Faith Notes

Faith Notes

Messiah United Methodist Church offers a support program for single parents and their elementary aged children, on Wednesdays, Jan. 21-Mar. 10., from 6:30-8 p.m., at the church located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Parents and children will discuss age appropriate topics regarding separation and divorce. For more information or to sign up, call Shari Sadowski at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, will host a regional program on the Workshop Rotation Model curriculum for church Sunday Schools on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. The workshop program leaders will be two representatives of Cornerstones Publishing ( which has developed curriculum, authored by the program leaders, for the Workshop Rotation Model. The Workshop Rotation Model materials are based on multiple intelligence theory, a theory of human development that lends itself to the diversity of learning styles. Participants will learn about the educational foundations of the Model and experience lessons. The program is open to everyone. The Little River United Church of Christ is located at 8410 Little River Turnpike, across from Northern Virginia Community College. Call 703 978-3060. Visit

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple, located at 6500 Lake Haven Lane in Fairfax Station, is offering an introductory class on Buddhism as part of its ongoing Adult Dharma Education Program. The classes meet for one hour each Sunday at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for six weeks. Classes begin Jan. 25. Topics covered in class include the life of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, Buddhism's underlying philosophy and the fundamentals of the Shin Buddhist sect. Classes are free and all are welcome. Visit for more details on Ekoji Temple activities.

Season for Non-Violence Opening Event. The New World Unity Church commemorates the opening of the Season for Non-Violence with a special event on Jan. 30, 7 p.m., at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. The Season for Non-Violence is designated by the Association for Global New Thought and the United Nations and marked by the 64 days between the anniversaries of the assassination of Ghandi on Jan. 30 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. The keynote speaker for the event is Colin Tipping, author of "Radical Forgiveness: Making Room for the Miracle." Music is provided by Karen Taylor Good, two-time Grammy nominee; Mosaic Harmony, a 60-voice gospel choir; and SpiritSong, performing original competitions. For questions and information, call 703-7925 or visit the Web site

Circles of Forgiveness Workshop, sponsored by New World Unity Church. On Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Colin Tipping, along with musician Karen Taylor Good, presents this dramatic forgiveness workshop, a heart-opening, healing experience exploring the power of radical forgiveness. The workshop includes the Radical Forgiveness Ceremony and tools for dissolving energy blocks. $55 in advance, $65 after Jan. 16. For information, call 703-690-7925 or visit

Six Washington-area Reform congregations have joined together to support and host Outreach programs for interfaith couples, parents of interfaith couples and individuals working with a rabbi towards conversion. Washington Hebrew Congregation, Temple Sinai, Temple Beth Ami, Temple Shalom, Beth El Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel will be the venues for the rotating workshop series. Ruth Goldberger will facilitate and administer the programs under the auspices of these congregations. The schedule of programs is:

"Times and Seasons" - a venue for open discussions on important issues of interfaith marriage in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Six sessions, $150/couple

Temple Emanuel (Kensington, Md.), Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 23, and March 1, 8, 15; at 7:30-9:30 p.m.

"New Beginnings: Conversion Support" - a series of discussions led by a trained facilitator, normalizing the process of conversion by providing a forum to share with others issues such as authenticity, acculturation and family concerns. Six sessions, $75/person. Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Alexandria), Sundays, Feb. 8, 29; and March 14, 28; at 2-4 p.m., and a Shabbat dinner

"Our Children: Their Loves, Our Faith" - enables participants to articulate concerns about their children's interfaith relationships. Four sessions; $100/person or $150/couple. Temple Shalom (Chevy Chase, Md.), March 21, 28; and April 11, 25

Registration is required. Members of supporting congregations will receive fee discounts. For information and registration contact Ruth Goldberger at

The staff of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is presenting a 12-week series of conversations beginning Jan. 18 designed to foster "Connections with God and the Prince of Peace Community." The program will be held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, in library room 26. Contemporary Saturday services take place at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday services take place at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Education take place at 9:45 a.m. Call 703-451-5855.

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.

New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. New World Unity is a Christ-centered spiritual community dedicated to building a consciousness of oneness based on unconditional love and total acceptance. Services include prayer, music, meaningful message, food and celebration. Call 703-690-7925.

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.

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 the following Sundays: Feb. 29, Mar. 21 and Apr. 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.

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

The New World Unity Church is offering the following classes:

Twelve Powers of Man is a class that will study Charles Fillmore’s ideas about the quickening and balancing of one’s 12 Christ Powers. The class meets Tuesday evenings beginning, 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Springfield. Call 703-690-7925 for meeting locations and other information.

Jesus’ Teachings in a class that will look at that the powerful teachings Jesus delivered through his words and the more powerful teachings he showed with his actions. The class meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

“The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” is an ongoing study class of the book by Alan Cohen. The class will meet Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

Spiritual Parenting is a group that offers an opportunity to support and be supported in the spiritual aspects of parenting. The group meets the first Sunday of the month, 12-1 p.m., at Irving Middle School in Springfield. Child care is available upon request. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

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 or call 301-897-7334.

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

"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,

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.

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. 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.