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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.

Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, celebrates the meaning of the Christmas season through its annual White Gift service on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. In an enactment of the Magi visit to Bethlehem to find Jesus, worshipers young and old follow the procession of the three kings, offering at the manger gifts wrapped in plain white paper for children of low-income families. The gifts are distributed to children from ACCA Child Center, the Main Street Child Development Center, Shaw Community Ministry, and a local Somali family being assisted by the church. Visitors are welcome and may bring gifts properly identified by age and gender. A reception follows. Little River United Church of Christ is at 8410 Little River Turnpike, across from the Northern Virginia Community College.

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church will host a Winter Solstice Service, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Learn about the origins of the holiday traditions around food, plants, animals and other activities, and touch the Yule Log to make a wish for the coming year. On Sunday, Dec. 22, a holiday service for all generations will be the program. The services on these dates will be at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Accotink will also host a Family Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The service will feature the children's Christmas Pageant and will include the annual Christmas tableau, with lots of carol singing and a congregational candle lighting. The second service, at 7:30 p.m., includes music from the Adult Choir, a telling of the Christmas story from Scripture, more carol singing and lots of candlelight. The holiday week concludes on Sunday, Dec. 29, with an intergenerational service and all-church brunch, hosted by the church's Board of Trustees, starting at 10 a.m. Accotink UU Church is located at 10125 Lakehaven Court in Burke. For directions and more information, call 703-503-4579 or check the church's Web site at http:accotinkuuc.uua.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.

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.

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.

The Celebration Singers, a costumed and choreographed, all-volunteer, women's show chorus, invites singers to join them. The group sings a variety of music in three voice ranges — soprano, second soprano and alto. They rehearse on Wednesdays during the day alternating between Heritage Hunt in Gainesville and the Springfield United Methodist Church. Call Virginia Halterman at 703-321-9126 or Nora Steiger at 703-971-2124.

Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, hosts a prayer service. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of prayer. All in the community are welcome. Call 703-569-9862.

New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School, located at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. New World Unity Church is a Christ-centered spiritual community dedicated to building a consciousness of Oneness based on unconditional love and total acceptance. Services include prayer, music, a meaningful message , food, and celebration. Come early at 10 a.m. for World Peace Meditation. Call 703-690-7925.