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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 11, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter
10:00 am Worship with New Member Reception

Sunday, May 13

This Sunday, we’re receiving new members into the church!

Join us in worship at 10 am to officially welcome them into our congregation’s common life.

This Week


Second Saturday Yoga

Saturday, May 12

Beginning in this month, 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 .

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, May 13

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, May 13, so plan to stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive oil sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.

Next Week and Beyond


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

Monday, May 14

Monday Morning Bible Study continue on May 14 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.

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


Church Council Meeting Update

The Church Council met on Wednesday, May 9th and reviewed feedback from the congregational listening session held on May 6th. The council discussed: the church's current security measures and where we need additional measures; preliminary plans for Pastor David's sabbatical (beginning January 2020), and ideas for creating more space in the building for our music ministries. The council also received the treasurers' and pastors' reports.