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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 26, 2018

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, January 28

Many of us have a favorite hymn, but how often do we talk to each other about them? Join us in worship this Sunday, as several church members will share stories about their favorite hymns (which we will then sing)!

This Week

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 11:15 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!

Evolution of the Word: Adult Education Discussion Series

Sunday, January 28

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 Galatians. 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.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, January 29

Monday Morning Bible Study continues on January 29 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.

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 by Wednesday, January 31 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!

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, February 4

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, February 4 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 .

Mission Trip Information Session

Sunday, February 4

All youth and young adults (ages 14+) who are interested in the summer mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS are invited to an information session to learn about the types of work we will be doing and help plan fundraisers for the trip. We will meet at 11:30 am in the Jubilee Room on Sunday, February 4.

BOSJ/RJC Meeting

Sunday, February 4

Please join us in Room 8 at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 4 for a strategic planning meeting to discuss our priorities for 2018. All those who participate on the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and the Racial Justice Coalition are invited to attend.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, February 4

On Sunday, February 4 and 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.

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

Stewardship Campaign Update

The Stewardship Committee met on January 18 at the church. We concluded the "Renewing Our Commitment" campaign and brainstormed themes for the 2018 campaign. We also discussed preparing transition documents for and welcoming new members to the February 11 committee training session, receiving and acknowledging memorial gifts, and announcing a special offering for Shaw Community Ministries. At our next meeting, we will vote on establishing a Silent Auction subcommittee to help raise funds for general operations; if you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone at (703) 256-4866. The committee’s next meeting will be February 15.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 23. The Trustees are pleased to report that the replacement of the church's flat roof is complete. All that remains is a final inspection of the work and receipt of warranty documents. Thanks to Mike Nagy and Terry Downs for their efforts during the past two years to select a roofing contractor, negotiate a contract and see the work through to completion. Final cost is $90,000 and balance due of $40,495 will be paid from the Building Fund.

In other Trustees action to address building security, the first phase of a video surveillance system for the church building perimeter, driveway and parking lot will be installed during the week of January 29. This initial phase will consist of three security cameras monitoring the driveway, parking lot and front entrance doors, a closed circuit TV monitor mounted in the church office and a video data recorder that will store up to four weeks of video generated by the cameras. Thanks to Ben Northrup for leading this effort.

The Board of Trustees are in the process of interviewing candidates for the position of part-time Church Office Administrator with the goal of having a new office administrator start early next month. The Church Office Administrator will be present in the church office from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

The Deacons discussed worship services during Lent at which there will be communion every week and the option to be anointed with oil.

Members of the congregation will be encouraged to offer Prayers of the People after Thanksgiving and Concerns during the service. Deacons and pastors are available to help those who are interested in volunteering. Evening Lenten programs around the themes of community and fun are being prepared; as requested by the Green Team, some of the suppers will be completely vegetarian.

A photo directory is being planned.

Communications Committee Meeting Update

The Communications Committee met on Wednesday, January 24 and continued reviewing the website and suggesting changes and edits that should be made before we move over to a new website later this year.

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.