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Easter Sunday
6:45, 9:00 & 11:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, April 1

Join us in celebrating Easter this Sunday! Worship services are at 6:45, 9, and 11 (all morning times). It’s going to be an extraordinary day!

Easter Sunday at Little River -- Sunday, April 1


Worship Services

Sunrise Service at the Cross 6:45 am

A service of renewal and Communion followed by an Easter breakfast with hot cross buns.

A Service of Resurrection 9:00 & 11:00 am

The Sanctuary Choir and Brass Ensemble will call us to rejoice with the brass and tympani as we exclaim, Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! The Sanctuary and Joyful Noise choirs combine forces to lead the service in music and song with the trumpets, trombones, and the full organ. From the prelude to glorious, familiar hymns and to the grand anthems, the music reflects Christ’s triumph over the grave and our redemption by his love.

As a part of the 9:00 am service, an Easter Time with Children will be offered, with an Easter Egg Search at 10:00 am.

Children and their parents are invited to search for Easter eggs outside after the 9:00 am service! We ask that children age 5 and under stay within the playground area, and older children search along the grounds in the patio area. Parents and guardians are asked to stay with and supervise their children. When you have found your eggs, we ask that you take your treats home and leave the plastic eggs in the bins by the Narthex doors so that we can use them again next year. Have fun!

Easter Offering - Rise Against Hunger

Sunday, April 1

On Easter Sunday, a special Easter Fund offering will be received to support our annual Rise Against Hunger meal packing event. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) asks for your support of this offering, which will again enable us to support the packing of highly nutritious dehydrated meals in September 2018. Our meal packing event in September 2017 produced 20,000 meals that were sent to school children in El Salvador. To support the offering, make a check to LRUCC and designate "Easter Fund" on the memo line or submit your contribution in the special Easter offering envelope that you should have received in the mail.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, April 1

On Sunday, April 1 and every Communion Sunday 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.

This Week


Good Friday Tenebrae

Friday, March 30

The traditional service of candles and darkness will begin at 7:30 pm. We will share in an experience of the three days of self-exploration leading towards Easter. Music, Meditation, Communion, Scripture and the Extinguishing of the Lights.

Order Your Easter Flowers Today

Order Deadline: Friday, March 30

This is the last chance to place an order for Easter flowers in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1.  The order form is available here.

NOVA Pride: Open Closet

Saturday, March 31

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) welcomes the NOVA Annandale Pride Alliance as they sponsor a one-day Open Closet event in our building on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The group has been hosting a campus clothing drive to collect clothes for LGBTQ+ students in need of gender-affirming clothing. The Open Closet event will allow a safe space for students to come in, try on, and pick out some clothes they would like. Having clothes that truly capture one's identity and personality can be difficult for some students for a variety of reasons, so we need your help! NVCC Pride Alliance welcomes donations of:

  • Partitions for fitting rooms
  • Clothing racks
  • Shopping bags (non-clear bags only)
  • Light refreshments Hangers
  • Full length mirrors
  • Clothing, shoes, and accessories of all kinds and sizes!

LRUCC members who would like to donate additional clothes or volunteer to act as hosts for this event should 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 as soon as possible. THANK YOU!!

Next Week and Beyond


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 www.LLLeibow.com.

Truth and Racial Justice Initiative

April 3-5

This week the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, in conjunction with the UCC and other partners, will gather in Washington, DC for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, we will commit to do our part to eradicate the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal. Please join us downtown for the following events!

  • Tuesday, April 3: Ecumenical Worship Service in the Orthodox Tradition
    • 6:30 p.m.: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (2815 36th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20007)
  • Wednesday, April 4: ACT to End Racism Rally on the National Mall
    • 7-8 a.m.: Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall
    • 8-9 a.m.: Interfaith Service
    • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Rally and Call to Commitment
  • Thursday, April 5: National Day of Advocacy & Action

First Friday: Celebrate Earth Day & More!

Friday, April 6

Join us for First Friday: Celebrate Earth Day & More! on April 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Due to the cancellation last month, we are combining programs in April. Come celebrate with us. Mother Earth loves her reptiles too!

The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Registration forms are available at http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. 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, April 4 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!

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

Monday, April 9

Monday Morning Bible Study will not meet on Monday, April 2.

Discussions continue on April 9 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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, April 11

On the second Wednesday of the month, Pastors David and Alexis visit with our church members at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. This visit happens in the Craft Room at Hunters Crossing from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. If you or someone you know lives at Greenspring, be sure to let them know about this opportunity to get together with their neighbors and church friends!

Open Mike Night: Save the Date

Saturday, April 14

Save the Date! Talent runs deep in the Little River, and on Saturday, April 14 that talent will be in great evidence as the social hall is transformed yet again into Club Little River for our annual Open Mike Night! We have a great lineup of talented performers of all ages, and a stellar band accompanying those who requested back up. Join us, tip back a glass of bubbly (sparkling cider), and enjoy a snack or two while you enjoy the almost unlimited talent of our community. The show begins at 7:30. Please join the fun!

Questions? Please contact Nancy Carey or Dave Shepherd at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dave. The dedicated email for this event will also get the message to those who need to know ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

More Church News


Please Hold Your Auction Donations at Home Until April 16

Thanks for all the many donations for the upcoming sale! We are busy sorting and pricing! Please hold all your items at your home until the week of April 16, then please bring them to the church that week. Volunteers are still needed to help set up on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Want to volunteer? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The sale will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Social Hall.

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: http://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org or the flyer on the bulletin board in the social hall for specific details of each screening. Let's show our support!