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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised October 20, 2017

Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, October 22

This Sunday, our children and youth will be supporting the “Renewing Our Commitment” Stewardship campaign by sharing a skit based on “The Giving Tree”! Join us at 10 am in worship to show your support for some of the youngest members of our church family.

This Week


Stewardship Campaign: "Renewing Our Commitment"

"Renewing Our Commitment" is the theme for this year’s campaign to support the ministries of Little River in 2018. By now, you should have received the second mailing which describes the many ministries of our church. Our goal is to receive $620,000 in pledges of support for next year. This Sunday, October 22, the children will present a brief play, "The Giving Tree," as a way to help us understand generosity.  Next Sunday, October 29 we will accept your pledge card during worship.

"Sustaining Creation" Series

Sundays, October 22-November 5

This Sunday, October 22 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 .

Multiracial and Multicultural (M&M) 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 and 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.

PYF Kick-Off Event

Sunday, October 22

PYF is going to Cox Farms' Fall Festival on Sunday, October 22! All 6-12th grade youth are invited to come explore corn mazes, straw tunnels, and other fun activities. We will meet at LRUCC at 3:30pm and return to the church by 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email by October 20th!

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, October 23

We invite you to join us on Monday, October 23 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 others. We hope you will join us Mondays from 10:00 am to noon. This study group is led by Richard Davidson.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, October 29

The Little River meditation group is starting up again for Fall. Please join us on Sunday, October 29 at 9:00 am in the Archival/Historical Room (L6) 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 .

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!

First Friday: Hear the Drums and Give Thanks

Friday, November 3

Join us for First Friday: Hear the Drums and Give Thanks on November 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  This month, the kids will enjoy the singing and music of Lance Fisher, a proud member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana.

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!

Cookies for College Students - Bakers needed!

Sunday, November 5

To remind our busy, beloved college students that they are in our thoughts whether nearby or far away, the Parish Care Committee of the Board of Deacons is seeking volunteers to bake two dozen cookies and/or help pack the cookies for mailing. Bakers, please deliver your cookies to the church kitchen by 11:30am on Sunday, November 5, labeled "Cookies for College Students". If you can help pack cookies, we will begin at 11:30am on the 5th. To volunteer, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 October 17 and discussed how to address the church’s needs for bookkeeping, a coming update to the church’s accounting software, and ways to ensure the smooth functioning of office operations. Planning is underway for the Fall Work Day on November 18. There will be work and activities for volunteers of all ages for a fall clean up that prepares the building and grounds for the holiday season. Trustees are also working to ensure proper maintenance of the building, prepare for the next stage of work on the roof, and address the security of our doors and overall building. In addition, Trustees reviewed the feedback from the congregational listening session on the FY18 budget. Finally, Trustees agreed to reschedule the November meeting of Trustees to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 28.

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.

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in October?

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 small gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on his/her birthday.

You Are Invited! Two Social Justice Events at Emmaus United Church of Christ

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice would like to encourage you to attend the following events at Emmaus United Church of Christ (900 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, Virginia).

  • Film Viewing: “13th” (Friday, October 20 at 7:00pm)

An American documentary (2016), exploring the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.” It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery.

  • Presentation on Policing and Mass Incarceration (Saturday, October 21 from 4-6pm)

“We’re Free, But Not Free’: Custodial Citizenship in an Era of Mass Incarceration” Dr. Vesla M.Weaver, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Weaver will discuss her unique approach to researching how low-income Black and Latinx communities experience policing and incarceration – and how the voices of those directly affected by inequities in our criminal justice system can shape our national political discourse.