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

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

* 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.

Fairfax United Methodist Church offers its Spring Music Festival, featuring a number of musical events. All events take place at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave. in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-591-3120.

* Old Fashioned "Hymn-Sing." Sing along with FUMC's own "Men of Message" for an evening of music and audience participation Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Have a favorite that should be included? Send it to dleahey@fairfaxumc.org.

* Dessert with “Diversions.” Join flutist Robert Aughtry for an concert of chamber music Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Coffee and desserts will be served along with a wide program of music for flute and various instruments.

* Youth Choir Exchange. Youth choirs from FUMC and Raleigh Court UMC join in chorus for services Sunday, May 7 at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

* Choral Concert. The Chancel Choir performs music from the ages Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

* The Fab Four: A Beatles-Themed Evening. Come enjoy Beatles music and dancing Tuesday, May 23 at 8 p.m.

* Festival Closing Recital. Hear an evening of vocal and keyboard music performed by David Leahey, director of music and Ian Lane, associate director of music Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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.

St. Peter's in the Woods Church offers an Art Auction Saturday, May 6 to raise money for their mission trip to Honduras. The auction preview will begin at 6 p.m. and the bidding will start at 7 p.m. St. Peter's is located at 5911 Fairview Woods Drive in Fairfax Station. Tickets are $15, and food and wine will be provided. To purchase advance tickets, call the church office at 703-503-9210. Free babysitting will be available.

Parched Baptist Church will celebrate its Anniversary Sunday, May 7 starting with coffee fellowship and building tours at 9:30 a.m., a worship service at 10:30 a.m., and a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at its location at 8726 Braddock Road in Annandale. For more, call 703.978.8160 or visit www.parkwood.org.

St. Mary of Sorrows Church hosts "A Night on The DaVinci Code" Sunday, May 7 from 6:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mark Shea, co-author of "The DaVinci Deception," will discuss "The Da Vinci Code" and how it relates to Catholics. St Mary of Sorrows Church is located at 5222 Sideburn Road in Fairfax.

Strawberry Festival. United Methodist Women at Cranford United Methodist Church will have a Strawberry Festival Saturday, May 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the church, 9912 Old Colchester Road in Lorton. Visitors can enjoy strawberry desserts, ice cream, bakesale, milkshakes, smoothies, and hot sandwiches. Takeouts will be available. For more information, call 703-339-5382.

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 dfambro@messihumc.org.

* 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 www.chabadva.org. 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 www.chabadva.org 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Clifton Presbyterian Church, located at 12748 Richards Lane in Clifton, offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 703-830-3175.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton, conducts Sunday masses at 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It also offers a Saturday vigil at 5:30 p.m., and a Wednesday Latin mass at 7 p.m. Call 703-817-1770 or visit www.st-andrew.org.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, offers casual worship services on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. featuring contemporary music.

More traditional services take place on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 a.m. for children. The church also offers discussion groups for adults. Call 703-451-5855.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are 9:30-11 a.m., at the church. All mothers and children are welcome. The program provides mothers an opportunity to get to know other mothers through discussions and craft activities. The children will be cared for by adults in the MOPPET program. Cost is $3 per session. Register by stopping by the church, calling 703-451-5320.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

The Spiritual Parenting support group meets the first Sunday of every month, 12-1 p.m., at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. For more information, visit www.NewWorldUnity.org or call 703-690-7925. Child care is available on request.

Burke Community Church offers a weekly group for men called Men's Fraternity to help discover authentic manhood as directed through the Word of God. Tuesdays, 6 a.m., at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

Divorce Care is a weekly Bible Study care group that helps those who are transitioning through a divorce. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in the church parlor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Child care and children's activities are provided. Call 703-451-1500.

Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, located at 10383 Democracy Lane in Fairfax, presents worship services on Sundays, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and choir practice (open to all) on Tuesdays, at 7:15 p.m. Visit www.mccnova.com or call 703-691-0930.

Burke Presbyterian Church, located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, offers the following programs and services.

* Coffeehouse Worship Service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for those people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke.

Arabic Bible Baptist Church is located at 5424 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Pastor: Tony Ghareeb. Call 703-273-5599 or e-mail to Tghareeb@wmconnect.com.

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a 16-week Divorce Recovery support group, meeting every Monday at 7 p.m., at the church. Call 703-631-2100 or visit www.fxcc.org. The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

Bible study at 7 p.m., at Silverbrook United Methodist Church, 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. E-mail silverbrookumc@verizon.net.

A new casual worship service with a praise band at 9:45 a.m., at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield. Visit www.sumcdisciples.org or call 703-451-8223.

Faith Communities In Action meets the first Wednesday of every other month, from 2-4 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. RSVP to ciluser@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-3453.

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, 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.

All are welcome to join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite all to participate in preaching and teaching, praise and worship, in a Christ-centered ministry. Fresh Fire International Center meets at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Call 703-815-8950.

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.

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 Wednesdays, 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.