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On Sunday, Jan. 29, the Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Mark Eckman to discuss international adoptions. 11 a.m., 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. Free. Visit the Web site, or call 703-437-3161.

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.

Riverside Presbyterian Church is offering children's programs for fourth- and fifth-graders, at the Ashburn Ice House Friday, Feb. 3, for an evening of skating. Cost is $10. Visit or call Holly, 703-444-3528 or e-mail

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.

Riverside Presbyterian Church middle- and high-schoolers are heading to Blue Knob Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, Feb. 10-12. Skiing, indoor pool, lots of games, hanging out, having fun and study God's Word. To sign up visit or call Daniel or Barb, 703-444-3528.

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.