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United We Stand and the Herndon Chamber of Commerce will host a community remembrance service on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Town Square in front of the Old Town Hall Building at 730 Elden St. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sousa marches, fife and drum formations and patriotic choral performances will be offered. The public is invited to bring a blanket and picnic basket. Refreshments will be available from the Boy Scouts and local restaurants. At 7:30 p.m, the formal portion of the evening will begin with the presentation of colors and the singing of the national anthem. This will be followed by remarks from Mayor Thoesen. Dignitaries will read from the roll call of names of those who fell in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Representatives from the Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities will offer a prayer composed especially for the occasion.

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.

Washington Plaza Baptist Church on Lake Anne at 1615 Washington Plaza offers open Sunday school classes starting Sept. 15, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Infants to 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds to 7-year-olds, and 8-year-olds to 13-year-olds participate in "The Ark," "Godly Play," and "Firelight," respectively. For more information call 703-471-5225.

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.

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 please call 703-437-5588.

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.

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.