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Centreville United Methodist's Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 14-18 for rising kindergartners through rising 6th graders. Choose morning (9:30-12:30) or evening session (6-8:30 p.m.). New this year is the Sixth Grade Happening at Bull Run Park that will run simultaneously with the morning session. The theme for all sessions is "Lighthouse Kids," where kids learn to live as children of God's light. Cost is $15/child; $45/family max. Registration continues through June 15. Preschool program and nursery are available for younger children of volunteers. Call 703-830-2684, ext. 109 or contact staylor@centreville-umc.org to request an electronic registration form.

Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will host an evening of Gospel music on Sunday, June 8 at 5 p.m. The Promised Land Quartet, based in the Shenandoah Valley, will be the featured artist. The concert is open to the public, and no tickets are required. Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church is located at 43987 John Mosby Hwy. in Chantilly. Call Frank at 703-327-4270.

Christ Presbyterian Church in Fairfax is holding a family fair on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include a moon bounce, clown, games, balloons, a silent auction and more. The fair is open to the community and will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Autism Learning Center, Crosslink International and Western Fairfax Christian Ministry's Kids in Crisis program. Call Christ Presbyterian Church at 703-278-8365.

Wellspring United Church of Christ will worship on Sunday, June 1, at 10 a.m., at Centreville Station No. 17 on Old Centreville Rd. Pastor Richard Thayer will preach on "chance or chosen: not of this world," Jesus' prayer for his followers. Open communion will be offered for all believers. Sunday School classes for children also meets at 10 a.m., and the choir rehearses at 9 a.m. A fellowship hour with bagels and coffee follows the worship. Wellspring is a new congregation of the UCC, and welcomes all to join its "circle of love for all people." Call Pastor Thayer, 703-758-9748.

Unity Life Center in Chantilly will be hosting its third Semi-Annual Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7. There will be continuous free presentations throughout the day and a beautiful labyrinth to walk in quiet meditation. Experience various methods of body/energy work for a nominal fee. All proceeds go to Unity's General Operating Fund. This is an opportunity to give the gift of peace and healing. Call the church office, 703-263-7645. ULC is located at 14088-C Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly.

Centreville Community Church is presenting a message series entitled "Transformed by Love." The lives of Peter, Thomas, John, Paul and others will be looked at to see how their lives were transformed by Jesus. No matter what barriers or walls exist in our lives — doubts, fear, past failures or regrets — Jesus can change hearts and lives with his transforming love.

Centreville Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Highway (at the intersection of Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville). An exciting children's program and nursery are provided during Sunday services. Call 703-580-5226 or visit www.centrevillechurch.com.

Centreville Baptist Church is holding a free Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 15100 Lee Hwy. in Centreville. Spring and summer clothing is available for all ages and sizes.

Christ Presbyterian Church is holding a Family Fair on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The fair will feature a Dinosaur Moon Bounce, numerous games and prizes, cotton candy, face painting, cakewalk, clown, gift baskets, silent auction and more. Proceeds from the fair will benefit The Autism Learning Center, WFCM Kid's in Crisis Program and Crosslink International. Christ Presbyterian Church (USA) is located at 12410 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, just west of Fair Oaks Mall. Call the church at 703-278-8365.

A special Healing Service with Evangelist Gerald Mayhan will be held at Jubilee Christian Center on Sunday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170.

Ever wonder "What on Earth am I here for?" Have you asked yourself the following questions? "What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? Come and learn starting on Sunday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Centreville Assembly of God, 18421 Lee Highway, Centreville, when Jason and Frances Raynes will begin teaching "The Purpose Driven Life." This will be a 13-week class, and open to the public. Cost will be an offering to help cover the cost of the journal that will be used in the class. This class is for all ages between 21 and 50 years of age.

Centreville Assembly has graded classes for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m. with a Worship service at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Wednesday night features an Adult Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. and an exciting youth program at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Jason Raynes. Youth will begin a series on "Tough Questions about the Christian Faith."

The Great Falls United Methodist Women are sponsoring a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Falls United Methodist Church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Spaces, 5x10 feet, will cost $20 each. Tables may be rented from the church at $10 each. There will also be a sale of baked goods and food and drink items. To reserve a space, call Dorothy Harsher at 703-378-1337, Jane Ferrigno at 703-759-2083, or the church office at 703-759-3705.

Pastor Bill Frasnelli announces that Rev. Thomas Gulbronson will be speaking at Jubilee Christian Center on Saturday, June 7, at the 8 a.m. Men's Breakfast, and on Sunday, June 8, at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services. Rev. Gulbronson is the former pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Alexandria. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary and Regent University. He recently authored the book, "Models of Renewal." The public is invited: 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703- 383-1170. There is no charge; an offering will be received.

The annual Church Picnic will be held at the Jubilee Christian Center on Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. There will be lots of food and games, including a moon bounce. There is no charge. Call 703-383-1170.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax sponsors a Cameo Life Stories Writing Workshop for Women, Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $15 includes workbook and snacks. Instructor Deborah Hansen Linzer has developed this workshop to encourage women to see their life stories as valuable and worth recording. In it she gives women an easy method for reviewing their lives; enables them to complete a portion of their memoir; and explains how to make their stories available to historians by archiving them at Smith College. Send a check payable to UUCF Cameo, P.O. Box 130, Oakton, VA 22124. The church is at 2709 Hunter Mill Road. Call 703-281-4230 or www.uucf.org.

Pastor Bill Frasnelli announces that the Dayton Boys Choir (Dayton, Ohio) will present a concert on Father's Day, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. There is no charge; an offering will be received. Call 703-383-1170.

News from Lord of Life Lutheran Church:

Sponsored by Lord of Life Lutheran Church, the S.C.U.B.A. (A Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure) summer camp will be held in Little Rocky Run Rec Center #3. It includes a week of stories, crafts, music, games, and the outstanding opportunity to introduce children to playmates in the neighborhood.

Camp dates and times are July 7-11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40 per child with a maximum of $80 per family (two or more children). For registration forms and more details, contact the church office at 703-323-9500 or stop by Centreville High School on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for worship services. Forms are available at that time in the school lobby.

St. John's Episcopal Church offers the following:

Sunday Eucharist services are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A nursery for children up to age 3 is available. Opportunities for adult, youth and child enrichment are offered. On Sundays: Christian Formation for all ages, Adult Lectionary Class and Newcomer Class at 9:15 a.m.; Children's Chapel at 10:30 a.m.; Youth Music and Youth Group at 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively. On Mondays: New Testament Class at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays: Morning Bible Study at 10 a.m.; Eucharist and Healing Service at 9:15 a.m. on Thursdays: Children's Choir at 5 p.m.; Adult Choir and Education for Ministry at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-803-7500 and visit the Web site at www.stjohnscentreville.org.

Temple Beth Torah is a Reform Jewish congregation and member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church in the heart of Centreville. The congregation offers the Northern Virginia Jewish community services that provide numerous spiritual, educational, support and social opportunities including religious school for member children age 3 through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and confirmation. Call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

Congregation Yad Shalom is a conservative synagogue located in Centreville. It provides many programs which offer the experience of a Jewish lifestyle in a traditional format.

* Join in the annual picnic at Bull Run Park on Sunday, June 1. Lots of fun for the kids!

* Join in a Friday night Shabbat service with the Cantor on June 6 at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 1.

Join in a special outdoor Torah service on Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at Eleanor Lawrence Park.

For further information and/or directions, call Mike Goldenzweig at 703-968-0370, or visit the new Web site at www.yadshalom.com.

Centreville Presbyterian Church invites the public to participate in its special events:

* CPC Playgroup — Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon.

* Kingdom Express — Sundays, 10 a.m., children 4 years old through 4th grade.

* Awana — Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. Children 3 years old through 4th grade.

* Planet 56 — 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. for 5th and 6th graders.

* Youth Group — Meets Sundays from 10-11 a.m., and 7-8:30 p.m. at CPC.

* Adult Sunday School — 10-11 a.m. Isaiah, Spiritual Gifts and World Religions and Cults.

* Worship Team Band — Rehearse Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

* Chancel Choir — Rehearse Thursdays, 7:15 p.m.

For more information, call CPC at 703-830-0098. CPC is located at 5690 Sully Road, Centreville (on Route 28, just south of I-66).

Clifton Presbyterian Church

* Worship Services. Sundays: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Christian Education for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Childcare available.

* Adult Education: Sundays at 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

* A video discussion series entitled “Witness: Exploring and Sharing Your Christian Faith” is in progress, under the leadership of Seminary Intern Carl Howard.

* A second video discussion series called "Parenting for Life" is being taught by Pastor Lynn. All adults are welcome.

* OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors): Monthly gatherings with various activities and trips. Call church office for information.

Sanctuary Choir rehearsals: Meet 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. All are welcome.

Mount Olive Baptist Church:

* Church Services: Rev. Eugene Johnson, pastor

* Prayer Meeting/Bible Study — Wednesday, 7 p.m.

* Sunday, Morning Worship — 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

* Sunday School — 9:45 a.m.

Mount Olive Baptist Church is located at 6600 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Call 703-830-8769.

Centreville Community Church meets each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, located at Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road. Centreville Community Church provides an exciting children's program and childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers during Sunday services. Call 703-580-5226 or visit the Web at www.centrevillechurch.com.

Does life seem endlessly complicated and cluttered? Wish you could find some peace and real purpose amidst the chaos? Cedar Run Community Church is offering a series on "Simple Truths that Transform."

Cedar Run is a non-denominational, Christian church that is all about families, fun and faith. It meets for Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at Waples Mill Elementary off Waples Mill Road in the Fair Oaks area. There's a high-quality Promiseland children's ministry for ages newborn through sixth grade and there's a dynamic, safe place for teens at the Student Ministry which meets during the Sunday service as well.

Call 703-968-7312 or check the Web site at www.cedarrun.net.

* New Women's Small Group Starting on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the Starbucks at Sully Station in Centreville. Contact Briana Dintino at 703-818-1741.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church Activities

* Young Adult Bible Study (College through early 30s) meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. "Walk and Not Grow Weary" is the current topic. Call Cullen at 703-242-2820 or e-mail cullen.ctr.booth@faa.gov.

* Prophetic Maturation meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Jackie's. The class is presented in partnership with Repairers of the Breach prayer ministry. Call Marva at 703-815-3965.

* The Release of the Spirit by Watchman Nee-Lindy Bruggink is leading an evening study based on how God moves among us Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact Lindy for location, 703-278-9259.

* Encouragement Group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Bright's at 7:30 p.m. Call Velma at 703-830-7391 or Emily at 703-815-0036 for information.

* Peace in Troubling Times designed for anyone trying to find peace, this class meets the second Thursday of every month from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Virginia Run area. Max Lucado Life Lessons series book "But Joy Comes in the Morning" will serve to direct the meetings. Call 703-968-9786.

* Men's Bible Study — The Men's Ministry meets Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. Call John Corse at 703-222-1230.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church meets Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at Centreville Elementary School in Centreville. Sunday school and a nursery are available for children. Go to www.connectwithctr.com.

Save the dates now for camp activities at Lord of Life Lutheran Church for elementary school age girls and boys.

Summer Camp Centreville will offer songs, crafts, games, and more for children from rising 1st through 5th grades at Little Rocky Run Recreation Center in Clifton. The camp will be held from July 7-11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Summer Camps at the church's Fairfax location at 5114 Twinbrook Road are offered for three weeks during July.

The first is an arts and crafts camp from July 14-18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rising kindergartners to 2nd graders will have crafts and games; rising 3rd to 6th 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 1st and 4th graders and returning older students who attended last year's camp and want to help this year.

From July 28-August 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, a sports and games camp for rising 1st to 3rd graders and rising 4th to 6th graders will be held. The two camps will run during the same time with appropriate activities for each age group.

Capital Worship Center will hold weekly Bible Study and Worship Services on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Centre Ridge Elementary School (14400 New Braddock Road, Centreville). Also offered at this time will be Youth Services, Children's Fellowship and a Nursery. Call 703-530-8100.

Cedar Run Community Church's Sunday service is held at 10:30 a.m. at Waples Mill Elementary School. New Community monthly worship service is held on the third Sunday of every month from 5-7:15 p.m. at Centreville Presbyterian Church. Free pizza dinner starting at 5 p.m. Childcare provided.

Interested in learning about Cedar Run? Visit the Web site at www.cedarrun.net or call the church office at 703-968-7312.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church holds a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at Centreville Elementary School in Centreville. Sunday School, K.I.D.S. Church, and a nursery are provided on Sundays. The Web site is www.connectwithctr.com. Call 703-502-1732.

Mount Horeb A.M.E. Mission Church invites the public to worship on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. at Virginia Run Elementary School, 15450 Martins Hundred Drive in Centreville. The Rev. Larry C. Rogers is the pastor. Call 703-330-2109.

New Hope Fellowship currently meets at 10 a.m. at Rocky Run Middle School, with worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The school is located at 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-591-2948.

Body & Soul Aerobics and Strength Training Classes is a fitness program choreographed to today's Christian music, and it offers great fellowship with other women. Classes are currently held at Centreville Baptist Church on Route 29 just south of Stone Road. Class times are Monday and Thursday, 7-8:15 p.m.; Monday morning 9:30-11 a.m.; Saturday morning 8-9:30 a.m. Call ahead for childcare at 703-830-3333.

What is the point of life? What happens when we die? What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today? How do we deal with guilt? If you would like to explore any of these questions, then Alpha is for you.

The Alpha course consists of a series of talks followed by small group discussions about any questions raised from the talk. Each evening of the course begins with a dinner. There is no charge for the Alpha course.

Call Susie or Keith McCallum at 703-830-2418.

The Alpha course is sponsored by Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Centreville.

Oasis Ministry is a Christian support group for men struggling with pornography, sexual addictions or same-sex attractions. For more information on weekly Centreville meetings or personal help, call 703-830-6999. Or write Oasis Ministry, P.O. Box 602, Centreville, VA 20122. Free confidential HIV/STD testing through Oasis available. Confidentiality is assured.