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SpiritSong presents "Just for the Joy of it," a program performed by New World Unity's musicians. They will share their hearts through original works that express the New Thought message. Desserts, fruits and beverages will follow. The event takes place Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m., at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke. Tickets are $10 in advanced, $15 at the door. For tickets or information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.
Gospel Music. The music ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield presents "A Night of Gospel Music and African American Spirituals" on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Also, a free dinner will be served prior to the Saturday night concert at 6:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are required. Call 703-451-8223 or visit www.sumcdisciples.org for details.
Christ Presbyterian Church hosts its second annual Family Fair on Saturday, May 15, from 10-2 p.m., rain or shine, at 12410 Lee-Jackson Highway, Fairfax. The Fair will feature a moon bounce, numerous games and prizes, cotton candy, face painting, cakewalk, clowns, Fairfax Fire Station 21 Fire and Rescue vehicles and more. Proceeds from the Fair benefit The Autism Learning Center, WFCM Kid's in Crisis Program and Virginia Hospital Center's Medical Brigade. For more information call 703-278-8365.
Burke United Methodist Church hosts "The Parables as Keys to Healthy Relationships" on Sundays, May 16, and 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. This course is offered by Luminea Institute of the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia and is taught by Rev. Doug Thorpe, Ph.D. It is designed to help participants unlock the secrets of healthy, satisfying relationships from the parables of Jesus. These simple stories harbor life-changing wisdom. This course is for anyone who wants better relationships and a deeper understanding of the Parables. The fee is $100/person for the four sessions. For more information, call 703-903-9696, Mary (ext. 251) or Kay (ext. 297).
Echos presents "A Choral Tapestry, Music from around the Globe" a program of international folk songs and American spirituals at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church. Event takes place Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets $20. Call 703-237-2499 or visit www.choralis.org.
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 professional musicians of St. Mark's Lutheran Church presents "Springtime Serenade" on Sunday, May 16, at 4 p.m., in the church sanctuary. Event will feature Brass, woodwinds, organ and vocals. The church is located at 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield. For more information, call 703-451-4331 or visit www.stmarks-elca.org.
The Youth Department of the Jubilee Christian Center hosts a Youth Jam for seventh-12th graders on Friday, May 21, from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The jam includes games and music, as well as drama by Masters Commission collegiate drama team. The event is free, except for food. The Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax.
Masters Commission drama group presents drama skits during the 10:30 a.m., service on Sunday, May 23, at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Free. Call 703-383-1170 for information.
Join Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and Vienna Presbyterian Church host a joint service on "Healing Power of the Psalms" June 6, 7-8:30 p.m., at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Child care is available by reservation only, 48 hours in advance, by calling 703-938-9050, extension 151.
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.
T.O.T. Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, begins its 17th year of operation in September. T.O.T. is a developmental, Christian program with degreed teachers and small classes. The school is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Registration for fall 2004 is now being accepted. Call 703-644-6384. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.