Caring for Each Other

Our pastors provide a professional caring ministry, assisted by church members who are inspired to participate in a variety of ways:

  • • Geographic “Communities of Care” bring specific assistance in times of need
  • • Individual caring support is offered freely throughout the congregation.

Thanksgivings & Concerns

Thanksgivings & Concerns voluntarily shared during Sunday worship services, the Passages column in the Little River Currents newsletter (excluded in on-line editions for privacy concerns), and a weekly Thanksgivings & Concerns email all provide timely information about significant events in the lives of Little River members and friends.


Alerts are e-mails that pastors use to inform members and friends about significant occurrences, most notably deaths and events when timely notification is essential, such as those cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergency. Members and friends whose e-mail addresses have been provided to the Little River office will receive Alerts, unless they specifically opt-out.

Communities of Care

The Communities of Care program assists the pastoral staff with functions involving care of Little River members and friends with special needs. Members of Little River UCC are grouped geographically by zip code into Communities of Care that provide lay support for individuals in times of need. Each Community of Care is led by one or more Deacons who are responsible for organizing appropriate action in times of need, and all members and friends are encouraged to assist as they are able. Click here for a listing of the Communities of Care and the assigned Deacons. Actions organized by Communities of Care include:

  • • Occasional support (food, transport to doctor, child care, etc.) for members with special needs such as a recent surgery, hospitalization, or death in the family.
  • • Intermittent assistance (e.g., child or elder care) over a long term for families dealing with on-going issues.
  • • Assistance with receptions following memorial services.
  • • Welcoming new members and calling on long-absent members.

Safe Church

As a community of Christian faith, Little River UCC is committed to creating and maintaining its community and to providing programs and facilities in which members, friends, staff, and volunteers can worship, learn, and work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation or intimidation. To support this objective, a clearly documented Safe Church Policy exists to prevent and address potential issues.