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Vienna Presbyterian Church is embarking on its second year of CenterPoint, an adult Christian education program. You will find a challenging cadre of classes on the Bible, Church History and Theology, Ethics and Christian Living, and Spirituality and the Arts beginning September 14 and extending over four terms through the end of March 2004. Classes will be taught at the church by VPC staff, university, seminary, business and non-profit organization professionals.

Centerpoint is an academic center with a strong, scholarly basis and innovative curriculum. Expert faculty from local universities, seminaries, area churches, business and non-profit organizations offer adults a better understanding of Christian teachings and how to apply them to their everyday lives.

Among the 23 courses offered are What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say, Healthcare and End-of-Life Issues, Parenting for Peace and Justice and Business Ethics.

Classes are offered in five week terms on Sunday and Tuesday evenings. Registration is required and there is a fee of $25 per course.

Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church will be holding a Middle Eastern Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. The festival will feature Middle Eastern Food, sweets, music and entertainment, Middle Eastern dance demonstrations, children's games and events, backgammon tournament, Middle Eastern tent, vendors, silent auction, icon shop and church tours. Admission is free. The church is located at 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, near Spring Hill Road. Visit www.holytransfiguration.org for directions and additional information or call 703-734-9566 or 703-200-6416.

Chabad at Tysons is holding a Shabbat educational service at the Embassy suites Hotel on Route 7 (next door to the Toys R' Us, across from the Container store). Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m., Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. This week's Kiddush is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Kimball. Rabbi Levi Deitsch is the executive director.

Chabad Tysons is also starting a "Hebrew reading crash course" starting on Aug. 26th. Call 703-356-3451 or e-mail ChabadTysons@aol.com. Space is limited.

Rosewood, a local contemporary worship and praise group, will provide the music for Wesley United Methodist’s 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, August 31. Nursery care and young child care are available. The church is located at the corner of Moore and Spring Streets in Vienna. Call 703-938-8700 for more information.

Wesley United Methodist Church will host its Wesley Day celebration on Sunday, Sept 7. The guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services will be the Reverend Rudy Tucker, a former assistant minister at Wesley. Following the services, a potluck lunch will be served on the church lawn, featuring Reverend Bill Burrough's barbecued chicken. Visitors are welcome. Nursery and child care are available during services. Call 703-938-8700 for more information. Wesley United Methodist is located at 711 Spring St., Vienna.

New Union Baptist Church will have homecoming services on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Rev. Eugene Johnson of Mount Olive Baptist in Centreville will be the guest preacher. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. All are invited to join. The church is located at 205 Pleasant St., Vienna. Call 703-281-2556.

The Christ Presbyterian Church in Fairfax is looking for crafters for its annual craft bazaar, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the church, which is located at 12410 Lee-Jackson Highway. Call Mary Jane at 703-378-6838 for an application.

Emmaus United Church of Christ offers an hour of quiet spiritual renewal as the focus for a weekly ecumenical group that meets at Emmaus United Church of Christ every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Led by JoAn Post, participants are gently guided through a time of centering, meditation and prayer. It is open to people of all faiths and requires no previous experience, only sincere desire. Emmaus is located at 900 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. Call 703-281-9309 for more information

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8:15 and 11 a.m., in the rich Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:45 a.m., with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Christian education is available for everyone from preschoolers through adults. Classes are always open to newcomers. The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, on the Oakton side of Vienna near McDonald’s. Call 703-938-2119.

The Baha’i community of McLean holds a weekly fireside, a meeting of discussion, devotion and fellowship, at 7500 Box Elder Court in McLean, beginning at 8 p.m. every Friday. The fireside is an opportunity to learn about the Baha’i faith and why Baha’is find hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Call 703-556-3400.

The International Chabad-Lubavitch organization is establishing a new Jewish institution, Chabad at Tysons, which will serve Vienna, McLean and Great Falls. Chabad welcomes all Jews regardless of background or affiliation. Activities will include holiday awareness programs, adult education, Shabbat and High Holiday services, and special children’s events. Call 703-356-3451 or 703-622-2953.

Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 6817 Dean Drive in McLean, holds Sunday Services at 10 a.m. and Communion and healing services Wednesdays at noon. Its motto is "A Place to Be — Belong, Become, Believe." Visit www.charleswesleyumc.org

Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a high-energy VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11 a.m. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit www.vbc-va.org.

St. Athanasius Lutheran Church at 114 Kingsley Road in Vienna, a new mission congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, offering traditional, conservative worship in accordance with the historic liturgy of the church. The current Sunday schedule includes Bible study and Sunday school for all ages at 4 p.m. and worship at 5 p.m. A Lutheran book club is also offered twice a month. A midweek Bible study meets twice a month. Call 703-455-4003 for more information.

Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11 a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sunday at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Awana children's club for fourth- through sixth-graders takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit the Web site at www.FaithBaptistVienna.org or e-mail Faith@tidalwave.net. Call the church at 703-938-9688.