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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised April 20, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, April 22

“I am the good shepherd,” Jesus said, describing his relationship with the disciples who founded the Church. How would you describe our church’s relationship with Jesus today?

Join us at 10 am on Sunday as Pastor David explores this question!

This Week

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.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, April 23

Monday Morning Bible Study continue on April 23 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.

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 .

Spring Children's Choir Production

Sunday, April 29

Join the Salt of the Earth and Joyful Noise choirs as they retell the story of Genesis through scripture, song, instruments, movement, and poetry. It is not a musical, but rather a scriptural reading dramatized with musical vignettes. The presentation will highlight music and speech created by the children alongside published works. This Orff Schulwerk approach to the presentation is grounded in experiential learning and developmentally appropriate improvisation, which encourages the youth to connect with their inner creativity and deepen their musicianship. It will feature our newly purchased xylophones, metallophone, hand drums, and other non-pitched percussion instruments, which were purchased with special funds from the music committee. The Genesis retelling (which will be named by the children in the coming week) will also allude to our personal relationship with nature and our responsibility for its care. The children have even devised their own stewardship advice to give the congregation as the finale to the program. We hope that you will join us for this exciting event!

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, April 29

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, April 29 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 .

First Friday: May the 4th Be With You

Friday, May 4

Join us for First Friday: May the 4th Be With You on May 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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, May 2 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!

Book Group

Friday, May 6

It’s that time again! The Little River Book Group is meeting on Sunday, May 6 at 11:30 am in Room 7 to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Life takes a dramatic turn for Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, an aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in the elegant Metropol Hotel in Moscow for his association with a poem that falls suspect with the new Bolshevik government in 1922. Accustomed to the finer things in life, Count Rostov must adjust to very different circumstances after he is sentenced to “imprisonment” in a cramped room in the attic of the exclusive hotel. As the novel unfolds he learns much about what is important in his life, forging special relationships with others in the hotel, assuming a working role in the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, and acting as a surrogate father for a friend’s child who is dropped off in his care. Author Amor Towles captures the metamorphosis of his protagonist against the backdrop of a Russia convulsed by the changes wrought by a communist government. All are welcome whether you have read the book or not.

Second Saturday Yoga

Saturday, May 12

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

Thank You For Your Generosity!

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) would like to thank you! With your generous giving to the Easter Offering, we surpassed the goal of providing 20,000 meals for hungry people through the Rise Against Hunger project. Now, please watch for an announcement about the fall date when we’ll have a great time packing more meals.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) met on April 15th and discussed several planning topics. Members of the Board will be working with the Pastoral leadership and Church office to engage with other boards on certain church initiatives. Planning was initiated for the upcoming Strengthening the Church offering. BOSJ will be coordinating with the Church Office to announce several upcoming events and activities.

Endowment Committee Meeting Update

The Endowment Committee met on April 18 and discussed the following important items:

  • Financial information related to the treasurer’s report, the current market value of the Endowment Fund; and the first quarter report of United Church Funds.
  • Resignation of George Leonard. George will stay on as chair until July and the committee will ask the Nominations and Appointments Committee to appoint a successor as soon as possible after that. If anyone is interested in joining our committee, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 18.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Trustees met on April 17. Trustees agreed to a proposal from the Finance team to accelerate the transition away from the use of "Your Part-Time Controller" to help manage church finances and rely primarily on our part-time bookkeepers instead whom the Treasurer can authorize to work additional hours. The shift should result in budgetary savings in financial operations. Trustees also discussed how to distribute the workload in the main areas of Trustee responsibility including buildings and grounds, office operations, and the budget. We’ll be seeking volunteers willing to help with some of these tasks especially during the annual LRUCC spring clean-up which is scheduled for May 19 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Trustee’s will include more information on how you can help in future bulletins. The security measures undertaken since the last Trustees meeting were discussed. The security camera coverage of the church property is operating well and will remain at the current level for a period as the overall security plan is more fully developed. Trustees are exploring the potential for a buzzer/intercom feature at the church front entrance which would allow for secure remote greeting of unfamiliar persons approaching the church outside of worship service hours. Finally, Trustees discussed planning for potential improvements to the Social Hall and reviewed updates on a range of small building and grounds, office operations, and insurance issues.

Music Committee Meeting Update

The Music Committee met on Wednesday evening, April 18. Thanks to all members who participated and shared their talent to make a fabulous evening for Open Mic Night. Special thanks goes to Nancy Carey and Kathy Richardson for organizing, Scott Richardson for helping with setup, Dave Shepherd for organizing the band and introducing the acts, to Craig Stapert for his work behind the scenes, and to the attendees for helping with cleanup. Overall, there were approximately 45 people in attendance! The Music Committee plans to continue the tradition next year. The Music Committee reviewed ideas for special music in the summer and upcoming special music for Pentecost. The Music Committee is considering plans to purchase a set of handbell chimes for a Children's Bell Choir for next year. Additionally, the Music Committee is researching the idea of turning Room 7 into a designated Choir Room and rehearsal space. The room would still be available for other groups to use when choirs are not rehearsing. Having a designated space for Music Ministry would help with rehearsals on Sunday morning and provide a welcoming space for all our music choirs. The Music Committee is requesting feedback from other committees and the congregation on the possibility of using Room 7. Additionally, the Music Committee is considering ways to upgrade our pianos in our rehearsal spaces. If you have a piano you are considering donating, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Worship Committee Meeting Update

On Wednesday night (April 18), the Worship Committee (a sub-committee of the Board of Deacons) met with Pastor David. They reviewed how worship went in Lent and on Easter Sunday. They also worked on planning worship through early June, including the installation of Pastor Alexis on Sunday morning, June 3. Questions about their work can be addressed to Chris Weakley, Carolyn Johnson, or Drew Nettinga.

Display of United States Flag at Little River UCC

A request has been made to place a 4x6 foot United States Flag in a floor stand in a corner of the atrium near the entry doors. Considerations, con and pro, for the placement of the flag in Little River have been: (con) "separation of church and state", versus (pro) the "significance of the flag's presence." This request will be set for a majority vote in a future congregational meeting. For background information on this request, you may 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 .

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:

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in April?

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.