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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 12, 2017

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Sunday, May 14

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and for several of us at Little River, it is a day of deep contentment. For others of us, the day can prompt a host of complicated feelings, including sadness and even anger. No matter what you're feeling this Sunday, please be sure to join us for worship at 10 am as we reflect on the joys and challenges of being family!

This Week

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, May 14

Fair Trade Sales are happening this 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 this 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 .

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Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, May 15

We invite you to join us on May 15 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.


Thursday, May 18

This Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will host a viewing of the movie 13th. Ava DuVernay delves into the long, historic connections between racism, injustice and corporate greed. The movie focuses on how the 13th Amendment opened the door for the construction of the prison industrial complex -- and how institutional racism in America has maintained and reinforced it. We invite you to join us for the movie.

Friday Church Work Party Opportunity

Friday, May 19

Want to help with the church buildings and grounds cleanup, but May 20th does not work for you? You're in luck! A crew, led by Grounds Master Ben Northrup, humbly assisted by Nancy Hall and David Roach, will start work Friday, May 19 at 9:00 am. Clearing, trimming and planting are the plan. Please join us!

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 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 -- Cancelled

Sunday, May 21

Safe Church training scheduled for May 21st has been cancelled so that everyone can enjoy the Silent Auction. A new date is coming soon! Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

LRUCC Silent Auction Still Needs Donations

Sunday, May 21

The Silent Auction will take place next Sunday, May 21 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

Congregational Meeting Update

There were two key pieces of business from the Congregational Meeting on May 7.

First, the Interim Assistant Pastor Search Committee reported out that they have found some very strong candidates and wanted to talk about making a permanent (or called) hire, rather than a temporary hiring. The congregation had the chance to ask questions. Most of the questions were about timing (can we get someone quickly to support David) and budget. In the end, the vote to move to a called search -- which included expanding the search committee to include some additional representatives -- was overwhelmingly approved.

The second piece of business had to do with whether the search committee could pursue a full-time hire. It was overwhelmingly unanimous that the search committee be allowed to consider a full-time hire. This is just the initial step, but essentially once the committee identifies someone whom they believe would be good for the church, then the church will have an opportunity to meet and vote on this person.

Matching Gift Challenge

Little River UCC is pleased and excited to announce that an anonymous donor has offered a matching gift to support our church’s Building Fund. The donor will provide up to $10,000 in matching funds at the rate of one dollar of matching for each two dollars that are pledged and given to the Building Fund. Pledges to the Building Fund Challenge must be received between now and the end of June. Donors may pay pledges up until Thanksgiving. In addition, the money raised in the silent auction on Sunday, May 21, will be eligible for the matching funds. This Building Fund challenge has the potential to generate $30,000, and will help to reduce the total funds the trustees need to borrow for major building projects. Please note checks should be marked for "Building Fund Challenge."

Front Office Volunteers – We Need You!

Volunteers are still needed to work in the church office on Friday, May 19 (9:15 am - 1:00 pm and 1-4 pm); Tuesday, May 23 & Wednesday, May 24 (9:15 – 1:00pm) and Friday, May 26 (9:15 am - 1:00 pm and 1-4 pm). 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 .