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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised August 11, 2017

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, August 13

With so much going on in the world, it's hard to know where to focus. Still, your focus could mean the difference between life and death.

Join us in worship this Sunday at 10 am, as we reflect on where God would have us focus.

This Week

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, August 13

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 13 as we move on to the topic, “My daughter, Malala,” presented by Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. Please come and share your thoughts. We will meet for a total of 10 weeks -- ending on September 3 (No meeting on August 20).

School Supply Collection to Benefit ACCA and Main Street

Sunday, August 13

This Sunday, August  13, The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) will continue collecting school supplies for children served by the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale and Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax.

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.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, August 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening this 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!

Next Week and Beyond

RJC Listening Sessions

Sundays, August 20 & October 22

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.

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.

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event

Sunday, September 17

Please save the date for our 6th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packing event to help feed children with limited resources around the world. Thanks to the generous contributions received through the Easter Fund we will gather, on Sunday, September 17, in the social hall from 2-4 pm to pack 20,000 highly nutritious meals. There are jobs for all ages 4 and up. Volunteers are also needed for set-up from 12:30-2:00 pm. This year we are inviting the Sikh Foundation of America to join us for this event as part of the Day to Serve, a unique annual initiative that seeks to transcend politics and religious differences.

Please sign-up in advance either in person on September 10 (Rally Day), by calling the church office, or via the Sign-up Genius link here: Please contact the Board of Outreach and Social Justice This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

More Church News

Racial Justice Coalition Update

On Sunday, August 6, the Racial Justice Coalition met after worship. The focus of the conversation was on the hate crime we experienced in April as a result of our commitments to diversity and inclusion. In particular, the group had a lively discussion of how Little River might respond to the November trial of Dylan Mahone, who was arrested and charged in this incident. The Coalition welcomes your participation, as well as your feedback about how Little River might continue to expand its hospitality to God's children of every race and ethnicity.

Ministry Board Meeting Update

On Wednesday, August 9, Ministry Board met at church. The main focus of the meeting was coordination of the program calendar through the end of 2017. During the meeting, the Board also received updates from the Stewardship Committee and the Associate Pastor Search Committee, as well as reflecting on process improvements in light of technical challenges and coordination mishaps at a recent memorial service. The Board welcomes your feedback about what (if any) technological upgrades may be useful or necessary in the sanctuary. Emails may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank You From the Board of Christian Education

Thanks to the congregation for contributing their thoughts and ideas about what should be included in the Faith Formation of our children and youth. We received 36 responses to each of our two questions: “What are your favorite Bible Stories?” and “What are your favorite church school songs?” The top 5 favorite Bible stories are: Good Samaritan, Noah, Joseph and his Brothers, the Christmas Story and the Beatitudes. The top 5 favorite church school songs are: Jesus Loves Me, This Little Light of Mine, Amazing Grace, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, and Peace Like a River.

Thank you for your input and support of the Faith Formation programs at Little River! Feel free to become even more involved by volunteering to teach or assist with Church School thereby helping to enrich the lives of our children and youth while deepening the inter-generational connections that strengthen our church.

Still Needed!  Summer Church School Volunteers

Just a few weeks left and we still need volunteer teachers for Summer Church School! 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.