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The 10:30 a.m. service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation Sunday, Jan. 30, will be "What is the Holy." The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and graduates of the most recent Building Your Own Theology class will share their reflections on the nature of the holy in Unitarian Universalism. UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

The Rev. John Morehouse will examine the process of moving on in his sermon, "Letting Go," at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun on Sunday, Jan. 30. UUCL welcomes everyone to attend Sunday services, held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at the UUCL chapel, 20460 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg. Visit the Web site, www.uuloudoun.org or call the church at 703-737-7644.

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. there will be a vespers service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation. All are invited to this evensong of informal and participatory worship designed to bring mid-week serenity to the stresses of life. The service is about 30 minutes. UUS is located at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance at Bethel Church for fathers and daughters, or grandfathers and granddaughters, of all ages, Saturday, Feb. 5, 7-10 p.m., at 19856 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. Family-friendly disc jockey, refreshments provided. Admission $5 or $10 for admission including a corsage. To purchase tickets e-mail Make-a-Note@att.net or call 703-777-4221.

The Feb. 6 service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation is "Second Chances: Atonement." In honor of Groundhog Day, the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein will offer some thoughts on how religious liberals understand atonement. The UUS rock band jUUStUUS will provide the music. UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and is located in the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein of the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation will offer an Ash Wednesday vespers service.

It will be a Unitarian Universalist version of Ash Wednesday and complete with UU communion. UUS is located in the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

James Stafford will be leading a Bible for Liberals at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, taking a literary and critical approach to the Bible. The ancient historical, cultural, literary and religious heritage both in and beyond the Bible will be explored. Open to those who have and those who have not read the Bible. Bible for Liberals meetings occur every second Sunday, January through June, from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. These meeting are designed to be casual, drop in,

stand-alone sessions. The session will be held at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

The 2005 Lenten Series at Saint MatthewÕs Episcopal Church in Sterling, will center around study and discussion of "The Jesus Creed," written by Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. The series will start Wednesday, Feb. 16, and continue each

Wednesday through March 16. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a simple "Souper Supper" in the parish hall. The study and discussion will start at 7:15 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Participants in the study will want to purchase the book. "The Jesus Creed" analyzes the philosophy of

Jesus, its historical context, and the principles he espoused. Bring the entire family. The nursery will be open and staffed.

Middle-school and high-school students will be studying "The Jesus Creed" along with the adults, and a program will be offered for elementary students for the first time. Call or e-mail: 703-431-2121, www.stmatthewssterling.org. 201 E. Frederick Drive, Sterling.

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. Contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at jackstagman@adelphia.net.

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. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

"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 lucy@community-impact.org or 703-220-5022 or Ron Furgerson, community care minister, at 703-266-0118.