Board of Outreach and Social Justice

February 17, 2019

Last Sunday, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) met to establish our priorities for 2019. We discussed plans to host an interfaith Faith & Film event with the Rumi Forum in the spring. The film is called "The Sultan and the Saint." We also discussed several ideas for raising funds for our benevolences this year. For more information please contact Pastor Alexis at

February 3, 2019

The Board of Social Justice and Outreach met on Sunday, February 3 to review our work in 2018 and start to identify priorities for 2019. We were pleased to have our new board members join us and celebrate our outgoing board chairs!

December 16, 2018

Little River Food Pantry Feeds the Community

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is proud to report that thanks to the generous support of Little River UCC members and friends over the past year, we have been able to distribute 65 very full bags of groceries and two large garbage bags of travel toiletries from the Little River pantry to the community. Recipients included FISH clients, detained immigrant children, Second Story (formerly Alternative House), the George Mason University student pantry, Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), Thrive, Food for Others, and individuals who came to the church for help.

Thank You!

2018 White Gift Service (Photo courtesy of Alexis Kassim)

2018 White Gift Service (Photo courtesy of Alexis Kassim)

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice sends a hearty “thank you” to the music staff for organizing the White Gift service, and to congregation members for their generosity in giving and in helping with the post-service dinner.

2018 White Gifts (Photo courtesy of Craig Stapert)

2018 White Gifts (Photo courtesy of Craig Stapert)

December 2, 2018

FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

What is FISH?  At Little River, we bring food each month to restock the pantry, but do you know that FISH is much more than a resource for hungry people in our area?  For Immediate Sympathetic Help is an ecumenical effort of 14 churches from the beltway west through Fairfax City that work together to provide short-term assistance to those in need.  When Fairfax County Department of Family Services receives a request for assistance that does not fit a regular program, they may pass it along to the FISH phone captain for that day.  When the cupboard is bare, FISH can deliver food.  However, for folks living on the edge, missing a couple of days of work can mean they are unable to pay a rent or utility bill, so FISH can also offer financial aid to prevent eviction or to avert a related crisis.  The 14 churches provide financial support and volunteers who serve as phone captains and drivers.  Please consider volunteering; contact Susan Kennedy, our longtime church representative to the FISH council, for more information.

October 21, 2018

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice enjoyed another successful and spirited meeting Sunday, October 21, 2018. Following member check-in and prayer, updates were provided on several board initiatives. Fellow congregants can look forward to announcements on upcoming Open and Affirming/LGBTQ+, Global Ministries, and Racial Justice Coalition activities. BOSJ also completed the planning for the annual White Gift program. The next BOSJ meeting will take place on Sunday, November 18, 2018 immediately following the morning service.

August 19, 2018

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice met on August 19th.  We worked on plans for a number of upcoming events including the LBBTQA+  brainstorming session on August 26th, the Racial Justice Coalition discussion of The Color of Law on September 2nd, and the Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing event on September 30th. The board also approved a donation drive for items for detained immigrant children for the month of September, and the discussed the possibility of partnering with other churches to sponsor a refugee family. The board is also in the early planning stages of December's White Gift service in order to more effectively manage gift requests, and the board approved the purchase of a new Christmas tree.