Faith Notes

Faith Notes


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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.

Jubilee Christian Center sponsors a special healing service on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Albert Appiah, pastor of Renewal Christian Center in Mitchellville, Md., will speak and pray for healing needs. The public is invited. Free. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. For more information call 703-383-1170 or visit online

St. Mark's Lutheran Church sponsors Bible School on Aug. 1-5 from 6:30-8 p.m. for the entire family, with the theme of "Camp Creation." A light dinner will be served each night followed by singing and fellowship. Students will learn wonderful Bible stories and make fun crafts while parents enjoy an evening of fellowship and Bible Study based on episodes of the Andy Griffith Show. To register call the church office at 703-451-4331. St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located at 5800 Backlick Road.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church hosts its vacation Bible School, "Lava, Lava Island," for children, on Monday, Aug. 2, to Friday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. Call Kellee Wattenbarger, 703-451-1088, for registration information. St. Christopher's is located at 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

Fellowship Baptist Church of Springfield sponsors a Vacation Bible School from Aug. 2-Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The theme is CastleKids, Choosing to Serve the King. Program includes Bible lessons, music, crafts, games and snacks, and is open to children ages 3 through rising seventh graders. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register call 703-569-5151. Fellowship Baptist Church is located at 5936 Rolling Road, Springfield.

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: 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

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 Burke Community Church is located at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke.

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.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

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 or call 703-690-7925. Child care is available on request.

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

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.