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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 1, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, September 3

It's Hymn Sing Sunday! Join us for worship at 10 am as we sing some of the congregation's favorite hymns. Come prepared to ask for your favorite!

Our New Associate Pastor Has Been Called

We are pleased to announce that the Congregation has voted to call the Rev. Alexis Kassim to serve as our next Associate Pastor. Rev. Kassim grew up here in Fairfax County, and she serves on the county’s Human Services Council. In her younger years, she worshipped at United Christian Parish in Reston, an ecumenical church in which the UCC is a partner. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University, then made her way to the University of Chicago Divinity School where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. Once she graduated, Rev. Kassim moved back to our area to serve as an Associate Pastor at Westmoreland UCC in Bethesda, MD. At Westmoreland, she had a particular focus on children and youth ministries and social justice. Rev. Kassim was ordained in the Disciples of Christ (DOC) church, meaning that she has the freedom and authority to serve in the UCC. When she is not passionately working on issues of social justice, you may find her watching a Duke basketball game!

We are so thankful to the hard work of our Associate Pastor Search Committee: Mike Craven, Carrie Douglas, Joy Faunce, Carolyn Johnson, Savannah Lascola, Sue Leathers, Drew Nettinga, Marilin Sailor, and Chris Weakley and of course the guidance of Reverend David Lindsey. Each of them brought a unique perspective to the search, adding their individual gifts and guidance to the discernment process. With their dedication and God’s grace, we are now moving forward with two full-time pastors again at Little River. Alexis will begin her time with us on Tuesday, September 5, following the Labor Day Holiday. Please remember to wear your name tag at church so that she can get to know all of us!

Joyfully Submitted,
Cici Thompson, Chair, Associate Pastor Search Committee


This Week

Adult Summer Engagement Series

Sunday, September 3

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 final session this Sunday, September 3 as we move on to the topic, “Mistreatment of women, the number one human rights abuse,” presented by former US President Jimmy Carter. He dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. Please come and share your thoughts.

Hymn Sing

Sunday, September 3

Sunday, September 3 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, September 3, 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.

Church School Reminders

Sunday, September 3

There is no Church School this Sunday, September 3. However, childcare for infants, toddlers, and twos will be available in Room 1. Church School begins for 2017-2016 next Sunday, September 10.

Next Week and Beyond

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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, September 13

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!

“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 .

Book Group

Sunday, September 17

All are welcome to join the Little River Book Group on Sunday, September 17 at 11:30 am in Room 7. The group will discuss Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown. The book is a historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson a Puritan woman who is captured by Native Americans during King Philip’s War. It’s an “evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meaning of freedom, faith, and acceptance.” 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

Music Committee Meeting Update

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm. The committee reviewed all music activities at the church over the past year. We looked over job descriptions of music staff to make sure they are correct and up to date. We reviewed the music budget for further consideration at our next meeting. We discussed goals for the next year in addition to performance reviews for our music staff.

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).