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Jewish Social Service Agency presents Families in Transition, a six-session group for parents to explore ways to help their children cope with separation and divorce. Mondays, through Jan. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., at 3018 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. 703-204-9100, x11. $200.

Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, continues its First Friday season on Dec. 6 with a program, Pizza and Puppets, featuring the KD Puppets. Older children, ages 7-11, will assist in preparing and performing a puppet play for the younger children, ages 3-6. An appropriate snack meal will be served, including punch. First Friday is a cooperative parents-night-out program for the whole community. Children 6 months through sixth grade get an evening of safe fun and good food, and parents get an evening of freedom. The program runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child ($15 per family) for each session. Future First Friday programs are scheduled for the first Friday of February, March and April. Pre-registration is encouraged, either by calling the church, 703-978-3060, or through the church's Web site, www.lrucc.org.

Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation, 2920 Arlington Blvd., will be hosting a "Tot Shabbat" Chanukah Celebration, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. "Tot Shabbat" is a free monthly program planned to engage Preschool through Kindergarten children and their parents in an age appropriate Shabbat service. Playtime, games and a snack are also part of the fun. Membership is not required for attendance at Tot Shabbat. Call 703-979-4466, or e-mail school@arfax.net for more information.

Truro Episcopal Church of Fairfax will be hosting several holiday events.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., a candlelight festival of lessons and carols will be offered.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the American Boys Choir will perform. A $10 donation is suggested.

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, Family Eucharist will be offered 3-5 p.m., and Festival Eucharist 7:30-11 p.m. From 2-7 p.m., visit the Holy Family and live animals on Truro’s front lawn.

On Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m., a Christmas day service will be provided with Liturgy, Eucharist and music.

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 p.m., New Year’s services will be offered.

On Sunday Jan. 5, an Epiphany celebration and pageant will be offered. Holy Eucharist is at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by a dramatic presentation of the visit of the Kings to the baby Jesus at 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

The Jubilee Children's Choir will be presenting Christmas music at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Annual Christmas Dinner will follow the 10:30 a.m. service. There is no charge. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

Congregation Adat Reyim will be hosting a Hanukkah Party for families with children up to the third grade, Sunday, Dec. 8, 3-5 p.m., at Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield.

The Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, invites the community to join in celebrating the Christmas Season at its Advent Gala, Dec. 8, from 4-6 p.m. There will be activities for all persons and all ages, including Christmas crafts, stories, caroling, snacks, hanging of the greens and a brief worship service. Child care will be provided for young children. To learn more about this activity or Little River Church, call 703-978-3060 or visit www.lrucc.org.

Women at the Well, an interdenominational Christian women's group, will meet on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 p.m., at the Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St. in Fairfax. Christine Gramenopoulos will be the speaker. Bring a dish to share for morning brunch at this free meeting. For more information, call 703-503-8519.

Messiah United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual free concert of Handel's "Messiah, Part I," including the "Hallelujah Chorus," on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. The concert will be presented by a community chorus under the direction of Roger Miller, director of music ministries at Messiah. A free-will offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the concert. The concert will take place at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more information, call 703-569-9862.

Jewish Social Service Agency presents You and Your Aging Parents. Meet monthly to discuss issues including communicating about sensitive issues, responsibilities to parents, family and the need for time to oneself. Second Monday of every month. Dec. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., at 3018 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. 703-204-9100, x19. $15/session.

A special healing service will take place at the Jubilee Christian Center on Sunday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Rev. Albert Appiah, Pastor of Renewal Christian Center in Mitchelville, Md., will be speaking. A water baptismal will follow the service. The Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

A special service of Advent music will be presented Dec. 8, during the 10 a.m. Worship Service, Springfield Christian Church, 5407 Backlick Road, Springfield; and Dec. 15, during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services, Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The performance will include Franz Schubert's "Magnificat in C," featuring orchestra, solo vocal quartet and the combined choirs of Springfield Christian Church and Little River United Church of Christ. For more information, call 703-354-4994 or 703-978-3060.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church will help Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia to build a townhouse on Stevenson Street in Fairfax City for a family in need. The project is a joint effort between Habitat for Humanity and Region 7, a group of Episcopal churches within the Diocese of Virginia. Christ the Redeemer will be working on the house Dec. 7. There will also be workdays scheduled on various Wednesdays throughout November. Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church meets at Centreville Elementary School, located at the corner of Route 28 and Green Trails Boulevard, on Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday school, KIDS Church, and a nursery are provided for children. Call 703-502-1732 or visit www.connectwithctr.com.

Westwood Baptist Church will host the children's choir program "Christmas Around the World" on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Westwood Baptist Church is located at 8200 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. www.westwood-baptist.org.

The New World Unity Church will host a Sunday celebration of "A Night to Remember" on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m., at Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Spirit Song will provide music combining traditional and metaphysical reflections of Christmas. Call 703-690-7925.

Westwood Baptist Church will host a Christmas Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. The pageant will include adult, youth and children's choirs, full orchestra and a multimedia presentation. Westwood Baptist Church is located at 8200 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. www.westwood-baptist.org.

The New World Unity Church invites the public to participate in a Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road in Burke. Children are welcome to participate and infant and toddler care is provided. A reception will follow the service. Call 703-690-7925.

The community is invited to a Dramatic Musical Worship Service that the children of Fairfax Presbyterian Church are offering at the 5 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. There will also be a Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols at 8 p.m., and a Christmas Eve Communion Service at 10 p.m., complete with the musical gifts of the Sanctuary Choir. Fairfax Presbyterian Church is located at 10723 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-273-5300 for directions and additional information.

World Healing meditation will be offered on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m., at New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will take place at Jubilee Christian Center on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be at 7 p.m. No charge. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

Assemblies of God missionaries to Belgium, Bobi and Nancy Arsenovic, will be speaking at Jubilee Christian Center on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. The Arsenovics have been teaching and training students at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

New World Unity Church hosts a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

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.

Arabic Bible Baptist Church is located at 5424 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Pastor: Tony Ghareeb. Call 703-273-5599 or e-mail to Tghareeb@wmconnect.com.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax City in the music room of the school. All are welcome. Call Martha Malloy at 703-273-4868.

United Community Ministries is calling for donations of food, homeless care package items, baby items, personal care items, bags and other various needs. Give through church or community organizations, or drop off donations at 7511 Fordson Road between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call Tracy Davis at 703-768-7106, Ext. 328.

“Wisdom for a Lifetime” by Alden Studebaker will be discussed on Wednesday evenings, 8-9:30 p.m., at New World Unity Church, located at 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

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.

The Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 9350 Braddock Road in Burke, is offering a monthly support group for chronic-pain sufferers. The group will meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-323-5400.

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 night 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.