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New Hope Housing seeks a neighborhood church that can house 12 students from Denison University from Jan. 8-13. The students will be working with New Hope while on break. Contact Chris Bramante at cbramante@newhopehousing.org.

The Chancel Choir of Burke United Methodist Church presents its annual Christmas Concert, Sunday Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., at the church, 6200 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke. A reception follows the concert. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Visit www.burkeumc.org.

Fairfax Christian Church, located at 10185 Main St. in Fairfax, presents the following Christmas services. Call 703-385-3520 or visit www.fairfaxchristian.org.

* Experiential Advent Study on Mary's Magnificat, Dec. 18, from 9:30-10:20 a.m.

* A Festival Service of Scripture and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

* Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

* Christmas Day Service, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Springfield, located at 7300 Gary St. in Springfield, presents the following events/services. Visit www.fbcspringfield.or or call 703-451-1500.

* Joint Worship Service with Spanish and Korean fellowships, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

* "Bethlehem's Child: A Musical for Christmas," Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

* Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

* Christmas Day Services, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, located at 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield, presents the following events in preparation for Christmas. Visit www.sumcdisciples.org or call 703-451-8223.

* The Nativity According to St. Luke, performed by the Chancel Choir, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Features the Chancel Choir, members of the drama ministries, and soloists from the choir and George Mason University.

* Living Nativity, Sunday, Dec. 18, from 7-9 p.m.

* Christmas Eve services, Saturday, December 24: a children’s service, 5 p.m.; a Love Feast, 8 p.m.; and a candlelight service, 11 p.m.

* Christmas Morning service, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.

The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the following events/services. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-9862.

* Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, Dec. 24. Worship for families with children, at 5 p.m.; a service of lessons and carols by church youth, at 7 p.m.; and worship with carols and Holy Communion, at 9 and 11 p.m.

* Christmas Day Services, Sunday, Dec. 25. One service, at 10 a.m., and a Birthday Party for Jesus, at 11 a.m.

* Sunday Services. Traditional Sunday morning worship services: 8:15 a.m., with Holy Communion every Sunday; 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Holy Communion on the first Sunday; and Heartline, a contemporary praise and worship service, Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m.

* Prayer at Messiah. Messiah offers the following prayer ministries: Sunday Morning Prayers, 7:15 a.m. in the Chapel; Tuesday Evening Prayer, 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel and Wednesday Prayer Group, 6 a.m. in the Chapel.

* Singles Sunday School, each Sunday, at 10:45 a.m., in Room 266.

* GriefShare, through Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m. This group focuses on Christ-centered healing through small group interaction. For information or to register for the sessions please call Irene Rich at 703-569-9862, Ext. 212.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax, presents the following events. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

* The Living Creche Christmas Pageant and Candelight Worships, Saturday, Dec. 24, from 5-11 p.m.

* Christmas Day Worship, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.

A Pre-Chanukah Extravaganza, featuring the band Schlock Rock, is Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Student Union #2 Building at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The event features music, food and drinks. Tickets are $15 per adult ($18 at the door), $10 per child ($12 at the door) and can be purchased by calling 703-426-1980.

A live nativity will be performed at Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St. in Alexandria, on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17, each night at 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. Free hot chocolate and refreshments will be served. Call 703-971-7070 or visit www.harvestchurchag.org.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax, presents a Service of Hope and Comfort, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, located at 4801 Ravensworth Road in Annandale, presents Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; and a Christmas Day Service, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m. Visit www.st-barnabaschurch.org or call 703-941-2922.

"Do You Hear What I Hear," an original Christmas musical featuring the Junior Musical Ensemble, is part of a Christmas Eve Family Service, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., at St. Christopher's, 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield. Additional Christmas Eve festivities are carols, at 10:30 p.m., and Eucharist, at 11 p.m. The Christmas Day Service is Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. Call 703-451-1088.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 6001 Union Mill Road in Clifton, presents Communion Candlelight Worship, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

Harvest Church, located at 7401 Beulah St. in Alexandria, presents a one-hour Christmas service, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-971-7070 or visit www.harvestchurchag.org.

Faith Communities In Action meets the first Wednesday of every other month, from 2-4 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The next meeting is Jan. 11, and will focus on Medicare Part D, with featured speaker Howard Houghton, Fairfax County Coordinator of Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance. RSVP to ciluser@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-3453.

Truro Church MOPS would like to invite all mothers of preschool aged children to join MOPS for relevant speakers, small group time with other moms and food. The group meets the second Thursday of every month, and the next meeting will be Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., at Truro Church, located at 10520 Main St., Fairfax, in the church fellowship hall on the lower level. For more, call Amanda Qreitem at 703-222-2332 or e-mail amandazubi@hotmail.com.

Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, located at 10383 Democracy Lane in Fairfax, presents worship services on Sundays, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and choir practice (open to all) on Tuesdays, at 7:15 p.m. Visit www.mccnova.com or call 703-691-0930.

Burke Presbyterian Church, located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, offers the following programs and services.

* Coffeehouse Worship Service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for those people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke.