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Messiah United Methodist Church hosts a Divorce Recovery Workshop on Wednesday evenings, through May 12, from 7:30-9 p.m. The 8-week seminar is designed to help divorced and separated persons heal wounds and help them grow through the situation in a supportive atmosphere. Child care is provided upon request. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call Shari at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Join Rev. Susan Goff in a celebration of Holy Week at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

Harvest Church is currently examining the life, death and claims of Jesus Christ in it's Sunday morning services at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to hear this sermon series on The Passion of the Christ. Is it true or is it false? Harvest Church is located at 7401 Beulah St., in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. Call 703-971-7070 for further information.

T.O.T. Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, begins its 17th year of operation in September. T.O.T. is a developmental, Christian program with degreed teachers and small classes. The school is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Registration for fall 2004 is now being accepted. Call 703-644-6384. E-mail tot@sumcdisciples.org.

New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School, located at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. New World Unity Church is a spiritual community "consciously co-creating a peaceful, harmonious world that recognizes Oneness." Children's programs begin at 9:30 a.m. World Peace Meditation takes place at 10 a.m., and Sunday Celebration Service begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station.

For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.

A six-week Women's Bible Study meets on Mondays beginning April 19, 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesdays beginning April 20, 9:45 a.m. The study will use the book "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. Cost is $15 if you have the book, or $20 including the book. Cost includes child care for the Tuesday study. The study meets at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for reservations.

Beth Anderson presents "Financial Freedom." The Women's Ministries of Jubilee Center hosts the seminar and luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, at 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Free. Call 703 383-1170 before April 14 for reservations.

The Spiritual Parenting support group meets the first Sunday of every month, 12-1 p.m., at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. For more information, visit www.NewWorldUnity.org. Child care is available on request.

The New World Men of Spirit is dedicated to the recreation and cultivation of service, spirit, brotherhood, support, camaraderie, fun, passion, strength, honor, unity and renewal. The group meets every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsored by New World Unity. For meeting location and more information, call Sam at 703-768-0423 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.

With the voice of their own generation, the youth group of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax, brings a new worship service to senior and junior high-age students on Sunday, April 18. The services will take place at 7 p.m., in the church's sanctuary. One Sunday a month, the youth band “Nothing but Faith” will sing and perform for the service while other students deliver the message, scripture readings and prayers. Communion will be celebrated. Parents and youth of all ages are encouraged to participate. Call 703-323-9500.

Burke United Methodist Church hosts "The Parables as Keys to Healthy Relationships" on Sundays, April 25, May 2, 16, and 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. This course is offered by Luminea Institute of the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia and is taught by Rev. Doug Thorpe, Ph.D. It is designed to help participants unlock the secrets of healthy, satisfying relationships from the parables of Jesus. These simple stories harbor life-changing wisdom. This course is for anyone who wants better relationships and a deeper understanding of the Parables. The fee is $100/person for the four sessions. For more information, call 703-903-9696, Mary (ext. 251) or Kay (ext. 297).

Members of the Burke Presbyterian Church, St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax, Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling are planning an interfaith concert on Sunday April 25, 4 p.m., at the Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive. An offering will be collected for relief efforts in Afghanistan. For more information, contact Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, associate pastor at Burke Presbyterian Church, 703-764-0456.

St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church Youth Choir presents "Malice in the Palace, The Story of Esther" on Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m. A reception follows the show. Free. St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church is located at 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station. 703-503-9210.

Burke Presbyterian Church offers a Coffeehouse Worship Service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for those people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke.

Harvest Church is sponsoring the study series "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren every Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., Alexandria. Pastor Tim Cerce is currently leading this study, which focuses on the question, "What on Earth am I here for?" For more information, call the church office at 703-971-7070.

St. Bernadette Catholic Church hosts an ECHO Yard Sale on Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in the gymnasium, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. All items have been donated with proceeds going toward ECHO's plan to expand its facility to better assist clients in need. Items include vintage pottery, glass, linens, books, baskets, collectibles, toys, games, puzzles, videos and jewelry. Call 703 569-9160 or 703 451-7955 and ask for Pat.

The Women's Ministries at Jubilee Christian Center host a Women's Bible Study, on the book, "Praying God's Word," Tuesdays, through April 27, at 9:45 a.m. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Cost is $20, including the book, or $15 if providing own book. Call 703-383-1170 to register.

Gospel Music. The music ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield presents "A Night of Gospel Music and African American Spirituals" on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Also, a free dinner will be served prior to the Saturday night concert at 6:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are required. Call 703-451-8223 or visit www.sumcdisciples.org for details.

The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required, and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, holds casual worship services on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. featuring contemporary music.

More traditional services take place on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 a.m. for your children. The church also offers discussion groups for adults. Call 703-451-5855.

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church offers a weekly session of Zen meditation led by Jim McAdams on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m. The class is designed for both beginners and those more experienced mediators who have established practices. Registration fee is $10. For information call 703-503-4579 or visit http://accotinkuuc.uua.org.

"Growing Through Divorce." This eight-week workshop program discusses topics such as grieving the loss of the marriage, anger, rejection, forgiveness, loneliness and transitioning into single life. Child care is available but must be requested in advance. There is no charge for the program itself; the only cost is a $12 corresponding book. For more information, call Shari Sadowski at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Career Net meets every Monday, from 7-9 p.m., at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke. The free weekly event allows job seekers to network with each other, receive employment-related news and literature, ask for specific help from others and the volunteers. Meetings are headed by Jane Tresvaskis, a professional career counselor. For more information, call Subhash Gupta at 703-323-5676 or Robert Westin at 703-978-6229. Career Net takes place in Room 124 of the church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, in Burke. Call the church office at 703-503-4579 or check the Web site, accotinkuuc.uua.org.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are 9:30-11 a.m., at the church. All mothers and children are welcome. The program provides mothers an opportunity to get to know other mothers through discussions and craft activities. The children will be cared for my adults in the MOPPET program. Cost is $3 per session. Register by stopping by the church, calling 703-451-5320.

"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.

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 www.Ekoji.org.

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 Tghareeb@wmconnect.com.

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. All are welcome. Call Martha Malloy at 703-273-5369.

All are welcome to join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite all to participate in preaching and teaching, praise and worship, in a Christ-centered ministry. Fresh Fire International Center meets at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Call 703-815-8950.

“Wisdom for a Lifetime” by Alden Studebaker will be discussed on Wednesday evenings, 8-9:30 p.m., at New World Unity Church, located at 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

The following is a list of various events taking place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax: Bible study and Prayer Service every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Sunday School at 9:30–10:45 a.m., except for the fourth Sunday of the month, when Sunday School is offered 9-10 a.m. Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. Commonwealth Care Center ministry every first and third Thursday night. Call 703-273-1455.

Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, hosts a prayer service. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of prayer. All in the community are welcome. Call 703-569-9862.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, is now conducting registration for the winter semester at the Calvary Institute of Theology. Classes take place Thursday and Saturdays. 703-242-0747 or 703-273-1455.

Grief Support. Be with others experiencing a similar life experience. Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane (near Old Keene Mill and Lee Chapel Road), Burke, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Call Carol Mack 703-455-2400 ext. 17 for more information.

Join Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and Vienna Presbyterian Church host a joint service on "Healing Power of the Psalms" June 6, 7-8:30 p.m., at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Child care is available by reservation only, 48 hours in advance, by calling 703-938-9050, extension 151.