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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 14, 2017

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Guest Preacher Jide Macaulay

Sunday, July 16

We're excited to invite Rev. Jide Macaulay to our pulpit this Sunday. Please join us as he speaks to us about prayer and about his ministry. See you for worship at 10 am!

This Week


Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, July 16

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 third session this Sunday, July 16 as we move on to the topic, “Refugees have the right to be protected” presented by António Guterres. This talk is focused on the historical causes of the current global refugee crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3.

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.

Next Week and Beyond


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. We will meet in Room 8 at 11:15 am on both dates.

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


Ministry Board Meeting Update

The Ministry Board met on July 12, and had a packed agenda! Here are all the details:

Outreach and Social Justice: The Racial Justice Coalition (formerly Sacred Conversations on Race), is sending forward a formal proposal for the entire Little River congregation to become a multiracial/multicultural (M&M) church. This is a similar process to becoming an open and affirming process, where as a congregation, we prayerfully reflect together on God's will on this matter. Check the church calendar on the LRUCC--there are four dates reserved for learning, discussion, and reflection about this process: July 23, August 20, October 22 and January 7, 2018. How can you help? Attend as many sessions as you can, come with questions and ideas. The Coalition is considering speakers coming to Little River--but also us taking trips to meet with other churches who are multi-cultural/multiracial.

Christian Education: The Board has purchased walkie-talkies for the church school classrooms. The classrooms will have these--and so will one of the ushers--so if the need arises, teachers will be able to efficiently communicate with the congregation should a need arise. The Board is also reviewing curricula options--not for next year, but for the year after. There are a few open teaching spots for this summer--if you can help out, we'd appreciate your assistance!

Deacons: The recent hate crime that resulted in the defacement of our building resulted in an abundance of community support. LRUCC received about $4,000 in donations that was above and beyond the costs of cleaning our building. The Deacons have been prayerfully considering how to use these funds to work on inclusive ministries. The ministry board then had a conversation on next steps, which including the following ideas and questions: (1) Are we ready, willing, and able to offer a conversation on restorative justice with the individual who has been arrested for these crimes? (2) What would an inclusive ministry program look like? A community sponsored event? A gathering of youth groups, children and families, sharing our faith practices? (3) How do we expand the conversation to those who disagree with us and our stance? How do we start that dialogue? Prayers, ideas, and thoughts are welcome!

Communications: Communications is developing a request for proposals for a redesign of our church website. Central to this redesign is us as a congregation considering what we want to communicate? One aspect of this has been a "branding" exercise, which looks at how we position ourselves and reflect our personality as a church. We're looking to conduct this branding exercise with the council and the congregation--it's about a 20-minute exercise. If you'd like to be a part of this exploration, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nominations and Appointments Meeting Update

Nominations & Appointments met on July 13 to update the chart of Boards, Committees and church leaders; review recent appointments and discuss possible appointments to the Board of Deacons. Individuals interested in serving on a board or committee should contact anyone of the Nominations & Appointments committee members: Bob Lingo, Barbara Allen or Tom Ross (chair). Plans are underway to help highlight the work of Boards and Committees on Rally Day -- Sunday, September 10.

Stewardship Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee continues to work on preparing the materials for the annual campaign which will happen in October. We continue to need individuals willing to step forward and be part of the effort to ensure strong financial support for the programs and staff of the church. The next meeting of the committee will be on August 2 at 7:30 PM at the church. Those interested in helping the committee should call Rob Peters at (703) 799-3418 for background information.

Roster of Leaders

The Roster of Congregational Leaders was recently updated, please see the insert in today’s bulletin for the newest version or see the current roster online here.

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.

Still Needed!  Summer Church School Volunteers

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.