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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 21, 2017

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 23

This Sunday, we will reflect together on what is arguably the most famous prayer in the Bible: The Lord's Prayer. We say it every Sunday, but how often do we stop to consider it's meaning? Why did Jesus teach his disciples to pray in this way?

Join us in worship at 10 am as Pastor David reflects on this passage!

This Week

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, July 23

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 fourth session this Sunday, July 23 as we move on to the topic, “We need to talk about an injustice” presented by human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. This talk shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3.

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!

Next Week and Beyond

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!

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, August 6

On Sunday, August 6, the LRUCC Racial Justice Coalition will meet in Room 8 at 9:00 am. The Racial Justice Coalition will meet to discuss current racial justice issues and to share information across efforts, a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to small group conversation about the various efforts. Everyone who is interested in working for racial justice is invited to attend. Please contact Gail Perry or Karen Kleiber via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, August 9

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!

More Church News

Women's Ministry Meeting Update

Women's Ministry Team welcomed a new member: Karen Flann. We made plans for the October 1st Tea and Talk, which will be opportunity to learn more about our church archives through a presentation and tour. We also began plans for a Saturday breakfast and meditative service as Advent begins. Finally, we explored ideas for a retreat in spring or fall of 2018.

Roster of Leaders

The Roster of Congregational Leaders was updated again this past week, please see the insert in the Sunday bulletin for the newest version or see the most current roster online here.

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.