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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 21, 2017

Second Sundy of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, April 23

Join us for worship on April 23 as Rev. Samantha Tuttle returns to the pulpit! Samantha is a member of Little River, an ordained minister with standing in the UCC. Before entering the ministry, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Ferrum College.

Be sure to join us at 10 am to hear her preach!

This Week

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.

Jewish Community Center Holocaust Observance

Sunday, April 23

We strongly encourage you to show solidarity with our friends at the Jewish Community Center by attending a Holocaust Observance on Sunday evening, April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Pre-programs begin at 4:30 pm). The location is Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA). It is expected that parking will be tight at the JCC, so we are encouraging members to park at LRUCC and we'll drive people to the JCC and back. Please plan to arrive at LRUCC at approximately 6:00 pm (30 minutes before the start of the event) to allow enough time for travel back and forth.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, April 24

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.

Men’s Fellowship

Sunday, April 30

On Sunday, April 30 at 11:30 am, the Men’s Fellowship will be meeting after the worship service in Room 8 for lunch and discussion. We anticipate having Reverend David Lindsey join us and spend some time sharing recent events at church and what this time of year means for all of us. The Men’s Fellowship is open to men of all ages and we hope you will join us. Please let Tom Ross know ahead of time so we can arrange for food and beverages. Tom can be reached at (202) 329-8641 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 “prayer”. In particular, we will focus on how our relationship with God (and God’s relationship with us) shapes our prayer life, based on both scripture and modern science. Our final class will meet June 7 for "ethics." 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 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!

All-Church Work Day

Saturday, May 20

On Saturday, May 20, the Board of Trustees will sponsor an All-Church Work Day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. There is plenty of work to be done outside, beautifying our grounds, planting all those Easter azaleas that were donated, and, if you prefer not to be outside, we also have lots of indoor tasks. Even if you have only an hour of time available, your participation will make a difference! Hope you can join us!

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

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday and discussed on-going security concerns sparked by the recent vandalism, and welcome congregational input on that subject. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to send your input. Also, a spring work day is scheduled for May 20 (9:00 am – noon) – mark your calendars!

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

At the Christian Education meeting on Wednesday night (April 19), we started considering future Adult Education classes as well as curriculum choices for our Sunday School classes in 2018 and beyond. Since it was well received last year, we are proposing another series of TED talk classes this summer, meeting during the hour before the service. To help us pick the TED talks and to help us know what you would like in future Adult Education classes, we will be setting up an Adult Ed suggestion box. Let us know -- do you love a particular TED talk? Are you interested in a Bible study? A social justice series? A discussion of environmental issues? Something else? Give us your input so we can customize our offerings to meet our congregation’s needs.

A few upcoming dates of importance:

  • May 21 (11:30 – 1:30): Safe Church training (encouraged for all in the congregation)
  • June 4 (Celebration Sunday) – honoring our teachers and graduating seniors, with a picnic after the service
  • June 11 – August 27: Summer Sunday School (look for the teacher sign-up coming soon!)
  • September 10 – Rally Day


Front Office Volunteers – We Need You!

Volunteers are needed to work in the church office during the week of May 23-26. If you have computer skills, experience answering phones, filing, and other light office duties, please contact Donna Jones at (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are looking for volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts. Thank you to Janet Parsons Mackey & Gwen Crepeau who have agreed to volunteer on Monday, May 22.

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: Let's show our support!