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Faith Notes

Sept. 4, 2002

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<sh>Sept. 11 Memorial Services

<lst>First Baptist Church of Herndon will open the church sanctuary for a Day of Remembrance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11. A special "Service of Remembrance and Healing" will follow beginning at 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Herndon is located at 681 Elden St. For more information, call 703-437-3620.

St. Anne's Episcopal Church on 1700 Wainwright Dr., Reston plans a day of remembrance on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. During an all-day vigil on the church nave parishioners will read the names of those who died in the terrorist attacks. For more information, call the church office at 703-437-6530.

The United Christian Parish of Reston will conduct a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at its Redeemer Building, 11508 North Shore Drive, next to the Lake Anne Elementary School. The service will honor all those who died in the terrible tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 and those who served in the rescue efforts. The service is open to everyone in the community.

The United Christian Parish of Reston will be kicking off its 2002/2003 Church Programs on Sunday, Sept. 8 at its Redeemer Building, 11508 North Shore Drive, next to the Lake Anne Elementary School. Following the 11 a.m. worship service, a church picnic will take place outside in the tented area and displays set up in the church narthex by the various ministries, committees and councils of the church highlighting the various plans and programs for 2002/2003. Included will be various educational programs and opportunities, mission outreach, stewardship, as well as a variety of congregational events.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 1516 Moorings Drive, Reston, is currently accepting registration for this fall's adult education courses. Classes meet every Sunday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. for eight weeks beginning Sept. 8 unless otherwise noted. Registration is in person at the church office or by phone at 703-437-5020. Courses offered this fall include: Israel: Yesterday, Today; New Testament Heavies; Colossians; His Kingdom Forever; Key People and Events of the Bible; Renewing the Family Spirit; Faith 101; and Woman-to-Woman: Becoming a Woman of Excellence. Children's Sunday School for ages preschool through high school is available from 9:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m. and runs for the school calendar year. For more information about Good Shepherd Lutheran Church visit www.goodshepherd-lutheran.org.

Jewish High Holy Day services. New and prospective members and visitors are invited to worship with Shoreshim Jewish community for Rosh Hashanah. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston. The evening service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and the day service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. Child-care will be available for children under seven for the evening service. For more information and directions, call 703-318-7136.

Moms In Touch International is a group of mothers who gather to pray for students, teachers and schools As students all over the nation begin the fall term, more than 150,000 mothers will be heading back to Moms In Touch groups to pray for their children, teachers and schools. In Virginia, there are 700 MITI prayer groups meeting in every region and rapidly growing in the Northern Virginia region. To obtain a listing of MITI nearby groups praying for schools visit the ministry's Web site at www.MomsInTouch.org. The Web site also offers instructional materials, as well as videos and leadership resources to help mothers start MITI groups for schools that don't already have one. For more information, contact the ministry at 1-800-949-MOMS or info@MomsInTouch.org or in Virginia call 1-757-482-5882 or miti4va@erols.com.

Christian Women's Club of Fairfax County is hosting a "Stampin' Up" luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston. Faye Giguere will share the joy and craft of stamping. The keynote speaker will be Ginny Stikeleather of Statesville, N.C. Required reservations are $14 inclusive. For more information about the luncheon or free preschool nursery, call Elizabeth at 703-757-0801.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2002-2003 school year for the United Christian Parish Parents Day Out (PDO) Program. PDO is a one, two, or three morning a week program for children 2 years of age. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children need not be potty trained. The program is located at 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston. For additional information call 703-437-5588.

An introductory Godly Play training session conducted by a national Godly Play trainer will take place Sept. 16 from 6-10 p.m. at United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston. For more information, call Billie Sutter at 703-620-3065.

The Religious School and Early Childhood Center at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon is in the process of registering students for the 2002-2003 school year. For children in grades K-12, the Religious School includes many enrichment programs and opportunities to involve the family through the Family Learning Program, as well as classroom learning and bar and bat mitzvah preparation.

The Religious School program currently educates over 400 young members. The Religious School year starts Sept. 9, with schedule and curriculum varying by grade. For more information, contact Iren Fertel, Education Director at 703-860-4515 ext. 111.

The Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center (BEECC) provides a Jewish pre-school experience for more than 90 children ages 2-5. BEECC offers small classes grouped by age, in a relaxed but structured environment with an emphasis on socialization. BEECC is in session Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., with the 2002-2003 school year beginning on Sept. 9. For more information, contact BEECC Director Paula Slavsky at 703-860-4515 ext. 115.

For more information about Congregation Beth Emeth, call 703-860-4515 ext. 101 or visit www.bethemeth.org.

Locally-based marketing and advertising partnership Kristof Creative has started a working relationship with the Ashburn-based Faith Foundation. The faith foundation was created by Redskins player Eddie Mason and his wife, and is a charitable organization serving the youth and families of Northern Virginia. The faith foundation's first annual fundraising event, "Raising Hope for Children and Families," is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 6 p.m., at the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner. Funds from the upcoming event will help launch the Faith Foundation's "Discovering Destiny and Purpose' programs for local youths and adults. For more information call Michael Kristof at 703-989-9133 or visit www.faithfoundation.us.