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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 7, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 9

This week, we turn a corner in our sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount. So far we have considered what Pastor David has called "Christianity 101" (Right Orientation) and "Christianity 102" (Right Relationships) by working our way through the fifth chapter of Matthew. Now, we move into Chapter 6, where we will explore Christianity 201 -- i.e. Right Piety. Join us for worship at 10 am!

This Week


Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, July 9

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 second session this Sunday, July 9 as we begin with the topic, ““What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?” presented by Hugh Evans. This talk is focused on the movement of "global citizens," people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3.

Book Group

Sunday, July 9

Little River Book Group will meet this Sunday, July 9 at 11:30 am in Room 7. Please join us as we discuss Offshore, a book in which we meet a quirky group of people who live on barges on the Thames River. Penelope Fitzgerald, the author, received the Booker Prize for this novel. All LRUCC members are welcome, including those who've not read the book.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, July 9

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, July 9, 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, July 12

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!

Guest Speaker: Chrisdeon Cofield, Mother of "Lifelines" Participant

Sunday, July 16

The "Lifelines" prison pen pals at LRUCC, the Racial Justice Coalition, and the Board of Outreach and Social Justice invite all to join us in welcoming Ms. Chrisdeon Cofield to Little River on Sunday, July 16. Ms. Cofield's son, Kevin Williams, is incarcerated at River North Correctional Center in Independence, VA, and is a correspondent in our "Lifelines" project. His experience in Virginia's criminal justice system raises important questions regarding fair sentencing, the quality of legal representation, and the use of solitary confinement. We will meet in the Jubilee Room after worship from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Men's Fellowship

Tuesday, July 18

The Men's Fellowship of Little River will be meeting at the First Watch Restaurant on Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 am for a brunch. First Watch is located in the Fair City Mall, right off Little River Turnpike a few miles west of church (9600 Main Street, Fairfax, VA). The Men's Fellowship is open to men of all ages. If you will be participating, please let Tom Ross know at 202-329-8641 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

RJC Listening Sessions

Sundays, July 23 & August 20

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice and a sub-group, the Racial Justice Coalition, have begun exploratory conversations about Little River UCC becoming a multiracial/multicultural church. This listening session is an opportunity for the members of the congregation to discuss the process and ask questions, make suggestions, and more. Please review the official UCC Statement before attending the session and come prepared with questions and thoughts.

New Member Information Class

Sundays, July 23 & July 30

Has God been nudging you to become a member of Little River UCC? Are you unsure but just want to learn more about our congregation? Then you are invited to our New Member Class on July 23 & July 30 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in Room 8. Child care is available, and kids are always welcome to attend the class with their adults. During this class, we will get to know one another, review church history (including Little River and its denominational roots), and even have a little fun!

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 on August 6. 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


Settled Associate Pastor Search Committee Update

The Settled Associate Pastor Search Committee met on Sunday, July 2 at 8:00 am in the Conference Room. At that meeting, the committee reviewed profiles that have arrived from ministerial candidates within the Central Atlantic Conference and across the country. The applicants have a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, which has made for a healthy and robust conversation within the committee. The committee continues to ask for your prayer for discernment, wisdom, and clarity on this matter. The committee will be meeting again soon to continue prayerfully discerning who God is calling to serve Little River as an Associate Pastor at this time!

Little River Building Campaign Results

Little River received a total of $31,867 in building fund commitments by the campaign end date of June 30, 2017. Contributions of $26,657 were received in-hand during the campaign, with commitments of $5,210 to be provided by Thanksgiving.

The Building Fund Campaign earned the full $10,000 in matching funds. Based on these results, the total campaign value to $41,867, or 140% of goal. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this campaign!

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in July?

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.

Vacation Bible School at Hope UCC

The Director of Christian Education at Hope UCC in Alexandria, VA would like to invite LRUCC children to join their Vacation Bible School (VBS) -- Camp Hope. The camp is for kids ages 4-11 and meets July 24-28 with the hours of 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Camp Hope uses Cokesbury's Hero Central curriculum. Interested parents can register their children online at http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/CampHopeUCC. Questions? Contact Ellen Ebeling at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (703) 960-8772.

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 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 to share your gifts for a one week commitment, working with a partner to lead a multiage class.

Board Of Trustees Announce Resumption Of Hallway Painting

The North Hallway was painted during the spring school break in accordance with our Annandale Cooperative Preschool contract and in coordination with the Board of Christian Education. The preschool is in the process of installing new furniture and bulletin boards to spiff up their spaces. The metal HVAC covers and stairway handrails will now be painted, as well as the West Hallway from the Atrium to the school outdoor entrance. Work on this project will occur weekdays and Saturdays from July 10 through August 4. At various times sections of these halls and stairwell will be blocked off, but access on Sundays will be open for the Nursery, shared Church School classrooms, and Rooms 7 & 8. Weekday and evening access to reserved meeting rooms will be through the Main Hall and Social Hall as necessary. In mid-August the annual carpet cleaning and floor stripping and waxing will occur in the schoolrooms and hallways. During August 5-31 the Preschool staff will be preparing their spaces for resumption of classes following Labor Day. Please note that the walls adjacent to the Nursery and the Church School storeroom are dedicated to the Board of Christian Education, and all the remaining walls in these hallways are rented by the Preschool.