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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 19, 2017

Sixth Sundy of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, May 21

Conflict in an unavoidable part of life, yet many of us really struggle with how to handle it. Join us on Sunday at 10 am as we reflect on Jesus's teaching about conflict resolution and what it means for our lives today!

And come early to view the items available for sale during the silent auction!

This Week

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 This Sunday

Sunday, May 21

The Silent Auction will take place on Sunday, May 21 from 11:00am-12:30pm, with item viewing available before worship, so make sure you get to church early. A hot lunch will be served during the auction! 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, May 22

We invite you to join us on May 22 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.

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.

Footsteps to Hawaii Meeting

Sunday, May 28

Forty-seven people have said they might like to go to Hawaii to investigate the heritage of the early Congregational missionaries. We can accommodate about half that number on one trip in early August, 2018, and another half on a second trip in January, 2019. On Sunday, May 28 at 11:30 am in Room 8 we will have a brief meeting to hear preferences for travel dates and to see if we have a few volunteers to help organize each trip. 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.

Capital Pride Parade and Festival 2017: Unapologetically Proud

Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11

Sign up NOW to participate and volunteer at the Capital Pride Parade and Festival!

The parade takes place on Saturday, June 10. We will step off at 4:30 pm from 22nd & P St., NW and walk through Dupont Circle ending at 14th & S St., NW (approx. 1.5 miles).

The Festival takes place on Sunday, June 11 (Noon – 7:00 pm) on Pennsylvania Ave., NW between 3rd & 7th Streets. The festival is family-friendly with vendor booths, food, and other displays. Little River will be sharing a large space with the Potomac Association and other UCC churches and we need volunteers to staff 1-2 hour shifts between noon and 7 pm. It’ll be fun and we have lots of new swag to hand out!!

If you are interested, please 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 with questions or concerns.

More Church News

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."

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

The Christian Education Board met on Wednesday evening and firmed up plans for this summer. Mark your calendars for June 4, Celebration Sunday, when we will honor our teachers and graduating seniors. Please contact Emily Mingus if you have or are a senior this year so that our list will be complete. The next week, June 11, Summer Sunday School starts and will continue through August 27. A sign-up for teachers is now posted; new teachers are always welcome – no experience necessary! Due to popular demand, the junior/senior high Sunday School class will continue meeting throughout the summer. For adults, we will be offering our TED talk series every Sunday during the hour before church. Come join us to watch a thought-provoking TED video and then discuss important issues. And if you have a favorite TED video, it’s not too late to have it included this summer. We welcome and encourage you to use the Christian Education Suggestion box outside the sanctuary.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice met on May 14. A few items of interest that were discussed are as follows. There was a lot of discussion on Little River's presence at Capital Pride this year. There will be more information coming from the Board in regards to the March and Festival. There will be a Moment for Mission on Sunday, May 21 concerning the Strengthen the Church offering on June 4; please stay tuned for more information.

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice voted unanimously to recommend to the Church Council and Deacons that we pursue as a congregation the status of Multiracial and Multicultural. We plan to have a series of small group meetings, larger meetings with guest speakers, and bring M&M to a vote at the January 2018 Congregational Meeting. BOSJ's next meeting is tentatively June 4 in the conference room after the picnic.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, May 16. The Board reviewed 3 proposals received from roofing contractors to repair the flat portions of the roof. The church's flat roof consists of 4 sections. Total cost to replace all four sections ranges from $100,000 - $110,000. The worst roof section is over the Social Hall and kitchen, which will be repaired first at a cost of approximately $35,000. This can be accomplished with major repair reserve funds that LRUCC already have on hand. The Board of Trustees will need to seek financing for the remaining three roof sections. At the meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized Trustees Terry Downs and Mike Nagy to select one of the roofing contractors, negotiate a scope of work, schedule and final price, and draft a contract. The Board of Trustees approved up to $35,000 of major repair reserve funds for the repair of the first section of roof over the Social Hall and kitchen. In parallel, the Board of Trustees will secure financing for the remaining portions of the roof within the next 90 days. No schedule is available yet for when the roof repair will get underway.

The Board of Trustees are sponsoring a Work Day on Saturday morning from 8 am until noon. There are variety of important indoor and outdoor tasks. Volunteers are asked to provide their own gloves and yard tools such as rakes, clippers, tree trimmers and garden trowels.

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in May?

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.

Only 40 Days Left Until General Synod 2017

At least 500 volunteers are needed to greet the wider church at the United Church of Christ General Synod (June 30 - July 4) in Baltimore. Let’s help the Central Atlantic Conference share in the extravagant welcome of the Conference. Register today at: