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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised August 18, 2017

Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, August 20

This Sunday, we are delighted to welcome Rev. Janet Mackey into the pulpit! Janet is both a retired UCC pastor and a member of our congregation. She will be preaching from the Genesis reading, where we hear tell of how Joseph and his brothers are reconciled.

Join us for worship at 10 am, and then be sure to stick around for the listening session on what it could mean for Little River to formally declare itself a Multiracial / Multicultural (M&M) church!

Associate Pastor News

The Associate Pastor Search Committee is pleased to recommend that Rev. Alexis Kassim be called by our congregation to serve as our next Associate Pastor. A letter with her bio will arrive in your mailbox soon. For now, please mark your calendars for an afternoon open house at church on August 26 to meet Rev. Kassim, then join in worship and a congregational meeting right after worship on August 27 to vote on calling her.

This Week

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. These listening sessions are 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.

Adult Summer Engagement Series

No Meeting this Sunday, August 20

Annual Floor & Carpet Cleaning

Rescheduled for Sunday, August 20

The annual floor maintenance will take place on Sunday, August 20 starting at 2:00 pm. The entire church building will be closed and inaccessible until 8:00 am on Monday, August 21. 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

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.

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, August 27

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 27 as we move on to the topic, “Climate change is happening,” presented by climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability. Please come and share your thoughts. Our last meeting is on September 3 (No meeting on August 20).

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.

Tea & Talk Gets Historical

Sunday, October 1

Please join us for Tea & Talk on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:30 am in the Jubilee Room. We will receive an introduction to Little River's recently updated Church Archives, share small group tours of the Archives, and enjoy some fellowship. Thank you to Gwen Crepeau and Florence Deike whose hard work in the archives make this event possible.

A shuttle service from the front of the church to the ground floor entrance to the Jubilee Room will be provided for those who don't wish to use the stairs. A few volunteers are needed to provide refreshments, see the signup sheet at the Welcome Table if you are interested in providing food.

This event is sponsored by the Women's Ministry Team and open to everyone.

More Church News

Nominations & Appointments Committee Meeting Update

The Nominations & Appointments Committee met on Friday, August 11 to discuss possible appointments to Boards & Committees and other related church business. The Committee is encouraged by church members willing to serve and is grateful to all who serve in various capacities from formal appointments to simply stepping up to help in the church office or other shorter term volunteer capacities. The Committee (Bob Lingo, Barb Allen, and Tom Ross) are always available to discuss service opportunities at Little River and how individuals can help. One area that was discussed as needing assistance is the Nominations & Appointments Committee which consists of three individuals who work tirelessly to connect church members with areas of service. If you feel you could help, please let us or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it know!

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

The Christian Education Board is getting ready for the launch of fall classes for all ages. Mark your calendars for Rally Day, Sunday, September 10 -- the start of Sunday School for our children.

Parents: please plan on stopping in atrium to fill out Sunday School registration forms.

For All Adults: Beginning Sunday, September 17 at 9:00 am, we will be offering an 8-week series called, “Sustaining Creation.” The curriculum is “intended to guide Christians on an extended journey to a new understanding of our Call to live sustainably with all of God’s Good Creation. Richly grounded in scripture, this series includes reflections, interviews with Creation Justice faith leaders, taps into the wisdom of noted authors, takes the audience on location to ponder the Climate Crisis and includes discussion time so that together we can seek to discern how God is calling us to respond.” Childcare will be provided. We hope you can join us.

Footsteps XI: Following the Congregational Missionaries to Hawaii

At a meeting on August 15, the Footsteps planning committee reviewed tentative proposals for two trips to Hawaii. Much planning remains to be done, but trip dates will be as follows: August 1-14, 2018, to Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island; January 30-February 12, 2019, to Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. We hope to have final, priced itineraries for distribution before the end of September. Sign-ups for both trips will begin Sunday, October 8. A reservation fee of $250 per person will be used for expenses, such as tips to tour leaders and bus drivers, that will not be included in the advertised price of each trip. Our target price is $5,000 per person, including round trip air fare. We intend to limit group size to about 19 travelers plus a pastor. The planning committee is excited about the possibilities for understanding how Christianity came to the Islands, learning from current church leaders, and of course enjoying the spectacular environment. A seminar series (open to all) in preparation for the trips is planned for the coming winter and spring. To help, or for more information, 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 .