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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised September 29, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, October 1

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday! We will worship at 10 am "in the round" with the communion table in the midst of the gathered community. And come hear our newly called Associate Pastor Rev. Alexis Kassim preach her first sermon on staff at Little River!

This Week


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.

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.

“Sustaining Creation” Series

Sundays, October 1-November 5

This Sunday, October 1 at 9:00 am, the Christian Education Board continues the 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 .

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 agenda includes updates on proposed programs and projects and brainstorming on the mission and the future focus of coalition activities.  Please come prepared to share ideas. 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 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.

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, October 2

We invite you to join us on Monday, October 2 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.

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.

Book Collection Kick-off

Sunday, October 8

On Sunday, October 8 we will kick-off a children’s book collection for the Fairfax Sheriff ’s Department. Baskets will be available at the Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) table as part of the ministries fair during fellowship hour. This will be an on-going project sponsored through BOSJ to provide a friendlier space including books for children waiting to visit an incarcerated parent. Books are currently needed for infants through 10 years old; only short books (not chapter books).

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, October 8

Fair Trade Sales are happening on Sunday, October 8, 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.

Taste of Annandale

Saturday, October 14

Little River UCC will be sponsoring a booth at The Taste of Annandale on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Events kick off with a 5K run at 10:00 am. If you are a runner it would be good to have a team representing Little River UCC. Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested.

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


Update from the Congregational Listening Session: Budget

On September 24, we held a congregational listening session, where we discussed current expenditures, the budget outlook for 2018, and discussed communication, stewardship and other comments (see printed version of the slides in the atrium).

With regard to current expenditures and the budget outlook, 2017 is in good shape in terms of personnel and spending. For the 2018 proposed budget, concerns were raised that there were insufficient funds for music and benevolences.

There have been improvements in communication—but more needs to be done to improve our church calendar, identify potential conflicts, and get them resolved as quickly as possible. The communications committee has a survey for members—to make certain that people are on the email lists and get mailings from the church—please check in the atrium or with the church office to get a copy of this survey.

While the stewardship goal represents a 1 percent increase over last year’s pledges, the stewardship committee noted that once decreases in pledging that resulted from deaths or people moving, this increase really is about a 3 percent growth for our congregation today.

In addition, we also discussed the Adult Faith Formation activities underway this fall and coming soon. In particular, there is a study going on right now about the reformation, and in the future there will be a study of the Bible through time – looking at the different books of the Bible in the time frames in which they historically appeared.

Church Council Meeting Update

On Wednesday, September 27, the Church Council met and addressed the following issues:

  • We participated in a “branding” exercise to help the communications committee consider how best to update and improve the church website.
  • We discussed the coming budget and stewardship campaign, focusing on committee responsibilities and input needed.
  • We also discussed reactions from the listening session on the budget Each committee will be going back to their representatives to consider what are the office needs that are currently not being met and how might they best be met.
  • Lastly, we discussed upcoming changes to the bylaws and other actions that will need Church Council or congregational consideration and approvals.

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!