Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke will host Career Net every Monday at 7:30 p.m. starting June 23. The event will allow job-seekers to network with each other, receive employment-related news and literature and ask for specific help from others and the volunteers. The event will be hosted by an experienced career counselor for most of the meetings. For more information, call Subhash Gupta at 703-323-5676 or Robert Westin at 703-978-6229. The Career Net will take place in Room 124 of the church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. Free.

The Christ-Based Teachings is a class that will explore one’s connection to Christ Mind. The class will meet Wednesdays, beginning June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, located on Lee Chapel Road, Burke. The class is sponsored by New World Unity Church. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

"Youth Alive" director John May will be speaking at Jubilee Christian Center on Sunday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited; an offering will be received. Jubilee is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for more information.

All are welcome to join Sydenstricker United Methodist Church for the celebration of Independence Day, July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the grove adjacent to the church. In addition to lots of free food, including barbecue and watermelons, the church will have games for children and a sing-a-long of patriotic songs for all ages. The church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Call 703-451-8223 or visit for more information.

Healing Service at Jubilee Christian Center. On July 6, at 6:30 p.m., Rev. Mike Zello Jr., evangelist and executive director of Fredericksburg Teen Challenge, will share how Christ can deliver a person from alcohol and other drug addictions in the real world, as well as teach prayer for those needing physical and spiritual healing and restoration. Open to the public.

Woman at the Well, an interdenominational Christian woman's group that shares in worship and prayer, will meet on Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m. Speaker Christine Gramenopoulos is the director of the Fairfax County Chapter of Woman at the Well. Meetings are held at the Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St., Fairfax. There is no charge for this meeting. For more information, call 703-503-8519.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple invites the community to join its members on Saturday, July 12, 6-9:30 p.m., to celebrate the annual Obon Festival. The event, a traditional Buddhist and Japanese family festival remembering ancestors, will feature Obon dance, taiko drums and traditional Japanese foods and refreshments. Admission is free. The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is located at 6500 Lake Haven Lane in Fairfax Station. For more information, visit

Arts and crafts camp, a theater and music camp and a sports and games camp are planned for this summer at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. The arts camp will take place July 14-18. Theater and music camp will take place July 21 - 24. The sports and game camp will take place July 28 - Aug. 1. Children in first through sixth grades are welcome to take part at the church site. Seventh graders and older are invited to be camp counselors. Each camp costs $40 per child with a maximum of $80 per family. Registration closes June 30. For more information, contact the church office at 703-323-9500 or visit the Web site at

Fellowship Baptist Church of Springfield Vacation Bible School, July 21-15, 9-11:30 a.m. The theme is "Jonah's Big Adventure: Learning to Walk in God's Ways," based on the VeggieTales series. The program is for children ages 2 years pre-kindergarten through children who have completed sixth grade. The event will include Bible lessons, music, crafts, games and snacks. Vacation Bible School is free, but pre-registration is requested. Participants may register in person at the church office or by mail. Call 703-569-5151 for a registration form. The church is located at 5936 Rolling Road.

"Son Harvest County Fair" Vacation Bible School. Children ages 3 through sixth grade can attend Vacation Bible School Aug. 4 - 8, at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. The cost for VBS is $20 per child, $50 maximum per family if registered before June 30. After June 30, costs are $25 per child and $60 maximum per family. For more information, contact the church office at 703-323-9500 or visit the Web site at

Lord of Life Lutheran Church offers three weeks of summer camps in July for elementary school age girls and boys at the church's Fairfax location at 5114 Twinbrook Road. The first is an arts and crafts camp from July 14-18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rising kindergartners to second graders will have crafts and games; rising third to sixth graders will have art classes with a talented artist.

From July 21-25, a music and theater arts camp will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This camp is open to rising first and fourth graders and returning older students who attended last year's camp and want to help this year. From July 28-Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a sports and games camp for rising first to third graders and rising fourth to sixth graders will be offered. The two camps will run during the same time with appropriate activities for each age group.

All camps will be $40 per child for each camp with a maximum of $80 per family for each camp (two children or more.) For more information, contact the Lord of Life Church office at 703-323-9500. Registration is on a first come basis until all camps are filled.

Burke Presbyterian Church will host its first theater camp this summer, July 14-18, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The camp is open to rising fourth through sixth graders. The cost is $25 per child. Vacation Bible School will take place July 21 through 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and is open to children who age 3 through rising sixth graders. The cost is $20 per child. For more information, call 703-764-0456. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke.

Wednesday Series, "Get a Life." Now through August, Pastor Bill Frasnelli and Associate Pastor Mike Colon will present a weekly series based on Ephesians. The event takes place on Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m., at the Jubilee Christian Center, located on 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-383-1170.

The Antioch Baptist Church will host the "Fit for His Kingdom" low-impact aerobics/step aerobics and weight training class each Monday, from 7-8 p.m., at the church, 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station. The class is free. Call Deloris at 703-425-4877 for more information.

"The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore." A study of the book by Alan Cohen. The class will meet Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. The class is sponsored by New World Unity Church. Meditation will be incorporated each week. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

Burke Community Church offers a weekly group for men called Men’s Fraternity to help discover authentic manhood as directed through the Word of God. Tuesdays, 6 a.m., at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

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.

Divorce Care is a weekly Bible Study care group that helps those who are transitioning through a divorce. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in the church parlor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Child care and children's activities are provided. 703-451-1500.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple of the greater Washington, D.C., area supports the practice of Shin Buddhists. Various programs and activities help each participant walk the path of a Buddhist, including adult services Sundays at 11 a.m., children's services and Dharma School for children and adults, and meditation classes. For more information visit

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

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.

T.O.T. preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield, will begin its 16th year of operation in September. T.O.T. is a developmental, Christian preschool with trained teachers and small classes. Registration for fall 2003 is now being accepted. Call 703-644-6384 for more information.

The labyrinth at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road, will be open from 7-9 p.m. for meditation and quiet reflection. Monthly walks are scheduled on the fourth Monday through June. Newcomers and all faiths are invited to participate. Parish office: 703 323-5400.

The Women's Ministry at Jubilee Christian Center is starting a new Bible study, discussing the book "Breaking Free," by Beth Moore. Classes are either Mondays, at 7:30 p.m., or Tuesdays, at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20, including the book. Child care is available for the Tuesday morning classes. Location is 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 to register.

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.