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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 13, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, April 15

Jesus kept appearing to the disciples after the Resurrection, and they found his appearances ... unsettling. What do we do when Jesus unsettles us in this moment? Join us for worship this Sunday as Pastor David preaches about this issue!

This Week

Open Mike Night is Here!

Saturday, April 14

Tomorrow!  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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 ).

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, April 15

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, April 15 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 .

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, April 16

Monday Morning Bible Study continue on April 16 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.

Book Sale | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 21

Thanks to everyone for their fabulous donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and art work for the Arts Committee upcoming book sale. Donations are still welcome and you can bring them to church on Sunday, 15 April or during the week of 16-20 April. All donations must be received by Friday, April 20 at 3:00 pm. Please, no textbooks or torn books. We have loads of wonderful fiction, current events and many, many great children's books. Volunteers are still needed for set-up on Friday the 20th and clean-up on Saturday the 21st. You can sign up in the Social Hall.

Hands-on Mission Project

Saturday, April 28

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) has arranged for Little River UCC to participate in the region-wide Potomac Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. LRUCC's site will be our local Accotink Creek in Eakin Community Park, starting at the Woodburn Road bridge. At its closest point, Accotink Creek is only a few hundred yards from church and is bordered by the lovely Accotink Creek Trail. To drive to our meeting point, take a right on Little River Turnpike, go 0.5 miles and turn right on Woodburn Road (before Exxon station). Bear right past the fire station to continue on Woodburn. Just before crossing the stream, turn right to park along Spicewood Drive. Please dress for walking in the woods, with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear. If you have them, wading gear and rakes also help, since much of the trash is in the water. Please RSVP or direct any questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Second Saturday Yoga

Saturday, May 13

Beginning in May, Little River UCC will host yoga classes on the second Saturday of each month. New member Irena Pavlin, who has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, will offer a Gentle Yoga class from 8:30-9:15 am and a Flow Yoga class from 9:30-10:45 am. Gentle Yoga is a calming, stress-relieving type of yoga focused on gradually stretching and strengthening the body, while Flow Yoga is more vigorous. Both classes will emphasize mindful breathing and are open to adults of all yoga skill levels. Classes will be held in the social hall. Please bring your own yoga or exercise mat. Contact Irena at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have additional questions.

More Church News

Ministry Board Meeting Update

The Ministry Board met on April 11th. We began with a devotional to reflect on the year since the hate crime against the church and the JCC last April. We discussed several upcoming events such as baptisms, welcoming new members, and Pentecost. We paid special attention to plans being made for June 3rd, when Pastor Alexis will be formally installed during worship, followed by our Celebration Sunday picnic. We also shared how each board/committee evaluates its work and programming, and discussed ways to improve and keep records of evaluations in the future.

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) until April 22. 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!

Screening of the Documentary, "Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison," and Panel Discussion

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) would like to let you know about this interesting event coming up on Sunday, May 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd.). The event is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) and Amnesty International of Northern Virginia. The afternoon will begin at 12:30 pm with a light lunch, followed by the HBO film "Solitary" about Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, VA, and a panel discussion with IAHR board member Kimberly Snodgrass, whose son Kevin was in solitary confinement for several years and is still at Red Onion, and Johnny Perez, Director of the US Prisons Program at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. This is a good opportunity for you to see the entire film "Solitary" if you haven't yet done so. Please help us spread the word by sharing the flyer at the back of the bulletin this week and posting on social media. Here is a Facebook link: