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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised August 4, 2017

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, August 6

Where do you store your treasure? It may sound like an odd question to ask in church, but that's exactly what Jesus asked the disciples. Why did it matter to Jesus where the disciples invested, and what might that mean for us today?

Join us at 10 am this communion Sunday, as Pastor David reflects on these questions!

This Week

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, August 6

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 fifth session this Sunday, August 6 as we move on to the topic, “Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive,” presented by Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency. She relates stories of devastation and resilience in today's refugee crisis. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3.

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, August 6

On Sunday, August 6, the LRUCC Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) will meet in Room 8 at 11:15 am. The RJC 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.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, August 6

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

Youth Art Exhibit in August

Sunday, August 6

The Arts Committee invites you to enjoy the exhibit "For the Beauty of the Earth" on Sunday, August 6. Thank you to all who provided artwork for inclusion in this exhibit! 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!

School Supply Collection to Benefit ACCA and Main Street

Sundays, August 6 & 13

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) will be collecting school supplies for children served by the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale and Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax. Donated supplies will be collected on August 6 and 13.

Items needed for ACCA include: boxes of 16 count crayons, markers, colored pencils, 12 pack of #2 pencils, reams of computer paper, pocket folders (plastic, 3 prong, 2 pocket), glue sticks, white glue, playdough, large backpacks (no wheels), headphones, waterless hand sanitizer, Clorox disinfectant wipes, gallon and quart size zip lock bags, and boxes of tissues.

Main Street is collecting 1-2 boxes of 20 lb. paper, erasable/washable markers and glue sticks.

Next Week and Beyond

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!

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, August 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday, August 13, 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.

Annual Floor & Carpet Cleaning

Sunday, August 13

The annual floor maintenance will take place on Sunday, August 13 starting at 2:00 pm. The entire church building will be closed and inaccessible until 8:00 am on Monday, August 14. Our floor professionals will be moving furniture and various items to facilitate a thorough strip, wax, and polish. Follow up service after inspection will also take place after normal operating hours during the rest of the week. This will not impact operations nor building access. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any concerns or need further details. Thank you!

Let's Help Main Street Get Ready for Fall

Friday, August 25

Main Street Child Development Center's annual cleaning day is scheduled for Friday, August 25, 1-4 pm. Volunteers from Little River will help clean toys, chairs, tables and cots. Please join us! It's a lot of fun and provides a safe, sparkly start for the school year! If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Nancy Hall by phone or text message at 703-608-3577.

More Church News

Endowment Fund Committee Meeting Update

The Endowment Fund Committee met on July 19, 2017. Committee Treasurer Fran DuRocher reported contributions during the second quarter of 2017 of $2,923, bringing total contributions to $278,627. Market value of the Fund as of June 30 was $416,261, an increase of $16,201 over the previous quarter. She also reported that the average market value of the Fund over the previous 12 calendar quarters was $343,440. The committee voted to disburse 4.1 percent of this amount, or $14,000, for calendar year 2018, noting that this amount would be $2,000 more than for 2017. Thus, $2,800 will be available for the operating budget, $1,400 for scholarships, $5,600 for outreach, and $4,200 for innovative ministries or capital projects. Chair George Leonard will notify the Council of these amounts for boards and committees to consider in preparing their 2018 budget requests and for submitting proposals to utilize these funds.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice met on July 30th. A few items of interest that were discussed are as follows:

• We planned the upcoming Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) event. The event will occur on September 17, 2017. Set up will begin at 12 pm and the event itself will run from 2 – 4pm. There will be a physical and electronic sign-up sheet forth coming. This event will also correspond with Fairfax County’s Day to Serve. We will be inviting representatives from the Sikh Foundation of Northern Virginia to join us.

• 1st and 2nd Quarter Benevolences have been disbursed. Gratitude for these donations have poured in and we are looking for a place to display these letters. Final Benevolences for the year will be disbursed in September.

• The Neighbors in Need offering will be October 1, 2017 this year. Please look for the special offering envelope in an upcoming edition of Current Reflections, along with information as to what the offering is for.

• Our partner, the Main Street Child Development Center, has identified the school supplies they need as follows: 1-2 boxes of 20 lb. paper. Erasable/washable markers and glue sticks. They have approximately 100 children. Also, a work day at Main Street is scheduled for Friday, August 25th, 1-4 pm.

• BOSJ's next meeting is tentatively September 10th in the conference room.

Stewardship Meeting Update

On Wednesday, August 2, the Stewardship Committee held their monthly meeting at church. They welcomed new member Adam Honeysett to the committee. After introductions, they continued work on plans for the fall stewardship campaign, including a fun way to get the children involved. Save the date: Sunday, October 29th is both Consecration Sunday and Reformation Sunday, when we will be offering our pledges while celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The next two meeting dates are Wednesday, September 6th and Tuesday, October 3rd.

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.