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Teacher workday/student holiday program planned for children — When Fairfax County Public Schools have teacher workdays/student holidays, Centreville United Methodist Church offers all-day programs for children in elementary grades (Kindergarten through 6th). The next scheduled teacher workdays are Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 and 27. Children are invited to come and learn about "The Marvelous Miracles of Jesus" — a two-day mini vacation Bible School format from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Students will enjoy music, crafts, dramatics, recreation and fellowship. The cost is $25/day. The church is located at the corner of Route 28 and New Braddock Road in Centreville. Registration forms are available in the church office. Or call Laura Self, 703-327-8225, or Sally Taylor, 703-830-2684, ext. 109.

<lst>Wellspring Church will celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in worship and music on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., at Centreville Station No. 17 on Old Centreville Road. The choir will offer special music, led by new music director Dennis Dawson. "An Anatomy of the Body of Christ" will be the subject of the sermon by Pastor Jeremy McLeod. Sunday School for children meets during the worship hour, and a fellowship hour with bagels and coffee follows worship. Wellspring Church is progressively thoughtful, prayerful, justice-seeking, multi-racial, and open and affirming to seekers of all backgrounds. Wellspring is a new congregation of the United Church of Christ, and welcomes all to join its "circle of love for all people." Call Pastor Jeremy McLeod at 703-830-6095, or email wellspringucc@aol.com.

<lst>ESL (English as a Second Language) will be starting for the winter/spring semester at Centreville Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 15. The class will be from 10-11:30 a.m. and there is a $5 registration fee plus cost of the book. Childcare is provided. There are two beginning conversational classes plus a Bible study class. (If you are unable to attend on the 15th, students are accepted at any time). Centreville Baptist Church is located at 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville. Call 703-830-3333.

<lst>The bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene, will perform a concert to benefit the children of the Child Rescue Centre in Bo, Sierra Leone. The opening band will be All 4Hym. The concert will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Fairfax High School in Fairfax. Ticket prices are $40, $30 and $25 and can be purchased on-line at www.seldomscenebenefit.musictoday.com. They can also be purchased by telephone at 1-800-594-TIXX. All of the proceeds go to help these orphans.

Sierra Leone has been ravaged by a brutal civil war, many children orphaned and all of the children traumatized. The Child Rescue Centre rescued 40 children from the streets during the war and provided food, clothing, housing, education, health care and a loving and nurturing environment. In addition, 100 children have been placed with families and provided food, education and health care.

Life Line Screening, a provider of preventative health screenings, will be coming to Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Jan. 31 from 8:30 to 5 p.m. to perform ultrasound screenings to detect the risk for stroke and vascular disease, as well as bone density screening. Each non-invasive, painless test takes about 10 minutes and can help detect problems early before they become serious. The cost is $45 and pre-registration is required. The screenings will take place at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, East Site, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. To register, call 1-800-407-4557.

The Women's Ministries at Jubilee Christian Center will be having a Women's Bible Study, on the book, "Praying God's Word," Tuesday mornings, 9:45 a.m., from Jan. 20-April 27. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Cost is $20, including the book, or $15 if already have the book. Call 703-383-1170 to register.

Centreville Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Highway (at the intersection of Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville). An exciting children's program and nursery are provided during Sunday services. Call 703-580-5226 or visit the Web site at www.centrevillechurch.com.

Centreville Presbyterian Church:

* Winter Sunday School Classes for Children, Teens and Adults — Sundays, 10-11 a.m. Adult classes: Isaiah, The Practice of Godliness, Marriage and Family Life.

* Seven Small Groups — Meet in area homes for fellowship and spiritual growth.

* Music — Chancel choir rehearses Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. Contemporary Music Worship Team rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcomed to participate.

Call CPC at 703-830-0098. CPC is located at 5690 Sully Road, Centreville, at the I-66 and Route 28 interchange.

The Youth Worship Services for Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be held at 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 29, March 21 and April 18.

The church is located at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Contact Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 703-323-9500.

Temple Beth Torah is a Reform Jewish congregation and member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church in Centreville. The congregation offers the Northern Virginia Jewish community services that provide numerous spiritual, educational, support and social opportunities including religious school for member children age 3 through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and confirmation. The congregation welcomes all members of the community to attend any services or events. Call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

Congregation Yad Shalom is a conservative synagogue located in Centreville. It provides many programs which offer the experience of a Jewish lifestyle in a traditional format.

* Join in a Saturday morning Torah service with the Cantor of Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3.

* It's a Super Bowl Party! Join the fun on Sunday, Feb. 1. Call for details.

* Sign up now for K-2 Hebrew school for children.

Call Mike Goldenzweig at 703-753-3314, or visit the Web site at www.yadshalom.org.

Fitness with a Twist… Workout to the latest contemporary Christian music. Body & Soul is a high/low-impact aerobics class that includes strength training, Pilates, kickboxing, and more. Childcare and a home school room for Monday morning class is available.

Classes are held at Centreville Baptist Church on Route 29 just south of Stone Road. Class times are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday mornings, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays evenings, and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Contact Melissa Ellison at 703-369-4636 or CBC Women’s Ministry at 703-830-3333.

St. John's Episcopal Church offers the following:

Sunday Eucharist services are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A nursery for children up to age 3 is available. Opportunities for adult, youth and child enrichment are offered. On Sundays: Christian Formation for all ages, Adult Lectionary Class and Newcomer Class at 9:15 a.m.; Children's Chapel at 10:30 a.m.; Youth Music and Youth Group at 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively. On Mondays: New Testament Class at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays: Morning Bible Study at 10 a.m.; Eucharist and Healing Service at 9:15 a.m. on Thursdays: Children's Choir at 5 p.m.; Adult Choir and Education for Ministry at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-803-7500 or visit the Web site at www.stjohnscentreville.org.

Mount Olive Baptist Church:

* Church services: Rev. Eugene Johnson, pastor

* Prayer meeting/Bible study — Wednesday, 7 p.m.

* Sunday morning worship — 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

* Sunday school — 9:45 a.m.

Mount Olive Baptist Church is located at 6600 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Call 703-830-8769.

Cedar Run Community Church is offering a series on "Simple Truths that Transform." Cedar Run is a non-denominational Christian church that is all about families, fun and faith. It meets for Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at Waples Mill Elementary off Waples Mill Road in the Fair Oaks area. There's a high-quality Promiseland children's ministry for newborns through sixth graders and there's a dynamic, safe place for teenagers at the student ministry that meets during the Sunday service as well. Call 703-968-7312 or check the Web site at www.cedarrun.net.

* New Women's small group starting on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the Starbucks at Sully Station in Centreville. Contact Briana Dintino at 703-818-1741.

Capital Worship Center will hold weekly Bible study and worship services on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Centre Ridge Elementary School, 14400 New Braddock Road, Centreville. Also offered at this time will be youth services, children's fellowship and a nursery. Call 703-530-8100.

Cedar Run Community Church's Sunday service is held at 10:30 a.m. at Waples Mill Elementary School. New Community monthly worship service is held on the third Sunday of every month from 5-7:15 p.m. at Centreville Presbyterian Church. Free pizza dinner starting at 5 p.m. Childcare provided. Interested in learning about Cedar Run? Visit the Web site at www.cedarrun.net or call the church office at 703-968-7312.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church holds a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at Centreville Elementary School in Centreville. Sunday school and a nursery are provided on Sundays. The Web site is www.connectwithctr.com. Call 703-502-1732.

Mount Horeb A.M.E. Mission Church invites the public to worship on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. at Virginia Run Elementary School, 15450 Martins Hundred Drive in Centreville. The Rev. Larry C. Rogers is the pastor. Call 703-330-2109.

New Hope Fellowship currently meets at 10 a.m. at Rocky Run Middle School with worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The school is located at 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-591-2948.

Body & Soul Aerobics and Strength Training Classes is a fitness program choreographed to today's Christian music, and it offers great fellowship with other women. Classes are currently held at Centreville Baptist Church on Route 29 just south of Stone Road. Class times are Monday and Thursday, 7-8:15 p.m., Monday morning, 9:30-11 a.m., and Saturday morning, 8-9:30 a.m. Call ahead for childcare at 703-830-3333.

Community Care Groups at New Life Christian Church

The following are on-going support groups which meet at Westfield High School on Sunday mornings or as indicated. Contact Community Care Minister Ron Furgerson at 703-266-0118 or ron@newlife4me.com, for additional information about any of the groups:

* Food Freedom — A Celebrate Recovery Support Group. This group uses a proven Biblical approach to promote healing from compulsive eating problems. The group meets at Westfield High School at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Child Care is provided.

* Help for Hurts, Habits, and Hang-Ups — A Celebrate Recovery Group. This group uses the 12-step approach coupled with the teachings of Jesus to help overcome or cope with all types of addictions, compulsions, and life problems. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at Westfield High School. Child care is provided.

* Dealing with Divorce — A Divorce Care Support Group. This is a video-based seminar group for people who are separated or divorced. The group is a place to receive sound information about ways to heal from the hurt and to cope with the life pressures which accompany separation and divorce. The group meets at 11 a.m. each Sunday at Westfield High School. Child care is provided.

* Healthy Boundaries — Getting Control of Your Life. This group helps the over-stressed, over-worked, and over-committed to gain control of their lives through developing healthy, balanced relationships. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at 13777 Laurel Rock Drive; Clifton.

* Men's Issues — A support group for guys dealing with the unique issues men face in their jobs, personal lives, and relationships. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. each Monday at 4401 Shari Court in Catharpin.

The Purpose Driven Life. Centreville Community Church is examining one of the New York Times' best-selling books, "The Purpose Driven Life." Come discover the answer to the age-old question: "What on earth am I here for?"

More than 4,400 churches are participating in a spiritual journey this fall called "40 Days of Purpose" in order to answer this important question. Join in this journey on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Highway (at the intersection of Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville). Children can also take this journey, at the same time as their parents, through a special version of "40 Days of Purpose" geared just for them in the church's Centreville Kids Club. A nursery will be provided for younger children. Call 703-580-5226 or visit www.centrevillechurch.com.