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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 16, 2017

Second Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, June 18

It's Father's Day on Sunday, and while this is a happy occasion for some of us, it can be complicated or difficult for others of us. No matter how you're feeling, we'd be glad to see you in church! Pastor David is preaching from Matthew 5:33-37, where Jesus asks his disciples to keep their swearing to a minimum. What type of swearing did he mean? Join us at 10 am on the 18th to find out!

This Week

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.

Next Week and Beyond

Congregational Listening Session

Sunday, June 25

There will be a congregational listening session on Sunday, June 25 at 11:15 am. The purpose of this session will be to provide an update on our budget and spending for the year, to discuss stewardship planning, and to obtain input from the congregation on communication, ideas, and anything else that is on your mind.

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!

More Church News

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. All information should be submitted by June 26.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Matching Gift Challenge (As of June 13, 2017)

As of June 13, 2017, the Building Fund matching campaign has received in hand, contributions of $15,543 earning a match value of $7,771.50, for a total of $23,314.50 (This total does not include Auction and other written commitments made but not yet paid.). Based on these results, Little River UCC has reached 78% of its 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."

Faith in Film Recap

This past Sunday night, we at Little River had the opportunity to watch three short films about Islamophobia and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. We had about 25 folks in attendance, including several neighbors who stopped by to watch the films and join in the conversation that followed. The conversation was led by Pastor David and Zainab Arain from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We had a lively discussion with a variety of perspectives and questions shared and debated. Thanks to Gay Gardner for all she did to coordinate this program!

Arts Committee Meeting Update

Did you know that Little River has an Arts Committee? The committee has been in abeyance for many years, but last week, an interested group met to discuss what a reconstituted Arts Committee could mean for the church. Their task, per the church’s by-laws, is to “promote the arts within the life of the Church as a way to more fully appreciate the glory of God’s creation” and “to encourage artistic expression by members and friends of the Church, and through the arts, provide a more stimulating environment within the Church.” At the meeting last Sunday, this group considered a variety of topics, including fabrics in the atrium, artistic displays elsewhere in the building, and the aesthetic approach we take right on the turnpike. The Arts Committee welcomes any who are interested to get involved, so please let the church office know if you’d like to help by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

Governance Meeting Update

The Governance Board met on Wednesday, June 14. The meeting focused on initial budget planning, and stewardship goals for 2018. The Board also discussed the upcoming congregational listening session, and questions or issues on which boards and committees might want to seek feedback from the congregation. Finally, they got an update regarding nominations and appointments for leadership positions and discussed ways to include new members in activities such as ushering or coffee teams.

Become a Social Host for an Exchange Student

The United States Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program provides participants from under-served areas and underrepresented groups with a one-year, non-degree academic program at a U.S. community college. This year there are 32 participants at NOVA (Alexandria & Annandale campuses) from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey.

What is a Social Host?

A social host is someone who provides a CCI participant with friendship and opportunities to be involved with a family in the United States. This opportunity offers a mutual exchange of culture and perspectives as the social host family and the hosted student both interactively share and expand one another’s world views.

What is the commitment?

Social Hosts are expected to attend an orientation prior to meeting with your student(s). The CCI Program will coordinate a "meet & greet" in late August. After that, we ask that you meet with your student once a month throughout the academic year. Although not required, opening your home to a student for Thanksgiving would be an amazing opportunity for them to learn about a very American holiday. Students are expected to pay their own way for activities unless otherwise offered by the social host. Please note, the CCI students cannot drive and they have to rely on public transportation.

For more information contact: Annandale campus: Kelly Forbes at 703-503-6334 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .