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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised November 17, 2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, November 19

We’re giving Bibles to some of the youngest folks in the Little River family! Join in worship this Sunday at 10 am, as we celebrate God’s Love by giving away copies of scripture to our children.

This Week

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!

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.

Footsteps to Hawaii

Sundays, November 19 & 26

Finally, we have received color brochures with the itineraries for the trips to Hawaii in August, 2018, and January/February, 2019. A brief meeting to distribute these, and to answer any questions, will be held after the service this Sunday and next in the conference room. The first opportunity to sign up for either trip will be December 3. The itineraries look great, filled with religiously important, informative, exciting, and beautiful things to see and do, plus very nice hotels. Hawaii is an expensive place to visit, but these trips should be well worth their cost.

November Winter Coat Drive

Sundays, November 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 20

The Monday Morning Bible Study will not meet on Monday, November 20.

Annual Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 21

Join members of the community from various faith traditions for an ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service. A goodwill offering will be collected to support the work and ministry of ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action). The service takes place on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (6477 Lincolnia Road Alexandria, VA 22312).

Little River UCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, November 26

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, November 26 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 .

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!

Racial Justice Coalition

Sunday, December 3

On Sunday, December 3, the LRUCC Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) will meet in Room 8 at 11:15 am. The RJC will meet to discuss current racial justice issues and to share information across efforts. A portion of the meeting will be dedicated to small group conversation about the various efforts. Everyone who is interested in working for racial justice is invited to attend. Please contact Gail Perry or Karen Kleiber via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Advent Fun Shops and Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, December 3

Enjoy a joyful and magical Sunday afternoon together celebrating the approach of Christmas. Starting at 3:00 pm, we will have many Advent-centered crafts and a table of wrapping supplies will be available so you can wrap your gifts for the White Gift Service.

Also that afternoon, a merry crew will deck the halls and sanctuary. All are invited to join the fun, and give the church a “sprucing up" for the Advent and Christmas season.

White Gift Christmas Tags And White Gift Service With Dinner

Sunday, December 10

Tags Available Now through Sunday, December 3

The White Gift Service is a beloved Little River tradition in which our members reenact the Nativity scene, then follow the Magi to offer gifts honoring the Christ child. In preparation for that joyful service, our White Gift Christmas tree stands in the atrium to express the Christmas hopes of young children from low-income families served by ACCA Child Development Center, Main Street Child Development Center, and Shaw Community Ministry. Allow yourself the pleasure of sharing God’s love with a child this Christmas season! Gift tags and a sign-up sheet (used this year again to assist the Board of Outreach and Social Justice in tracking gifts) will be available from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, December 3. Please take only as many tags as you are able to provide gifts.

Please also plan to attend our second annual White Gift Dinner following the service on December 10. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice would like to celebrate the season of giving with a catered pasta dinner. A sign-up sheet to RSVP is available in the atrium near the White Gift Tree; please let us know if you are able to attend so we can plan to have enough food. We are asking for a few contributions of salad and dessert with sign-ups for those also available in the atrium. Join us to come together as community!

More Church News

Thank You!!

Thank you again for continuing to submit your Pledge Cards for 2018. To date, the congregation has pledged more than $493,000, which puts us nearly 80% of the way towards our goal of $620,000. Let’s keep the momentum going! Every member and friend of Little River has a part to play in helping make next year another successful year of ministry in our community and the world. 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.

Pastoral Availability During the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time, and you or someone you know may need to visit with a pastor. For the sake of Pastors David and Alexis (and their families), they also need to make sure they have appropriate time off to be with their families. To balance these needs, David and Alexis have arranged their schedules such that at least one of them will available at any given time. You can This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him on his cell phone. Alexis may be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her on her cell phone. Here’s who you can contact on which date:

Nov. 19 to 25: Alexis

Nov. 26 to 28: Alexis or David

Nov. 29 to Dec. 4: Alexis

Dec. 5 to 10: Alexis or David

Dec. 11 to 15: David

Dec. 16-24: Alexis or David

Dec. 25 to 28: David

Dec. 29 to Jan. 4: Alexis

Pastor David will be away from Nov. 20 to 25 to visit extended family; Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 for a trip with his wife Carrie; and Dec. 28 – Jan. 4 for rest. Pastor Alexis will be away from Dec. 11 to 15 for continuing education, as well as Dec. 25 to 28 for family.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) met on November 12th. A few items of interest that were discussed are as follows. It is that time of year! White Gift 2017 is quickly approaching. The Wish Lists are in and the tree is soon to go up. Stay tuned to Currents and Social Media for more information and details. At our next meeting, will be transitioning the Board’s leadership for 2018. BOSJ does exciting, rewarding things. What excites your passionate soul? We cover many causes: Packing for Food Against Hunger; Supporting local organizations with money and time; Disaster relief assistance; Combating racial injustice; striving for a just and sustainable environment; refuge support; mission collections; participating in LGBTQ activities; and so much more! Sound exciting? BOSJ has a few openings - join us! BOSJ's next meeting is tentatively December 10th in the conference room.