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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 1, 2018

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Installation of Pastor Alexis
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, June 3

This Sunday is gonna be wild!

It'll be a bonanza, a veritable lollapalooza, 'cause it's Celebration Sunday!

We're gonna celebrate our graduates, our teachers, our guest preacher, our Associate Pastor, and even the Sacrament of Communion! Then to top it all off, we're gonna have a big ole picnic! All of it starting at 10 am on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

P.S. This worship service is being video recorded by the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ.

This Week

End-of-Year Picnic

Sunday, June 3

Dietary CardAfter worship on Sunday 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!

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, June 3

On Sunday, June 3 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, June 4

Monday, June 4 is the last class of the Monday Morning Bible Study until fall. Enjoy your summer break!

Volunteers Needed for the DC Capital Pride Parade and Festival

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10

Little River UCC is registered for the Capital Pride Parade and Festival (June 9 & 10) through UCC Potomac Association. We would like to have marchers from Little River on Saturday night (June 9) and table staffing at the festival from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday (June 10).

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 if you are interested in helping out. We will have rainbow bookmarks available to hand out. Specific lineup location and time will be available after June 1.

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.

Church School Teacher Recruitment and New Curriculum Preview

Sunday, June 10

Have you ever wondered what happens in church school? Visit the Board of Christian Education display in the Social Hall during coffee hour on June 10 and find out! We will have our new church school curriculum (complete with video!) on display, as well as information about becoming part of the teaching team. Interested in learning more? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, June 10

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday, June 10, 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.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, June 10

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, June 10 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 .

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, June 13

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!

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Not since World War II has the world seen a refugee problem on the scale we have today. How can one person be part of the solution? Scale it down to the level of one family and join with others of faith, that's how. Such an opportunity is knocking. Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) recently voted to work through Lutheran Social Services to resettle a refugee family. Peace Lutheran and Ravensworth Baptist are leading the effort and seeking more coordinating churches to send a representative to planning meetings and help lead the work when the family arrives. How much does the refugee crisis move you? Could you be that representative for Little River? If yes, or maybe, 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 .

Future Ministries Task Force Meeting Update

The Future Ministries Task Force held its inaugural meeting on May 30. Our initial meeting focused on a discussion of our mission and vision statements, and ways to scope our task. We started working on a list of topics for conversations, which included building maintenance, financing needs, and building use. We are also exploring ways to obtain congregational input. If you have interest or thoughts to share, please reach out to Jan Curtis, Kathleen Styles, Mary Summers, Carolyn Yocom, Mathew Halstead, Rich Dodenhoff, Betsy Erickson, Dan Jimenez, David Lindsey, or Alexis Kassim.