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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.

Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, starts its First Friday new season Oct. 4 with Kaskia Van Oot, a storyteller who gets lots of help from her audience. 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 cost is $5 per child ($15 per family) for each session. The Oct. 4 program will bring to life the legend of St. George and the dragon, along with more legendary activities and a meal fit for a monster! Future First Friday programs will be held on the first Friday of November, December, February, March, and April. Pre-registration is encouraged, either by calling the church, 703-978-3060, or on-line through the church’s Web site, www.lrucc.org.

Burke Presbyterian Church will host a World Communion Sunday Worship Festival at 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. Services will begin with a parade of international flags. Church members and friends of foreign birth will be dressed in their national costumes and will carry in their native flags. Portions of the service will be spoken in the foreign languages of these individuals. An International Buffet with entertainment and fellowship will follow the second service, at 12:45 p.m. For more information, call 703-455-6388.

A "Rites of Passage" Seminar will take place at Jubilee Christian Center, located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road in Fairfax on Oct. 5-6. Chuck Stecker, president of A Chosen Generation, will speak at a Men's Breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. He will also speak at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Chuck Stecker and Brenda Snalium, vice-president of A Chosen Generation, will speak on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. The seminar emphasizes the role of "A Father's Blessing" and the "Rite of Passage" of youth, ages 13-23, as accepted into adulthood by the family and the church. There is no charge for the Seminar meetings; an offering will be received. Call 703-383-1170.

Ministry Fair will take place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, located at 6509 Sydenstricker Road in Burke, on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will highlight the 55 active church and community outreach programs including health screenings, blood drives, food and clothing for the homeless and needy, home repair and construction, and ESL classes. Admission and parking free. Call 703-455-2500.

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.

Crafters are wanted for the annual Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, located at 12410 Lee-Jackson Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-378-6838 for an application.

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.

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 Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. There will also be workdays scheduled on various Wednesdays throughout September, October and November. On Oct. 5, Christ the Redeemer will be providing lunches for all the workers on the house. 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.

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.