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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 8, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, September 10

This Sunday is Rally Day, and there are several reasons to celebrate! Church School relaunches for the school year. There's a picnic after worship, as well as a thank-you for our First Friday volunteers. And it will be Pastor Alexis Kassim's first Sunday with us! Join us for worship at 10 am for what promises to be a grand day.

This Week


Rally Day & Church Picnic

Sunday, September 10

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.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, September 10

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, September 10, 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.

Next Week and Beyond


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: http://bit.ly/LRUCCRise. 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


Stewardship Committee Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee met on Wednesday, September 6. We finalized plans for a booklet of meditations on stewardship, prepared by Rob Peters, which will be mailed to members and friends in early October. Watch your mailboxes!

We will be reviewing the stewardship campaign brochure and other items by email before they are sent to the printer. Expect them in your mailboxes during October.

Parents, please put Sunday, October 22 on your calendar! The children and youth will perform a skit during the worship service. More details coming soon!

Finally, we hope that everyone will attend both church and the celebratory potluck luncheon on Sunday, October 29. Lots more details coming soon!

Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

Women’s Ministry met on Thursday, September 7 and planned Tea and Talk for October 1 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm) in the Jubilee Room. Taxi service will be provided for those that need it. The book group meets September 17 and November 12 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Room 7. Books being discussed are posted on the atrium bulletin board.

Voices from the Holy Land Film Series 2017

Little River UCC is an official supporter of the Voices from the Holy Land Film Series 2017. The series seeks to offer a different perspective and provide a voice to the people living in Israel and Palestine. It also seeks to present informative and compelling documentary films by Israeli, Palestinian, American, and European film makers to start conversations. As a part of the series, Vienna Baptist Church will be showing two films this Fall with a moderated Q&A discussion following each screening and pizza before at 1:00 pm. Screenings are free and start at 2:00 pm at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA). Films are as follows:

Life in Occupied Palestine - Sunday, September 17

Occupation of the American Mind - Sunday, October 8

Need more details? See the event website at www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Let's show our support!

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).