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Faith Notes

<lst>Know something that should be featured in Faith Notes? Classes? Services? Special events? Send a brief write-up and photos to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, fax to 703-917-0991, or write an e-mail to vienna@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Nina M. Dry at 703-917-6422.

The Jewish Learning Institute offers an eight-week course this spring titled, "The Messiah Mystery; Toward a Perfect World," which will focus on one of Judaism's least understood — yet most central — principles of faith. The spring course begins May 11, and is presented each Wednesday evening through June 29. For class times, to browse course topics or to register, visit www.chabadva.org or call 703-426-1980.

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. On May 14, the church hosts "Holy Grounds" Coffee House from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Local musicians will perform, and a variety of beverages, including coffee, will be served. Free. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit www.vbc-va.org.

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax are building an Iraq War Memorial Cairn during outdoor services on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., at the church, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. The UUCF Cairn and a nearby sign will depict both Iraq civilian dead and U.S. military dead. Richard Nugent, senior interim minister, will officiate as congregants place the stones on the Cairn while Tom Finnell, a renowned bagpiper, plays nearby. Participants will include family members of women and men serving in Iraq along with long-time veterans.

The Asaph Dance Ensemble performs its Spring Concert on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m., at McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike. The program includes two movements from Respighi’s "Ancient Airs and Dances," "A Cry in Ramah" and "Dying Swan." This season’s performances also include the premiere of "In Search of the Garden," choreographed to music by Philip Glass. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger. For more, call 703-368-1812.

Unity of Fairfax, located at 2854 Hunter Mil Road, Oakton, hosts the following events and services. For more information, call 703-281-1767 or visit www.unityoffairfax.org.

* 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. Contact Kathryn at 703-573-1236/ SpiralRose@aol.com. For further information on the worldwide Dance Net- work, visit www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org.

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 preschre 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 www.saint-athanasius.org. 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.

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 trva@yahoo.com. 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 ChabadTysons@aol.com, for more information.

Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11 a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sundays at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., The Awana children's club for children who are 4 years old through sixth-graders takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit the Web site at www.FaithBaptistVienna.org or e-mail FBCoffice@cavtel.net. Call the church at 703-938-9688.