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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 23, 2017

Third Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, June 25

This Sunday, we are honored to welcome Rev. Drew Ensz to our pulpit! Drew is the head of ARISE Ministries, a campus ministry at George Mason University. Please be sure to join us on Sunday at 10 am as he preaches about turning the other cheek!

This Week

Congregational Listening Session

Sunday, June 25

There will be a congregational listening session after worship on Sunday, June 25 at 11:15 am. The purpose of this session is 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.

Honoring our Graduates

Monday, June 26

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 Monday, June 26.

General Synod Baltimore

June 30 - July 25

General Synod – the biennial meeting of the entire United Church of Christ – is taking place in Baltimore this coming week! Volunteers are still needed to assist 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. Please sign up in the atrium on Sunday to join or lead a carpool!


Next Week and Beyond

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, July 2

Technology, Entertainment and Design. These are the three words that make up the acronym TED, a global sharing of wisdom from people working in a variety of vocations and disciplines. This summer, our Adult Faith Formation series will call on TED’s wisdom to open our minds and spirits to respond to our call to work towards justice and peace in our lives, communities, and around the world.

The Christian Education Board has selected a variety of topics to help further our discernment on our congregation’s Mission and Vision Statement. Each week, we will begin at 9:00 am in Room 8 with video and discussion (and end in plenty of time to get to worship). We will share in follow-ups from what we witnessed together, answering the question, "What is God calling us to do with this information?"

All are welcome to the first session on Sunday, July 2 as we begin with the topic, “Our refugee system is failing. Here’s how to fix it.” presented by Alexander Betts. This talk is focused on the continent of Europe but the problems are global. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, July 2

Next Sunday, July 2, and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month) we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food and baby items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community.

The pantry is currently well stocked to supply Fairfax FISH with pre-packed food bags. This month we hope to focus on breakfast foods, especially cereal, granola bars, and breakfast bars for Annandale Terrace students and families.

Youth Art Exhibit in August

Sunday, July 30

The Arts Committee invites our young artists to participate in the "For the Beauty of the Earth" Art Exhibit in August. Using any medium – wood or popsicle sticks, crayons or paint, yarn or fabric, glitter or gold – we want you to illustrate God's gifts of beauty in our natural world. So while you are on vacation and enjoying the great outdoors, look for love and life in all of God's creatures and creations! Any size is welcome, from small to large, but it does have to fit through the church doors! Please bring it to the church by the service on July 30 and the Arts Committee will create displays for the church to see in August before you go back to school. You can bring them sooner if you are ready. Anyone from our youngest artists to college students are welcome to participate. You might even see your artwork on a future church bulletin! If you have any questions, please see This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Spencer Jones!

More Church News

Summer Church School Volunteers Needed

Summer Church School has started and we still 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.

UPDATE: Matching Gift Challenge (As of June 21, 2017)

As of June 21, 2017, the Building Fund matching campaign has received in hand, contributions of $17,358 earning a match value of $8,679, for a total of $26,037 (This total does not include Auction and other written commitments made but not yet paid.). Based on these results, Little River UCC has reached 87% 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."

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

Thank you to the over 30 Little River UCC members and friends who signed letters to the members of the Fairfax County School Board to thank them for updating the nondiscrimination code to include gender identity. The letters asked the board to improve implementation by training staff, and setting clear regulations and direction, so that everyone within the system knows that the policy is in place and that there is no room for hate in Fairfax County.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 20 and can report that they have made significant progress towards finalizing a contract for roof repairs and arranging financing for the project. The Board is also exploring ways that we might be able to improve access to the Memorial Grove, especially for people who have mobility issues.

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

The Christian Education Board met on Wednesday evening and discussed Safe Church, adult education, and Sunday School curriculum. Summer Sunday School has started and there are still a few dates on the schedule where we need a second teacher. This is a wonderful chance for our children to get to know different adults and the lessons are easy to prepare, even if you’ve never taught before. Adult education TED talk classes will be starting soon so please look for a bulletin announcement about topics and times. Finally, a big thank you to those who were able to attend Safe Church training in June; know that we are working on ways to make training more readily accessible and convenient for everyone. In addition, if you are looking for a way to use your time and talents in our community, Susan Britton would love to talk to you about becoming a member of our Safe Church committee.

Become a Social Host for an Exchange Student

The United States Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) 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 .