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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised January 12, 2018

Second Sunday of Epiphany
10:00 am Worship with Communion

Sunday, January 14

Teacher. Criminal. Liberator. Threat.

These words have been used to describe Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King, Jr. both. Have you ever wondered how our collective memory of people changes over time? We will explore this thought on Sunday as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and share communion.

This Week


New Adult Education Discussion!

Sunday, January 14

Janet Mackey will lead an 8-part discussion of Marcus Borg's Evolution of the Word, which examines the books of the New Testament in the order they were written. The discussion will focus on the seven authentic letters of Paul only and will be held every Sunday from January 14 to March 4 at 9:00 am in Room 8. Interested but can't make Sunday mornings? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let her know. An additional weeknight discussion will be scheduled if 5 or more people are interested! Copies of the book are available in the church library and online.

Women’s Ministry Presents Poetry with Jennifer Atkinson

Sunday, January 14

Jennifer will talk about poetry with some favorites. She will also talk about, and read poems from, Ordinary Light, the memoir of the new U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her Life on Mars. We will have copies of Ordinary Light for resale at the gathering on January 14. We will meet in Room 7 from 11:30 to 1:00. Please join us for an exciting time.

Men's Fellowship

Sunday, January 14

An invitation to all men of LRUCC to join us for an informal discussion and lunch on Sunday, January 14 at 11:30 am, following our worship and coffee hour. Our new pastor, Rev. Alexis Kassim will be joining us. If you are interested in attending, please contact Tom Ross at 202-329-8641.

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, January 14

On Sunday, January 14 and every Communion Sunday (normally the first Sunday of every month) 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.

Fair Trade Sales

Sunday, January 14

Fair Trade Sales are happening this Sunday, January 14, 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.

Olive Oil Ministry Scholarship Speakers

On Sunday, January 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, there will be an opportunity to hear from two people who recently traveled with the Olive Harvest Delegation of Interfaith Peace-Builders to Palestine. Their participation was enabled by scholarship support from the Olive Oil Ministry, of which Little River UCC is a member.

The event will be held at Westmoreland Congregational UCC, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD. Questions? Call Jan Curtis, 703-503-8454.

Next Week and Beyond


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

Monday, January 15

Five hundred years ago, Christianity was a faith centered in Europe. Monks battled emperors and popes over the right of ordinary believers to read the Bible; rulers assumed authority over the consciences of their subjects; and renegade intellectuals were beginning to challenge the notion that the Church was always right. Fundamentally, the history of Christianity is not a history of abstract “-isms.” It’s a story of human beings, and the story of how faith is actually lived. The Monday Morning Bible Study continues January 15 at 10:00 am, when we begin this new 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.

PYF Outing to MLK Day Celebration in Reston

Monday, January 15

All 6th-12th graders are invited to a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and luncheon at the Reston Community Center at 12:00 pm on Monday, January 15. Tamika D. Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, will be the keynote speaker. We have a handful of tickets, so if you want to go, please let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, January 21

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, January 21 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 .

Faith in Film: Maine Girls

Sunday, January 21

In Maine – the whitest state in America – immigrant students are entering public schools in record numbers. But as the population has increased, so have the number of hate crimes. In Maine Girls, a diverse group of girls at South Portland High School learn what it takes –and what it means – to develop relationships with people who don’t look or live the same way that they do. Leading by example, these teenage girls pave the way for greater empathy at their school and encourage other girls to step up and do the same in communities throughout the United States. Maine Girls, a 27-minute short documentary film, world premiered at the acclaimed Camden International Film Festival on September 17, 2017.

The Rumi Forum, in partnership with Little River United Church of Christ (LRUCC) and the creators of the Maine Girls documentary proudly present this screening and discussion of the film, Maine Girls. Film viewing will take place from 12:00 to 12:30 in the Sanctuary with a panel discussion to follow in the Social Hall from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. All are welcome! Please sign up here, so we know how many to expect.

Advocacy in Richmond: A Day for All People

Tuesday, January 23

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) would like you to know of an opportunity to participate in this faith-based advocacy program.

Advocacy in Richmond: A Day for All People, sponsored by Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), on Tuesday, January 23, 8:30 — 3:30. Calling “disciples in action” for visits with legislators and to General Assembly, listen to dynamic speakers, food included. Car pools are forming. ($25 if registered by Jan. 11 — www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org). Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details.

Web Survey for Members, Friends, and Staff of LRUCC

Due Friday, January 26

The Communications Committee needs your help! As we begin a re-design of the LRUCC website, your input is valuable in helping the designer and the Communications Committee make decisions about what should or should not be included in the new website. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions in this online survey and submit your responses by Friday, January 26. Thank you! (If you prefer to submit a paper version of the survey, see the last page of this week's bulletin for the paper version.)

Escape the Cold in Hawaii

Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, January 30

When our low temperature last week was five degrees, the low in Honolulu was 70! Why not join friends and Pastor David for two warm weeks next January/February, 2019, following "In the Footsteps of the Congregational Missionaries"? We have room for five more participants. Pick up a color brochure in the office or the atrium, then write a check for $150 to LRUCC with "Footsteps" on the memo line. The deadline for trip registration is Tuesday, January 30, precisely one year before departure. For more information, talk to David or to Brian Payne. Aloha!

First Friday: Amid the Snow, All the Colors of the Earth

Friday, February 2

Join us for First Friday: Amid the Snow, All the Colors of the Earth on February 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This month, the ever popular Miss Ashton is going to excite the kids with dance and song in a program tailored for each age group. We are going to learn a little about how different we are, but also, how we really are not different at all.

The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. Registration forms are available at http://bit.ly/lruccfirstfriday. If you’ve already completed a registration form for the 2017/2018 program year, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know your child(ren) will be attending.

First Friday is a kids' night out program designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC, so spread the word and make your plans!

Books, Art, & Music Sale

Saturday, April 21

The Arts Committee has a winter project for every member of LRUCC! The Board of Trustees has approved our plan for a used books/art/music sale on Saturday, April 21. Between now and early April, please start perusing your already-read books, your CDs, and your art at home to see what you might like to unload. Put them away in a box and bring them to the church in mid-April (details to follow) and we will make sure they find good homes! The purpose of our event is to raise money for the general operations fund in gratitude for the Board of Trustees' funding our lobby renovation! We hope that this sale will bring bibliophiles, music lovers, and art lovers to our church and possibly new members as well. If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer, please see Katherine Schultz or Robin Petrusak.

More Church News


Stewardship Campaign Update

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the “Renewing Our Commitment” stewardship campaign. As of December 31, 2017, the congregation had pledged $578,599, putting us at 93% of our goal of $620,000. Even though we have started a new calendar year, there is still some time to make a initial pledge or increase your current pledge. Any pledges received within the next couple of weeks will make a difference in the preliminary budget presented by the Trustees at upcoming congregational meeting. Please submit a Pledge Card or reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at (703) 323-0416 or to support LRUCC’s many ministries which sustain our spiritual lives and enable us to reach the wider world.

Church Council Meeting Update

The Church Council met on January 10th. Much of the meeting focused on planning the agenda for the annual meeting, and looking at the budget for 2018. The Communications Committee is looking for boards and committees to update their web pages so they can work with our new consultant, who is helping us develop a new, more mobile-friendly website for Little River. If you have suggested content changes, please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Additionally, David reported that he, Alexis, and the worship committee are working on changes in the order of worship. The purpose of these changes are to experiment with different approaches to worship.

Please hold the date for the annual meeting on January 28th after coffee hour at church. We are planning to have extra treats at coffee hour to sustain you through the Annual meeting!

A Blessing for Nominations and Appointments

As we approach the Little River UCC annual meeting, we have good news to report. For our church-wide offices, we are blessed to have the following members express their willingness to serve as church officers. Their names will be on the 2018 ballot:

  • Moderator: John Mingus
  • Moderator-elect: Nancy Hall
  • Treasurer: Mary Summers

We are continuing to search for people willing to serve in other key leadership positions (including Assistant Treasurer, Members at large) as well as on various boards and committees of the church. Please don’t be shy about serving. Feel free to contact any of the Nominations & Appointment committee members: Bob Lingo, Barbara Allen, or Tom Ross if you have an interest. We’re happy to answer questions, suggest ways to serve, and help you as you offer Little River your skills and abilities.

2018 Flower Calendar

The 2018 Flower Calendar is posted in the social hall. You are invited to sign up to give flowers on the Sunday of your choice on a first-come basis. New this year, there are several options to choose from when donating flowers, so make sure that you take one of the information sheets that are hanging near the calendar.

Music Committee Meeting Update

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, January 3. The Committee commended Craig and Ashton for the beautiful music during the Advent season. The music featured all of our music ministry groups including the Sanctuary Choir, the Sanctuary Bells, Salt of the Earth, Joyful Noise, guest musicians, volunteer instrumentalists, and Joyful Noise alumnae. The Committee addressed planning for Hymn Sunday on January 28. The Committee proposed several ideas to enhance worship using hymn singing and will share them with Pastor David. Members Nancy Carey and Kathy Richardson agreed to lead a sub-committee for Open Mic Night on April 14. The Music Committee will assist in getting out the word for new acts of all varieties in music, spoken word, or dance! Ashton provided an update on the Orff instrument purchase for the youth ensembles which will be arriving in time for the Spring. The Committee also reviewed financial numbers for the 2018 budget. In order to cover expenses of guest musicians, the Music Ministries used funds from the Special Music fund in 2017. Our next meeting is February 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Opportunity to Serve as an Usher

Our Congregation is warmly greeted each Sunday by members of our Usher Teams. Each of the three teams would welcome additional members to distribute the duties among more participants. There will be an Usher Information and Training Session at church in January or February 2018 (date to be determined). If you are interested in attending this training, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or 703-764-2525 to inquire and register for the session.