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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised October 6, 2017

Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, October 8

Jesus called his followers to deep, critical self-reflection, especially before pointing out other people's problems. How do we renew our commitment to such self-reflection today? Join us in worship this Sunday at 10 am as Pastor David reflects on this question. And after worship, be sure to stop by coffee hour for our Ministries Fair to hear about what's happening at Little River!

This Week

First Friday: Halloweeee!

Friday, October 6

Join us for First Friday: Halloweeee! on 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 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!

“Sustaining Creation” Series

Sundays, October 8-November 5

This Sunday, October 8 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 .

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 this 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.

Footsteps to Hawaii Update

We regret to announce that personnel turnovers at our chosen travel agency have forced us to postpone sign-ups for both the August 2018 and the February 2019 trips that were originally scheduled for this Sunday. Planning remains underway. Watch for further information soon.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, October 9

We invite you to join us on Monday, October 9 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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, October 11

On the second Wednesday of the month, Pastors David and Alexis visit with our church members at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. This visit happens in the Craft Room at Hunters 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!

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.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, October 15

The Little River meditation group is starting up again for Fall. Please join us on Sunday, October 15 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 .

Multiracial Multicultural Church Listening Session

Sunday, October 22

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice and a sub-group, the Racial Justice Coalition, have begun exploratory conversations about Little River UCC becoming a multiracial/multicultural church. These listening sessions are an opportunity for the members of the congregation to discuss the process and ask questions, make suggestions, and more. Please review the official UCC Statement before attending the session and come prepared with questions and thoughts. We will meet in Room 8 at 11:15 am.

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

Sunday, October 29

October 29th is Consecration Sunday and the Stewardship Committee will be hosting a luncheon after worship. They will be serving a chili and macaroni & cheese lunch with cupcakes for dessert. The committee would like to request that the congregation bring green salads, fruit salads and/or cookies for the event. Thanks in advance to everyone for your help in making this a great meal!

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

Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry Team met on October 5 and discussed the Tea & Talk held on October 1 that focused on the LRUCC archives and was led by Gwen Crepeau and Florence Deike. It was very successful and well received with 35 attendees.

Women’s Ministry is planning a Breakfast and Meditation for Saturday, December 9 from 9-11:00 am. The theme will be, “Finding Peace and Joy in a Stressful Season.”

The last Book Group on September 17 had 20 people in attendance. On November 12 the group will discuss, “Our Souls at Night,” and on January 14 Jennifer Atkinson will be leading the group with a focus on poetry.

The group is exploring the possibility of a 2018 retreat.

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

The Board of Deacons held its most recent meeting a week later than usual, due to scheduling challenges for many of its members. As such, the Board met on Tuesday, October 3. The agenda focused on receiving new members, relaunching Stephen Ministry, and how to increase the bonds of fellowship among our members.

One topic that was of particular concern was about where and when the church might most appropriately display the U.S. flag on church property. The members of the board agree that the flag is to be treated with the utmost respect, and that the separation of church and state is vitally important. Beyond that, though, the Deacons are of many differing opinions about this matter (as they have been for many months). They also recognize that we have a variety of perspectives within the congregation, which prompted this question. The Board welcomes your prayers for God's guidance on this matter.

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee met on Tuesday, October 3 and began preparing the first mailing to the congregation for this year’s stewardship campaign and finalized plans for Consecration Sunday. The committee will participate in this Sunday’s Ministries Fair, so come by and learn more.

Nominations and Appointments Committee

Nominations & Appointments Committee met on Wednesday, October 4 to discuss current vacancies and Board needs. Specific needs were identified for Deacons and Board of Social Justice and for the financial team, specifically financial receiving and recording secretaries. Individuals interested in serving should contact any of the N&A members: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Communications Committee Update

The Communications Committee met on October 5 to review proposals received from web designers and determine which might be the best fit for LRUCC. The Committee also discussed the need to update the church brochure. Questions? Call Barbara Shepherd at (703) 242-3798.

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 Let's show our support!