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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 10, 2017

Twenty-Third Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, November 12

Pastor David will be playing electric guitar and singing on Sunday! As promised at the silent auction earlier this year, he will play “Stairway to Heaven” as a postlude. Join us for worship at 10 am. Earplugs not required!

This Week

Thank You!

Thank you for continuing to submit your Pledge Cards for 2018. To date, we are three-fourths of the way towards our campaign 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.

Shaw Community Ministry Thanksgiving Collection

Sunday, November 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. 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.

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 .

Book Group

Sunday, November 12

Please join us on Sunday, November 12 at 11:30 am in Room 7 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.

PYF Outing: Al-Quds Festival

Sunday, November 12

On 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 on 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 oil sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.

Veteran's Day Job Fair

Sunday, November 12

In observance of Veteran’s Day, we will be having a special opportunity at coffee hour to support veterans who are transitioning to civilian life. After worship, a local temporary employment agency (Kelly Services) will have a table out with information about work opportunities to help veterans find employment in the civilian economy. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking for work – full-time, part-time, or either – please be sure to stop by the Social Hall after worship on Sunday!

November Winter Coat Drive

Sundays, November 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 its 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.

Next Week and Beyond

Monday Morning Bible Study

Monday, November 13

We invite you to join us on Monday, November 13 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.

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!

Bible Presentation Sunday

Sunday, November 19

Bible Presentation to Children will take place on Sunday, November 19 as part of the worship service. Each year, our congregation celebrates the growth of our younger friends as they journey in their life in faith. The Board of Christian Education will present bibles to children in Godly Play and 3rd grade. This is an exciting time for our children, youth, and the entire congregation! Please feel free to invite extended family and friends. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanksgiving 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. Please mark "Thanksgiving Offering" on the memo line of your check or use the special Thanksgiving envelope so we know where to direct these donations.

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's 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.

First Friday: Santa! The Man, the Myth, the Legend

Friday, December 1

Join us for First Friday: Santa! The Man, the Myth, the Legend on December 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  This month, kids will enjoy story time with Santa and his friends from the North Pole while parents enjoy some free time.

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!

More Church News

Youth and Young Adult Mission Trip

Planning is underway for our July 15-21, 2018 trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS this summer! Back Bay Mission has been a leading mission site of the UCC for decades and focuses on housing rehabilitation, education, and empowerment. All youth and college students age 14+ are invited to participate. At the recent info session we discussed trip details and brainstormed ideas for fundraisers to support our mission trip. If your youth is interested in attending, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Stewardship Committee Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee met on November 6 at the home of member Tom Johnson. We received an update on the “Renewing Our Commitment” campaign – to date, the congregation has pledged over $462,000, which puts us three-fourths of the way towards our goal of $620,000 – and discussed next steps on acknowledging pledges received, receiving additional pledges, and communicating with the congregation. We also discussed posting stewardship materials on the church’s website and Facebook page.

The committee would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic participation on Consecration Sunday. A special thanks to Pastor David for his sermon on stewardship, Ashton Streavig for working with the youth to produce “The Giving Tree” play, Terry Downs for his vision and skill in preparing the commitment door, Brian Payne and Carrie Douglas for stuffing a key mailing, Doreen Manchester for cooking and baking for the luncheon, and former chair Rob Peters for his leadership throughout the campaign.

We are on our way! Check the Sunday bulletin and Current Tidings for regular updates. The committee’s next meeting will be December 11.

Ministry Board Meeting Update

The Ministry Board met on Wednesday, November 8. The meeting focused heavily on the church calendar through the end of 2017, as well as visioning for 2018. Calendar discussion included Advent events, such as the White Gift Service on the 10th and the Sanctuary Choir performance on the 17th. We are looking for volunteers to help with Advent Fun Shops on Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 pm; please be in touch with Clark Beil if you are available. We also discussed evolving staffing questions, including Pastor David posting office hours and availability. Also, as a reminder: annual reports for all boards and committees are due by December 15. You can email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .