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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 2, 2017

10:00 am Celebration Sunday Worship

Sunday, June 4

This Sunday promises to be a delight! It's the end of the Church School Year, and we are taking time in worship at 10 am to recognize and celebrate all who made this year happen. And there's a picnic for the whole church after worship to celebrate, organized by our Deacons!

This Week

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

On 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 -- Please Bring a Dish to Share!

Sunday, June 4

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons at the annual Pentecost Picnic after service on 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!

Next Week and Beyond

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.  Zainab Arain of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will join Rev. Lindsey in leading a discussion after the films.

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!

Safe Church Training

Sunday, June 18

Safe Church training will be held on Sunday, June 18 at 11:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Volunteers who work with youth are required to attend Safe Church training at least once every two years. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

More Church News

Deacons' Retreat Update

On Sunday, May 28, the Deacons held their annual retreat from 12 to 3 pm at Little River, with Pastor David in attendance. During the retreat, the Deacons and David had a wide-ranging conversation about their shared charge: the spiritual welfare of the congregation. At the macro level, we discussed the Deacons' role in helping members get more connected to one another and to God over the course of their life at Little River. At the micro level, we discussed specific ongoing duties (e.g. serving communion). We also discussed the possibility of having a "fair" on Rally Day during the picnic after worship. This would be a time when all the various boards, committees, and ministries of the church could have tables set up to share with the congregation what they're doing and how members might get involved. The Deacons would like to hear from the congregation about how we might make our fellowship life more robust, including relaunching dormant ministries like Dinner for 8, without overtaxing individual volunteers.

Footsteps to Hawaii Meeting

Sunday, May 28

On Sunday, May 28, some 16 people attended a second meeting to gauge interest in a Footsteps trip to Hawaii. There was substantial support for January or February of 2019 to help meet the demand expressed earlier for a trip in August, 2018. We looked at a trial, 14-day itinerary that would spend three nights in each of four hotels on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii (the Big Island). An option could substitute Maui for Kauai on the second trip. Either option might cost $5,000 per person, including air fare. Brian Payne will circulate a copy of the draft to all who have indicated interest so far, together with a questionnaire asking for trip preference, if any. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you find you are not on the list.

Associate Pastor Search Committee Update

On Wednesday evening, May 31 the Settled Associate Pastor (AP) Search Committee met. We finalized the advertising blurb that will be promoted by the Central Atlantic Conference and will be sent to them this week. See the blurb here. The church profile is being completed and will be available for review the week of June 11 by CAC and interested church members. Question have been developed for the interview process, and we are getting ready to get the process moving! The committee welcomes your prayers for their continued work in the coming months!

UPDATE: Matching Gift Challenge (As of June 1, 2017)

As of June 1, 2017, the Building Fund matching campaign has received in hand, contributions of $10,609.15, earning a match value of $5,304.58, for a total of $15,913.73 (This total includes Auction contributions received as of June 1, 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.

General Synod Baltimore

Volunteers are still needed to be help out in Baltimore, but there are also other ways to help out before and after the event. Check out flyer that is linked here or see the bulletin board in the social hall for the most recent information. .