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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised October 27, 2017

Twenty-First Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, October 29

It's time to Renew Your Commitment to Little River! This Sunday is Consecration Sunday, when we bring forward our pledges of financial support for 2018. Please be sure to join us in worship at 10 am, and do stay for the luncheon after the service!

This Week

Stewardship Campaign: "Renewing Our Commitment"

This Sunday, October 29 is Consecration Sunday, we will highlight the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation and present our financial pledges for 2018. The goal for this year’s stewardship campaign, “Renewing Our Commitment,” is $620,000, and your participation is an essential part of this effort. Pledge Cards were mailed home and are available in the narthex. After worship, please join us for a celebratory luncheon for the whole congregation in the social hall.

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

Sunday, October 29

The Stewardship Committee will be hosting a celebratory 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!

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 .

"Sustaining Creation" Series

Sundays, October 29-November 5

This Sunday, October 29 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 .

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, October 30

We invite you to join us on Monday, October 30 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.

Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased

Wednesday, November 1

We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends who have died during the past 12 months and whose loss you mourn. This information will be collected through noon on Wednesday, November 1. On Sunday, November 5, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving for these loved ones. Please call (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(s) and your relationship to that person(s).

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 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 11:30 am on Sunday, November 5, labeled "Cookies for College Students". If you can help pack cookies, we will begin at 11:30 am on the 5th. To volunteer, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, November 5

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. November’s focus will be supporting Thrive DC. Items especially needed include pop-top cans of ready-to-eat meals, soups, and fruit, travel size toiletries, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products. We look forward to your gifts at that time.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, November 8

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!

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 Deacons Meeting Update

On Tuesday, October 24, the Deacons held their monthly meeting in Room 8. After checking in with the board’s various subcommittees – Evangelism, Fellowship, Parish Care, and Worship – the Deacons received a report from Pastor David about two items that are potentially on the horizon for Little River: a capital campaign in the coming years, and a sabbatical for Pastor David in 2019. The Governance Board believes that now is not yet the time for a capital campaign, and the Deacons agree. Still, the Deacons decided that they would like to consult with the Board of Trustees soon in order to consider our shared ministry and what a capital campaign might eventually do to help us live out God’s vision for our congregation. And though it is hard to believe, Pastor David is on track for a 3-month sabbatical in less than two years! The Deacons reflected with him about his and the congregation’s needs and wants from a pastoral sabbatical. Your continued prayers for discernment and wisdom for the Deacons are most welcome!

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

The Christian Education Board met on Wednesday and has several important upcoming dates. On November 5 at 11:30 am in the Jubilee Room, Pastor Alexis will host an information session about the summer trip to Back Bay Mission, which is open to youth ages 14 and up. On Sunday, November 19, Bibles will be distributed to 3rd grade students, children who just started Godly play, and babies born in the last year. If your child is receiving a Bible, Pastor Alexis will be contacting you soon with more information. And on December 3, Advent Fun Shops will happen! This is a much loved and (true to its name) FUN tradition. We are in need of a coordinator this year as well as volunteers! Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.