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Christ United Methodist Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station, hosts a Children's Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. From noon-1 p.m., some items are 50 percent off. No strollers are allowed during the sale. For more information, call 703-690-3401 or visit www.christchurchva.org.

An Abendmusik Lenten Offering takes place at Fairfax Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 14, at 5 p.m. Soloists Cynthia Ballantine and Reginald Allen join the Sanctuary Choir, orchestra and organ in a presentation of Maurice Durufle's "Requiem." The strings present "Concerto Grosso in D," by Archangelo Corelli.

Fairfax Presbyterian is located at 10723 Main St., Fairfax. A free-will offering will be take to benefit the music program. Call 703-273-5300.

Women of all ages are invited to hear Melissa Jansen from the Alexandria Pregnancy Center at Harvest Church on Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Harvest Church is located at 7401 Beulah St. in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. Make reservations at 703-971-7070.

ECHO sings "Madrigals and More" on Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Falls Church Presbyterian, 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. A gala silent auction opens at 7 p.m. featuring trips, dinners, art and gourmet food. Tickets are $20. Call 703-237-2499 or www.choralis.org.

Messiah United Methodist Church hosts a Divorce Recovery Workshop on Wednesday evenings, March 24-May 12, from 7:30-9 p.m. The 8-week seminar is designed to help divorced and separated persons heal wounds and help them grow through the situation in a supportive atmosphere. Child care is provided upon request. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call Shari at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church presents Lenten suppers and programs beginning Sunday, March 21, from 6-8 p.m. The supper features a hearty soup, salad and bread, followed by Choral Evensong. A full nursery and a special program for children will be provided.

On Wednesday, March 31, the supper begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a family-friendly presentation of drama, storytelling, music and movement. There is nursery coverage, but the program is suited for all ages.

St. Andrews is located at 6509 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-455-2500 for more information.

Burke Presbyterian Church is presenting the youth musical "Children of Eden" from Thursday-Sunday, March 18-21. The musical is based on the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The production is fully orchestrated, and follows Adam and Eve, Noah and his wife, and God who must meet the challenges of parenthood.

The 60-member cast, band and crew are local middle and secondary school students.

Show dates and times are Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.

A lasagna dinner is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6-7:15 p.m. The dinner is $8 for adults, $5 for children, with reservations. At the door, the cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Admission to the production is free, but due to space limitations, all seats are reserved. Tickets are available at the church beginning March 1. Call 703-764-0456.

Donations will be accepted to help defray production costs.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield offers a Lenten Series entitled "Forms of Prayer, Ancient Yet Ever New," on Sundays, through March 28, from 6:40-8 p.m., each day.

The Reverend Susan Goff, rector of St. Christopher's, will lead the Sunday evening series and offer opportunities for conversation and creativity including hands-on art projects and music and song under the direction of organist and choirmaster, Ted Davis.

The schedule of events is as follows:

* March 14, Praying with Prayer Bead and Other Aids

* March 21, Praying with Music

* March 28, Praying with Our Bodies.

The program is preceded each evening by a soup supper in the fellowship hall at 5:45. Everyone is welcome to attend; reservations are not required. The church is located at 6320 Hanover Ave. in Springfield. For more information, e-mail stchrisaa@aol.com or call 703-451-1845.

"Profiles in Courage and Hope," is a Lenten Series being offered on Tuesdays at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. Each event features dinner at 6:30 p.m., worship at 7:15 p.m., followed by the program, from 7:30-9 p.m.

* March 16. "Courage and Hope, An International Perspective," features Rev. Dr. Bill Lowrey, parish associate at Burke Presbyterian Church and director of Peacebuilding for World Vision International, who shares stories and perspectives from his work in conflict situations around the globe.

* March 23. "Courage and Hope, An Interpersonal Perspective," is a thought-provoking presentation from the Fairfax County Public Schools Improv Troupe, “The Troupe,” which consists of adults from varied backgrounds and experiences and encourages audiences to look critically at the barriers which divide people and to embrace the humanity that unites.

* March 30. "Courage and Hope, An Interfaith Perspective," is an evening with Laura Blumenfeld, New York Times best-selling author of "Revenge: A Story of Hope." In 1986, Blumenfeld’s father was shot by a Palestinian gunman in Jerusalem. Her father lived, but Blumenfeld’s desire for revenge haunted her, taking her on a journey to meet the gunman’s family, and ultimately, the man himself.

Call 703-764-0456 for more information about any of these programs.

The Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale, presents a program, “Expanding Christ’s Table Until All Are Welcome,” at its evening Lenten series the four Tuesdays in March. A simple meal starting at 6 p.m. will be followed by discussions with United Church of Christ leaders who deal with matters of inclusion. The series includes:

* March 16: Rev David Wild, a Baltimore UCC minister and theological conservative;

* March 23: Rev Steve Camp, conference minister, Southern Conference, where there is racial and cultural tensions.

On Friday, March 5, the Little River United Church of Christ features the return of the Reptile Lady. The First Friday program provides an evening of safe fun and food for children ages 6 months-sixth grade. The Reptile Lady brings a new cast of desert creatures from Reptiles Alive. Hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $8.50 at the door, or $7.50 if registered in advance. Visit www.reptilesalive.com.

Little River UCC is located at 8410 Little River Turnpike. Call 703 978-3060. Visit www.lrucc.org.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church hosts a Lenten Recital Series over five Tuesdays in March to celebrate the installation of its new Steiner-Reck pipe organ. Organists scheduled to perform include Ina Berkey on March 9, Diann Clark on March 16, Dr. Paul Skevington on March 23 and Wallace Horton on March 30. Concerts are held from 12:15-12:45 p.m. The church is located at 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information, call 703-451-5855, or visit www.poplc.org.

Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool of Burke hosts a Children's Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m.-noon. Items for sale include children's clothing for spring and summer, children's furniture, baby equipment, strollers, toys, books and videos, maternity and nursing clothes. Due to space constraints, strollers are not allowed. All proceeds from the consignment sale will benefit Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool.

The event takes place at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke (just off Fairfax County Parkway at Burke Lake Road). Call 703-239-1213 or visit www.spring-mar.org.

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. There is a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station.

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

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is offering a class on Buddhist Ethics as part of its ongoing Adult Dhama Education Program. Beginning March 7, classes meet for one hour each Sunday for four weeks, from 10-11 a.m. Topics to be discussed include:

* Are all ethical issues necessarily religious issues?

* Do Shin Buddhist teachings give clear guidance on how to behave in respect to contemporary social issues?

* Are Shin Buddhist ethical teachings different from hose of other Buddhist traditions?

* Will the steadfast cultivation of gratitude in everyday life make progress on the path of "doing right" and "avoiding wrong" clearer and easier than it would otherwise be?

Classes are free and all are welcome. Visit www.ekoji.org for more information.

The Jewish Community Center hosts a Book and Author Brunch on Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-noon. The topic is "Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots" by Barbara Kessell. The book is based on interviews with over 160 people raised as non-Jews only to learn later in life about their heritage. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Cost is $9.50 for members; $10.50 for non-members; tickets at the door are $11.50.

The Center offers its Model Passover Seder for mature adults on Thursday, March 25, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Rabbi Brett Isserow, Beth El Hebrew Congregation leads. Deadline for registration is March 18. Cost is $23 for members; $28 for guests of members; $40 for non-members.

The Center is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Call 703-323-0880.

Christ United Methodist Church hosts its Children's Consignment Sale Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Items are half-price from noon-1 p.m. Over 175 consignors have signed up with merchandise including children's clothing, shoes, toys, games, books, infant items, maternity and other miscellaneous items. No strollers allowed in building during sale. The church is located at 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-3401 or visit www.christchurchva.org.

Immanuel Bible Church is hosting its semi-annual Clothing Orchard on Saturday, March 13 at 8 a.m. Used clothing and household articles will be given away free to the public. Everyone is welcome. Immanuel is located at 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield. Call 703-941-4124.

"A Taste of Judaism" takes place on Wednesdays, March 17, 24 and 31, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station. The classes are designed for those who would like more information about Judaism or would like to better understand Jewish relatives and friends. Pre-registration is required. Contact Gloria at 703-764-2901.

Fairfax United Methodist Church hosts its Little Angel Consignment Sale for gently used children's clothing, equipment, toys, coats and costumes on Saturday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. There will be a half-price sale from 11:30 to noon. The church is located at 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. Proceeds go to support local missions of the church.