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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 9, 2017

Trinity Sunday
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, June 11

A few years ago, we rejoiced as LGBTQ couples finally had the freedom to legally enter into marriage. But regardless of gender or orientation, when (if ever) is the right time to end a marriage? Jesus tackles this thorny question in our scripture for this Sunday.

Join us as at 10 am as Pastor David preaches from Matthew 5:31-32.

This Week

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.

There is No Room for Hate in Fairfax County Letter Writing Campaign

Sunday, June 11

It has come to the attention of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) that the LGBTQIA community in Fairfax County Schools has been facing opposition of basic human dignities, namely the discrimination of Transgender students. Beyond vile rhetoric at School Board meetings surrounding Family Life Education and its inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation in its curriculum, a transgender Fairfax high school student was attacked at school and suffered bruises and a concussion.

After worship on Sunday, June 11, in the conference room, BOSJ is hosting a letter writing campaign which will send letters to the members of the school board. These letters will be thanking the members of the board for their support of our students and will encourage them to implement updates to the nondiscrimination code to include gender identity. We also plan on having a presence of support at the June 22 Board meeting.

Please stop by to sign your name and show that there is no room for hate in Fairfax County.

The LRUCC Arts Committee

Sunday, June 11

Do you have a decorator's eye? A love for the arts? The Arts Committee at Little River is being re-instituted and our first meeting is Sunday, June 11 at 11:30 am following church and coffee time. We'll be meeting in the conference room to discuss priorities and how to work within the church governing structure. If you would just like to make a suggestion but don't have time for meetings, then please see Katherine Schultz, Michelle Mitchell-Renzo, Bunny Jones or Almuth Payne. We welcome your ideas! We'll be meeting again next month too!

Food Pantry This Sunday

Sunday, June 11

If you brought gifts last week, thank you very much! This Sunday, June 11 will be communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month), and we again 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.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, June 11

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, June 11, 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.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Renewing Our Commitment – Fall Stewardship Campaign

The Stewardship Committee is happy to announce the theme for our 2017 fall campaign: “Renewing Our Commitment.” In the next months, the trustees and church leaders will calculate the target amount that we will be challenged to raise to meet the needs of our program budget in 2018. It can seem daunting in the beginning. Looking over some of the themes adopted by past campaigns, we can be encouraged and hopeful. Consider the following:

  • 2004-Living Our Mission
  • 2007-Pledge to Make a Difference
  • 2010-Alleluia! Join the Chorus of Giving
  • 2011-Waves of Abundance: Harvest of Grace
  • 2016- Celebrate Faithful Giving

Little River continues to thrive because our members recognize the importance of this church in our lives. Our community matters, and we make a difference through our worship, our programs and our giving. We saw this repeatedly this spring from the response and support of our neighbors. We have much for which to be grateful and to celebrate. These themes echo the grace and blessings that result from generous giving. At our congregational meeting on May 7, 2017, we made a commitment to call an associate pastor, and we have promised to maintain our building. Our campaign will call on everyone to step up and renew these commitments with giving from the heart. Watch for more details to come.

Stewardship Committee Meeting

The Stewardship Committee had a productive meeting on Wednesday, June 7. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Doreen Manchester reported that the silent auction netted about $4,500 for the building fund, with another $2,250 coming from the building fund challenge for a total of about $6,750 added to the building fund. The Stewardship Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Doreen and to all who helped make the silent auction a success.
  • We are busy planning this year's stewardship campaign brochure and other aspects of this year's stewardship campaign. We are currently contacting boards, committees, and staff members, asking for updates to last year's brochure, including recent photos to illustrate the program areas included in the budget.
  • We will be working closely with the Board of Trustees to develop a campaign goal to fund next year's proposed budget.
  • Be on the lookout for an announcement of this year's Stewardship Campaign theme and other interesting stewardship articles in upcoming issues of Current Reflections, the monthly print newsletter.


Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

Here is the synopsis from our June 4 – Board of Outreach and Social Justice meeting:

Members Present: Josh Clark, Betty Cox, Karen Kleiber, Judy Moats, Gail Perry, and Emily Tuszynska

Multiracial & Multicultural Church Status Update: The Racial Justice Coalition met and mapped out a plan for speakers and small group discussion leading up to a formal congregational vote on the Multiracial Multicultural status in January 2018. We discussed and proposed the following dates: July 16th - Chrisdeon Cofield (speaker and mother of incarcerated son), August 20th - Possible visit to Covenant Baptist Church - field trip and lunch discussion, additional dates for other speakers and small groups discussion will occur in the fall.

Capital Pride - June 10 and 11: Ann Lingo is coordinating volunteers on the day of the Pride march (June 10--Saturday late afternoon/evening--meeting near 23rd and P St.). LRUCC representatives will also be at the UCC booth all day on Sunday, June 11th.

Faith in Film/The Seventh Art Stand: This event will take place at June 11th at 6:30 pm at LRUCC and will show three short movies: Growing Home, Barbers and Barriers, and Searching Skies. Rev. Lindsey and Zainab Arain of Council on American-Islamic Relations will both speak.

FCPS Pride Advocacy: We received an e-mail from POFEV People of Faith for Equality in Virginia asking for our help in advocating to the FCPS school board to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies. There has been nasty rhetoric used by others at FCPS School Board meetings, and we need to help provide the school board members with support to do the right thing. We will sponsor a letter writing campaign this coming Sunday, June 11th in the Conference Room after the service.

School Supply Drive: We will have our annual school supply drive and the tentative date for bringing in and packing supplies is August 6th. We discussed reaching out to ACCA, Main Street, Shaw, and Annandale Terrace ES to request list of needs and supply lists. We will confirm the date and supplies needed once we contact the recipients.

Rise Against Hunger: THANK YOU! We received $6,390 through the Easter Offering, and that is enough to fully fund 20,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger. We plan to hold the meal-packing event on September 17th from 3-5 pm depending on church calendar and availability of the organization. BOSJ voted on and approved this event and the expenditure of the Easter Offering funds.

Settled Associate Pastor Search Committee Meeting Update

The Settled Associate Pastor Search Committee met on Tuesday of this past week. At that meeting, the committee interviewed a potential candidate for the position, as well as finalizing details in order for the position to be advertised as broadly as possible. The committee also subdivided some of its final work on the church profile. A rough draft of the profile is available for comment at today’s coffee hour. Please take a look at the profile and let the committee know your thoughts, questions, or reflections. The committee also continues to welcome your encouragement and prayers!

UPDATE: Matching Gift Challenge (As of June 5, 2017)

As of June 5, 2017, the Building Fund matching campaign has received in hand, contributions of $14,718, earning a match value of $7,359, for a total of $22,077 (This total does not include Auction commitments made but not yet paid.). Based on these results, Little River UCC has reached 74% of goal.

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

General Synod – the biennial meeting of the entire United Church of Christ – is happening in Baltimore in just a few weeks! Volunteers are still needed to 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.

And please circle the afternoon of July 2 on your calendars! There is a community worship service at Synod that day, and all are welcome. We are currently working on arranging transportation from Little River to the Baltimore Convention Center and back; details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in June?

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.

Honoring our Graduates

Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! If you or someone you know was not recognized this past weekend in worship, please let us know (and please accept our apologies!). We’d like to run a list of recent graduates in our July newsletter, and we want that list to be fully up-to-date. You can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know the graduate’s name, and if you like, let us know where life is taking them after graduation.