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The Ekoji Buddhist Temple hosts its 23rd annual Obon Festival Saturday, July 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Obon is a Buddhist observance that honors one's ancestors. Activities include music, Bon-odori dancing, games, crafts and traditional Japanese food dishes. All are welcome. The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is located at 6500 Lave Haven Lane, Fairfax Station.

Messiah United Methodist Church's Single Sunday School sponsors the program "Women's Issues: HIV, Domestic Violence, Traffic of People for Sex and Labor" on Sunday, July 11, at 10:45 a.m., in room 266. Linda Bales, director of the Louise & Hugh More Population Project is guest speaker. Messiah UMC is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more information, call 703-569-9862.

The Little River United Church of Christ hosts Sunday Matinee Discussion Groups this summer. Movies that have something to say about faith are shown on five Sundays, starting at 2 p.m., with a discussion starting around 4 p.m. Films and dates are: July 11, Whale Rider; July 25, The Mission; Aug. 8, Contact; Aug. 22, Babette's Feast; and Sept. 5, Finding Nemo. Little River UCC is located at 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. All are welcome. For more information, call 703 978-3060 or visit www.lrucc.org.

Join Kirkwood Presbyterian Church’s 2004 Vacation Bible School this summer, July 12-16. The Olympics-themed event will feature a week of sporting good fun. Campers will enjoy songs, skits, crafts, games, and Bible stories for children from age 4 through the sixth grade. Kirkwood Presbyterian Church is located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield. Call 703-451-5320 for registration information.

Welcome Shabbat at a wine and cheese reception on Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m. with Rabbi Bruce Aft at Adat Reyim. Services follow immediately at 8 p.m. Baby-sitting services provided. Congregation Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield R.S.V.P. requested, call at 703-569-7577.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church begins its summer hours with Holy Eucharist at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. An Adult Education program also continues through Sunday, July 25, with the focus on the Book of Revelation. Greg Wuestenhagen teaches the class at 9 a.m. St. Christopher's is located at 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

Jubilee Christian Center presents the “Go for the Gold” sermon series on Sundays through July 25, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The sermons are conducted by Sen. Pastor Bill Frasnelli. The Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-383-1170.

Welcome Shabbat under the Stars at Adat Reyim on Friday, July 30, with Rabbi Bruce Aft. Event begins at 6:30 p.m., and participants are asked to bring a parve or dairy dinner and have Shabbat dinner picnic-style. An outdoors, folk-style service follows immediately at 7:30 p.m. This innovative service is guitar lead and song filled. For more information call 703-569-7577. Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield.

Burke Community Church is looking for a contemporary keyboard player to play with their praise band. If you play contemporary style keys and know what a B3 and Leslie is, send an e-mail to Greg at Atkinson@bccva.net. Burke Community Church is located at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke.

Messiah United Methodist Church continues to have its Wednesday night programs called Successfully Single at 7:30 p.m., in room 206 in the church. These programs have informative speakers on interesting topics. Messiah United Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield. For more information, call Shari Sadowski at 703/569-9862 x 213.

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

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.

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.

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.