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The Ekoji Buddhist Temple offers an introductory class on Buddhism at 10 a.m., beginning Jan. 16. Sessions meet for five weeks. For more information, visit www.ekoji.org. The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is located at 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station.

The Alpha Celebration Dinner takes place on Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith is welcome. Reservations welcomed, but not necessary. For more information or to RSVP call 703-451-8223, ext. 103, 703-455-8477 or 703-451-6542.

The Jubilee Christian Center's Children's Church Ministry takes place on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Mike Catlett is guest speaker, and the theme is "God's Bond, the Holy Spirit." Free. The Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-383-1170.

The Chabad Community Center hosts an eight-week course on the teachings of Kabbalah. Classes take place on Mondays, from Jan. 17 to March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chabad Community Center, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. For more information, visit www.myjli.com or call 703-426-1980.

Arabic Bible Baptist Church is located at 5424 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Pastor: Tony Ghareeb. Call 703-273-5599 or e-mail to Tghareeb@wmconnect.com.

All are welcome to join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite all to participate in preaching and teaching, praise and worship, in a Christ-centered ministry. Fresh Fire International Center meets at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Call 703-815-8950.

Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the Successfully Single Program every Wednesday, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program is designed to bring informative speakers on various topics. The Messiah United Methodist Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more information, call Shari Sadowski at 703-569-9862, ext. 213.

Body and Soul aerobics and strength training classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10:30 a.m., at Burke Community Church, 9990 Old Keene Mill Road. A Saturday class takes place 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.

“Wisdom for a Lifetime” by Alden Studebaker will be discussed on Wednesday evenings, 8-9:30 p.m., at New World Unity Church, located at 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

The following is a list of various events taking place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax: Bible study and Prayer Service every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Sunday School at 9:30–10:45 a.m., except for the fourth Sunday of the month, when Sunday School is offered 9-10 a.m. Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. Commonwealth Care Center ministry every first and third Thursday night. Call 703-273-1455.

Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, hosts a prayer service. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of prayer. All in the community are welcome. Call 703-569-9862.

Messiah United Methodist Church's Young Adults group meets every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more information call 703-304-7082.

Fresh Fire International Center hosts a dress-down "Love Feast" on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Come meet new people, play games, enjoy a meal and hear the word. Call 703-815-8950.

Messiah United Methodist Church continues to have its Wednesday night programs called Successfully Single at 7:30 p.m., in room 206 in the church. These programs have informative speakers on interesting topics. Messiah United Church is located at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield. For more information, call Shari Sadowski at 703/569-9862 x 213.

New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at Irving Middle School, located at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. New World Unity Church is a spiritual community "consciously co-creating a peaceful, harmonious world that recognizes Oneness." Children's programs begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a Divorce Recovery Support Group every Monday at 7:30 p.m., at the church. Cost is $10 for book used. For more information call 703-631-2100 or visit www.fxcc.org. The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

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.

International Calvary Church is a Christ, Bible and Spirit centered church. Sunday services are as follows: English services at 9:45 a.m., Korean services at 11:30 a.m., and youth services at 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is as follows: English classes at 11:30 a.m., and children's classes at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study and Youth Meeting are at 8 p.m., and Friday Prayer and Youth Meeting take place at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-1918. The International Calvary Church is located at 5700 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

Burke Presbyterian Church offers a 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.

The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required, and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.