Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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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.

* Join a one-day workshop on “The Sacred Art of Listening,” led by Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Cost $20 for materials and refreshments.

* Children’s musical “Jonah and the Whale” Sunday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

* Beginning May 23, 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.

Jubilee Christian Center Youth Ministry offers a “Youth Jam” Friday, May 19 from 7-11 p.m. at the center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. The event features activities for children in grades 7-12 such as music, video games, foosball, basketball and more. Free. 703-383-1170.

The First Baptist Church of Sprinfield will host a live satellite simulcast discussing "Unlocking the Da Vinci Code" Sunday, May 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Time will be allotted for viewers to e-mail questions. Child care is available. Visit for more information and directions.

St. Peter's in the Woods Church hosts a garage, plant and bake sale Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Peter's in the Woods, 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station to raise money for the youth group's summer mission to Taylor County, W.Va. with World Vision. Bagels and coffee offered in the morning, with hot dogs and soda in the afternoon.

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. The topic for Tuesday, May 23 is "Spiritual Tools for Daily Living," covering how to apply Buddhist thought to the challenges of daily life. Beginners to Buddhism and meditation always welcomed. $10 donation.

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.

* Blood Drive. Sunday, June 4. Appointments may be made by calling the church office at 703-569-9862.

* Hymn Festival. Come celebrate the Holy Spirit through music and word Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m.

Fairfax United Methodist Church offers its Spring Music Festival, featuring a number of musical events. All events take place at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave. in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-591-3120.

* The Fab Four: A Beatles-Themed Evening. Come enjoy Beatles music and dancing Tuesday, May 23 at 8 p.m.

* Festival Closing Recital. Hear an evening of vocal and keyboard music performed by David Leahey, director of music and Ian Lane, associate director of music Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Fellowship Baptist Church offers a spring festival Saturday, May 20 from 12-4 p.m. Activities include a petting zoo, moon bounce, games, crafts, prized and refreshments. Free. The church is located at 5936 Rolling Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-591-5151. For directions, visit

Active Retirees Newcomers’ Welcome offers a trip to the National Arboretum Wednesday, May 24, 8:45 a.m. at Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Contact Pam at 703-537-3061.

Strawberry Festival. United Methodist Women at Cranford United Methodist Church will have a Strawberry Festival Saturday, May 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the church, 9912 Old Colchester Road in Lorton. Visitors can enjoy strawberry desserts, ice cream, bake sale, milkshakes, smoothies and hot sandwiches. Takeouts will be available. For more information, call 703-339-5382.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Body and Soul aerobics and strength training classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Burke Community Church, 9990 Old Keene Mill Road. Body and Soul is a complete cardiovascular and strength workout to contemporary Christian music. For more information contact Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332.

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.