Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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The Women's Ministry of First Baptist Church of Merrifield, located at 5122 Ransell Road, Falls Church, will sponsor the second annual Fish Fry and Gospel Sing on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to this free event featuring a meal and gospel singing by male choruses. On Sunday, May 11, Minister Jackie Timmons of 5th Street Baptist Church in Richmond will lead the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mother's Day worship services.

The Burke Community Church is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. The money raised at the yard sale will be used to fund the Mission Team's trips to West Virginia and D.C. The Burke Community Church is located at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke. 703-425-0205.

The Valley Forge Christian College (Penn.) Choir will present a Gospel Concert on Sunday, May 11,10:30 a.m., at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. There is no charge; an offering will be received. Call 703-383-1170.

Re-circulation Day with New World Unity Church. On Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 9612 Fernedge Lane, Lorton, the New World Unity Church will address the distribution problem that keeps abundance from reaching all people equally with a "free garage sale." Furniture, kitchen implements, games, clothing, books, lamps and an array of miscellaneous items that have been given freely will be exchanged for good will only, no money. To donate, call Rev. Eileen Goor at 703-690-7925.

The Rev. Hubert Stanley Beckwith, founding minister and pastor emeritus of the Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, was among those honored by Howard University on April 25 at its second annual James F. Jenkins Pillar of Faith Awards ceremony. Beckwith was recognized for his role in establishing a congregation committed to the full integration of society and for his role as a founder and first president of the Fairfax County Council on Human Relations.

In January 1955, Beckwith was the founding pastor of the Congregational Christian Church of Fairfax County, which later became the Little River United Church of Christ. The church was open to all races and worked against the then-current official racial restrictions of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Beckwith and the Church were leaders in the formation of the Fairfax County Council on Human Relations, with Beckwith serving as its first president. He continued as pastor of the Little River United Church of Christ until his retirement in February 1987. He also served as second president of the Virginia Council on Human Relations. He was a Moderator of the Middle Atlantic Conference of Congregational Christian Churches and a Chair of the Potomac Association Church and Ministry Committee, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church offers three weeks of summer camps in July for elementary school age girls and boys at the church's Fairfax location at 5114 Twinbrook Road. The first is an arts and crafts camp from July 14-18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rising kindergartners to second graders will have crafts and games; rising third to sixth graders will have art classes with a talented artist.

From July 21-25, a music and theater arts camp will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This camp is open to rising first and fourth graders and returning older students who attended last year's camp and want to help this year. From July 28-Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a sports and games camp for rising first to third graders and rising fourth to sixth graders will be offered. The two camps will run during the same time with appropriate activities for each age group.

All camps will be $40 per child for each camp with a maximum of $80 per family for each camp (two children or more.) For more information, contact the Lord of Life Church office at 703-323-9500. Detailed brochures and registration forms will available after April 20. Registration is on a first come basis until all camps are filled.

T.O.T. preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield, will begin its 16th year of operation in September. T.O.T. is a developmental, Christian preschool with trained teachers and small classes. Registration for fall 2003 is now being accepted. Call 703-644-6384 for more information.

Vienna Baptist Church will be jamming every Sunday at 6 p.m. with a new service, VBPraise, an energetic, contemporary approach to worship. Traditional worship services are offered every Sunday at 11 a.m., with Sunday School classes for all ages beginning at 9:45 a.m. VBC is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, visit or call 703-281-4400.

The labyrinth at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road, will be open from 7-9 p.m. for meditation and quiet reflection. Monthly walks are scheduled on the fourth Monday through June. Newcomers and all faiths are invited to participate. Parish office: 703 323-5400.

The Women's Ministry at Jubilee Christian Center is starting a new Bible study, discussing the book "Breaking Free," by Beth Moore. Classes are either Mondays, at 7:30 p.m., or Tuesdays, at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20, including the book. Child care is available for the Tuesday morning classes. Location is 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 to register.

United Community Ministries is calling for donations of food, homeless care package items, baby items, personal care items, bags and other various needs. Give through church or community organizations, or drop off donations at 7511 Fordson Road between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call Tracy Davis at 703-768-7106, Ext. 328.

All are welcome to join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite all to participate in preaching and teaching, praise and worship, in a Christ-centered ministry. Fresh Fire International Center meets at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Call 703-815-8950.

“Wisdom for a Lifetime” by Alden Studebaker will be discussed on Wednesday evenings, 8-9:30 p.m., at New World Unity Church, located at 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

The Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 9350 Braddock Road in Burke, is offering a monthly support group for chronic-pain sufferers. The group will meet the fourth Friday of every month at 11 a.m. Call 703-323-5400.

The following is a list of various events taking place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax: Bible study and Prayer Service every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Sunday School at 9:30–10:45 a.m., except for the fourth Sunday of the month, when Sunday School is offered 9-10 a.m. Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. Commonwealth Care Center ministry every first and third Thursday night. Call 703-273-1455.

Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, hosts a prayer service. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of prayer. All in the community are welcome. Call 703-569-9862.

New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School, located at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. New World Unity Church is a Christ-centered spiritual community dedicated to building a consciousness of Oneness based on unconditional love and total acceptance. Services include prayer, music, a meaningful message , food and celebration. Come early at 10 a.m. for World Peace Meditation. Call 703-690-7925.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, is now conducting registration for the winter semester at the Calvary Institute of Theology. Classes take place Thursday and Saturdays. 703-242-0747 or 703-273-1455.

Grief Support. Be with others experiencing a similar life experience. Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane (near Old Keene Mill and Lee Chapel Road), Burke, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Call Carol Mack 703-455-2400 ext. 17 for more information.

Burke Community Church offers a weekly group for men called Men’s Fraternity to help discover authentic manhood as directed through the Word of God. Tuesdays, 6 a.m., at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

New World Unity Church hosts a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

Divorce Care is a weekly Bible Study care group that helps those who are transitioning through a divorce. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in the church parlor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Child care and children's activities are provided. 703-451-1500.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple of the greater Washington, D.C., area supports the practice of Shin Buddhists. Various programs and activities help each participant walk the path of a Buddhist, including adult services Sundays at 11 a.m., children's services and Dharma School for children and adults, and meditation classes. For more information visit

Fresh Fire International Center hosts a dress-down "Love Feast" on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Come meet new people, play games, enjoy a meal and hear the word. Call 703-815-8950.

Arabic Bible Baptist Church is located at 5424 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Pastor: Tony Ghareeb. Call 703-273-5599 or e-mail to

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax City in the music room of the school. All are welcome. Call Martha Malloy at 703-273-4868.