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Third Sunday of Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, January 21

Jesus called the disciples in the midst of their everyday lives. How and where is God calling in the midst of our lives right now?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10 am as Pastor David reflects on this critical question!

This Week

Evolution of the Word --  Adult Education Discussion Series

Sunday, January 21

Janet Mackey is leading 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. This week we will review and discuss I Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul's earliest known letter. Please read ahead of time both this letter and the introduction found in Evolution of the Word.  We will meet every Sunday until  March 4 at 9:00 am in Room 8. Copies of the book are available in the church library and online.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, January 21

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, January 21 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 .

Faith in Film: Maine Girls

Sunday, January 21

In Maine – the whitest state in America – immigrant students are entering public schools in record numbers. But as the population has increased, so have the number of hate crimes. In Maine Girls, a diverse group of girls at South Portland High School learn what it takes –and what it means – to develop relationships with people who don’t look or live the same way that they do. Leading by example, these teenage girls pave the way for greater empathy at their school and encourage other girls to step up and do the same in communities throughout the United States. Maine Girls, a 27-minute short documentary film, world premiered at the acclaimed Camden International Film Festival on September 17, 2017.

The Rumi Forum, in partnership with Little River United Church of Christ (LRUCC) and the creators of the Maine Girls documentary, proudly present this screening and discussion of the film, Maine Girls. Film viewing will take place from 12:00 to 12:30 in the Sanctuary with a panel discussion to follow in the Social Hall from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. All are welcome! Please RSVP here, so we know how many to expect.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, January 22

Monday Morning Bible Study continues on January 21 at 10:00 am, with the 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. Topics are: Zwingli, Calvin in the Reformed Tradition, and the Anabaptist Radicals.

Advocacy in Richmond: A Day for All People

Tuesday, January 23

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) would like you to know of an opportunity to participate in this faith-based advocacy program.

Advocacy in Richmond: A Day for All People, sponsored by Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), on Tuesday, January 23, 8:30 — 3:30. Calling “disciples in action” for visits with legislators and to General Assembly, listen to dynamic speakers, food included. Car pools are forming. ($25 if registered by Jan. 11 — Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details.

Web Survey for Members, Friends, and Staff of LRUCC

Due Friday, January 26

The Communications Committee needs your help! As we begin a re-design of the LRUCC website, your input is valuable in helping the designer and the Communications Committee make decisions about what should or should not be included in the new website. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions in this online survey and submit your responses by Friday, January 26. Thank you!

Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 28

Members are called to the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 28 at 11:15 am. See the official call to meeting here.

Snacks & Goodies for the Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 28

On Sunday, January 28 Little River UCC will be holding its annual congregational meeting beginning after coffee hour at approximately 11:45 am. While the "Heart" coffee team will be providing refreshments including some snacks, it would be greatly appreciated if others could contribute so we have enough to keep us going through our annual meeting. If you'd like to contribute an item or two, please let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it know via email or phone (202-329-8641). We don't need the normal outpouring of goodies that we often get, just a few thoughtful items to keep people awake and alert as we head into our meeting. Thanks for your support!

Escape the Cold in Hawaii

Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, January 30

When our low temperature last week was five degrees, the low in Honolulu was 70! Why not join friends and Pastor David for two warm weeks next January/February, 2019, following "In the Footsteps of the Congregational Missionaries"? We have room for five more participants. Pick up a color brochure in the office or the atrium, then write a check for $150 to LRUCC with "Footsteps" on the memo line. The deadline for trip registration is Tuesday, January 30, precisely one year before departure. For more information, talk to David or to Brian Payne. Aloha!

First Friday: Amid the Snow, All the Colors of the Earth

Friday, February 2

Join us for First Friday: Amid the Snow, All the Colors of the Earth on February 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month, the ever popular Miss Ashton is going to excite the kids with dance and song in a program tailored for each age group. We are going to learn a little about how different we are, but also, how we really are not different at all.

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!

Books, Art, & Music Sale

Saturday, April 21

The Arts Committee has a winter project for every member of LRUCC! The Board of Trustees has approved our plan for a used books/art/music sale on Saturday, April 21. Between now and early April, please start perusing your already-read books, your CDs, and your art at home to see what you might like to unload. Put them away in a box and bring them to the church in mid-April (details to follow) and we will make sure they find good homes! The purpose of our event is to raise money for the general operations fund in gratitude for the Board of Trustees' funding our lobby renovation! We hope that this sale will bring bibliophiles, music lovers, and art lovers to our church and possibly new members as well. If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer, please see Katherine Schultz or Robin Petrusak.

More Church News

Communications Committee Meeting Update

The Communications Committee met on Tuesday, January 16 and spent most of our meeting reviewing the website and suggesting changes and edits that should be made before we move over to a new website later this year.

Stewardship Campaign Update

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the "Renewing Our Commitment" stewardship campaign. As of January 14, 2018, the congregation had pledged $578,999, putting us at 93% of our goal of $620,000. Even though we have started a new calendar year, there is still some time to make an initial pledge or increase your current pledge.

Any pledges received yet this week will make a difference in the preliminary budget presented by the Trustees at upcoming congregational meeting. Please submit a Pledge Card or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone at (703) 323-0416.

2018 Flower Calendar

The 2018 Flower Calendar is posted in the social hall. You are invited to sign up to give flowers on the Sunday of your choice on a first-come basis. New this year, there are several options to choose from when donating flowers, so make sure that you take one of the information sheets that are hanging near the calendar.

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in January?

If so, then please come by the church office anytime during the week that is convenient for you so your child can pick up a “Happy Birthday” pillowcase from Pastor David or another member of the office staff. This is a small gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on his/her birthday.

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 or February 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.