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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised August 25, 2017

Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, August 27

This weekend, be sure to come to worship at 10 am, as Associate Pastor candidate Rev. Alexis Kassim will be preaching! Immediately following the meeting, we will hold a congregational meeting where we will vote on whether to call Alexis as an Associate Pastor. All church members are encouraged to attend the congregational meeting.

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!

Please join us Saturday, August 26 from 3-5 pm for an afternoon open house to meet Rev. Kassim, then join in worship at 10:00 am (and a congregational meeting right after worship) on Sunday, August 27 to vote on calling her.


This Week

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 next 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Hymn Sing

Sunday, September 3

Next Sunday is our annual Labor Day Weekend Hymn Sing! In place of a traditional sermon, we will reflect on and sing our favorite hymns and songs of worship from the Chalice Hymnal. Please take some time this week to find your favorite hymns and your favorite verse and mark down their page numbers!

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, September 3

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.

Rally Day & Church Picnic

Sunday, September 10

Summer is almost over! Join us for Rally Day on Sunday September 10 as church school relaunches and we regather after summer. As usual we will celebrate with a picnic! The Fellowship Committee of the Deacons will provide fried chicken and beverages, and you are invited to bring salads and desserts. The picnic is scheduled to start after worship, and it will happen on our back patio just outside the narthex. In the event of rain, we will be in the Social Hall.

As an added bonus, we'll be celebrating another successful year of First Friday from 11:30 to 4:00 with not one but two moon bounces, water balloon games and a snow cone machine. Our First Friday and preschool families will be invited to attend. We are looking forward to a large crowd and we hope to see you there!

In honor of our Green Policy we will have non-disposable dishes and utensils available but you are encouraged to bring your own. If you are able to help out with set up or clean up, please be in touch with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703-859-1680. Be sure to join us for this fun kick-off to the fall!

Welcome Back to Church School!

Sunday, September 10

Church School for children and youth begins on Sunday, September 10, following the Time with Children in worship. Registration tables will be open in the atrium beginning at 9:30 am and again at 11:00 am. Parents with children 18 years and younger will receive an email with a registration form and further information. A Welcome to Church School brochure is available in the atrium and narthex. We look forward to an exciting, faith-filled year!

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, September 10

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. For the month of September, communion was moved forward to the second Sunday, September 10.  We look forward to your gifts at that time.

“Sustaining Creation” Series

Sundays, September 17-November 5

Starting Sunday, September 17 at 9:00 am, the Christian Education Board 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 that you can join us! Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

M&M Church Listening Session Summary

On August 20, 17 people attended the listening session to discuss the possibility of Little River UCC becoming a “Multiracial Multicultural Church” (M&M Church). This was the second of several planned meetings on this topic. The theme of the meeting was Confession. What does it mean for us as individuals and as a congregation, as the UCC’s Multiracial Multicultural Church Pronouncement puts it, “to acknowledge and confess […] sins of racism and to repent and refrain from all acts of racial discrimination and bigotry”? How do we confess? What form should our confession take - private, public or both? Responses indicated that we approach the topic of confession from a wide variety of denominational traditions that reveal sometimes deep differences in understanding and approach.

Some wondered, given Little River’s history, whether this M&M discussion is not a step backward from the work we are already doing to “stem the resurgent tide of racism in American society.” Others responded that such discussions, similar to the church’s ONA conversations, allow us to plumb the depths of this topic, and that an official pronouncement declaring Little River to be an M&M Church (should that be the will of the congregation) would publicly state our intent to live out our founding history in all ways possible.

The next scheduled M&M Church meeting is Sunday, October 22, after worship in Room 8. The topic(s) to be discussed are still to be determined. All those interested in these conversations are encouraged to read the Multiracial Multicultural Church Pronouncement to be found on the UCC website at

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

On Tuesday, August 22, the Deacons held their monthly meeting. The primary focus of the meeting was a conversation about restorative justice, facilitated by Caitlin Morneau. This discussion is especially relevant for us as it pertains to the hate crime we experienced in April. Please pray for God's guidance for our congregation and its leadership as we discern together how God would have us respond in this moment.

Parents and Artists Please Claim Your Artwork

The Arts Committee would like to thank all of the young artists who participated in the "For the Beauty of the Earth" Art Exhibit! What a grand showcase of beautiful work! We look forward to seeing next year's masterpieces! In the meantime, parents and artists are asked to come by the church at anytime to claim their artwork and take it home for safe-keeping. Thanks again for sharing your art with us!

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in August?

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.

Hosting Julie Holm and Guests on their Mission Trip to DC

Longtime Little River member Rev. Julie Holm is coming back to the area on a mission trip from October 15-22. The group will visit DC and work for the week at ThriveDC, serving breakfast and doing other odd support jobs. There are four volunteers -- two of them are housed already (with Almuth and Brian Payne), but housing is needed for two more people – possibly a few more. The group plans to arrive on Sunday afternoon October 15 and depart after attending worship at Little River on Sunday, October 22. The days are expected to be long with the volunteers leaving very early in the morning and returning in the early evening most days. If you are interested in hosting one or more volunteers, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at her office (814-349-5515).