Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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St. Athanasius Lutheran Church hosts the following services. For more, call 703-455-4003 or visit

* Maundy Thursday, March 24, divine services begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Penderbrook Community Center in Fairfax.

* Good Friday, March 25, Service of Darkness, takes place at 7:30 p.m., at the Penderbrook Community Center in Fairfax.

* Easter Sunday, the Resurrection, services take place at 10:15 a.m., at the church, 114 Kingsley Road, S.W., Vienna.

The Church of the Holy Comforter, located at 543 Beulah Road, N.E., Vienna, offers the following Holy Week services and observances. For more, call 703-938-6521 or visit

Maundy Thursday. Agape Meal in the Fellowship Hall on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring food to share; beverages provided. "Mandatum" and Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. (incense, nursery care, optional footwashing). Garden of Gethsemane Vigil at 8:30 p.m.

Good Friday. Way of the Cross with spoken and musical devotions on March 25 at 12:10 p.m. (nursery care available); Liturgy of Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. Nursery care available.

Holy Saturday Liturgy on March 26, at 9:30 a.m. Blessing of the Easter Baskets at 4 p.m.

Easter Sunday. Services take place at 7:30 a.m. (no incense); Festival Choral Eucharist at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (incense, nursery care available)

The Oakton United Methodist Church, located at 2951 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, hosts the following events for holy week. For more, call 703-938-1233 or visit

* Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.

* Annual Community Good Friday service on March 25, from noon to 3 p.m. Guest speakers are the Rev. Edward Bauman and the Rev. Dr. John B. Tate Jr., who will discuss the Seven Last Words of Christ. Childcare provided.

* Easter Worship Services at 8:30 a.m., in the Chapel and 10:55 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

Unity of Fairfax sponsors its Kindness Campaign, running through April 3. The Kindness Campaign is part of a national program based in Asheville, N.C., and paralleling the national Season of Nonviolence. Members of the greater community are welcome to stop by the church and pick up a few buttons, or to view the Butterfly and Kindness Books. Unity of Fairfax is located at 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. To learn more about this campaign, visit or For more information, call 703-281-1767, ext. 104.

The Church of Good Shepherd, located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna, hosts the following events/services. Call 703-281-3987 or visit

* "Soup, Song & Story," every Wednesday during Lent at the church. Soup is served at 6 p.m. From 7-8 p.m., a Lenten discussion takes place, using Philip Yancey’s "The Jesus I Never Knew." All are welcome. For more information, call 703-281-3987 or visit

* Spanish Holy Week Booklet. Devociones para la Semana Santa 2005 will be distributed to Spanish-speaking congregations and other facilities and organizations. It also will be available on the church’s Web site.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, located at 7628 Leesburg Pike, sponsors the following services and events. Call 703-893-9220.

* Re-enactment of The Last Supper, on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Free.

* Spring Sale, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items sold include children's clothing, toys and equipment. Cash only.

Wesley United Methodist Church hosts a Children's Easter Celebration on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the church, located at the corner of Spring and Moore streets in Vienna. Event includes an egg hunt, face painting, crafts, games and lunch. For more, call Fran at 703-938-8700 ext. 13.

A program using music, drumming, movement, song and prayer seeks to bring communities together as part of everyday life. The dances are cross-cultural using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many faith traditions. Efforts are to promote peace and integration within individuals and groups. There are no performers or audience and no experience is necessary. Donations are accepted. The group meets the second Saturday evening each month, September-June, 7:30-10 p.m., at Unity of Fairfax (original sanctuary), 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton.

Contact Kathryn at 703-573-1236/ For further information on the worldwide Dance Net- work, visit

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8 and 11 a.m., in the Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:30 a.m., with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Christian education is available for everyone from preschoolers through adults. Classes are always open to newcomers.

St. Athanasius Lutheran Church sponsors the following Sunday services: Bible Class for adults and Sunday School for children begins at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:15 a.m. Coffee, dessert and fellowship time follows. Midweek Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by an open forum titled "Ask the Pastor" at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-455-4003 or visit St. Athanasius is located at 114 Kingsley Road, S.W., Vienna.

The Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna has maintained a helping relationship with Ketcham Elementary School during the 2003-04 school year. Participants who are interested in assisting the school during the 2004-05 year should call 703-938-8700.

Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a high-energy VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11 a.m. The church is located t 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit

Body & Soul is a high/low impact aerobic workout, kick boxing, strength training, Pilates all-in-one exercise session to the latest in contemporary Christian music. There are several area church locations from which to choose.

McLean Bible Church conducts classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Call Mary Ward at 703-830-2478 for more information. Child care is offered. Classes are also offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Contact Tricia Van Ryn at Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers a Fit over 50 version on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road. Call Lynn Mostellar at 703-698-8624.

Chabad at Tysons hosts Shabbat educational services at 1503 Lincoln Center Court, in the Club House of the Fountains of McLean, across from Freddie Mac. Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m.; Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Thursday night features a Kabbalah class. Call 703-356-3451, or e-mail, for more information.