Faith Notes

Faith Notes

Epiphany United Methodist Church, located at 1014 Country Club Drive, Vienna, will hold the following Holy Week/Easter events:

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. — The Early Christian Meal: A Maundy Thursday/Good Friday experience. Join this experience that recreates the hours prior to and following Christ's crucifixion. Meet Nathaniel; Peter; Mary, the mother of Jesus; as well as those who knew him for only a moment but whose lives were changed forever by the encounter. Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Good Friday, March 29, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. — The sanctuary will be open for meditation and Holy Communion. Resources for meditation will be available around the altar area.

Easter Egg Hunt, March 30, 10 a.m. — After all eggs are located, come together for light refreshments, a brief story time and a sing-a-long.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 6 and 11 a.m. — The speaker for the sunrise service is Scott Butler. A continental breakfast will be provided in fellowship hall after the sunrise service. Sunday School will be at 9:45 a.m., and will be followed by a Service of Resurrection at 11.

On Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., a panel of leaders will discuss the topic "If all the major religions of the world promote peace, why is it that we find ourselves waging so many wars in the name of God?" at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. The Three Views of One God event is being hosted by The Church of the Good Shepherd, in collaboration with the Institute on Religion and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., to help people of all faiths confront this paradox. Seating will be limited, reservations are necessary. Call 703-281-3987 for reservations, and let the church know if child care will be necessary.

The panel will be moderated by Caryn M. Harris, associate director of the Institute, and post-panel discussion will be facilitated by Susan Shearouse, a consultant on cross-cultural conflict. Panel members include Imam Yahya Hendi, the first Muslim invited to lead the U.S. Congress in prayer and the first Muslim chaplain of Georgetown University; Naomi Rosenblatt, a psychotherapist, author, lecturer and adult Bible class teacher; and Joseph K. Grieboski, founder and president of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.

Holy Week will be celebrated at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. For more information, call the church office at 703-281-3987 or visit

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. — A Christian Seder designed to help people appreciate the meaning of "The Last Supper." A special children's program will be offered.

Good Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. — Come hear the story, feel the grief and anger of the ultimate evil and help each other carry the tragedy of the day. A prayer vigil will be held from 4-7 p.m.

Easter Sunday, March 31 — Three services will be held: Sunrise Service, 6 a.m. — Greet the Easter Dawn and worship together in the outdoor worship area. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Easter Worship Services, 8:30 and 11 a.m. — In the sanctuary, join a service of celebration of the risen Christ.

Wesley United Methodist Church invites the community to enjoy Easter music sung by the Wesley Choir, with organ and brass accompaniment. Services will be at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31. Free child/nursery care will be available. The church is located at the corner of Spring and Moore streets in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-8700.

Epiphany United Methodist Church will hold the following Holy Week events: Maundy Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday, March 29, from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. (annual Easter Egg Hunt), Easter Sunday, March 31, at 6 and 11 a.m. Epiphany United Methodist Church is located at 1014 Country Club Drive, Vienna.

The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA)'s second annual Seders for Seniors project makes it possible for seniors to attend a communal Seder at a synagogue or community center close to their home. 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

Children's church has come to Vienna Assembly of God, 100 Ayrhill Ave. N.E. Sermons on a child's level, songs, object lessons, puppets, slide shows and other activities are presented each Sunday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. A bag of M&Ms or Skittles is given to everyone who attends. Child care and ministry to parents are provided during children's church and the sanctuary service. Rides to and from church are offered to those living in the Vienna area. For more information, call the Rev. Craig Burns at 703-938-7736.

Vienna Presbyterian offers signed services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing each week, during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Designated seating is available. All who would benefit from this option are welcome. Vienna Presbyterian Church is located at Church and Park streets in Vienna. For more information, call the church at 703-938-9050 or visit

First Baptist Church of Vienna, located at 450 Orchard St., holds a variety of Bible classes for all ages every Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 9 p.m. All are invited. Call 703-938-8595 for more information.