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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, July 1

As we in the U.S. prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, the nation is at a moment of great internal division and conflict. When ancient Israel faced such times, how did they treat “the other side”? What does God ask of any of us in the midst of such moments?

Join in worship this Sunday as Pastor David explores these issues.

This Week


"The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sunday, July 1

Our Summer Adult Education opportunities begin this weekend. On each of the five Sundays in July, join us at 9:00 am in Room 8 to watch a variety of short TED Talks followed by discussion.  This Sunday we will view "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Potatoes and Popsicles Fellowship Meal

Sunday, July 1

After worship on Sunday, July 1, please join us for a fellowship meal in the Social Hall. In preparation for their upcoming mission trip, the youth and adults going to Back Bay Mission this summer will provide a light lunch of baked potatoes with plenty of fixins, as well as popsicles. If the weather is nice, we will be outside on the patio! There is no cost for the meal, but we will collect a freewill offering to support our trip! If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation, you can write a check to the church with "mission trip" in the memo line. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, July 1

On Sunday, July 1 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.

Photography for New Website

Sunday, July 1

On Sunday, professional photographer and Little River member, Kelly Loss, will be on hand to capture pictures needed for our updated website. While she will be taking a few pictures during worship, she would also like to stage some photos with as many of the congregation as are willing to hang back after the benediction. Thank you for your help!

Next Week and Beyond


Office Closed

Wednesday, July 4

The church office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We will resume our normal business hours on Thursday, July 5.

Mission Trip Commissioning

Sunday, July 8

During the worship service on Sunday, July 8 we will have a special send-off for the youth and adults going on the mission trip to Biloxi, MS. Join us as we offer a special blessing to this group before they embark on their trip!

Book Group

Sunday, July 8

The Little River Book Group will be discussing Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild on Sunday, July 8 at 11:30 am in Room 7. Before Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, sociologist Hochschild had spent the previous five years in Louisiana trying to understand the “deep story” of the many members of the Tea Party who live near Lake Charles, Louisiana. Through her book, she attempts to answer the question, “Why do the people who would seem to benefit most from ‘liberal’ government intervention abhor the very idea?” Her book has since been called “one of the six books [to read] to understand Trump’s win” by the New York Times. Please join us for this discussion, even if you haven’t read the book – all are welcome and bringing questions to discuss is encouraged.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, July 8

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, July 8 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, July 8

Fair Trade Sales are happening next Sunday, July 8, 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.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, July 11

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, July 14

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.

Annual Silent Auction

Sunday, September 9

Donations Must be Received by August 15

This year’s silent auction will take place on September 9, Rally Day! Items will be available for viewing before the service and bidding will begin after the service during the Rally Day Picnic. We hope this fun multigenerational event will add to the excitement of the day.

To make this event happen, we need donations! Donations could include any of the following:

  • Goods (New items, please - unless it is an item such as art, jewelry, vintage items. Handmade items welcome!)
  • Services (Babysitting, dinners, resume help, lessons, etc.)
  • Outings/Experiences
  • Tickets
  • Vacation destinations/homes
  • Gift Cards Gift baskets
  • Donations from Teens and Children - Please encourage your child or teen to get involved in this multigenerational by donating an item or service. Babysitting, lawn mowing, leaf raking, cake baking, craft projects are ideas they could donate to support Little River with this event.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Stewardship Committee and the Arts and Design Committee with all proceeds going to fill any Stewardship budget gaps and to fund the Arts Committee’s next project (TBD - stay tuned!). Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone at (703.863.4453) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone (571-435-6891) to donate, volunteer, or with questions about appropriate donations.

More Church News


Pledged Giving Appeal

As we near the halfway point of this calendar year and begin the summer months, a reminder to please do your best to meet your pledged giving level. So many of you generously pledged to the church last year. Using those commitments as a guide, Trustees developed a thoughtful budget, which the congregation wholeheartedly endorsed at our January annual meeting. To date, thanks to the skill of our Financial Team and other sources of income, the church is in good standing. But, we have fallen significantly behind in our pledged giving, which makes up the bulk of our resources for pastors and staff, benevolences, operations, and programs. By meeting your pledged giving level, you empower the church to fulfill its mission within the community and around the world. Thank you for your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to Little River United Church of Christ.

Checking Your Pledge Balance

The Summer Solstice has passed, and we're at midway through the pledge year at Little River UCC. It's a perfect time to check your pledge balance. Just contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll be happy to assist. Thank you.

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

The Deacons met on June 26. The first topic discussed was Coffee Teams -- some need to be reorganized. A poster will be made so new people can sign up for one of the teams.

The second topic was Evangelism. The committee writes notes to visitors and tries to talk with newcomers and let them know ways to volunteer, thus getting acquainted faster with Little River members.

The third topic was an update on the vandalism that Little River experienced last year -- Bethlehem Lutheran has recently been experiencing vandalism.

The fourth topic was the Boy Scout Troop that former member Bill Huddleson wants to move to Little River to meet in the Jubilee Room. The troop needs a new meeting place. There is paperwork involved.

Pastor Alexis thanked the Deacons for the installation ceremony and the gift of a stole. She is excited about the upcoming mission trip to Back Bay, Mississippi.

Stewardship Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee met on June 26 at the church. We debriefed on the latest Treasurer reports, which led to the appeal to the congregation on meeting pledged giving levels, and approved a proposal to design and print our annual Program Brochure, Pledge Card, and Giving Guide. We also set a tentative timeline for the rollout of this year’s campaign and made assignments on reaching out to boards, committees, and photographers to update materials. A reminder that the Silent Auction to help raise funds for general operations will take place on Rally Day (September 9). 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 to discuss donations and/or volunteer. The Stewardship Committee’s next meeting will be July 30.

Future Ministries Taskforce Meeting Update

The Future Ministries Taskforce met on Wednesday, June 27 in the conference room. At our last meeting we reviewed our mission and vision statement. This time, we discussed who we as a congregation are and are becoming; and who makes up Northern Virginia and who is likely to make up Northern Virginia in the future. At our next meeting we will review our physical assets to see how we might use these for ministry in the coming years.

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 .

Adult Education Opportunities for Summer

On each of the five Sundays in July, join us at 9:00 am in Room 8 to watch a variety of short TED Talks followed by discussion. The schedule for each week is listed below. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

July 1 - "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

July 8 - "The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage" by Susan David
Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.

July 15 - "The Power of Vulnerability" by Brené Brown
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

July 22 - "What It Is Like To Be a Transgender Dad" by LB Hannahs
LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life," Hannahs says.

July 29 - "Why I'm Done Trying To Be Man Enough" - by Justin Baldoni
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"