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The sanctuary of Temple B'nai Shalom, as part of the building's 10th anniversary, features 12 new tapestries by Israeli artists Bracha and Menachem Lavee. They can be viewed at www.tbs-online.org, or a private tour can be arranged by calling Donna at 703-323-0101. Temple B'nai Shalom is located at 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

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.

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

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* "Just Me and the Kids," an eight-week support program for single-parent families who have suffered loss from divorce, separation or death, meets Wednesdays, from Jan. 18-March 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

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.

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.

"Chinese Maccabees, a Chanukah Celebration in the Far East," featuring Chinese food, movies and a menorah lighting, is Sunday, Dec. 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Chabad Community Center, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-426-1980 or visit www.chabadva.org.

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.

Chanukah on Ice, featuring ice skating, music, crafts and a buffet, is Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m., at the Fairfax Ice Arena, 3779 Pickett Road in Fairfax. Call 703-426-1980 or visit www.chabadva.org.

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a 16-week Divorce Recovery support group, beginning Jan. 9, every Monday at 7 p.m., at the church. Call 703-631-2100 or visit www.fxcc.org. The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

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

* "Making Love Last a Lifetime," begins Sunday, Jan. 8 and runs for eight weeks. Series focuses on love, marriage and sex. For singles and married couples.

* Alpha Course, begins Sunday, Jan. 22, from 6-8 p.m., with the film "Christianity: Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant?" The course lasts 11 weeks and is free. Call Diane at 703-455-8477.

A new casual worship service with a praise band begins Sunday, Jan. 8, at 9:45 a.m., at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield. Visit www.sumcdisciples.org or call 703-451-8223.

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.

Springfield United Methodist Church presents a fund raiser, Monday, Jan. 30, from 5-8 p.m., at Silver Diner, 6593 Springfield Mall, Springfield. A portion of all sales will go to the preschool program, to purchase new playground equipment. Call 703-924-1701.