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Riverside Presbyterian Church will hold Slopfest 2006, an annual messy, muddy, end-of-school celebration for rising middle school through graduating seniors. Wednesday, June 14, 5-7 p.m., at the church property on the corner of Cascades Parkway and Middlefield Drive. Visit or call 703-444-3528.

A four-week sermon series, More Power for Real People, at Ashburn Presbyterian Church, which focuses on Pentecost, a significant Sunday because it signifies the beginning of the church by the initiative of the Holy Spirit, Sundays, through June 25, presented by John Peterson and the Rev. Mark Armstrong.

The series will be highlighted at the contemporary worship service, which is held at 9:45 a.m., and the traditional worship service held at 11:15 a.m. The church is at 20962 Ashburn Road, in the heart of Old Ashburn. Call the offices at 703-729-2012 or visit the Web site at

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, will be discussing ÒThe DaVinci CodeÓ and the truth behind the claims, and to discuss the fascinating historical and theological issues. Sunday afternoons, through June 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. or Wednesday evenings, June 7-28, from 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP to the church office at or call 703-430-2203.

The community is invited to join Galilee Sunday mornings, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., June 11, 18 and 25, plus a 6 p.m. evening worship June 25, for a four-part sermon series on the DaVinci Code.

Riverside Presbyterian Church is planning two summer trips for students. The first is the for high-school rising ninth-graders through graduating seniors, June 25-30, to the beach in Wildwood, N.J., for some games, speakers and praise. The second, for rising sixth-graders through graduating eighth-graders, is a week at Ligonier Camp with high ropes, caving, 50-foot climbing tower, zip line and white-water rafting, Bible study, praise and worship, Aug. 13-17.

Contact or or visit or call 703-444-3528.

The women of Ox Hill Baptist Church will be holding a study Beth Moore's "Living Beyond Yourself - Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit." The study will teach how to nurture and cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

The Bible study will be held Sunday evenings, through Aug. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., at Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood St., Chantilly. Preregistration is requested, contact the church at 703-378-5555 or

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

Riverside Presbyterian ChurchÕs new Kenya CafŽ will be open, from 9:15-10:30 a.m., Sundays, at Potomac Falls High School. It offers a friendly, comfortable spot to grab a cup of coffee, chat with others or just relax and read the paper while the children are in small group. The cafŽ is also designed to raise awareness of RiversideÕs partnerships in Kenya and other parts of the world.

Feel free to join the church for worship at 10:35 a.m. Contact 703-444-3528 or

Ashburn Presbyterian Church (APC) is offering its Stephen Ministry to people in the community. Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another.

Through one-to-one caring relationships those who are hurting and stressed receive a Stephen Minister to listen and pray with them. Although Stephen Ministry is not counseling per se, these caregivers walk with people through a variety of difficult life situations such as: divorce, grief, unemployment, relocation or just the stress of life. Anyone interested in being a care receiver, call the Rev. Mark Armstrong at 703-421-0511.

APC is located at 20962 Ashburn Road. Call the church offices at 703-729-2012 or visit the Web site at

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation invites the community to join it for Shabbat services, religious school, BÕnai Mitzvah program, youth activities, interfaith discussions, adult education and social activities. Student Rabbi Jesse Gallop presides over biweekly Shabbat services. Children attend Sunday school every Sunday and midweek Hebrew classes on Wednesday evening. The congregation eagerly anticipates moving into its own building in the fall. Call 703-391-8669 or visit the Web site or 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. Vacation Bible School is offered from July 31 to Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

St. GabrielÕs Episcopal Church of Lansdowne is extending an invitation to families that have children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. St. Gabriel's has developed several programs to reach out to the community.

* The ÒChrysalisÓ Room is a safe space for children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. Includes a trained professional staff that provides appropriate activities and lessons. It is available every Sunday during the regular 10 a.m. worship and for special events.

* Spiritual Support Group for families with special needs, on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is completely Òdrop-in.Ó

All programs held Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Visit or call 703-779-3616. Next meetings are on June 1 and June 15.