take them in the new administration.

Footsteps Trip to Hawaii? Come and Find Out!

Sunday, April 23

Interested in a Footsteps Trip to Hawaii, perhaps in August, 2018? If so, please come to Room 8 at 11:30 am on Sunday, April 23. Brian Payne will lead a 30 to 45 minute discussion on what we might see and learn following in the Footsteps of the Congregational Missionaries. Potential locations, dates, travel arrangements, cost, significant religious sites, and attractions of our 50th State will be discussed to see if we have sufficient interest to organize a trip.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, April 24

The Monday Morning Study Group will not meet on April 17. We invite you to join us on April 24 as we begin our study on “Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation” from the Great Courses with Professor Craig R. Koester, Ph.D., a professor at the Luther Seminary of St. Paul, Minnesota. His innovative teaching style interweaves the study of biblical texts with their impact on art, literature, and music. Explore topics such as Creation and Chaos in Genesis, Moses and the Drama of the Exodus, and many other topics. We hope you will join us Mondays from 10:00 am to noon. This study group is led by Richard Davidson.

Service of Ordination for Jason Thompson

Sunday, April 30

The Potomac Association, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ and Little River United Church of Christ cordially invite your presence and prayers to the Ordination of Jason Thompson.

On Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 pm, our own Jason Thompson will be ordained here at Little River! Please join us for the service and stay for the reception immediately following the service. Help us wish Jason well as he heads to West Park United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio where he will serve as Senior Minister.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, May 3

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 Wednesday, May 3(7:00 - 8:30 pm in Room 8), when our topic will be "ethics". Our final class will meet June 7 for "prayer". Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

First Friday: Let's Spring Into Summer

Friday, May 5

Join us for First Friday: Let's Spring Into Summer on Friday, May 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy summer-focused 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 http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. 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!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible.  Thanks!

Open Mic Night is Back!

Saturday, May 20

After an absence of a couple of years, we are reviving LRUCC's Open Mic Night. This is a chance for anyone who wants to perform for a very sympathetic and enthusiastic audience. No matter whether you sing, play an instrument, write poetry or prose, juggle, do magic tricks, or any other kind of performance, please join us. Open Mic Night will happen Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 pm. If you would like to perform, please get in touch with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by Sunday, April 30. If you would like accompaniment by our house band, the Little River Irregulars, please get sheet music, an MP3 file, or a link to Dave by that date as well.

Safe Church Training

Sunday, May 21

If you have never been to Safe Church training and would like to volunteer with children or youth at church we will offer Safe Church Training on Sunday, May 21 at 11:30 am. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register.

More Church News


Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry Team met on April 6 and would like to share the following information with you:

  • We evaluated the recent Tea and Talk gathering that was held recently in Room 8. The room was filled to capacity with 32 women; there were animated small group discussions at each of the 8 tables. We felt the gathering was successful. The formation of covenant groups was discussed and our Moderator Carolyn Yocom agreed to present this topic to a wider group.
  • We are looking forward to hosting another Tea and Talk some Sunday in August and will use the opportunity to see the work that the church's archivists Gwen Crepeau and Florence Deike have done in organizing Little River's documents and special treasures.
  • We hope to host a day-long off-site retreat some Saturday in the fall. We have learned of a retreat center within an hour's drive from the church and will make an on-site visit to see if it meets our needs.

Endowment Committee Meeting Update

At its quarterly meeting on April 12, 2017 the Endowment Fund Committee was pleased to note that the value of the Fund now exceeds $400,000, even following disbursement of $10,800 approved by the Annual Meeting. The process for moving memorial gifts and other contributions destined for the Fund to UCF needs improvement to ensure deposits to the Fund are made in a timely manner. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 am.

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 ends on Sunday, April 23 with the film Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours. Need more details? See the event website: http://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Let's show our support!