Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

DivorceCare, a support group for people who are experiencing separation and/or divorce, will take place at Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Baumeade Circle, Ashburn. The program is non-denominational, but uses biblical teaching as its foundation. The weekly meetings feature video tapes with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics followed by group discussion. The 13-week session begins Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-9 p.m., in room 824. Cost is $20. No child care available. Contact Martha Walter to register, 703-729-3900 or

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the "Walk through the Old Testament" comes to Our SaviorÕs Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, 43115 Waxpool Road. Internationally renowned for its innovative, entertaining presentation, this Bible adventure seminar utilizes interactive learning techniques to help people absorb Ñ and remember Ñ the key characters, geography and major themes of the entire Old Testament.

Sanctuary floors are turned into maps as people sit or stand near Bible lands and waters. Hand movements and group recitations frequently punctuate the vibrant teaching. In just five hours, virtually anyone is able to master a survey of the Old Testament, even if they have very little prior Bible knowledge. Contact Marcie Peterson at 703-858-9254.

Riverside Presbyterian Church, will be holding its first Coffee House of 2006 Sunday, Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m., at the office, 20 Pigeon Hill Drive, Suite 109, in Countryside Shopping Plaza, Sterling. Relax, play some games, hang out, eat a few snacks and hear a short message from GodÕs word. Visit or call Daniel or Barb, 703-444-3528.

"Red Flags for Red States: Parallels Between the Religious Right and Communism," Jan. 22, Sven Sinclair, member of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society, will argue that Communism is actually similar to a religion and that Communist regimes belong to the political right by most standards. 11 a.m., 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. This event is free. Visit the Web site, or call 703-437-3161.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, at the 10:30 a.m. service, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, just in time to celebrate the release of the new production of "The Producers," Susan Miller will present a multi-media service, "From Mel Brooks to Chuckles the Clown: the Reverence of Irreverence." UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive off of Church Road near Route 28 and the W&OD bike path. Visit or call 703-406-3068.

A Christian Perspective on Evil will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7-8:30 a.m., at Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP to or 202-885-8636 or to Galilee UMC at by Jan. 19. This event is free to the public.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, at the 10:30 a.m. service, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, the Rev. Matthew McNaught will ponder the meaning of ritual both inside and outside of the UU worship service. UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive off of Church Road near Route 28 and the W&OD bike path. Visit or call 703-406-3068.

Ashburn Presbyterian ChurchÕs Youth and Fun and

The youth of Sterling United Methodist Church are collecting pennies to support Methodist Church relief efforts for the hurricanes this year. The money collected will donated to a youth group in Mississippi or Louisiana whose church was destroyed by the hurricanes. The goal is 500,000 pennies by Jan. 28. A collection container is located in the church narthex, inside the main entrance. The church is located at 304 East Church Road. Call 703-430-6455.

Bethel Church invites fathers and daughters or grandfathers/granddaughters of all ages to attend the Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance Saturday, Feb. 4, 7-10 p.m. at Bethel Church, 19856 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. Family-friendly disc jockey and refreshments provided. Tickets are $10 per person and girls will receive a

corsage. Advance tickets required, e-mail or call 703-777-4221.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg, is holding a community music event Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity and 11 a.m., at St. James Episcopal, combined choirs, in worship setting: "Deutsche Messe" by Franz Schubert.

A prayer service for healing for victims/survivors of sexual abuse will be held March 11, 10 a.m., at Christ the Redeemer Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling. The Rev. Mark S. Mealey will preside.

New Life Christian Church is offering support groups for teenagers whose parents are divorced or separated called "How do I deal the Parents' Divorce?," and is a 13-week program for middle and high school on how to deal with all the craziness that happens when families split. Contact Lucy Martinez at or 703-220-5022.

Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration follows regular services Sundays, at 10 a.m., at the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Call the church office 571-434-0888 or contact Father Mike Evans by e-mail

Potomac Falls Episcopal Church meets for Sunday services at 10 a.m., at Horizon Elementary School, 46665 Broadmore Drive, Sterling. Sunday school for children and nursery care for infants is provided each week.

The Loudoun Church Alliance is a formal association of churches of many denominations, founded two years ago. It works in the areas of youth development, international missions, evangelism outreach, and is now working to develop relationships with government and business. Contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet on Sunday mornings, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will hold Sunday School every Sunday, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Boyd Montessori School in Ashburn. In addition to Sunday School, a second day of Hebrew School will be offered Tuesday evenings, from 7-8 p.m., at Sanders Corner Elementary School. Attendance is limited to fourth- through seventh-graders and adults interested in learning Hebrew. Contact Lisa Kimball at or call 703-858-1999.