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Our 63rd Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised December 29, 2017

First Sunday after Christmas
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, December 31

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It's a popular question that some of us are still trying to answer! We know that Jesus' birth, life, and death were prophesied in the Hebrew scriptures, so even as a baby, many knew what he would become. On this first Sunday of Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the Christ child and reflect on our own sense of "becoming."

This Week


End-of-the-Year Financial Reminders

Thinking of making a year-end contribution to Little River UCC? To be credited as a contribution for 2017, please be advised that: cash or checks must be included in the offering at the worship service on Sunday, December 31, delivered to and accepted by the church office after the December 31 worship service but before the building is locked for the day, or mailed to the church with a postmark of December 31 or earlier. Credit/debit card transactions made through the on-line giving portal on the website must be made by midnight on December 31. Have any outstanding 2017 expenses or reimbursements related to LRUCC? All remaining expenses and reimbursements chargeable to the 2017 operating budget need to be processed and paid by Friday, December 29.

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. Pastor David will be away from Dec. 28 – Jan. 4 for rest. Pastor Alexis will be available from December 29 - January 4.  She can be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her on her cell phone.

Next Week and Beyond


Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, January 7

On Sunday, January 7and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month) we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food and baby items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. Food is distributed by FISH; to local charities including Food for Others, Alternative House, and Thrive DC; and to individuals who ask for assistance from the pastoral staff.

Individual pre-packed bags of food are prepared for use by FISH and church staff to respond to immediate needs. A bag of food includes: two boxes of cereal, one can of fruit, two cans of vegetables, one canned meat product, two boxes of pasta, one jar/can of pasta sauce, dry milk, and a jar of peanut butter. These items and paper or reusable grocery bags to pack them in are always appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing generous donations to the pantry.

New Adult Education Discussion!

Sunday, January 7

Janet Mackey will lead an 8-part discussion of Marcus Borg's Evolution of the Word, which examines the books of the New Testament in the order they were written. The discussion will focus on the undisputed letters of Paul and will be held every Sunday from January 7th - February 25th at 9:00 am in the Conference Room. Interested but can't make Sunday mornings? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let her know. An additional weeknight discussion will be scheduled if 5 or more people are interested! Copies of the book are available in the church library and online.

Sanctuary DMV presents "Rapid Response" Training

Sunday, January 7

Sanctuary DMV is a consortium of houses of worship that organize and advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees in the Washington, DC area. Annandale, VA has been the site of several targeted ICE raids over the past year, detaining and deporting many in our community. This Rapid Response Training workshop is designed to help communities respond to raids and support those at risk. If you are interested in attending, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The training will take place on Sunday, January 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Social Hall.

Monday Morning Bible Study - The History of Christianity Part II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

Monday, January 8

Fundamentally, the history of Christianity is not a history of abstract “-isms.” It’s a story of human beings, and the story of how faith is actually lived. The Monday Morning Bible Study is taking a holiday break until January 8, 2018 when we begin this new course taught by Molly Worthen Assistant Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Worthen received her B.A. in History as well as her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale.

Women’s Ministry Presents Poetry with Jennifer Atkinson

Sunday, January 14

Jennifer will talk about poetry with some favorites. She also will talk about “Ordinary Light” by winning Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, her memoir. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “Life on Mars”. We will have copies of “Ordinary Light” for resale at the gathering on January 14. We will meet in Room 7 from 11:30 to 1:00. Please join us for an exciting time.

PYF Outing to MLK Day Celebration in Reston

Monday, January 15

All 6th-12th graders are invited to a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and luncheon at the Reston Community Center at 12:00 pm on Monday, January 15. Tamika D. Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, will be the keynote speaker. We have a handful of tickets, so if you want to go, please let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Footsteps to Hawaii

Tuesday, January 30

Join friends and Pastor David in Footsteps XI in January/February, 2019, following “In the Footsteps of the Mikanele.” This is what the residents of the Sandwich Islands called the Congregational missionaries who first came to the Islands in 1820. Their heritage, for good and ill, remains visible today. Add whale watching, volcanoes, the Arizona Battleship Memorial, the Polynesian Culture Center, two church services, Waikiki, and much more on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Pick up a color brochure in the office or the atrium. To reserve one of only 20 spaces, write your check for $150 to LRUCC with “Footsteps” on the memo line. The deadline for trip registration is January 30, precisely one year before departure. For more information, talk to David or to Brian Payne. Aloha!

More Church News


We Need You!

Little River UCC has a tradition of service. Not only do we support our church financially through our annual pledges and special collections, but we also carry out a wide array of ministries and programs sharing God's inclusive love. In addition, our church has a dedicated number of volunteers who work behind the scenes to help maintain our buildings and grounds, manage our finances and insure that records are being maintained, services provided, and above all else that communication is ongoing to the congregation. In short, our church would not be able to function without the dedicated volunteers who serve day in and day out to make sure we are operating at 100%! As we look ahead to 2018, please take a moment and consider your own gifts and abilities and how they could assist Little River in the year ahead. Our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it consisting of Bob Lingo, Barbara Allen, and Tom Ross would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact any of them who can help you plan your 2018 commitment to Little River! We need you!

Opportunity to Serve as an Usher

Our Congregation is warmly greeted each Sunday by members of our Usher Teams. Each of the three teams would welcome additional members to distribute the duties among more participants. There will be an Usher Information and Training Session at church in January 2018 (date to be determined). If you are interested in attending this training, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or 703-764-2525 to inquire and register for the session.