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St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean Homecoming Celebration, Sunday, Sept. 13. Worship at the 10 a.m. service and stay for the celebration. Food, old and new friends, and a moon bounce. Church School registration will also take place. At the picnic on the lawn, Subway sandwiches and beverages will be provided. St. John’s Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-356-4902 or

McLean Women's Bible Study begins 26th year as a home based, non-denominational Bible Study for women, Thursday, Sept. 24. This year the group studies "Women in the Bible," Thursday mornings, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. Coffee and breakfast snacks begin at 9:15. After Bible Study, there is a time of continued fellowship and discussion over lunch at Maggiano's Little Italy at Tysons Corner from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. Lunch cost is 6.95 each week. Bible Study registration fee is $70. For information on registration, contact: Martha Wiles - 703-448-2020 -

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls has announced its fall schedule of weekly services and educational programs, as well as upcoming musical and special events. Beginning Sept. 13, the church will offer services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m., along with Sunday School classes and an adult forum series at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School classes welcome children of preschool age through high school seniors.

The St. Francis Adult Forum series offers a scriptural component along with a presentation by a guest speaker, clergy, or lay person. The session on Sept. 13 will welcome newcomers and present a Ministry Fair. Sessions on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 will address church programs for children’s education.

St. Francis will also host several fall musical events. All are free and open to the public. Scheduled performances include:

* Voice recital at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. The performance will feature music from the British Isles.

* Choral Evensong for All Saints at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1

The church’s annual Country Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following morning, on Oct. 4, St. Francis will offer its annual Blessing of the Animals at the 9 a.m. service. All are welcome to bring their pets for a special blessing.

St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 9220 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. For more information, call the church at 703-759-2082 or visit

McLean Bible Church Fitness Class at Body & Soul fitness. Balance is key, energy is renewed, strength is gained, and friendships are formed. Mondays 9:15 a.m. and Fridays 9:45 a.m. Childcare is free for registered students. E-mail for more information.

Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers ongoing classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, Mondays at 7 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. $10 per class. 202-331-2122 or

Great Falls United Methodist Church at 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-759-3705 offers "All Things New," an ecumenical worship service, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Based on the Beatitudes of Jesus, for people affected by anger, fear, stress, dealing with rejection, credit abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, physical/sexual addiction or eating disorders.

A Centering Prayer Group meets Fridays, 9:30 a.m. at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna. The hour includes a brief reading related to Centering Prayer, followed by a 20-minute prayer period. E-mail Martha Thomas at or call the church at 703-759-3509.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Outreach Institute offer the Mothers/Parents Circle, an umbrella of free educational events and resources. Jewish rituals, ethics and the creation of a Jewish home, regular meetings and group Shabbats and holidays. Participants include Sha'are Shalom, Congregation Beth Emeth, Temple Rodef Shalom and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

Vienna Assembly of God has a ministry to children on Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. at the corner of Center N and Ayr Hill Avenue, N.E. Children's Church on Sundays also available. 703-938-7736 or

Vienna Christian Healing Rooms, every Saturday, 1-5 p.m., at 8200 Bell Lane. A team of Christians is available to anyone requesting prayer. Free and open to the public. 703-698-9779 or

The Baha’i community of McLean holds a weekly fireside, a meeting of discussion, devotion and fellowship, at 7500 Box Elder Court in McLean, at 8 p.m. every Friday. An opportunity to learn about the Baha’i faith. 703-556-3400.

English classes at McLean Baptist Church on Mondays, including beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Advanced electives are Literature, U.S. Government, World Religions, and current events. Free class and registration, but students must buy their own books. 9:30 a.m. at 1367 Chain Bridge Road. 703-356-8080 or

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Road in McLean. The third Sunday service every month at 10:15 a.m. allows children to play active roles in the music and as greeters and ushers. Traditional services are every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Nursery is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. 703-356-7533.