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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised February 23, 2018

Second Sunday in Lent
10:00 am Worship with Ordination of Deacons and Communion

Sunday, February 25

We are ordaining new deacons this Sunday! Please be sure to join us in worship at 10 am for this very special time in our church's life.

This Week

Food & Fun Session 2: Board Game Night

Sunday, February 25

Members and friends of all ages are invited to an evening of fun and games (literally!) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Jubilee Room. We will have board games, games, foosball, and more! Feel free to bring your favorite game and/or soup to share. Please sign up in the Narthex for each activity during Lent, or you can RSVP directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Evolution of the Word: Adult Education Discussion Series

Sunday, February 25

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 Philippians. We will meet every Sunday until March 11 at 9:00 am in Room 8. Copies of the book are available in the church library and online.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, February 25 & March 4

On Sunday, February 25 & March 4 and every Communion Sunday (every Sunday during Lent) 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.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, February 26

Monday Morning Bible Study continues on Febraury 26 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 and Calvin in the Reformed Tradition, and the Anabaptist Radicals.

First Friday: It's Spring! Let's have Pi!

Friday, March 2

Join us for First Friday: It's Spring! Let's have Pi! on March 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Be prepared for the unexpected. You think you are familiar with Pi? Think again. And don't forget, it's reptile month and we are going to have a hands on experience this event. Don't miss out!

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, February 28 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!

Food & Fun Session 3: Lunch and Labyrinth

Sunday, March 4

Did you know that we have a labyrinth right here at Little River UCC? We’ll meet for soup first in the social hall at 11:30 am and then head out for a short nature walk and to explore the labyrinth. Please sign up in the Narthex for each activity during Lent, or you can RSVP directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sanctuary DMV presents "Rapid Response" Training

Tuesday, March 13

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 Tuesday, March 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Social Hall.

Open Mike Night: Sign Up!

Sign-up Deadline: March 25 | Event Date: April 14

On Saturday evening, April 14, beginning at 7:30 pm our social hall will once again be transformed into Club Little River. Performers of all ages will have the opportunity to share their talents, whatever they may be! We are hoping for a varied program, so all kinds of talent are welcome: vocal or instrumental performances, dance, reading poetry or other forms of recitation, jumping rope, etc. The possibilities are too numerous to list. Featured throughout the evening will be our own Open Mike Night band.

If you want to perform, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, March 25 and let us know what you will be performing. If you would like to have the band back you up when you sing or otherwise perform, please include that information in your email. You should get your music to Nancy Carey or Dave Shepherd by that date as well. Submissions can be sheet music or a recording (CD or MP3) accompanied by printed lyrics if it’s a song you will be singing.

Even if you prefer to keep your talents hidden, please be sure to mark your calendars so that you don’t miss this all-church sharing event. Audience members will be seated cabaret style, and refreshments will be served. Please join in the fun!

Writer's Workshop

April 2 – May 7

Attention, beginning and intermediate writers, we have scheduled a workshop that will be helpful to you! We will meet on Mondays from 7 to 9 pm for six weeks, starting April 2nd and continuing until May 7th. (The Board of Deacons is our official sponsor.) Our leader will be Lisa Leibow, a published author, and teacher at NOVA as well as throughout the DC area. To register, download the form, and follow instructions given there. This class will be of interest to those who are writing short stories, longer works of fiction, or personal history/memoir. We will discuss aspects of crafting good stories whether true or fictional. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can learn more about Lisa at

Update! Books, Art, Movies, & Music Sale

Saturday, April 21

Thanks for the enthusiastic response to the upcoming Book Sale on Saturday, 21 April from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Social Hall. We look forward to having your used books, music CDs, movie DVDs, and framed art with which to part! We'd also welcome any paper bags with handles or soft cloth bags to use at the sale. Are your boxes ready now for pick up? Then let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at 571-384-0722. She can meet you at church or your house to pick them up so we can sort and price ahead of the sale! Proceeds go the LRUCC operating fund and leftovers will go to charities! Want to volunteer? Please contact Barbara Allen.

More Church News

Stewardship Committee Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee met on January 15 at the church. We debriefed on the All Boards and Committees Leadership Meeting and continued to discuss themes for the 2018 campaign. We spent the bulk of our time talking with Scott Shirai, Director of Marketing and Philanthropy with the United Church of Christ National Office in Cleveland, about ways to improve upon our communications to increase planned giving; we were blessed to be joined by Brian Payne of the Endowment Committee for the conversation. We also voted to establish a Silent Auction subcommittee to help raise funds for general operations; if you are interest in joining the subcommittee, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (703) 256-4866. The Stewardship Committee’s next meeting will be March 15.

Nominations and Appointments Committee Meeting Update

The N&A committee consisting of Barbara Allen, Bob Lingo, and Tom Ross met on Wednesday, February 14. The Committee re-elected Tom Ross as chair and reviewed the annual election conducted at the congregational meeting on January 28. One error was identified: Jerry Surbey who has been a long term member of the Endowment Committee is ineligible to serve a third term in accordance with the church bylaws. As a result, his name will be removed from that committee’s listing.

The Committee expressed their appreciation for all those willing to serve, recognizing that a number of Boards and Committees have vacancies and would welcome members of LRUCC who might be willing to serve. Plans are underway to finalize the roster of Congregational leaders which will be posted on the LRUCC web site in the near future.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees continues to work on developing a comprehensive Safety and Security Plan for the church, and has decided to create a task force to generate specific recommendations. Please let us know if you would be interested in serving on the task force. We hope everyone has noticed that three security cameras are already in use (one inside overlooking the atrium and front entrance, one outside looking down the driveway, and one outside with a view of the parking lot), with a large monitor in the church office. The cameras record up to thirty days worth of activity, and are motion-activated. We also discussed requests we have received from two Muslim communities who would like to use space at the church for regular Friday mid-day prayers, and we agreed that we can likely accommodate only one of them.

Board of Christian Education Meeting Update

Christian Education met on February 21. We discussed plans to offer additional adult education classes, Safe Church training, and Faith & Film events. We also reviewed the Deep Blue children's curriculum, as well as our plans for Easter Sunday.

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Silent Auction

The auction committee is looking for volunteers to help with this year's LRUCC Silent Auction! If you are interested in working on this fun event, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The auction will take place in May.

4th Annual Voices from the Holy Land 2018 Film Series

This year’s series is supported by a coalition of forty-one interfaith (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian) faith organizations, including Little River UCC. Films will be screened at five different venues in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Virginia with six award-winning full-length and five short documentaries over six Sundays (and a Saturday) in March and April. That is a total of thirteen opportunities to learn about what is happening in Israel-Palestine, hear the voices of the people living in this region, and enter into the conversation on justice, human rights, and peace in the Holy Land. All screenings are free.

See the event website: or the flyer on the bulletin board in the social hall for specific details of each screening. Let's show our support!