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Faith Notes

Aug. 21, 2002

<lst>Send announcements to The Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to herndon@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703- 917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2002-2003 school year for the United Christian Parish Parents Day Out (PDO) Program. PDO is a one, two, or three morning a week program for children 2 years of age. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children need not be potty trained. The program is located at 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston. For additional information call 703-437-5588.

The Religious School and Early Childhood Center at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon is in the process of registering students for the 2002-2003 school year. For children in grades K-12, the Religious School includes many enrichment programs and opportunities to involve the family through the Family Learning Program, as well as classroom learning and bar and bat mitzvah preparation.

The Religious School program currently educates over 400 young members. The Religious School year starts Sept. 9, with schedule and curriculum varying by grade. For more information, contact Iren Fertel, Education Director at 703-860-4515 ext 111.

The Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center (BEECC) provides a Jewish pre-school experience for more than 90 children ages 2-5. BEECC offers small classes grouped by age, in a relaxed but structured environment with an emphasis on socialization. BEECC is in session Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., with the 2002-2003 school year beginning on Sept. 9. For more information, contact BEECC Director Paula Slavsky at 703-860-4515 ext. 115.

For more information about Congregation Beth Emeth, call 703-860-4515 ext. 101 or visit www.bethemeth.org.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Christian Church is hosting an All-Night Prayer Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 p.m.-9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Prayer can be given orally or silently. MLK Church is located at 11400 North Shore Drive, Reston. For further information, call the church at 703-709-3641.

Each second and fourth Saturday during the summer months of June, July and August, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church hosts a free barbecue after its 5 p.m. Saturday service. This service, known as "The River," is a contemporary Lutheran worship service with a casual atmosphere and upbeat music. The church is located at the corner of North Shore and Moorings Drive. All are welcome to join the service and stay for dinner afterwards. For more information about "The River" and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, visit www.goodshepherd-lutheran.org or call 703-437-2050.

Moxie's "Get Up and Go Clowning" class for prospective clowns will meet in the Washington Plaza Baptist Church's Plaza Room on Thursday evenings, July 18 through Aug. 29, 7-9 p.m. Clown skills will be taught by professional clowns. Total cost of class: $75. Pre-register by sending a check for $60 made out to Mary Jane Reed, to WPBC, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190. Call the church office at 703-471-5225 or visit www.WashingtonPlazaChurch.com for more details, registration and schedule.

Jewish High Holy Day services. New and prospective members and visitors are invited to worship with Shoreshim Jewish community for Rosh Hashanah. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston. The evening service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and the day service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. Child-care will be available for children under seven for the evening service. For more information and directions, call 703-318-7136.

Locally-based marketing and advertising partnership Kristof Creative has started a working relationship with the Ashburn-based Faith Foundation. The faith foundation was created by Redskins player Eddie Mason and his wife, and is a charitable organization serving the youth and families of Northern Virginia. The faith foundation's first annual fundraising event, "Raising Hope for Children and Families," is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 6 p.m., at the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner. Funds from the upcoming event will help launch the Faith Foundation's "Discovering Destiny and Purpose' programs for local youths and adults. For more information call Michael Kristof at 703-989-9133 or visit www.faithfoundation.us.