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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).

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.

The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling centers around the sermon title "Religion, Spirituality, Faith and the Meaning of Life." UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun (UUCL) explores a faith perspective around the topic of marriage on Sunday, Oct. 1. Amy DeBeck, UUCLÕs minister, will share a sermon on family values in a loving, safe and faithful community. A special offering will be made to benefit the Commonwealth Coalition, a diverse group of individuals, businesses, civic, community and religious organizations who have joined together to oppose the proposed marriage amendment to the Virginia bill of rights. The amendment will be on the ballot this fall on election day, Nov. 7.

UUCL has Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the UUCL chapel, 20460 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg. Visit or call the church at 703-737-7644.

Leaders from all faiths are joining forces to mobilize a religious response to global warming. In Leesburg, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun (UUCL) will participate in Interfaith Power & LightÕs ÒSpotlight on Global WarmingÓ an inter-religious nationwide screening of educational films about global warming, featuring ParamountÕs "An Inconvenient Truth," Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun chapel, 20460 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg.

Participating congregations will provide educational materials to attendees and feedback on the event to Interfaith Power & Light. UUCL will conduct a discussion following the film and provide information about how to take steps to reduce global warming emissions. Admission is free. The public is invited. Voluntary donations will benefit the ÒGreen SanctuaryÓ project at UUCL. No child care available. Film is appropriate for older children as deemed appropriate by parents. Contact Gina Faber,, 540-338-2574.

Riverside Presbyterian Church is offering the following children's programs. For more information visit or call Cara, 703-444-3528 or e-mail

* First Friday for fourth- and fifth-graders, at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Friday, Oct. 6, for a mystery event, 7-9 p.m. Cost is $10.

* Monday Night Fellowship each Monday. Games, food, hanging out, small groups and more. Anyone in sixth-eighth grade is welcome.

The 10:30 a.m. sermon Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is "Religion and Psychology-Friends or Foes?" UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

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.

The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is "Religion in America: What's it all About?" UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

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

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, invites the community to its evening contemporary worship service at 6 p.m., every Sunday, featuring the Winding Road praise band. The current theme is ÒSurviving Love, Sex and Marriage in the Suburbs.Ó

Sunday school is available for children in kindergarten through third grade, and child care is available for the younger children. Visit or contact the church office at 703-430-2203.

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