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The Nurturing Parenting Program will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren Street, Herndon. The next session is March 30 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Dinner is served and child care will be provided (free of charge). These meetings will be conducted in Spanish and is designed to help families with children age 0-4. The program is designed for the entire family. The Nurturing Parenting Program is a series of courses providing education for families to build stronger, healthier interactions among all family members. For more information, contact Krissa Sloan at 703-324-7745 or via email at Krissa.Sloan@fairfaxcounty.gov or Vera Berrio Breton at 703-324-7737. For 135 years St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries. For more information, call the church Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 703-437-3790 or visit its website at www.saint~timothys.org.

A new booklet of daily devotionals written for the Lenten season by members of the congregation has been published by The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church located at 2351 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. As in previous years, the 2004 booklet was mailed free to 27,000 neighboring households as well as distributed to church members and various ministries supported by the church. The booklet also is available on the church’s Web site at: www.GoodShepherdVA.com. A limited number of printed copies of the booklet are available. Send $1 for postage and handling with name and address to The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna, VA 22181. For more information, call the church at (703) 281-3987 or visit the church Web site at: www.GoodShepherdVA.com.

Now through April 11, Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon is participating in 40 Days of Purpose, a spiritual growth Campaign based on the New York Times best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life," which is designed to answer life's most important question: "What on earth am I here for?" During the Campaign, participants will read short daily readings from "The Purpose Driven Life," hear sermons each week that correlate to the readings, and will have the opportunity to join a Purpose Driven Life small group Bible Study at Floris United Methodist Church at 2730 Centreville Road in Herndon. For more information, visit www.florisumc.org or call 703-793-0026.

The United Christian Parish of Reston will hold a variety show and silent auction on Friday, March 12, to raise funds for its mission project in Rwanda. The annual event will take place at the church, 11508 North Shore Drive, and will start at 6 p.m. Bidding at the silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., with items ranging from a week at a Nags Head beach house to receiving a homemade pie each month for a year. The variety show – with singing, dancing, poetry readings and instrumental music – will start at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

The United Christian Parish (UCP) is working with a United Methodist Church project in Gisyeni, Rwanda, which cares for several hundred children orphaned by war and AIDS. A team of UCP members is planning a second visit to Rwanda in June. For more information, call the church office at 703-620-3065.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, its Jewish in Northern Virginia Affinity Network and the Temple Rodef Shalom Sisterhood are hosting a program about creative ways to "Soup Up Your Seder" with guest speaker Dr. Richard Wagner, Jewish educator and headmaster, Gesher Jewish Day School, on Wednesday, March 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Levin Group Home in Reston. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served; dietary laws observed. RSVP by March 4 to Lissette Alfaro at 301-230-7276 or email lissette.alfaro@shalomdc.org.

On the first Sunday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Washington Plaza Church hosts a Christian discussion group reinforcing God’s love for the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and the people who love them. The discussion is led by Pastor Sandi John and Minister of Music Dean Jenkins. The gathering is an informal time of worship, instruction and fellowship. For more information, call the church office at 703-471-5225, email Pastor@WashingtonPlazaChurch.com and/or see www.WashingtonPlazaChurch.com for directions.