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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 22, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, September 24

We are receiving new members this Sunday!

Be sure to join in worship at 10:00 am to welcome them!

This Week


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.

“Sustaining Creation” Series

Sundays, September 24-November 5

This Sunday, September 24 at 9:00 am, the Christian Education Board continues the new 8-week "Sustaining Creation" series.  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 .

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, September 25

We invite you to join us on Monday, September 25 as we continue 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.

Neighbors in Need Special Offering

Sunday, October 1

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. NIN will be collected along with our regular offering on October 1. Gifts to the NIN collection should be placed in the special offering envelope or be made by check labeled NIN in the memo line. Donations may also be made online by using the Online Giving.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, October 1

The Little River meditation 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.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, October 1

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. We look forward to your gifts at that time.

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.

Fall Work Day

Saturday, November 18

Everyone is invited to help spruce up LRUCC's grounds and building at the Fall Work Day, on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. While the main focus is on leaf and brush removal, trimming tree branches and outdoor planting, there are plenty of indoor tasks as well. A list of Work Day jobs will be posted in the atrium and social hall. Families are welcome; there are jobs suitable for helpers of all ages. Come dressed for the weather and outdoor workers will need to bring gloves and additional yard and garden tools such as rakes, clippers, pole trimmers, branch loppers, shovels and garden trowels. Members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand to assign work areas and tasks, provide instructions and answer questions. We hope to see you on the 18th!

More Church News


Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Trustees met on September 19 and discussed upgrading the specialized church software used in the office, some possible updates to the Building-Use Policy, and dealing with some dead or dying trees that need to be removed from our property. To that end, a Fall Workday for Saturday, November 18 from 8 am to noon has been scheduled.

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

The Christian Education Board met on Wednesday and would like to remind all church volunteers to submit a Safe Church Self-Disclosure form, which is required on a yearly basis. Forms are available for pick up in the church office or can be printed from church website. In addition, our thought-provoking and timely Adult Education class has started! You are invited to join us for Sustaining Creation, an adult education series that helps us to wrestle with the difficult truth of what is happening to our earth now, to hear God’s call to enact change, and to explore practical steps about what we can do. Next week’s session, Old Stories that are no longer true, explores how stories can inform and guide us but likewise can block and distract us regarding the Climate Crisis. Sessions run through the beginning of November, every Sunday at 9:00 am, with childcare provided. Join us as you are able for this important series.

Music Committee Update

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 pm. We reviewed our main goals for the year which include a focus on recruitment for our ensembles and including diversity and multiculturalism in music worship. Our main focus of discussion was approving a music budget. The committee would like to propose a budget with slight increases to line items to cover increases in cost of music and instrument maintenance. The increase in budget would finally bring back the music budget to the same levels before cuts were made due to the financial crisis. Since many of our instruments are badly damaged or are low quality, the committee also approved using $2,000 from the Special Music Fund to purchase Orff instruments (hand drums, percussion, and xylophones) to be used by children’s ensembles and the Sanctuary choir. This will enhance opportunities for different timbres and styles of music that can be used by all ensembles in the Music Ministry at LRUCC. The committee is also researching ideas for a “uniform” polo for youth participating in music on Sunday worship. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm.

Youth Choirs Kick Back into High Gear

The Salt of the Earth Choir welcomes children in grades K-5 to rehearse regularly and sing in services throughout the school year. Beyond the children’s church school experiences, this choir offers an opportunity to learn a variety of musical traditions, instruments, and choral techniques in an atmosphere of fun, sharing their accomplishments periodically with the congregation. The Salt of the Earth rehearses weekly from 9:30-10:00 am.

The Joyful Noise is a choir for youth in grades 6-12. This choir performs a variety of music from classical to folk, including many contemporary anthems. Singers learn to work with others and develop their musical talents in a Christ-centered environment. The Joyful Noise assists at worship on a regular basis and rehearses regularly from 11:00-11:30 am. Both choirs offer a wonderful foundation for developing young musical talents.

Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased

On Sunday, November 5, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving for loved ones who have died during the past 12 months. We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends whose loss you mourn. Please call or email the church office, (703) 978-3060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the name of the individual and your relationship to that person. Information will be collected through noon on Wednesday, November 1.

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.

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 Occupation of the American Mind on Sunday, October 8 with a moderated Q&A discussion following the screening and pizza before at 1:00 pm. The Screening is free and starts at 2:00 pm at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA). 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.