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The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old Pre-K program for the 2004-05 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-830-3175. Clifton Presbyterian Church is located at 12748 Richards Lane.

Boys and girls are invited to join the Royal Ranger and Missionette clubs this fall, sponsored by Harvest Church. Clubs are open to 3-years-olds through children in the sixth grade, and meet on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., at the church. Children earn badges, learn Bible stories and scripture verses and participate in various community and service projects. For more information, call 703-971-7070.

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 tot@sumcdisciples.org.

Body and Soul aerobics and strength training classes begin on Friday Sept. 10. Classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10:30 a.m., at Burke Community Church, 9990 Old Keene Mill Road. A class will also start on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:45 a.m., at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road. The fall session runs for 12 weeks. Body and Soul is a complete cardiovascular and strength workout to contemporary Christian music. For more information contact Suzann Albanese at 703-569-0041.

Messiah Methodist Church celebrates its 40th anniversary reunion on Sunday, Sept. 12. Bishop Ray W. Chamberlain Jr. will speak at the worship services. The annual Messiah Day Picnic takes place at 12:30 p.m. on the church grounds. Participants are asked to bring a dessert or salad to share. For more information, call 703-569-9862. United Methodist Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield.

Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors a three-week lecture series featuring Ralph Surette, counseling psychologist and former university professor, titled "Finding a Life that is Truly Your Own." Lectures are on Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. To RSVP, call 703-569-9862. Messiah United Methodist Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield.

Hope Lutheran Church hosts a discussion panel titled, "A Spiritual Response to Gang Violence," on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Panelists include David Fox, Chaplain from Fairfax County Police Dept.; John Montgomery, Senior Chaplain from Fairfax Adult Detention Center; Sharon Wentland, Founder and Director of Barrios Unidos; and David Stevens, Christian Science practitioner and former College dean, high school teacher and athletic coach. Hope Lutheran Church is located at 4604 Ravensworth Road. For more information 703-323-0022.

A free prayer seminar takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Calvary Hill Baptist Church. The event is sponsored by Asia Alive Global. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch, beverages are provided. Registration is required. For more information, call 703-642-0124. Calvary Hill Baptist Church is located at 9301 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.

Jubilee Christian Center sponsors a "Friendship Day" and free lunch on Sunday, Sept. 12. The buffet luncheon follows the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, open to all ages and the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service at noon. Call 703-383-1170 for lunch reservations. Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax.

Labyrinth Prayer Walk at Burke Presbyterian Church is every second Sunday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Next prayer walk is Sept. 12. All are welcome. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. For more information, call 703-764-0456. or visit www.BurkePresChurch.org.

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale hosts the 30th Annual Slavic American Festival on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 12-6 p.m. Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church is located at 3410 Woodburn Road, Annandale. For more information call 703-521-4945.

The fall schedule at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church begins on Sunday, Sept. 12, with services at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and Sunday School classes for all ages, children and adults, at 9:15 a.m. A nursery is available for infants and toddlers in the Education Building. St. Christopher's is located at 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield. 703-451-1088.

Harvest Church sponsors a Kids Bike Rodeo on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. Children through the sixth grade are invited to bring their bicycles and helmets to this rodeo and demonstration, featuring Fairfax County Police. Free. Harvest Church is located at 7401 Beulah St. For more information, call 703-971-7070.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple offers an introductory class on Buddhism as part of its ongoing Adult Dharma Education Program. The classes will meet on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 19. Topics covered in the class include Life of the Buddha, The Four Noble Truths, Buddhism's Underlying Philosophy and the Fundamentals of the Shin Buddhist Sect. Classes are free and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.ekoji.org or call 703-239-0500. The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is located at 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station.

Burke Presbyterian Church hosts a service of wholeness and healing, on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Join for a quiet time of music, message, contemplation and prayer. For more information, call 703-764-0456. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive. www.BurkePresChurch.org.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church hosts a celebration and reception on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. to honor the Rector, The Reverend Susan E. Goff, on the 10th anniversary of her mutual ministry with the congregation of the church. Everyone is invited to attend. For further information, call the church at 703-451-1088, or send an e-mail to stchrisepi@aol.com. St. Christopher's is located at 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

The Jubilee Christian Center hosts an eight-week Woman's Bible Study on Mondays, beginning Sept. 20, from 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., and on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 21, from 9:45 a.m. - noon. Cost is $20, including the price of the book. Jubilee Christian Center, is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for reservations.

The Fairfax United Methodist Women sponsors the Little Angel Consignment Sale for children's clothing, toys and equipment on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-591-3120.

Lutherans for Life of the Mid-Atlantic States sponsor a youth conference on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. The conference features Brian Young, a nationally known speaker and author. Music and a pizza lunch is provided. Conference registration is $10 per person. For more information and to register for the conference contact Dennis DiMauro at 703-600-5150 or dennisdimauro@lycos.com before Sept. 20.