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First Baptist Church of Springfield will hold its Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 31, at 7 a.m., at the new pavilion at Lake Accotink Park. A contintental breakfast will be provided after the service at the Church, located at 7300 Gary St., Springfield. For more information, call 703-451-1500.

Word of Life Christian Academy will host a community open house for fall enrollemnt on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for grades preschool-12. Word of Life Christian Academy is fully accredited and is located on the corner of Edsall and Backlick roads in Springfield. For more information, call 703-354-4222 or visit www.wolca.org.

Immanuel Bible Church will be holding its semiannual clothing orchard on April 6, at 8 a.m. Used clothing and household items will be given away free to the public. All are welcome. Immanuel Bible Church is located at the corner of Backlick and Braddock roads in Springfield. For more information, call the church office at 703-941-4124.

The Dillon Fellowship Hall Springfield Christian Church invites everyone for a meal of bread, fruit and cheese to celebrate Jesus' final meal, on March 28 at 6:30 p.m., in Dillon Fellowship Hall. Bring bread, fruit and cheese to share with everybody around the table. Sunrise Service on Easter Day at 7 a.m. Later breakfast and snacks will be offered in the Fellowship Hall. The Easter Day Worship Service in the Sanctuary will be held at 10 a.m. It includes special music, banners and flowers, eternal Spirit and power of the Living God. Springfield Christian Church is located at 5407 Backlick Road., Springfield, Va. Phone 703-354-4994.

The Accotink Unitarian-Universalist Church is sponsoring monthly day trips to Washington, D.C. On Thursday, April 18, the trip will include the U.S. National Arboretum (with a tram ride of 443 acres) and docent-led tours of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Monastery. The motor coach departs from and returns to the Huntsman Square Shopping Mall off the Fairfax County Parkway (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The trip costs $23 per person and is open to the community. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 703-451-7469.

On Saturday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m., Parkwood Baptist Church will hold its third annual Easter Eggstravaganza for families with children from preschool through grade six. This free event features games, cookie decorating, crafts, free food, story time, door prizes and an egg hunt for younger children and a treasure hunt for older children. Parkwood Baptist Church is located at 8726 Braddock Road, Annandale. Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m., Saturday, March 30. For more information, call the church office at 703-978-8160.

Westwood Baptist Church will host a drop-in grief support group on Thursdays, from noon-1 p.m. beginning April 18 at 8200 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information, contact Jessica Chase, Hospice of Northern Virginia, Point of Hope Grief Counseling Center, at 703-538-2064.

The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) announces its second annual Seders for Seniors project. The JCA program makes it possible for seniors to attend a communal Seder at a synagogue or community center close to their homes. Transportation to and from the Seder will be arranged by the JCA Connect-A-Ride program. To register or for more information, contact Micki Gordon at the Jewish Council for the Aging, at 703-425-0999 or e-mail mgordon@jcagw.org.

T.O.T. Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield, will begin its 15th year of operation in September. This is a developmental, Christian preschool with degreed teachers and small classes. Registration for fall 2002 classes is now being accepted. For more information, call the preschool at 703-644-6384.

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. For more information, call Virginia Halterman at 703-321-9126 or Nora Steiger at 703-971-2124.

Springfield Christian Church, 5407 Backlick Road, has opened its doors on Wednesday evenings, from 7-7:30 p.m., to those in need of prayer. For more information, call Springfield Christian Church at 703-354-4994, or e-mail SCC1@erols.com.

Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, holds a prayer service. This is a service that Messiah started in January. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of corporate prayer. All in the community are welcome. For more information, call 703-569-9862.

The following is a list of various events taking place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax:

Bible study every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m.;

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.;

Morning Service at 11 a.m. except fifth Sunday, when service begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the administration office at 703-273-1455 .

Those looking for a church family and those hungry to know the word of God for themselves may join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite those interested to come, see and taste the presence of God in action, enjoy the word of God and meet international brothers and sisters in Christ. Fresh Fire International Baptist Center meets at 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax. For more information, call 703-815-8950.