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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 3, 2017

Twenty-Second Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday, we are observing All Saints Day in worship, in memory of our loved ones who have died over the past year. We will light candles and, if you like, you may bring a picture of a deceased loved one to place at the front of the sanctuary. Join us at 10 am for this thoughtful, reflective service.

This Week

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!

November Winter Coat Drive

Sundays, November 5, 12, 19, 26

Every Sunday throughout the month of November, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will once again be collecting winter coats (especially men’s XL and up), hats, scarves, and gloves as well as blankets, sleeping bags, and sturdy adult backpacks or book bags for distribution to the homeless at Thrive DC. Thrive is currently facing a $400,000 cut in government funding but is continuing their annual coat distribution dates as usual.

All donations should be brought to church by Sunday, November 26 for delivery to Thrive the following week. Questions? Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice.

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

Sundays, November 5 & 12

As in previous years, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice will be collecting donations to provide family Thanksgiving meals for Shaw Community Ministry. Each year, Shaw Community Ministry partners with several local UCC churches to provide support for low-income families of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC to make their own holiday meals. LRUCC is committed to providing 20 of the Thanksgiving meals. This year Shaw has requested a greeting card from your family with a $40 gift card to Giant in lieu of the usual bag of food. A sign-up sheet and list of recipient family names will be available in the atrium on November 5 and 12. Shaw is currently facing a $50,000 cut in government funding.

All donations should be brought to church by Sunday, November 12 for delivery to Shaw the following week. Questions? Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice.

"Sustaining Creation" Series

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday, November 5 at 9:00 am is the final session of our "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. 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 .

Cookies for College Students - Bakers/Packers 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 .

Youth Mission Trip: Informational Meeting

Sunday, November 5

After worship on Sunday, November 5 (11:30 am in the Jubilee Room), Pastor Alexis will be leading an informational session about the youth and young adult, Summer 2018 mission trip to Back Bay Mission. All interested youth and parents are invited!

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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 6

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.

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!

Book Group

Sunday, November 12

Please join us on Sunday, November 12 at 11:30 am for a discussion of Kent Haruf's book Our Souls at Night. It is a moving story of the evolving relationship of two small- town lonely people “who have been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.” According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the book “is a fine and poignant novel that demonstrates that our desire to love and be loved does not dissolve with age.” The book is an easy read, but if you don't have the time, watch the new release of the story on Netflix with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Call Barbara Lowrey at 703-786-4958 if you have any questions.

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, November 12

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, November 12 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 .

PYF Outing: Al-Quds Festival

Sunday, November 12

Next Sunday, November 12 will be the next PYF outing! Pastor Alexis will be taking those who are interested to the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Festival in Alexandria. The group will leave from LRUCC at 11:30 am and return by 3:00 pm. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, November 12

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday, November 12, 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.

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!

Special Collection – Deacons and Pastors Benevolence Fund

Sunday, November 19

While we collect offering every Sunday, several times during the year we collect for special off-budget benevolence funds. Our next special offering will occur on Sunday, November 19 when we will conduct our once-a-year collection to replenish the Deacons’ and Pastors’ Benevolence Fund. The Benevolence Fund is modest, but it is a critical part of our ministry. Our pastors – or the Chair of Deacons – can use this fund to provide emergency confidential assistance to members or friends. In the past the fund has been used, e.g., when a family breadwinner is between jobs, or facing eviction, or confronted with unanticipated medical expenses. The assistance is always confidential, and it is always appreciated. Please be generous for the Benevolence Funds offering this year.

Multiracial and Multicultural (M&M) Church Listening Session

Sunday, November 19

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.

More Church News

Stewardship Update

Thanks to so many for submitting your Pledge Cards for 2018. To date, we are more than two-thirds of the way towards our goal. If you have not yet submitted your Pledge Card, please do so by dropping it in the offering plate on Sunday or mailing it to the office.

Notice Anything Different in the Atrium?

Have you noticed things look different in the atrium but can’t put your finger on just what it is? Well, the ad hoc Arts Committee has been hard at work sanding and polishing the lovely teak furniture in anticipation of a big change! Thanks to the support of the Board of Trustees, new cushions are on the way for our atrium. Bunny Jones, Siggi Moser, Fran Durocher and Katherine Schultz have been working the last few weeks to sand and oil the furniture before the new cushions get here, hopefully in time for the holidays. The furniture was re-arranged in October by our designer, Michelle Mitchell-Renzo, in order to make the best use of our space and to encourage people to use it. This isn’t the first time a group of ladies have organized themselves to improve our interior. We have the Women’s Fellowship and Mildred Lamm to thank for the original purchase of this furniture back in the 1980’s, according to legend. We hope everyone will love the new look and will resolve to help care for our furniture and the new cushions. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Bunny, Fran, Siggi, Katherine, Michelle, Almuth Payne, Barbara Allen, or Mary Summers.

Music Committee Meeting Update

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm in Room 8. We discussed plans for Open Mic Night in early Spring, progress on instrument purchase for the youth choirs, and music plans for the Advent season. We also discussed the upcoming Hymn Sing on January 28th to include participation from the Music Committee and potentially including the youth. To prepare for the Annual Report, we reviewed the years’ activities in music ministry. We also discussed how we can better use the website for choir announcements. We thanked Barbara Lowrey for all of her dedicated service to the Music Committee as she leaves the Board this coming January. At the end of the meeting, the Music Committee agreed to reach out to the congregation for temporary members for single events such as Open Mic Night or Summer Music. Our next meeting will be January 3, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Women's Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry Team met on Thursday, November 2 and focused on 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.” All members and friends of Little River are welcome to join the program. A sign-up for attendance and contributions of fruit, sweet breads/rolls, and muffins will be coming in mid-November.

The Book Group is schedule to meet on November 12 to discuss, Our Souls at Night. On January 14, Jennifer Atkinson will be leading the group with a focus on poetry with special attention on the works of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and her book, Ordinary Light.

The Women's Ministry Team will meet next on Thursday, January 4 and will turn attention toward planning for a retreat sometime in 2018.