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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 7, 2017

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10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, May 7

This Sunday, Rev. Jason Thompson preaches his last sermon at Little River before moving to Cleveland to serve his first call.

Be sure to join us at 10 am for worship! And make sure to stick around for a VERY important congregational meeting after the service. All members are strongly encouraged to attend!

This Week


First Friday: Let's Spring Into Summer -- Volunteers Needed!

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!

We still need volunteers, so if you can make it tonight, 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!

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, May 7

We'll be having a congregational meeting this Sunday after worship to hear a report from the Interim Associate Pastor Search Committee, to provide a budget update, and to consider any new business that members would like to raise.

Food Pantry

Sunday, May 7

This 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.

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, May 8

We invite you to join us on May 8 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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, May 10

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!

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, May 14

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday, May 14, so 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.

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 next Sunday, 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:

INDOORS:

  • 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

OUTDOORS:

  • 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 have any questions, please get in touch with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Book Discussion Rescheduled

Sunday, May 28

Join the Little River Book Club on Sunday, May 28, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in Room 7, to discuss Colson Whitehead’s powerful novel The Underground Railroad. He movingly captures the story of the oppressed life and terrifying escape of a young slave woman named Cora from brutal owners in Georgia. Set in the pre-Civil War life of the South, Whitehead creatively brings to life the fears and terror that engulfed slaves striving to be free and to others who also risked their own lives to help slaves escape being mercilessly abused on southern farms and plantations. Through Cora’s ferocious will to escape bondage, the author gives voice to the terror of that time in a shattering yet compelling look at the history we share.

So, do join us if you are around on Memorial Day Weekend. All are welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not.

More Church News


New Year's in Hawaii?

Maybe so. So far, 42 people have expressed interest in a Footsteps trip to Hawaii. With a preferred group size of about 20, this is twice as many as we could handle on one trip. At the meeting on April 23, we discussed the possibility of a two-week trip in early August, 2018. An even better time, especially for those seeking to avoid cold and darkness, might be January 2019, and a second trip would avoid having to disappoint half of us. Come to a brief meeting on Sunday, May 28 at 11:30 in Room 8 to explore this two-trip option. We’ll also talk about sign-up deadlines. 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 for more information or to add your name to the list of those interested. Aloha!

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.

Stewardship Committee Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee had a very productive meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd. We welcomed new committee member Doreen Manchester, who is full of enthusiasm and ideas. Doreen is currently organizing a Silent Auction, to benefit the building fund, to be held on Sunday, May 21. Doreen is seeking donations of items for the Silent Auction. We also learned that we will soon be joined by two more enthusiastic new committee members, Rainy and Fala. We welcomed past Chair and long-time committee member Rob Peters back on a temporary basis.

At our April meeting, we chose our Stewardship campaign theme, which will be announced later this year. On Wednesday, we discussed a draft timeline for the coming months, with plans for an exciting mid-October Sunday activity. Stay tuned! Consecration Sunday will be on Sunday, October 29, which is also Reformation Sunday, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Finally, we encourage everyone reading this to attend the Congregational Meeting after church today, Sunday, May 7. Rob Peters will be making a very exciting announcement during the meeting!