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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 8, 2018

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 8

Join us this Sunday as we commission our youth and adults as they prepare to depart on their mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS. We will offer them a special blessing and reflect on what it means to be prepared for the work God is calling us to do.

This Week


"The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage" by Susan David

Sunday, July 8

Our Summer Adult Education opportunities continue this Sunday. 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 week 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. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 this 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.

Next Week and Beyond


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.

Pastors Alexis and David Out

Saturday, July 15-16

Pastors Alexis and David will be out on July 15-16. In case of a pastoral emergency, 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 .

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 multi-generational 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 multi-generational 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


Racial Justice Coalition Meeting Update

The Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) met on Sunday to follow up on a number of efforts. We encourage everyone to call and email their elected officials to express concern over policies affecting families at the border. The RJC also invites everyone in the congregation to join in our summer reading of "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein. We will have a book discussion on September 2 after worship. All are invited to participate. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions or to borrow a copy of the book!

Women’s Ministry Meeting Update

The Women’s Ministry met to review the Tea and Talk event that was held in May, and to discuss future plans. There were 26 attendees at the Tea and Talk with several new participants. For the next event, the group has decided to have a meditative breakfast focused on gratitude on Saturday, November 17. The committee is exploring the possibilities of an overnight retreat to be held in the Spring, if space can be found. They are also working on reintroducing the contact information on crisis centers around the church so that it is easily available to those who need 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 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?"