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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised June 22, 2018

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, June 24

As we celebrate Pride Month, we are honored to welcome Rev. Paul-Lynn Grace-Neal to the pulpit! They have been actively involved with LGBTQ+ ministries in the Potomac Association of the UCC.

Be there this Sunday at 10 am as we welcome Rev. Grace-Neal!

This Week


LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, June 24

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, June 24 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 .

Next Week and Beyond


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.

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.

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.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Trustees met on June 19. They briefly reviewed updates from the Governance Committee meeting of June 13 including the financial arrangements for housing assistance called for in Pastor David’s contract as well as revenue shortfalls and expenditures ahead of plan in the church budget. The situation is currently manageable but may require future action by the Trustees to ensure we remain within budget. Trustees also discussed working with the Finance team to clarify responsibilities for certain funds and line items where approval authority is currently unclear. Trustees discussed how to divide the leadership responsibilities of Ben Northrup who resigned from Trustees in late May. Separately Trustees identified a need for a point person on grounds issues. Work previously approved by the Trustees to make security improvements at the church, primarily through door repairs and security cameras has been completed and proposals are now being developed for things such as remote front door access and interior door improvements for the classroom spaces. Decisions on proceeding with new security projects will be subject to future discussions with other boards and committees on the security plan. Trustees reviewed the status of minor repairs such as office blinds, driveway potholes, exterior flashing, and tiles in the kitchen ceiling. Unsolicited proposals were received to shift utilities and to make repairs to the gravel driveway that require further investigation. Office operations were discussed, including the cost of replacing the network server which is working but technologically obsolete. Lastly, Trustees discussed putting together a new building use form reflective of church policies currently in existence as well as possible clarifications to the building use policy.

Church School Parent Survey

Parents! If you haven't had a chance yet, you are invited to take the survey about church school at Little River here online or in print on the back pages of the Sunday bulletin. Interested in learning more? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in June?

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.

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?"