Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean's Faith and Life Forums are one-hour programs featuring a speaker and followed by discussion that relates to the topic of living Christian faith on a daily basis.

On Sunday, Nov. 21, Redeemer member Liz Scheffler concludes the third part of "The Church and Homosexuality."

On Sunday, Nov. 28, Redeemer member Harold Hofstad presents the first part of the film "Bonhoeffer."

Forums take place at 9:45 a.m., at the church, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. For more information, visit, write to, or call 703-356-3346.

Adoption Workshop. Adoptive and biological parents, lawyers, psychologists and social workers talk about the independent adoption process, including legalities, home studies, finances, relations with biological parents. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean. Call 202-722-0338 or visit the FPA Web site at for additional information.

A community preparedness fair, "Homeland Security Begins at Homeâ" sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, takes place Saturday, Nov. 20. Classes will be held in English and Spanish and are open to everyone.

Preparations and demonstrations will be given by professionals and those with practical experience on a variety of topics including family communications plans; emergency supply kits; financial planning and investment; wills and trusts; gardening and food storage; water purification and storage; nutrition, health and first aid.

Classes are from 9 a.m. until 12. Classes in Spanish are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The sessions will be held at the LDS Church on Idylwood Road and Great Falls Street in McLean. Admission is free.Ê For more information, call 703-538-4172 Ext. 9554.

The Oakton Church of the Brethren presents its annual Christmas Craft Show on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the church, 10025 Courthouse Road. The craft show features homemade crafts from local craters as well as the SERRV Shop, whose proceeds from handcrafted items go to help people in other countries help themselves. Lunch and other baked goods will be available.

Proceeds from the craft show benefit the church programs. Admission is free. For further information, call the church office at 703-281-4411.

"Grief Recovery Support Group: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy." Those who have lost someone or know someone who has lost someone may call 703-356-3312 to find out about a weekly GriefShare, a nondenominational seminar/support group running through Dec. 6. GriefShare uses a Bible-based video series combined with a support group and guided discussion. GriefShare meets Monday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. A fee of $12 covers the workbook. Scholarships and child care are available.

The King's Choir at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, under the direction of Walt Rossbach presents the cantata "Touched by a Child, Touched by a King" at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services on Dec. 14.

Christ the King Lutheran Church 10550 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, celebrates Christmas with services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Gather Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. for a Children's Service, at 7 p.m. for a Family Candlelight Service with orchestra, and at 10:45 p.m. for a Festival Carol Candlelight Service.

On Christmas Day, gather at 11 a.m. for a Carol Communion Service. On Sunday, Dec. 28, at the 8:30 and 11 am services, there will be a service of Lessons and Carols.ÊBring bells to the service and ring them as the Spirit leads.

McLean Women's Bible Study, a nondenominational study that meets on Thursday mornings in a member's home in McLean, is opening membership for study sessions to begin mid-September. Anyone interested in learning more about the teachings of the Bible through speakers, small group discussion and fellowship may call Lisa Parcells at 703-448-9045 or Lynn Nelson at 703-757-4751.

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, has worship services Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.

Adults may attend a Bible Study on Job led by Joanne Durig, "Crossways," led by Gale Bobzien, and an adult forum led by Bob Hummel. Positions are open in the Handbell Ringers group, which meet Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., under the direction of Jane Cooper, and in the KingÕs Choir on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., under the direction of Walt Rossbach. For more information contact 703-759-6068 or

St. Athanasius Lutheran Church, 114 Kingsley Road in Vienna, member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, offers traditional worship in accordance with the historic liturgy of the church. The current Sunday schedule includes Bible study and Sunday school for all ages at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:15 a.m. A Lutheran book club is also offered twice a month. A midweek Bible study meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., preceded by "Ask the Pastor" time at 7 p.m. Call 703-455-4003 for more information or visit

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8 and 11 a.m., in the rich Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:30 a.m., with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Christian education is available for everyone from preschoolers through adults. Classes are always open to newcomers.

The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, on the Oakton side of Vienna near McDonaldÕs. Call 703-938-2119.

Body & Soul offers 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 church locations to choose from. All are welcome.

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. Contact Tricia Van Ryn at

Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers a Fit over 50 version on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Call Lynn Mostellar at 703-698-8624.

The BahaÕi community of McLean holds a weekly fireside, a meeting of discussion, devotion and fellowship, at 7500 Box Elder Court in McLean, beginning at 8 p.m. every Friday. The fireside is an opportunity to learn about the BahaÕi faith and why BahaÕis find hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Call 703-556-3400.

Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 6817 Dean Drive in McLean, holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. and Communion and healing services Wednesdays at noon. Its motto is "A Place to Be Ñ Belong, Become, Believe." 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

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.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer celebrates a contemporary service at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, supplementing its traditional worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Modern praise music is sung, accompanied by a band of nine musicians on electric keyboard, bass and acoustic guitars, trumpet and drums.

Concurrently at 9:45, adult Bible study and Sunday School for children age 3 through high school. Nursery is available at all services.

The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. For more information, visit or call the office at 703-356-3346.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located at 1830 Kirby Road in McLean, invites all to come for contemporary worship the first Sunday of every month at noon. This new service will incorporate uplifting music; a warm, friendly, casual atmosphere; and interesting sermons. In addition to this service, traditional services take place every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Call the church office at 703-356-7533 with questions.

Chabad at Tysons is holding a Shabbat educational service at the Embassy suites Hotel on Route 7 (next door to the Toys R Us, across from the Container store). Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m., Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Call 703-356-3451, or e-mail

The Great Falls United Methodist Church offers two services with different worship styles. The 8:30 a.m. service is traditional, and the 11 a.m. service is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. The church is located at 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located at 1830 Kirby Road in McLean, invites all to come for the Third Sunday Service every month at 10:15 a.m. This service allows the children to play active roles during the service, particularly in the music and as greeters and ushers. In addition to the Third Sunday Service, traditional services take place every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Nursery is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. Call the church office at 703-356-7533 with questions.