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Registration for all English as a Second Language, computer and typing classes will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., at Faith Bible Church, 21393 Potomac View Road, Sterling.

ESL classes will start Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday. ESL fees are $30 for the school year, September-May. Registration includes book.

Fee for computer or typing class is $30 each or $45 for both classes, book included. Class meet once a week. Starting date to be announced. Call church's office at 703-430-1345.

The 10:30 a.m. service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling Sunday, Sept. 17, is "Religion, Spirituality, Faith and the Meaning of Life," led by interim minister, the Rev. Matthew McNaught. Distinctions among these four concepts are important if one is to avoid amorphous or sentimental thinking. The youth group will meet to plan their course of study for the year. UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center located at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road in Sterling. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

Christian Fellowship Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) spring children's consignment sale will be Sept. 23, at Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring gently used children's items including clothing, up to size 10, equipment, furniture, toys, layette, and maternity. A half-price sale runs from 1-2 p.m. on designated items. Complete sale information and directions to the sale are available at Proceeds from this sale fund CFC MOPS and its designated charities.

On Sept. 24, the Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Jan Goldman of the International Intelligence Ethics Association, who will speak on "Standards for Behavior in Intelligence Practices." 11 a.m. Free. 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna,. Visit the Web site,, or call 703-437-3161.

Congregation ShaÕare Shalom, Loudoun CountyÕs only Conservative synagogue, has announced its schedule for High Holy Day services in September and October.

The High Holy Days mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year (5767). They begin with Rosh Hashanah at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22. Services will be held the first and second days of the holiday, Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24. Day services begin at 9 a.m.

Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) services begin at 6:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1 and at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2. A break-the-fast will be held after the conclusion of Yom Kippur services around 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2.

All services and events are held at Congregation ShaÕare Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg. Nonmembers can reserve tickets by calling the synagogue at 703-437-6500 or by downloading the reservation forms on the Web site Reservations and tickets are required for entry.

Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling has two new seminars, Sundays, at 9:15 a.m., at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, in September.

* Discovering the Bible, an introduction to the Bible, what it is, how we got it, and how to use it.

* Boundaries with Kids, addresses the critical issues involved in learning when to say ÒyesÓ and when to say ÒnoÓ to help children gain control of their lives.

Visit or call 703-444-3528.

Common Ground, a new faith community in Loudoun County and, David Shive, professor of Theology at Washington Bible College and author, are presenting four sessions on how to "Study Your Bible." These will be hands on sessions.

At Exeter Clubhouse, 350 Plaza St., Leesburg, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A light continental breakfast will be at each session. Cost: $10 per session or $25 for all four sessions. Preregister by e-mailing, or by calling 571-223-6135.

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.

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 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 holds traditional Shabbat services, family services, childrenÕs services and High Holiday services. The religious school features preschool through post confirmation, BÕnai Mitzvah, Hebrew High, adult Hebrew and adult education classes. Social activities include interfaith discussions, youth group, Sisterhood, MenÕs Club and Empty Nesters. Student Rabbi Jesse Gallop and Rabbi Randi Nagel, lead biweekly Shabbat services, help prepare BÕnai Mitzvah students, provide pastoral counseling and sick/bereavement visits and teach adult education classes at monthly pot-luck dinners before Shabbat services. Call 703-391-8669, visit Web site or e-mail

Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Loudoun County's Conservative Synagogue, holds Erev Shabbat services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Shabbat morning services on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. Rabbinic intern Michael Ragozin will preside over services once a month. The congregation has an active Men's Club, Sisterhood and extensive gift shop. Call 703-737-6500, e-mail or visit Congregation Sha'are Shalom is located at 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg.

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