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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 28, 2017

Third Sundy of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, April 30

Jesus said that his followers were the light of the world, that they cannot be hidden. What does it mean to be the light of the world today in Northern Virginia, knowing that even the woods cannot hide us?

Join us for worship this Sunday as Pastor David reflects on this question!

This Week

Azalea Planting

Sunday, April 29

Able-bodied folk needed to plant our 26 new azaleas on Saturday, April 29 between 10:00 am and 1:00pm. If you can, please bring shovels and other equipment to break up the tough soil and dig big, deep holes. Hope you can join us!

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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, May 1

We invite you to join us on May 1 as we continue 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.

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!

Food Pantry

Sunday, May 7

Next Sunday, May 7 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.

Racial Justice Coalition (new name!)

Sunday, May 7

On Sunday, May 7, the LRUCC Racial Justice Coalition will meet in Room 8 at 9:00 am. The Racial Justice Coalition is the new name that combines a number of LRUCC efforts focused on racial justice including: Sacred Conversations on Race, White Privilege, Dismantling the New Jim Crow, Lifelines to Solitary, as well as volunteers for Annandale Terrace Elementary School. This coalition will meet monthly to discuss current racial justice issues and to share information across efforts, a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to small group conversation about the various efforts. Everyone who is interested in working for racial justice is invited to attend, and you do not need to be a member of any of the groups to participate. Please contact Gail Perry or Karen Kleiber via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions or concerns.

Greenspring Water Taxi Driver Needed on May 14

Sunday, May 14

Each Sunday, one or two drivers from our ten-person "Water Taxi" team provide transportation for several church members living at Greenspring Retirement Community. Due to various circumstances, a driver is needed on May 14, possibly for just one direction. We also welcome additional members to our team anytime! If you are interested, or for more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Spring Cleaning Working Party

Saturday, May 20

Our annual Spring Cleaning Working Party will be held from 8:00 am to Noon on Saturday, May 20. The Trustees need your help with projects, both inside and outside, to spruce up our church and grounds. Many of our tasks are simple and easy to do which anyone including children can do, but some require special skills and tools. Everyone can help. Morning sign-in will begin at 8:00 am with juice, coffee, cocoa, and donuts. Then project teams will be organized and go to work. Our current “To-Do List” includes:


  • Cleaning kitchen closets and everything within
  • Washing the freezer and all refrigerators
  • Cleaning folding tables in storeroom
  • Inspecting and repairing chairs and benches in social hall, narthex, and social hall


  • Sweeping and washing all sidewalks
  • Raking courtyard and foundation flower beds
  • Planting azaleas, bulbs, and perennial flowers
  • Trimming hedges and shrubs
  • Removing English ivy and other invasive plants
  • Weeding labyrinth, memorial grove, and flower beds
  • Cleaning up area around trash dumpsters
  • Washing patio and sidewalks
  • Clearing brush and pruning trees along driveway (adults only)
  • Planting more native shrubs and trees in forest zone

Those who can bring outdoor power tools are asked to contact the Trustees in advance This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Be advised that our woods are already full of growing poison ivy, greenbrier, wild roses, blackberry bushes, and devil’s walking sticks, so wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long sleeved shirts, and insect repellant if you wish to work outside.

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.

LRUCC Silent Auction Moved to May 21!

Sunday, May 21

To properly acknowledge Jason Thompson's ordination and reserve church resources, the Silent Auction has been moved to Sunday, May 21! The auction will take place from 11:00am-12:30pm, with item viewing available before worship. A picnic style lunch will be served during the auction!

Donations are still needed, especially from our children and teens. If your child or teen would like to make something (art, cookies, craft items etc), donate a service (tutoring, lessons, babysitting, etc.) or donate a new or gently used item, we would like to include these in the Kid’s Corner of the auction. Please encourage your child or teen to get involved in this multigenerational by donating an item or service! Volunteers are also still needed! Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or (703.863.4453) to donate, volunteer or to ask any questions that you may have about the auction.

More Church News

Footsteps Trip to Hawaii? Yes!

Twenty-five people agreed on April 23 that we should organize a Footsteps trip to Hawaii in early August, 2018, probably visiting three islands to explore the cultural heritage of the Congregational missionaries that began there in 1820. Another 15 people have expressed interest so far. Tell 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 if you wish to learn more.

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in April?

If so, then please come by the church office anytime during the week that is convenient for you 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.

Volunteer for General Synod 2017 in Baltimore

At least 500 volunteers are needed to greet the wider church at the United Church of Christ General Synod (June 2017) in Baltimore. Let’s help the Central Atlantic Conference share in the extravagant welcome of the Conference. Register today at:

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.

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

The Board of Deacons held their monthly meeting on Tuesday night, April 25. The recent vandalism and hate crime were, naturally, a major topic of discussion. While Trustees oversee the management of our campus, and BOSJ oversees our commitments to social justice, the Deacons cooperate with the Pastors in tending to the spiritual welfare of the church. As such, most of the conversation on Tuesday night was about what impact the hate crime had on our spiritual wellbeing, both as individuals and as a congregation. Our sense was that folks in the congregation are at several different stages of healing and restoration, and that we must continue to grapple with how God (who is both just and merciful) would have us respond in this situation. The topic of forgiveness of the perpetrator of these crimes was particularly lively. To facilitate healing internally and externally, the Deacons are considering having get-togethers for the church to process what happened.

The Deacons will have their retreat on Sunday afternoon, May 28, from 1 to 4 pm. The Strengthen the Church Offering will be collected on June 4, 2017.

Church Council Special Meeting Update

The church council met on Wednesday and heard a report from the interim search committee. There is a congregational meeting scheduled for May 7, where we will hear a report from the interim search committee and obtain feedback from the congregation regarding how to move forward.