Fair Trade Sales
Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in October?
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 special gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on their special day.
Cookies for College Students
Sunday, October 21
Fair Trade Sales are happening on Sunday, October 21 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.
2018 Stewardship Campaign News
Sundays, October 21
On Sunday, October 21 at 11:30 am in Room 7, we will pack cookies for to our college students to let them know we are thinking of them and hoping they are doing well as they progress through the fall semester. If you like to bake, your donations of two dozen homemade cookies are welcome on October 21. Please deliver your cookies (nut-free) to the church kitchen by 11:30 am on the 21st. If you wish to bake cookies or help pack them, please email Carrie Douglas.
Bible Presentation Sunday
One more week until Consecration Sunday (October 28), when we will make our pledges to Little River for next year! You should have received in the mail all the “A Piece of God’s Plan” campaign materials – including the narrative program budget, pledge card, and giving guide – to assist you in the contemplative process. Please bring your completed pledge card next week (if you forget, additional cards will be available in the narthex) and participate in our interactive event, adding your piece to the large jigsaw puzzle. Also, please join us afterward in the social hall for cake and punch, when we will announce the initial pledges and progress toward the campaign’s goal of $630,000 in pledges. If you are unable to join us next Sunday, you are welcome to drop your pledge card in the offering plate on a subsequent Sunday or mail it to the office. Every member and active friend of Little River has a piece in helping make next year a successful year of ministry to our community and wider world. We look forward to receiving your pledge out of gratitude to God and in support of the church’s mission at home and abroad.
First Friday: Under The Spell
Sunday, October 28
Bible Presentation to Children will take place on Consecration Sunday, October 28, as part of the worship service. Each year, our congregation celebrates the growth of our younger friends as they journey in their life in faith. The Board of Christian Education will present bibles to children entering Godly Play and 3rd grade. This is an exciting time for our children, youth, and the entire congregation! Please feel free to invite extended family and friends. Questions? Contact Pastor Alexis.
Remembering Loved Ones Recently Deceased
Friday, November 2
First Friday is off to a flying start. You have been invited to sign up your muggles for First Friday’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Friday, November 2 will be the first day of the new term. Please have your muggles there promptly at 6:30 pm and pick them up promptly at 9:00 pm or we will be forced to turn them into toads. You may register in the narthex between classes on Sundays or via the internet owl at https://www.lrucc.org/first-friday/.
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!
Fall Work Day
On November 4, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving for loved ones who have died during the past 12 months. We invite you to contribute the names of family members and close friends whose loss you mourn. Please call or email the church office, (703) 978-3060 or email@example.com, with the name of the individual and your relationship to that person. Information will be collected through noon on Wednesday, October 31.
Gratitude for God’s Blessings
Saturday, November 10
Everyone is invited to help spruce up Little River’s grounds and building at the Fall Work Day, on Saturday, November 10 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. While the main focus is on leaf and brush removal, trimming tree branches and trash pickup, there are indoor tasks as well. A list of Work Day tasks will be posted in the atrium and social hall. Families are welcome; there are tasks suitable for helpers of all ages. Come dressed for the weather and outdoor workers will need to bring gloves and additional yard and garden tools such as rakes, hedge clippers (electric ones), pole trimmers, branch loppers, shovels, and garden trowels. Members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand to assign work areas and tasks, provide instructions, and answer questions. We hope to see you on the 10th!
Saturday, November 17
As we anticipate and enter a season of gratitude, the Women’s Ministry Team invites church members and friends to a morning of reflection on Saturday, November 17. Breakfast and fellowship will begin at 9:30 am in Room 8. At 11:00 am, we’ll adjourn to the sanctuary for meditative worship, supported by piano, cello, and voices. This opportunity will help us prepare for the busy holiday season soon to be upon us! All are welcome, but please sign up in the atrium, especially if you’re planning to join us for breakfast.
Thursday, December 6
Our annual Bereavement Tea will take place on Thursday, December 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. It will be held at Greenspring Retirement Community in the Village Square building. The Bereavement Tea is for those at Little River who have lost an immediate family member during the past year. Invitations to those we know have lost a close loved one will be mailed in November, but please feel free to reach out to Carrie Douglas, Amy Mireku , Pastor David, or Pastor Alexis if you would like to attend.