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Knollwood Community Church hosts a yard sale benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., in the church parking lot, 10000 Coffer Woods Road, Burke. E-mail jessica@knoll.org.

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.

* Hearts and Hands Bazaar, on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Flu Shots will be available at the Bazaar from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

* 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 fairfaxchristian1@verizon.net.

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. .

Christ United Methodist Church, located at 8285 Glen Eagles Lane in Fairfax Station, is hosting a Children's Consignment Sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 703-690-3401 or visit www.christchurchva.org.

Truro Church presents a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. Offerings include music by Astor, Bach, Bizet, Delibes, Melani, Mozart, Rivier and Rutter performed by some of the area's finest professional musicians. A reception and art exhibit will precede the concert at 4:30 p.m. Truro Church is located at 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-273-1300, ext. 220 or visit www.trurochurch.org.

The Little River United Church of Christ presents its monthly GLBT movie night, a showing of "Far From Heaven," on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m., at the Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Bring friends and food. An informal discussion will follow. Contact Bill Briggs at 703-533-5505, ext. 25 or bbriggs@novam.org or Rev Ginna Minasian Dalton, 703-978-3060 or ginna@lrucc.org.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church presents "Financial Planning for Retirement: What You Need to Know," a free interactive seminar, on Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Assess your financial needs, prepare a financial plan and learn how to manage your plan. The church is located at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

Springfield United Methodist Church presents its annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cookoff, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 12-3 p.m. Come for food, face painting, a corn maze and a moon bounce. Bring a pot of chili and enter the cookoff. Prizes will be awarded to the tastiest, the hottest, and the most unusual. The church is located at 7047 Old Keene Mill Road. Call the church office at 703-451-2375.

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 Oct. 13, 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 amandazubi@hotmail.com.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, located at 8508 Hoes Road in Springfield, hosts the following events/services. For more, call 703-451-8223 or visit www.sumdisciples.org.

* Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief, on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m.

* GriefShare meets 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. Each of the 13 sessions includes a video and small group discussion. Participants can join at any time. For more, call Kathy at 703-451-9021

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.

Congregation Adat Reyim presents "Jewish Issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia?," a discussion led by Debra Gold Linick, Assistant Director for Northern Virginia at the Jewish Community Relations Council, on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Congregation Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court in Springfield. Call 703-569-7577 or visit www.adatreyim.org.

Truro Church presents a Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., featuring free

hayrides, moon bounce and games. Truro Church is located at 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703 273-1300, ext. 312 or visit www.trurochurch.org.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) is selling the 2006 Entertainment coupon books. The books are $25. Of that amount, $7.25 goes directly to ECHO. Books are available now and may be used immediately and through Nov. 1, 2006. Coupon books can be picked up at ECHO at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information, call 703-569-9160 or 703-451-7955.

Congregation Adat Reyim is a progressive conservative congregation with educational programs for preschoolers through high schoolers. Led by Rabbi Bruce Aft. Services are as follow: Maariv every Wednesday at 7:40 p.m.; Erev Shabbat every Friday at 8 p.m.; and Shabbat Service every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Call for information on monthly Tot Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat and other special services. Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, in Springfield. For more information, call 703-569-7577 or visit www.adatreyim.org.

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.

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.

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.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people who are interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group will be meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at St. Leo the Great Church, 3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax in the Old Parish Hall and will continue to meet throughout the school year. For more, call Martha Malloy at 703-273-5369.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, sponsors the following events:

* Beth Moore Bible study series "Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit" on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. Cost is $15 for workbook. Open to women.

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.