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Seventh Sunday of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, May 28

On Sunday, we will hear one of the most controversial passages in the entire Bible: Jesus's teaching on adultery (Matthew 5:27-30). This short passage discusses marriage, lust, affairs, damnation, and self-mutilation. How will Pastor David handle this difficult scripture? Join us at 10 am this Sunday for worship to find out!

This Week

Book Discussion

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.

Next Week and Beyond

Strengthen the Church Special Offering

Sunday, June 4

Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard. As God calls our congregations to be the “church” in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. STC funds will also be used to award grants to help congregations communicate the "God is still speaking," message.

The offering will be collected next Sunday, June 4. Contributions may be made in the Strengthen the Church envelope you receive in the mail or in the pews. Contributions can also be made online via the Online Giving button.

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, June 4

Next Sunday, June 4, the LRUCC Racial Justice Coalition will meet in Room 8 at 9:00 am. The Racial Justice Coalition will meet 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. 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.

Pentecost Picnic!

Sunday, June 4

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons at the annual Pentecost Picnic after service next Sunday, June 4. We'll supply BBQ and beverages, but we'd love it if folks could bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. We have some wonderful cooks at Little River -- come and enjoy!

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, June 4

Next Sunday and every communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), we invite your gifts of non-perishable, staple food items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community.

Pastor David’s Class on Process Theology

Wednesday, June 7

Pastor David’s 9-part series on process theology ends on Wednesday, June 7 (7:00 - 8:30 pm in Room 8) with the final topic of "ethics" – particularly environmental ethics. Bring your beliefs, bring your doubts — and bring a friend!

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.

Faith in Film: Refugees and Islamophobia

Sunday, June 11 & Thursday, June 15

Please join us on Sunday, June 11, at 6:30 pm for a special evening as part of a nationwide film series showcasing short documentaries from countries affected by Islamophobia. In addition to a film screening at Little River UCC on June 11, Little River UCC is co-sponsoring a similar event with Amnesty International of Northern Virginia and Interfaith Action for Human Rights, on Thursday, June 15, at 6:45 pm at the Arlington County Main Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., in Arlington. LRUCC Pastor David Lindsey will be speaking at that event about the vandalism at our church and how it has affected the church’s relationship with the surrounding community.

Little River’s participation in the film series is part of the church’s observation of Torture Awareness Month and World Refugee Day, which is also in June. June offers an opportunity for us to reflect on the imperatives for people of faith to oppose torture in all cases and to welcome refugees.

Little River UCC has been keenly reminded of this recently by the vandalism we experienced during Holy Week because of our extravagant welcome to all people, including our Muslim brothers and sisters and LGBTQ citizens. This event and the ensuing response of solidarity from our community has deepened our awareness that standing up for the dignity of each person is a lifelong call from God.

The June 11 screening will feature three short films about Syrian refugees. There will be time for discussion following the films. The evening is part of a nationwide film series called the Seventh Art Stand.

The Seventh Art Stand is a series of films presented by community groups across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. In May and June, screenings across the U.S. are showcasing films from countries affected by Islamophobia in an effort to build a tradition of sharing more stories, voices, and faces on our screens. Many of the films featured in this series offer viewers a window into the societies from which so many have come to feel they must flee for their lives. It is hoped that the film series will, in some small way, nurture empathy, the antidote to the bigotry that leads to violence and tolerance of violence towards people who merely want to live in our community in peace.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, June 14

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!

More Church News

Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry met on May 18th. Discussion included Tea and Talk for October 1. The theme will be our Historical Room. On Saturday, December 2 we’ll have an early Christmas Brunch. Plans are being formed for a Spring Retreat in 2018. We look forward to these social occasions for women in the church. Our next Book Group meets on Sunday, May 28. Please check the bulletin board in the atrium for list of books that this group is discussing.

Associate Pastor Search Committee Update

On Wednesday evening, May 24, the Settled Associate Pastor (AP) Search Committee met in Room 8. At that meeting, Pastor David facilitated a conversation about what we need from our next AP, as well as how we might help candidates for the position understand our church and our context for ministry through our church profile. The conversation revealed that the committee firmly believes that, whatever other duties the new AP might have, they will be spending significant time and effort on youth ministry in this call. A pastoral profile from a candidate has been received, and we spent time reviewing that document. The committee welcomes your prayers for their continued work in the coming months!

Communications Committee Meeting Update

The Communications Committee met on May 24th. Jan Curtis led a fascinating discussion LRUCC’s "branding." We did an exercise to try and discern what personality we wanted people to associate with our church. One sample question: What animal, or "mascot" would you choose for Little River to convey our personality?

This branding exercise is one of our first steps towards creating a new website for the church, one which will effectively communicate who we are and will be easy to navigate on a mobile phone. You'll be hearing more about this initiative as we move forward. If anyone would like to be part of the team that is helping with the website redesign, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the church office.

Nominations and Appointments Committee Meeting Update

The Nominations and Appointments Committee met on May 22 and is currently assessing committee needs and new committee members. If anyone has an interest in serving on a committee, then please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are always looking for a few good souls!

UPDATE: Matching Gift Challenge (As of May 22, 2017)

An Online Giving button for the 'Building Fund' has been added to the Little River online giving portal. As of May 21, 2017, the Building Fund matching campaign has received in hand, contributions of $4,626, earning a match value of $2,313, for a total of $6,939 (This total includes Auction contributions received Sunday May 21, 2017. The total does not include Auction commitments made but not yet paid.).

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. 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."

Summer Church School Volunteers Needed

Summer Church School starts soon and we need volunteer teachers! Can you devote one hour of your time to make a connection with a child? If so, please contact Jane Wallace or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to share your gifts for a one week commitment, working with a partner to lead a multiage class.