Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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Springfield Super Saturday presents "Walking with Jesus" on Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., for ages 4 - 12. Located at Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road. The event will be centered on Bible-based activities with the aim of getting to know Jesus. To pre-register, call 703-451-4011 or send an e-mail to

Spirit Bound presents “Shining Star,” a contemporary, original musical production. The event is Monday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke. There is no cost for admittance and a free-will offering will be accepted after the performance.

Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, will host a free Father's Day Weekend Concert and ice cream social on June 17 at 7 p.m. with Daniel Greene and the Sinclair Community College Gospel Ensemble. The Ensemble will also sing during the Sunday worship services on Father's Day, June 18, at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. 703-383-1170.

Used book sale July 14-16 at Truro Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Book sale hours are Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12-2 p.m. Donations of books, videos, DVDs and cassettes will be accepted in the Church basement from July 5-13, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Magazines will not be accepted. All proceeds benefit the Truro Church Library. Call 703-631-1275 or 703-273-2443.

A concert to support Rising Hope Ministry features Christian artists Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 9203 Braddock Road, Burke. Nationally acclaimed artist Ginny Owens and local rising start Keith Elgin perform to support the Alexandria-based ministry. Free, with donations to Rising Hope accepted. To reserve tickets call 703-978-8724. Visit

Calvary Christian Church offers several programs at the church, 9800 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke. Contact the church office at (703) 455-7041.

* Join Calvary Christian Church Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m. for an on-screen presentation of "Breaking the Da Vinci Code." Childcare provided.

* Video seminar series. Sunday, July 9 to Sunday, August 27 at 6 p.m. "Your Child: Essentials of Discipline" by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Dr. T. W. Marx, senior minister, will facilitate the seminar. Free registration. Childcare provided. Register by June 23 by contacting the church office at 703-455-7041.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be hosting several summer camps at 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax. Visit or contact Christian Education Director Stacey Boyce at 703-323-9500 ext. 16.

* Art, Music and Theatre Camp is July 17-21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for kindergarten through sixth grade students. $50.

* Mystery Adventure Camp July 24-28 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for first through sixth grade students. $100.

* Vacation Bible School: On Treasure Island Aug. 7-11, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 3-years-old through fourth grade students. $25.

* Mission Possible: Mission Camp Aug. 7-11, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for fifth and sixth grade students. $35.

The Rev. C. Douglas Smith, Executive Director for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy speaks on Sunday, June 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. on how the center works for those unable to speak for themselves and provide information on how to help at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 1925 Lakehaven Court, Burke. Call Ron Brandt at 703-765-4779 for more information.

African-American, Jewish, and First Nation guest artists from Minnesota and Oklahoma perform on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. A free-will offering will benefit Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. 703-323-9500.

St. Mary's Mother's Group has its annual "Kid's Stuff" sale Saturday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road in Fairfax. Donations of gently used toys, infant and maternity items and clothing to size 14 until June 3. All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Mother's Group and its charity projects. For more information, call 703-298-4996.

First Church of Christ, Scientist in Fairfax sponsors a lecture on 'Curing the Incurable: The Power and Possibilities of Prayer' Saturday, June 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. International speaker Maryl Walters, C.S.B., will present an interactive talk based on the spiritual laws explained in science and health. Parking available. Call 703-370-0029.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is accepting registration for its 2006 Vacation Bible School program, which runs July 24-28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. "Trading Places: Where Jesus Makes a World of Difference" is this year's theme. Explore stories of Bible heroes and imagine trading places with children around the world. For more information, call the church office at 703-451-8223 or visit

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church offers the following events at 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Visit or call 703-978-3500.

* CrossRoads, a new 'come as you are' worship service, will begin regular services each Saturday evening at 5 p.m.

* Rev. Linda Monroe will lead 'The Da Vinci Code Study' Tuesdays until June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Discuss the questions raised by the book and movie, as well as on the newly discovered "Gospel of Judas" and how the New Testament evolved. To register, call 703-978-3500. Childcare available.

The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the following events/services. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-9862.

* Sunday Services. Traditional Sunday morning worship services: 8:15 a.m., with Holy Communion every Sunday; 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Holy Communion on the first Sunday; and Heartline, a contemporary praise and worship service, Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m.

* Prayer at Messiah. Messiah offers the following prayer ministries: Sunday Morning Prayers, 7:15 a.m. in the Chapel; Tuesday Evening Prayer, 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel and Wednesday Prayer Group, 6 a.m. in the Chapel.

* Heartline. A contemporary praise and worship service Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m.

* GriefShare. A support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m., for 13 weeks. For information contact Irene Rich, director of Congregational Care 703-569-9862, ext. 212.

* Summer Blast Dance. Saturday, June 10, 7-9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dress is casual. 60's, 70's and 80's music by Crossroads. A $5 donation to the church accepted.

Jubilee Christian Center is offering free English classes as a second language during its Sunday School time, 10:10-10:50 a.m., on Sundays, at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

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 or call 301-897-7334.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, located at 8508 Hoes Road in Springfield, presents GriefShare each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Agape House. It is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Call Kathy at 703-451-9021.

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 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.

Fairfax Christian Church, located at 10185 Main St. in Fairfax, presents a class that explores traditional Christian spiritual practices of meditation and healing, on Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. To register, call 703-385-3520 or e-mail

Clifton Presbyterian Church, located at 12748 Richards Lane in Clifton, offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 703-830-3175.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton, conducts Sunday masses at 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It also offers a Saturday vigil at 5:30 p.m., and a Wednesday Latin mass at 7 p.m. Call 703-817-1770 or visit

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, offers casual worship services on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. featuring contemporary music.

More traditional services take place on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 a.m. for children. The church also offers discussion groups for adults. Call 703-451-5855.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are 9:30-11 a.m., at the church. All mothers and children are welcome. The program provides mothers an opportunity to get to know other mothers through discussions and craft activities. The children will be cared for by adults in the MOPPET program. Cost is $3 per session. Register by stopping by the church, calling 703-451-5320.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

The Spiritual Parenting support group meets the first Sunday of every month, 12-1 p.m., at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. For more information, visit or call 703-690-7925. Child care is available on request.

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.

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. Call 703-451-1500.

Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, located at 10383 Democracy Lane in Fairfax, presents worship services on Sundays, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and choir practice (open to all) on Tuesdays, at 7:15 p.m. Visit or call 703-691-0930.

Burke Presbyterian Church, located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, 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.

On Saturday, April 22, the Women's Ministry group at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School in Springfield presented a 'Treasures in Heaven' luncheon and silent auction. The luncheon featured special guest Marni Maree, a watercolor artist from Springfield. Over 150 people participated in the fund-raising event, with over $2,200 donated to the Village of Hope, a charity organization in Ganthier, Haiti. Funds were also raised to support the mission activities of the Holy Comforters, a group dedicated to sewing quilts for global distribution by Lutheran World Relief.

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

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a 16-week Divorce Recovery support group, meeting every Monday at 7 p.m., at the church. Call 703-631-2100 or visit The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

Bible study at 7 p.m., at Silverbrook United Methodist Church, 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. E-mail

A new casual worship service with a praise band at 9:45 a.m., at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield. Visit or call 703-451-8223.

Truro Church MOPS would like to invite all mothers of preschool aged children to join MOPS for relevant speakers, small group time with other moms and food. The group meets the second Thursday of every month, at Truro Church, located at 10520 Main St., Fairfax, in the church fellowship hall on the lower level. For more, call Amanda Qreitem at 703-222-2332 or e-mail

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.

Faith Communities In Action meets the first Wednesday of every other month, from 2-4 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Kabbalah Course. Take a course in Kabbalah for eight Monday nights, at Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-426-1980 or visit No prerequisitives required. Open to everyone.

Behind the scenes look at the origins of the Torah offered at the Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. "From Sinai To Cyberspace" will run for eight consecutive weeks. Students will find answers to questions of faith. From Sinai To Cyberspace is designed as an eight-week course of facilitated discussions that will provide students with an understanding of the core questions about faith, belief, and purpose. Visit for information and registration.

Congregation Adat Reyim is a progressive conservative congregation with educational programs for preschoolers through high schoolers. Led by Rabbi Bruce Aft. Services are as follow: Maariv every Wednesday at 7:40 p.m.; Erev Shabbat every Friday at 8 p.m.; and Shabbat Service every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Call for information on monthly Tot Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat and other special services. Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, in Springfield. For more information, call 703-569-7577 or visit www.

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.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, on Tuesday evenings from 7- 8:30 p.m. Beginners to Buddhism and meditation always welcomed. $10 donation.

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 spiritual community "consciously co-creating a peaceful, harmonious world that recognizes Oneness." Children's programs begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit

International Calvary Church is a Christ, Bible and Spirit- centered church. Sunday services are as follows: English services at 9:45 a.m., Korean services at 11:30 a.m., and youth services at 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is as follows: English classes at 11:30 a.m., and children's classes at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study and Youth Meeting are at 8 p.m., and Friday Prayer and Youth Meeting take place at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-1918. The International Calvary Church is located at 5700 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people who are interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group will be meeting on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Leo the Great Church, 3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax in the Old Parish Hall and will continue to meet throughout the school year. For more, call Martha Malloy at 703-273-5369.

Fairfax Presbyterian Church has opened registration for Vacation Bible School. The church is presenting Group Publishing's Fiesta! Children age 4 through 5th grade are welcome. The program runs July 31-August 4 from 9:00-12:00. More information and registration forms are available at Or contact Susan Wisseman at 703-273-5300.