Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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St. Bernadette Parish presents its Family Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The festival features pumpkin painting, bingo, games, laser tag and more. Tickets are $7 each, or $18 for a family with three or more children. Adults are free when accompanied by a child. St. Bernadette is located at 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Call Laura Nagel at 703-913-7643.

St. Andrew the Apostle Church presents its Fourth Annual Oktoberfest and Craft Show, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. It features a variety of local arts and crafters, free Kids’ Fun Zone, silent auction, White Elephant sale, food and door prizes. St. Andrew is located at 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton. Call 703-817-1773.

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.

* 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.

* Pumpkin Patch, from Oct. 15-31, a pumpkin patch will be open during regular hours for face painting, storytelling and pumpkin decorating. Proceeds support the church's Youth Exchange with Banner Cross Methodist Church in Sheffield, England.

Fairfax Christian Church, located at 10185 Main St. in Fairfax, presents a class that explores traditional Christian spiritual practices of meditation and healing, on Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. To register, call 703-385-3520 or e-mail

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. Body and Soul is a complete cardiovascular and strength workout to contemporary Christian music. For more information contact Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332.

Burke Presbyterian Church's Rummage Sale is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds are for hurricane survivors. The church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke. Call Mitzi at 703-250-5886 or visit

Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks, located at 4104 Legato Road in Fairfax, presents its first annual Fall Festival, Saturday Oct. 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring free food, pony rides, games, pumpkin decorating and more. Free child ID fingerprinting also will be available. INOVA Health Source will provide flu shots for $25. Call 703-591-4284 or visit

The Clifton Baptist Church, located at 7152 Main St. in Clifton, presents the following events. Call 703-263-1161 or visit

* Praise and Worship service, on Saturday Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The service will be followed by an ice cream social.

* Homecoming, on Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a worship service. Following the service, a dinner and a closing service takes place at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church presents a Prayer Workshop for teens and adults, Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost of $8 per family includes lunch. The church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Call Sandra Warren at 703-451-8223 or visit

Westwood Baptist Church, located at 8200 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield, is serving as a collection point for donations to Hurricane Katrina relief. Personal care items and over-the-counter medical supplies are being accepted anytime the church is open (Monday- Friday, from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays, from 9:00 a.m.-1 p.m.) Construction donations will be received each Saturday in October, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. A complete list of specific items that can be accepted for donation can be found at or by calling 703-451-5120. Westwood is partnering with CrossLink International for the collection of these supplies. Financial contributions are also being accepted. These contributions will be channeled directly to those who have suffered the devastation of this hurricane through our partners: the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship/CrossLink International, and Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

"Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft," a free seminar, is Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-323-9500 or visit

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church presents its Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Bazaar features handicrafts, a bake sale, a second time around shop, a silent auction, and homemade soup for sale. Proceeds benefit the church's youth and missions. The church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Visit

"Beyond Never Again: the Holocaust Speaks to Our Generation," a six-week course, is on Mondays, beginning Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. The course focuses on how the Holocaust forces people to grapple with the existence of evil and suffering, and what can be learned from heroes of the spirit who fought relentlessly for truth and decency in the darkest times. The registration fee of $75 per person ($135 per couple) includes refreshments and a user-friendly text guide. Visit

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 Nov. 10, 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

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, located at 8508 Hoes Road in Springfield, presents GriefShare each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Agape House. It is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Call Kathy at 703-451-9021.

<hdr15>Jewish Community

<lst>The following events take place at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. JCCNV is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-323-0880, ext. 19. If Fairfax County Schools are closed or have delayed opening, the senior program is canceled.

<cal1>Active Adult Programs

<cal2>Active Retiree Program. Meets each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming meetings:

* Medicare Part D Made Easy, Thursday, Oct. 27. Howard Houghton will discuss the latest changes to Medicare Part D.

55+ Active Singles Group. Meets occasionally for social fun. Upcoming events:

* Fairfax Youth Orchestra, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. Registration recommended.

* Dinner at The Jasmine Gardens, Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at 8106 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. RSVP to Miriam by Nov. 16 at 703-528-5738.

* "Life of the Jews in Egypt before Nasser," a discussion led by Lina El Tagi, Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m.

* Chanukah Dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at a private home in Annandale. $10 cost includes dinner and latkes. Send check payable to Jeanne Kortlang, 3614 Oakland Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310. Call 703-256-1679 for directions.

<cal1>Senior Programs

<lst>JCCNV Senior Connection: Coffee, Cards and Conversation. Fill your Tuesday mornings with cards, conversation and laughter. Senior Connection meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

JCCNV Games and Conversation. Monday Mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. Fill your Monday mornings with games such as Scrabble, Mah Jongg, Cards, Rummikub and others. This is an informal, drop-in activity. Coffee, tea and refreshments are provided. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.


<cal2>Inova Healthsource's "Fight the Flu" campaign. Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., a registered nurse will be at the JCCNV to give flu shots. Pregnant women and children under 18 should get their vaccinations in their physician's office. The cost is $25. Medicare Part B is accepted as payment in full for the flu shot. Seniors or others enrolled in a managed care plan should receive their flu shots from their primary medical provider.

<lst>The following events take place at the Jewish Social Service Agency at 3018 Javier Road, Fairfax. For more information or to register, call 703-204-9100.

Support Groups for parents of Children with Special needs. Open to parents of children with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and other developmental issues. The group will focus on building a support network for parents, children's developmental issues and balancing one's own needs with those of the family. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., call to register.

Stress Management Workshop. In this four-session workshop, children and teens learn to recognize stress, practice ways to relax, learn positive "stress-busters," and build quieting activities into busy lives. Call for class dates and times.

Social Skills/Therapy Groups. Weekly meetings open to children who have difficulty in social situations because of ADHD or other challenges. Learn appropriate social behavior, listening, problem solving, dealing with emotions and making friends.

Girl Talk. Open to adolescent girls, meet weekly to focus on overcoming difficulties with peers, social skills and other age-appropriate issues.