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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 18, 2018

Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, May 20

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church! We are definitely a year older, but are we wiser? More faithful?

Come join us for worship at 10:00 am as we reflect on these questions and celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

This Week


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 to 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.

Next Week and Beyond


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

Monday, May 21

Monday Morning Bible Study continue on May 21 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.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, May 27

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, May 27 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 .

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.

End-of-Year Picnic

Sunday, June 3

Dietary Cardavailable here After worship on June 3 all are welcome to stay and enjoy our end-of-the-year picnic! As usual, everyone is invited to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, while the church will provide the main dish, cake, and beverages. In keeping with the theme of Pastor Alexis' installation, the picnic will also be a celebration of the social justice and environmental commitments of the church. How so, you ask? The main dishes will be vegan, which means that they will contain no meat, dairy, or other ingredients deriving from animals. Pastor Alexis has embraced a plant-based diet as a way of embodying nonviolence and environmental sustainability, and asks that we be mindful of that when preparing our picnic items. Does this mean that you can't put cheese in your casserole? No, but we do ask that you please label your items! Little River is an inclusive community and we want to make sure that everyone, regardless of dietary preferences or restrictions, will have food to enjoy! When you drop off your items in the Social Hall on June 3, you will be asked to fill out a card (pictured here) to label the ingredients in your dish. Bonus points for vegan and gluten-free items! Thanks for your cooperation!

Second Saturday Yoga

Saturday, June 9

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.

More Church News


Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in May?

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.

Worship Committee Meeting Update

The worship committee met on Wednesday to discuss what we find meaningful in the worship services we offer. We talked about the length of the service, the liturgy, "special" services like the White Gift and Holy Week services. The committee would greatly appreciate hearing from you! If you would like to share your thoughts about what you like and find meaningful in our worship services, or what you would like to see us do differently, please let us know by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .