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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 4, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, May 6

Peter and the disciples were astonished to see the diverse people God brought into the early church.  Who is God bringing into the church today?

Join us in worship as we reflect on this question.

This Week

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!

Congregational Listening Session

Sunday, May 6

On Sunday, May 6, the church will hold a congregational listening session in the Choir Room after worship, starting at 11:30 am. This continues our practice of holding open-ended sessions for the church leadership to be in direct conversation with the wider congregation. At this meeting, we will discuss current issues of importance, such as the delicate balance between security and hospitality at Little River. Moderator John Mingus looks forward to seeing you there and to hearing from you at the session. All are welcome!

Book Group

Sunday, 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.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, May 6

On Sunday, May 6 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.

Next Week and Beyond

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

Monday, May 7

Monday Morning Bible Study continue on May 7 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. The group will not meet on May 28 and June 4 will be the last class before summer break.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, May 9

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!

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.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, May 13

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, May 13 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 .

Little River Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 19

Little River’s annual spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 8am to 12pm. We hope everyone who has time that morning will join us for a few hours of beautifying the church. Tasks include leaf cleanup, pruning and trimming, making small repairs, and cleaning up neglected areas of the church. The Trustees will be there to guide and lead the work. For those who can’t make it on May 19 or who would like to be more involved in keeping our church beautiful and running smoothly, we would be most interested to hear from those willing to add their names to a list of volunteers willing to do small tasks at the church during the week or at other times of the year as needed. Please let Trustees chair Andrew Hunter, Building and Grounds lead Mike Nagy, or Office Operations lead Ben Northrup know if you are interested in being part of a volunteer team for buildings and grounds work or in support of office operations. You can reach any of the trustees at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Strengthen the Church Offering

Sunday, May 20

Pentecost Sunday, on which we celebrate the Church’s beginning, is the day for our Strengthen the Church Offering. This wider church offering is used to revitalize local churches, begin new faith communities, and underwrite a fellowship for new faith-based businesses to help end system poverty. Church members and friends should have received an envelope in the Current Reflections mailing; other envelopes will be available in the pews. If you plan to be out of town, there will still be opportunity to give! Simply write a check with Strengthen the Church in the memo line. Please be generous, so that next generations may see hope and promise offered through Jesus Christ!

Tea and Talk: A Time to Connect

Sunday, May 20

Plan to join the Women’s Ministry team and other women of Little River for a celebration of the many ways important nurturers influence our lives, including ups and downs, renewed and altered connections, and joys and sorrows.

Gather with us for Tea and Talk on Sunday, May 20, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in Room 8. A sign-up sheet will be at Bunny’s welcome desk in the foyer. Please let us know you can come and can bring finger food to share. We hope many of you will join us for this special program.

Honoring our Graduates

Wednesday, May 30

On Sunday, June 3, we will honor members of our church family who graduated this spring or have done so since last June. This includes graduates from high school, college, technical school, or graduate school. If that describes you or a family member, please notify the church office in writing ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible. Please include the graduate’s name, school and degree, relationship (if not a Little River UCC family member) and, for high school graduates, whether they will continue their education, military service, etc. Also, please let the office know about any address changes for graduates listed in the church directory. Please email this information to the office before Wednesday, May 30.

More Church News

Racial Justice Coalition Meeting Update

The Racial Justice Coalition met on April 29th after some scheduling conflicts with the first Sunday of the month. We decided to continue with our set schedule and meet on the following dates in 2018: 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, and 12/2. The book collection for the Fairfax County Detention Center is going very well! We gave them many donations from the church book sale. The RJC would like to enrich our understanding of the history of injustice in the US, by reading "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein. We welcome the congregation to make this "summer reading" with us and join us for a discussion during our September 2nd, meeting.

Finance Committee Meeting Update

The Finance Committee held an initial organizing meeting on Sunday, April 22. The committee reviewed the responsibilities of the Finance Committee. Dave Curtis (past chairperson) presented a brief summary of past discussion topics and policy actions of the committee, and he highlighted a few policy areas for further consideration. In addition, the committee discussed finance staffing plan, financial records procedures, and documentation requirements for a potential future building loan. The Committee will meet quarterly.

Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry Team met on May 3 and firmed up plans for Tea and Talk scheduled for May 20. The team encourages people to plan to attend and participate in building community. They also discussed retreat plans, which are still being developed. The team is leaning toward a January date. The next Women’s Ministry meeting will be Thursday, June 7 at 10:00 am in the Conference Room.

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: