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Voce Della Donna, Women's Choral Chamber Ensemble performs "What Sweeter Music" Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. A variety of holiday and Christmas music by composers from Mozart to Louis Armstrong. Free, donations appreciated. For more, call the church at 703-451-8223.
Fairfax Church of Christ presents a series, “Raising G-Rated Kids in an X-Rated World” Sundays until Dec. 10 at the church, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax. The series, given by pulpit minister Bruce Black, is part of the 9 a.m. worship service. For more call 703-631-2100.
The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the following events. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-9862.
* Annual Singles Ministry Holly Ball is Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Black tie optional. Dance lessons 8 p.m., dance 8:30 p.m. $5 with a finger food, $10 without. Proceeds benefit Pass Christian Mission. Childcare available with an RSVP by Dec. 13 to Rev. Debbie Fambro at 703-569-9862, ext 213 or email@example.com.
* Christmas Comfort Service is Thursday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the same joy and happiness advertised on television or greeting cards. The service is a time of music, scripture, stories, silence, reflection, healing prayer and communion.
Pohick Church offers a children's Christmas pageant Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at the church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-6572 for more.
Dr. Teresa Smith, a United Methodist Minister, leads a mini-retreat Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Burke. Titled “Do the Holidays Make You Feel Blue?,” the retreat is designed to help relax, and reflect, and formulate a plan for how to make it through the holidays. Eight participants maximum. $50. Scholarship aid available. For location and more e-mail Teresa@sodigital.org or call 571-236-9753.
The Ministry of Music and Performing Arts of the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church presents "Amazing Peace: A Christmas Musical" Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the church, 10185 Zion Drive, Fairfax. Performed by the Greater Little Zion Combined Choirs, Thespian Society and Praise Dancers. Free. Contact Stacey Claytor, artistic director, at 703-764-9111.
Choirs, organs, strings perform Saturday, Dec. 9 at a carol festival, 4:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria. Call 703-971-2210 for more.
Springfield Church of Christ presents "Joy to the World" on Satuday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bible-based activities include games, crafts, songs, lunch and Bible lessons. For children ages 4-12. The church is located at 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. To pre-register, call 703-451-4011 and leave a message with the number of children planning to attend, their names and ages or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John's United Methodist Church celebrates the end of its 50th anniversary year with a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Service includes the anthem "The Lion and the Lamb" written by Annandale High School graduate John Dawson and performed by St. John's Sanctuary Choir, St. John's Bells of Praise and a full orchestra. The church is located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-256-6655 for more information.
Temple B'nai Shalom has its monthly Tot Shabbat Service on Saturday Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. The theme for this service will be "Chanukah." This service is geared for all children from infants through age 6. The temple is located at 7612 Old Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Call 703-764-2901 with questions.
The Fairfax Church of Christ presents "Christmas in D.C.: The Chorus and the Cornerstone" on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax. The program features seasonal music and inspirational drama. Free. 703-631-2100.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with dinner Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield. The Adat Reyim Choir sings at a service beginning 8 p.m. For more, call 703-569-7577. A Chanukah service is Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the synagogue. For more, call 703-569-7577.
Harvest Church offers several holiday programs and services. The church is located at 7401 Beulah St., Alexandria. For more call 703-971-7070 or visit www.harvestchurchag.org.
* Live Nativity. Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16. Performances are each night at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pastor Tim Cerce invites the public to this reenactment of the night Jesus was born. Hot chocolate and refreshments available.
* O Come Emmanuel. Sunday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. This cantata also features the children of Harvest Church.
* Christmas Service. Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10:30 a.m. This one-hour service features traditional Christmas carols and candle lighting.
Fairfax Christian Church, a positive Christian community open to all, offers the following holiday programs and services. Worship services start every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Church is at 10185 Main St., Fairfax. For more call 703-385-3520 or visit www.fairfaxchristian.org.
* Pastor Rev. Laura Swett offers a special sermon series in December, called “Christmas at the Movies." Sermon topics and dates are Dec. 10: "Home Alone: Why prepare?"; Dec. 17: "Polar Express: What to do when hope is disappointed;" Dec. 24: "It’s a Wonderful Life: Joy-quenchers and joy builders."
* The 10:30 a.m. service on Dec. 17 is a Festival of Lessons and Carols. Come and enjoy Christmas music and scripture throughout the service.
* Candlelight Christmas Eve service is Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Providence Presbyterian Church offers a Bible study titled "Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem: A Spiritual Journey through Advent" at the church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The study runs Thursdays through Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. The five sessions utilize music, art, poetry, and a variety of interactive activities centered on biblical passages that connect to Advent. Contact