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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 15, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, September 17

Jesus tells his followers to not worry, but that is much easier said than done! With so much going in the world, is it even possible to let go of worry these days? Join us at 10 am this Sunday as Pastor David preaches about this challenging process!

This Week


“Sustaining Creation” Series

Sundays, September 17-November 5

Starting this 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. Final session meets on November 5. 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

This Sunday is 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 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.

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, September 18

We invite you to join us on Monday, September 18 as we resume our study on “Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation” from the Great Courses with Professor Craig R. Koester, Ph.D., a professor at the Luther Seminary of St. Paul, Minnesota. His innovative teaching style interweaves the study of biblical texts with their impact on art, literature, and music. Explore topics such as Moses and the Drama of the Exodus, and many other topics. We hope you will join us Mondays from 10:00 am to noon. This study group is led by Richard Davidson.

Congregational Listening Session – Budget

Sunday, September 24

Please plan to attend a congregational listening session on Sunday September 24 after worship. We plan to provide information on spending for the year, next year's budget and stewardship campaign, as well as get your thoughts on how we are communicating and planning.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, October 1

The Little River Mediation group is starting up again for Fall. Please join us on Sunday, October 1 at 9:00 am in the Jubilee Room as we explore Meditation as a contemplative practice that helps to quiet the mind. We will have a brief guided meditation followed by sharing about the experience. We will continue to meet every other Sunday throughout the year. Questions? 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 .

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, October 1

On Sunday, October 1, 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email with 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.

First Friday: Halloweeee!

Friday, October 6

Join us for First Friday: Halloweeee! on Friday, October 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month children will enjoy crafts and games with a harvest theme and maybe a little bit of history while parents enjoy some free time. This year we are going to try something new! Have an old costume that won't fit anymore? Bring it by and join in our Costume Swap! Any costumes left over will be donated to ACCA.

The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Registration forms are available at http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2017/2018 program year, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know your child(ren) will be attending.

First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC, so spread the word and make your plans!

Ministries Fair

Sunday, October 8

In order to encourage participation and help everyone see how their pledges are being used to accomplish great things a Ministries Fair is being planned for Sunday, October 8 at 11:00 am. Little River Boards and Committees will have tables with information about opportunities to participate and volunteer. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee, refreshments and to learn a little more about the great work being done by Little River United Church of Christ.

More Church News


Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is doing exciting things: Packing for Food Against Hunger; supporting local organizations with money and time; disaster relief assistance; clean-up at children's center; combating racial injustice; a table at the Taste of Annandale; refuge support; mission collections; participating in LGBTQ activities; and much more! Sound exciting? BOSJ has a few openings - join us!

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in September?

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.

College Addresses Needed

We would like to stay in touch with Little River college students as they study near and far! Please send college addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for current students; and new contact information for recent graduates to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or by calling the church at (703) 978-3060.

Get A T-shirt Now! Show Your Pride!

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to buy a “Be Out, Be Proud, Be Open and Affirming” t-shirt so that you can wear it on National Coming Out Day (Wednesday, October 11) and show your pride. Don’t delay as the sale ends on September 21! You can buy your shirt here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/openandaffirming. All funds raised will go directly to The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.

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!

LRUCC Facebook Group

Did you know that Little River UCC has a Facebook group that is different from our Facebook page? Our Facebook group allows members to share and discuss a variety of items that might never make it into the bulletin or our other communication vehicles. If you are interested in joining the group, please visit the webpage at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lrucc/ and make a request or send us your email request This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll add you that way.