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The Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series kicks off its 4th season with a concert of original acoustic music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun featuring singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jennie Avila accompanied by percussionist and drum builder Stephen Wright. Tickets are available when the doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, please visit:

Congregation Sha'are Shalom will be sponsoring a crash course in Hebrew reading being led by Dena Bodian. The five-week course will focus on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading skills to those with no background in Hebrew. The class will begin on Oct. 17 for a total of five, 90-minute sessions held on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m., at the new Sha'are Shalom synagogue building located at 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, in Leesburg. These classes are free of charge and open to the public. For more course information, call Bob Zucker at 304-728-0509 or visit

Potomac Falls Episcopal Church will hold a fall tea for women Sunday, Oct. 24. All women in the community are invite to come and enjoy freshly brewed tea and homemade goodies served on fine china and to hear guest speaker, Margie Harper, a teacher and national speaker, on the topic, "I Will Speak of the Lord's Great Love Forever - a Personal Testimony of God's Great Love in Good Times and Bad." There is no charge for the tea, which will be from 2-4 p.m., at the Eastern Loudoun regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, sterling. For reservations or more information, call the church office no later than Oct. 21 at 703-404-0900 or visit

"How Do I Deal With My Parents," New Life Christian Church's Teen Care Ministry, is offering a 13-week program for sixth-12th graders on how to deal with what happens when families split. Join other teens struggling with the same issues. Contact Lucy Martinez at or 703-220-5022 or Ron Furgerson, community care minister, at 703-266-0118.

The October and November sermons at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church, 201 E. Frederick Drive in Sterling, will be ÒThe Apprentice: Preparing for the Ultimate Boardroom,Ó at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This series will look at how we develop the life and character that will not only enhance the quality of our life now, but prepare us for the day when we see the One who is much bigger than Donald Trump and hear Him say, ÒWell done,Ó rather than ÒYouÕre fired.Ó For more information visit our Web site at or phone 703-430-2121.

On Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling, the Rev Roberta Finkelstein will preach a sermon entitled "Passion and Courage." Participants in a "Soul Work" session at the congregation in July looked at the progressive faith tradition and asked how particular churches have provided spiritual strength to their parishioners and ethical guidance to their communities. The conclusion was that passion and courage need to be present in abundance. At 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive. For more information call 703-406-3068 or visit

The Oct. 17 service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling is entitled "Is There a Balm that Heals this Hurt? A Theological Response to Domestic Violence." The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and lay member Terri Glass collaborate in offering a faithful UU response to family violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A representative of Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter will be present during coffee hour to tell more about LAWS and answer questions. The service is at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive. For more information call 703-406-3068 or visit

The Oct. 24 service at the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Sterling is called "Faithful Democracy." Sarah Craft, Voting Intern for the Unitarian Universalist Association, joins the congregation for the home stretch in this election season. The Faithful Democracy Task Force at UUS has been hard at work on voter registration, get out the vote strategies, and raising awareness of the importance of participation in the electoral process. Come, help celebrate their act of faith at 10:30 am at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Dr. near Rt. 28 and Church Rd. For more info call 703-406-3068 or visit

A "Bible for Liberals" class will be held as a monthly drop-in discussion at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling on the second Sunday of each month. At each session there will be an in-depth discussion of a biblical text. Participants will be given background on the historical context in which the text was written, the literary features, and the way it has been interpreted. There will be opportunities to talk about personal response to the text and how biblical studies might influence one's own personal spiritual journey. The discussions will be held after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service held at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. For more information call 703-406-3068 or visit

The Loudoun Church Alliance is a formal association of churches of many denominations, founded two years ago. It works in the areas of youth development, international missions, evangelism outreach, and is now working to develop relationships with government and business. For further information, contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet on Sunday mornings, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Rt. 28 and Church Road. For more information call 703-406-3068 or visit