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A "youth jam" will take place at Jubilee Christian Center on Friday, Nov. 21, 7-11 p.m., for seventh through 12th graders. There will be video games, sports and a Christian drama presentation by Master's Commission. There is no charge, except for food purchased. 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for information and reservations.

Free Nembutsu Meditation Seminar. On Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Ekoji Buddhist Temple, 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station, the featured speaker will be Rev. Koshin Ogui, 18th generation Buddhist priest and author of "Zen Shin Talks," from the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago. Ogui founded the Zen Shin Sangha in 1978 to introduce Buddhist teachings to Americans. The subject will be the six paramitas as expressions of gratitude and instruction on nembutsu meditation. The public is welcome. For more information, visit www.ekoji.org.

Little River United Church of Christ Holiday Bake Sale. The Adult Fellowship of the Little River United Church of Christ is sponsoring a fund-raising Holiday and Bake Sale at the church on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will feature holiday decorations and home-baked goods for the holidays. Proceeds of the sale go toward new flooring for the sanctuary. The church is at 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, 703-978-3060.

Crop Walk to raise awareness of world hunger. On Sunday, Nov. 23, walk along Burke Centre Parkway to raise awareness and funds to combat world hunger. This year, 25 percent of funds raised will stay in Fairfax County to help local efforts and 75 percent will go to foreign nations for seeds, tools, wells, water systems, Moringa trees and more. Raising donations is optional; all are encouraged to walk. Meet at Living Savior Lutheran Church, 5500 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, before 2 p.m., and walk approximately four miles to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke. The walk is over at about 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Janet Smith, 703-455-9025, or Lisa Wakeley, 703-455-2500.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will dedicate the land for a new worship center on Union Mill Road on Sunday, Nov. 23. Neighborhood residents are invited to attend the worship and celebration, beginning with a worship service at the Centreville High School Auditorium, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton, at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, attendees will gather at the new church site on Union Mill Road for a dedication of the land. Following the dedication, the celebration will continue with lunch at the Little Rocky Run Community Center #3, 13900 Stonefield Drive, Clifton. For more information, contact Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 703-323-9500.

The Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, is hosting the "Fabulous 40s" open house on Nov. 23, 1 - 5 p.m. Memorabilia and artifacts from the 40s are on display in a hallway. The event also offers live swing music, refreshments, modeling of clothes from the 40s and the opportunity to visit and hear from some of the people who lived and some who served in WWII. The church is located at 8410 Little River Turnpike, across from the NOVA campus on Route 236. For more information, call 703-560-2108.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna and participating congregations will meet for a service with prayers for peace and thanksgiving. Music will be provided by choirs of participating congregations. Food or money donations will be collected for nonprofit food closets. The event is hosted by Unity of Fairfax at 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton.

Olivet Episcopal Church hosts a Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist Service on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel at 6107 Franconia Road, Alexandria. For more information, contact Rev. David Harper at 703-971-4733 or www.olivetepiscopalchurch.org.

Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service. At 7:30 p.m., Adat Reyim, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Burke Presbyterian Church and the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Center will meet at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, for fellowship and Thanksgiving celebration. For more information, call 703-764-0456 or visit www.burkepreschurch.org.

Alternative Gift Fair. Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield will host an alternative gift fair at on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m. The fair offers an opportunity to make charitable Christmas gifts to an array of causes in honor of friends and family. Donors will receive gift certificates for presentation to those they honor with gifts. Causes range from local groups to global charities. The church is at the corner of Grace and Bath streets in Springfield. For more information, call 703-451-2900.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, its Jewish in Northern Virginia Affinity Network, and the Shalom Baby Project are hosting a discussion on "Building a Jewish Identity for You and Your Child: Jewish Education, Camping and the Israel Experience," with Avi West, executive director, Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington, and Dr. Richard Wagner, head of school, Gesher Jewish Day School of Northern Virginia, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax,. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 5, to Sharon Doner at 301-230-7288 or Sharon.doner@shalomdc.org. This program is free and open to the public. Babysitting is available for $5 per family. Refreshments will be served; dietary laws observed.

Olivet Episcopal Church hosts a series of Advent Nights, which will include wreath making, caroling, dessert social and more. The events will take place on Nov. 30; Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at 6 p.m., in the Chapel at 6107 Franconia Road Alexandria. For more information, contact Rev. David Harper at 703-971-4733 or www.olivetepiscopalchurch.org.

"Christians in Wartime." Gary Bauer, former Reagan administration chief domestic policy advisor and current head of the social policy advocacy organization American Values, will be the speaker for the first quarterly "Breakfast with Champions" on Dec. 6, sponsored by the Men's Ministry of Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with praise music and breakfast, and ends at 9 a.m. After Bauer's presentation, he will accept questions. Cost is $6. Reservations may be made on Sunday morning between church services in the church's Glass Breezeway, by calling 703-813-1955 or by e-mailing reid@immanuelbible.net. The church is located at 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield.

Messiah United Methodist Church presents its 13th annual concert of Handel's "Messiah," Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. A community chorus from all over Northern Virginia will be joined for the occasion by professional orchestra and soloists under the direction of Roger G. Miller, director of music ministries at Messiah. A free-will offering will be taken. The concert will take place at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more information about the concert, call Roger Miller at 703-569-9862.

Harvest Church will host a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m., at Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. For more information, contact the church office at 703-971-7070. Come celebrate the Christmas season each Sunday in December at 10:30 a.m.

Burke Community Church celebrates three Christmas Eve candlelight services on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 5, 7 or 9 p.m. BCC is located at the corner of Old Keene Mill Road and the Fairfax County Parkway.

Burke Presbyterian Church offers a Coffeehouse Worship Service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for those people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke.

Harvest Church is sponsoring the study series "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren every Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., Alexandria. Pastor Tim Cerce is currently leading this study, which focuses on the question, "What on Earth am I here for?" For more information, call the church office at 703-971-7070.

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

With the voice of their own generation, the youth group of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax, brings a new worship service to senior and junior high-age students on the following Sundays: Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 29, Mar. 21 and Apr. 18. The services will take place at 7 p.m., in the church's sanctuary. One Sunday a month, the youth band “Nothing but Faith” will sing and perform for the service while other students deliver the message, scripture readings and prayers. Communion will be celebrated. Parents and youth of all ages are encouraged to participate.

The New World Unity Church is offering the following classes:

Twelve Powers of Man is a class that will study Charles Fillmore’s ideas about the quickening and balancing of one’s 12 Christ Powers. The class meets Tuesday evenings beginning, 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Springfield. Call 703-690-7925 for meeting locations and other information.

Jesus’ Teachings in a class that will look at that the powerful teachings Jesus delivered through his words and the more powerful teachings he showed with his actions. The class meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

“The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” is an ongoing study class of the book by Alan Cohen. The class will meet Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

Spiritual Parenting is a group that offers an opportunity to support and be supported in the spiritual aspects of parenting. The book currently being used for study is “Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids” by Naomi Drew. The group meets the first Sunday of the month, 12-1 p.m., at Irving Middle School in Springfield. Child care is available upon request. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required, and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.