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St. John Neumann Catholic Community in Reston will host a parish Lenten mission on Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, from 7-8:15 p.m. each evening. The mission, "A Spirituality for an Evangelizing Parish," will be conducted by Rev. Charles Martin, CSP and Andrea McMullen, both of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association. Each evening's liturgy will be followed by a brief social in the St. John Neumann Parish Center. All are welcome. For more information, call the parish office at 703-860-8510.

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston, will hold a new cookbook preview and recipe tasting on

Sunday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information call Sally Nanas at 703-406-2034.

A Scholar-in-Residence Weekend will be held at the Congregation, March 14-16. Mark Washofsky, noted scholar and teacher, will share his insights on such topics as and "Reform Judaism & Jewish," "Playing God: Jewish Law and Genetic Engineering," and "The Jew: The Non-Jew and the Congregation." Washofsky will speak during Erev Shabbat services on Friday evening beginning at 7:15 p.m. and Shabbat services on Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. At noon, following a community-wide dairy potluck lunch, he will conduct an afternoon of workshops, concluding with a Havdalah service to mark the end of Shabbat. The Friday and Saturday events are open to the entire community, and there is no fee. Saturday events require an RSVP to the Temple Office. Bring a dairy dish to share at the lunch. For more information, contact Marjina Kaplan at marjina1@comcast.net. Call 703-437-7733.

The United Christian Parish of Reston (UCP) is hosting a one-day retreat for women on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at UCP's Redeemer building, 11508 North Shore Drive. The theme of the retreat is "Lenten Seasoning: Spices of Scripture, Friendship and Faith."

The retreat facilitator is the Rev. Mary Mason, a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. Mason was ordained into Christian ministry in 1989 at the United Christian Parish and since then has served as associate minister of Herndon United Methodist Church and interim minister of Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna. She has conducted leadership training sessions, led retreats, taught Bible study classes, and participated in numerous community service and continuing education activities.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. A donation of $20 per participant is requested to cover the costs. For additional information or to register in advance, call the church office at 703-620-3065.

The Church of the Epiphany will offer an Alpha Course for women on Friday mornings, from 9:15-11:15 a.m., beginning Friday, March 14. The free 13-week course will explore "the meaning of life and the relevance of the Christian faith in today's world." Event includes free childcare and a continental breakfast, a video and discussion. The Church of the Epiphany is located at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive on the corner of Fairfax County Parkway and Franklin Farm Road. Call 703-471-8601 or 703-860-9088.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church holds a "Saturday Night Praise! service every second Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 11400 North Shore Drive, Reston. The public is invited. For further information, contact the church at 703-709-3641.