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<lst>St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church offers the following events at 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Visit or call 703-978-3500.

* Pink Elephant Sale on Saturday, April 22 at 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Proceeds go to support youth mission projects.

* CrossRoads, a new “come as you are” worship service, will begin regular services each Saturday evening at 5 p.m.

* Navigating the Teen Years on Sunday, April 23 from 9:50-10:50 a.m. Seminar for parents of teenagers to help them improve communication, de-stress and handle peer and media influences

* United Methodist Women’s Sunday on Sunday, April 30 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Rev. Chris Suerdieck will preach with women leading the service; Red Bird Mission Trunk Sale of Appalachian Crafts from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and a bake sale of homemade breads to support UMW mission projects.

* Potato Drop to Feed the Hungry on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. To combat hunger in the Metro area, St. Matthew’s in conjunction with the Society of St. Andrews is hosting its second annual Potato Drop. All ages are invited to help sort through 45,000 pounds of potatoes, bag them and load them on trucks for local area food banks.

Huge Church-wide rummage sale and pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike. Benefits go to Youth Mission Trips to Juarez Mexico, and Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Sale includes furniture, household items, electronics, children's, teen and adult clothing, games, books, piano and more. Pancake Breakfast served from 8-11 a.m., $5 per person. Rummage sale items accepted, call Kathy 703-591-1197 or Sue 703-323-1761 to arrange pick-up at your home. Donations also accepted at Providence Presbyterian Church, April 17-21, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Receipts for donations available.

Congregation Adat Reyim and Beth El Hebrew Congregation sponsor the Northern Virginia Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Program Sunday, April 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield. The program includes small group discussions with survivors who will share their memories and experiences. All Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors can participate in a candle-lighting procession at the end of the program. For handicapped parking needs or special assistance call 703-569-7577. For more, e-mail or call 703-569-7577.

Franconia Baptist Church is having a special musical worship service on Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m., to hear the Alfred Street Baptist Church Male Chorus in concert. The acclaimed chorus, formerly known as the "Singing Deacons," has traveled extensively and performed for over 40 years. Franconia Baptist Church is located at 5912 Franconia Road, Alexandria. 703-971-4475.

Active Retirees Morning Matinee, “39 Pounds of Love,” International Jewish Film Festival, Thursday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. at the Cinema Arts theatre in Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Following the program producer Asaf Shaul will lead a discussion about the film. Cost $3.

John Maxwell’s “Maximum Impact: 360-the Measure of a Leader” Conference Simulcast will be shown on Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Registration is $35 which includes lunch. To register call 703-383-1170 or register at the door starting at 8 a.m. Peyton Manning, J.C. Watts and others will speak.

Church Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 9203 Braddock Road. Proceeds go to youth summer mission trips. Items include furniture, household goods, clothing, games and more. Sale items accepted at the church on May 4-5, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Receipts for donations available. Cash only. 703-978-8724.

Active Retirees Newcomers’ Welcome will feature improvisation and theatre games with Prof. Clayton Austin of George Mason University Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria.

Active Retirees Morning Matinee, “When Do We Eat?,”

International Jewish Film Festival, Thursday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. at the Cinema Arts theatre in Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Following the program producer Asaf Shaul will lead a discussion about the film. Cost $3.

Active Retirees Newcomers’ Welcome offers a trip to the National Arboretum Wednesday, May 24, 8:45 a.m. at Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Contact Pam at 703-537-3061.

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.

* Messiah Singles Aloha Spring Dance on Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dance the night away to fun Hawaiian and other favorite music. Cost $10, or $5 with a finger food. Childcare provided with advance reservations to Debbie Fambro at 703-569-9862 or

* Internet Safety Seminar on Wednesday, May 3 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Childhelp USA, Messiah's Congregational Care, Youth and Women's Ministries. Call Irene Rich, director of Congregational Care 703-569-9862, ext. 212.

Kabbalah Course. Take a course in Kabbalah for eight Monday nights, at Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-426-1980 or visit No prerequisitives required. Open to everyone.

Behind the scenes look at the origins of the Torah, starts on Monday, May 1 at the Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. "From Sinai To Cyberspace" will run for eight consecutive weeks. Students will find answers to questions of faith. From Sinai To Cyberspace is designed as an eight-week course of facilitated discussions that will provide students with an understanding of the core questions about faith, belief, and purpose. Visit for information and registration.

Jubilee Christian Center is offering free English classes as a second language during its Sunday School time, 10:10-10:50 a.m., on Sundays, at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.