Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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Graduating high school seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis Scholarships being offered this spring. The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is awarding college scholarships to young men and women who "have served their community with their time and talent."

Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required. All college-bound seniors who are local residents (Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling, Potomac Falls and/or registered parishioners) will be considered.

The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high school grade point average.

Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded due to the generous community support for the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Association fashion show, luncheon, and auction held at Riverbend Country Club.

Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena Parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. The applications must be returned by May 15, 2004.

The deadline for submission of applications is May 15, 2004.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic (OLGC) School of Vienna hosts an Open House, on Sunday, March 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. OLGC School has limited openings for students in grades K-7, and is currently accepting applications. The OLGC Open House includes a tour of the school, a presentation by the principal and OLGC's pastor, and an opportunity to meet with teachers, parents and current students. Call 703-938-2828.

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.

Vienna Presbyterian Church presents a CenterPoint Forum on Sunday, March 21, at 12:15 p.m. The program is entitled "Christian Symbolism in Art: 13-16 c. Italian Art." Presenter Lynn Garvey Hodge, vice president, Career Partners International, provides an overview of symbolism used in medieval cathedrals. Flowers, colors, numbers and arrangement of people and animals in religious art provided the illiterate masses a way to understand Biblical stories and nuance. The forum also discusses life in 15th century Italy, and how the church and government influences affected the art and culture of pre-Reformation religious history.

The program takes place in Fellowship Hall, Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., NE, Vienna. Call 703-938-9050 for information.

Middle and high school students and their parents of all faiths are invited to "Discover the Success Champion in You" on Sunday, March 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Church of the Holy Comforter (Episcopal).

Coaches Sandra Strauss and Art Jackson from Success Champions focus on the attitudes and actions that "lead to happy, productive, adventure-filled lives rich in purpose, significance and service."

The event includes food, door prizes, music and interactive activities.

Church of the Holy Comforter is located at 543 Beulah Road N.E., Vienna.

The event is free but an R.S.V.P. is required. Call Beth Becker, director of youth ministries at 703-938-6521, Ext. 16.

Chabad at Tysons hosts Shabbat educational services at 1503 Lincoln Center Court, in the Club House of the Fountains of McLean, across from Freddie Mac. Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m.; Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Thursday night features a Kabbalah class. Call 703-356-3451, or e-mail, for more information.

Body & Soul is a high/low impact aerobic workout, kick boxing, strength training, Pilates all in one exercise session to the latest in contemporary Christian music. There are several local church locations to choose from.

McLean Bible Church holds classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Call Mary Ward at 703-830-2478 for more information. Child care is offered. Classes are also offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Call Tricia Van Ryn at 703-876-0558.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers a Fit over 50 version on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road. Call Lynn Mostellar at 703-698-8624.

Emmaus United Church of Christ offers an hour of quiet spiritual renewal as the focus for a weekly ecumenical group that meets at Emmaus United Church of Christ every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Led by JoAn Post, participants are gently guided through a time of centering, meditation and prayer. It is open to people of all faiths and requires no previous experience, only sincere desire. Emmaus is located at 900 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. Call 703-281-9309 for more information

David R. Hawkins M.D., Ph.D. presents "The Realization of the Presence of God," on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Dr. Hawkins is the author of several books relative to human consciousness and its impact upon individual and global development. Seating is limited. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 703-281-1767.

Vienna's Church of the Good Shepherd (United Methodist) examines Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," on Sunday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. An open discussion, led by Pastor Dr. James R. Noland, will be encouraged around dinner and a video talk. The video, "Why Did Jesus Die?" features Nicky Gumbel, author of the Alpha Course, a 10-week introduction to Christianity. Gumbel is a former atheist who studied law at Cambridge and theology at Oxford. The evening is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. to 703-281-3987. Child care available upon request.

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Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church presents 40 Days of Purpose, through March 28, at the church, Route 7 and Trap Road, Vienna. The 40 Days of Purpose program follows the book "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, which has sold more than 12 million copies since its release last year. Small groups explore the ideas of Warren's book weekday evenings and during Sunday morning classes as well as through weekly messages, e-mails and devotional readings. To register, or for more information, call 703-759-3509. Visit

Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a high-energy VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11 a.m. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit

St. Athanasius Lutheran Church at 114 Kingsley Road in Vienna, is a new mission congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, offering traditional, conservative worship in accordance with the historic liturgy of the church. The current Sunday schedule includes Bible study and Sunday school for all ages at 4 p.m. and worship at 5 p.m. A Lutheran book club is also offered twice a month. A midweek Bible study meets twice a month. Call 703-455-4003 for more information.

Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11 a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sunday at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Awana children's club for fourth- through sixth-graders takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit the Web site at or e-mail Call the church at 703-938-9688.