Congregation Beth Emeth will host their montly Singles Shabbat on Feb. 10. Wine and snacks at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by services at 8 p.m. Beth Emeth is a conservative congregation located at 12523 Lawyers Road in Herndon. Visit www.bethemeth.org. All are welcome. Call 703-860-4515.
Darwin Day. The Northern Virginia Ethical Society celebrates Feb. 12, Darwin Day, with a presentation by Christine Miller of Johns Hopkins University on "Darwin's Theory: Is It Put to Good Use Today?" Miller will explain the importance of the theory of evolution to bioscience research, from designing experiments to curing diseases, and even understanding and protecting the environment. 11 a.m. at 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. Free and open to all. Visit www.noves.org, or call 703-437-3161.
The Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna is hosting a World Affairs series this session of Adventures in Learning. This is an eight-week session, which began Jan. 19 and runs through March 9. Classes are held on Thursdays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road. One tuition payment of $35 entitles one to attend any classes. Visit www.scov.org to see the schedule of classes or to download a registration form. Registration can be mailed to the Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna at 541 Marshall Road, S.W., Vienna, VA 22180. Call 703-281-0538.
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer invites the general public to its Faith and Life Forums. These one-hour programs feature a speaker, followed by discussion relating the topic to living one's Christian faith on a daily basis. Talks are every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. On Sunday, Feb. 12, Redeemer member Doug Scheffler will present part two of St. Paul: His Life and Theology. On Sunday, Feb. 19, Redeemer member Harold Hofstad, will conclude with part two of Orthodoxy and Pietism: The Post-Reformation Lutheran Synthesis. On Sunday, Feb. 26, Redeemer member Tom Imhoof, will discuss Holocaust Denial: A Critical Discussion. The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call the office at 703-356-3346.
Epiphany Half-Day Retreat. Author and inspirational mentor Suzanne Farnham is leading a quiet, half-day retreat on Feb. 18 at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna to close the season of Epiphany. Farnham is the founder of Listening Hearts Ministries and co-author "Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community" and "Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations." Through meditation, the retreat will give each person the opportunity to explore scripture from his/her personal perspective. It is designed to benefit both those struggling with difficult decisions or themselves, as well as those celebrating joys and thanksgivings. The retreat is from 9 a.m.-noon at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, N.E. Call 703-938-6521 or visit www.holycomforter.com.
Trinity United Methodist Church is having a Family Fun Night Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m., including a DJ, games, tacos andfajitas. $5 per person. Bring a dessert to share. RSVP to Fiona Howorth at 703-848-0189 or email@example.com. The church is located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., Mclean.
Sant Nirankari Mission announces a special Sat Sang (congregation) to be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Chesterbrook United Methodist Church, 1711 Kirby Road in McLean. A spiritual lecture by Professor Rajan Sachdeva from Michigan will be given. Besides being a preacher, Sachdeva has a Ph.D. in Indian classical music and is a renowned sitarist. Call Regina Gahunia at 703-598-6440, Surinder Kumar at 703-713-1495 or Vanita Kumar at 703-723-9584.
Jewish Meditation classes are being offered at Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, for six sessions on Sundays from Feb. 26 through April 2. Classes provide a safe environment where students will learn meditative techniques from Jewish tradition to bring about deep relaxation and new spiritual experiences. Designed for beginners and experts. Classes meet from 7:30–9:30 p.m. The cost for all six sessions is $36 for members of Beth Emeth or any WFEL congregation; $45 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required; the form is available by calling 703-860-4514, ext. 127 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Beth Emeth is located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon.
A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Lent begins the next day with Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed, and communion will be served. During Lent, every Wednesday evening from March 1 through April 5, a light Lenten supper will be served at 6 p.m., followed by short evening services at 7:30 p.m. for prayer and reflection on "Until He Comes Again," Redeemer's theme for the season. Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is historically known as Pancake Day, a day in which to use up the fat, butter and eggs that were forbidden during times of a more austere Lent. The Church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call 703-356-3346.
Vienna Presbyterian Church holds the following events/services. The church is located at 124 Park St. S.E., Vienna. Call 703-938-9050 or visit www.viennapres.org.
* Cross Roads. Young adults meet each Wednesday, from 7:30-9 p.m., at 146 Maple Ave. Contact Amy Reeves at email@example.com.
* Teacher Support Group. The group meets the third Monday of each month, from 7-8 p.m. Call Gail Allen at 703-476-3931.
* Book discussion group. The book club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Contact Ronniejean Irvin at 703- 273-4113.
* Adult Bible Studies. Classes take place Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. For information on Tuesday group, call Barbara Greig at 703-242-3511; Wednesday group, call Dave Gifford at 703-255-9366.
Christian Assembly offers an opportunity for all to enter into Praise and Prayer every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., at 8200 Bell Lane, Vienna. Call 703-968-9777 or visit www.christianassembly.net.
Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a high-energy VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11 a.m. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. Call 703-281-4400 or visit www.vbc-va.org.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8 and 11 a.m. in the Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:30 a.m. with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon.
The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna.Call 703-938-2119.
Unity of Fairfax, located at 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, hosts the following events and services. For more information, call 703-281-1767 or visit www.unityoffairfax.org.
A program using music, drumming, movement, song and prayer seeks to bring communities together as part of everyday life. The dances are cross-cultural using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many faith traditions. Efforts are to promote peace and integration within individuals and groups. There are no performers or audience and no experience is necessary. Donations are accepted. The group meets the second Saturday evening each month, September-June, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact Kathryn at 703-573-1236 or SpiralRose@aol.com. For more information on the worldwide Dance Net-work, visit www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org.
St. Athanasius Lutheran Church sponsors the following Sunday services: Bible Class for adults and Sunday School for children begins at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:15 a.m. Coffee, dessert and fellowship time follows. Midweek Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., preceded by an open forum titled "Ask the Pastor" at 7 p.m. Call 703-455-4003 or visit www.saint-athanasius.org. St. Athanasius is located at 114 Kingsley Road S.W., Vienna.
Body & Soul is a high/low impact aerobic workout, kick boxing, strength training, Pilates all-in-one exercise session to the latest in contemporary Christian music. There are several area church locations from which to choose.
McLean Bible Church conducts classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Call Mary Ward at 703-830-2478 for more information. Child care available. Classes are also offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Contact Tricia Van Ryn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers a Fit over 50 version on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road. Call Lynn Mostellar at 703-698-8624.
Chabad at Tysons hosts Shabbat educational services at 1503 Lincoln Center Court, in the Club House of the Fountains of McLean, across from Freddie Mac. Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m.; Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Thursday night features a Kabbalah class. Call 703-356-3451, or e-mail ChabadTysons@aol.com, for more information.
A Centering Prayer Group meets Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna. The hour includes a brief reading related to Centering Prayer, followed by a 20-minute prayer period. The group will also hear portions from "A Centered Life," an audio tape series by Basil Pennington. Contact Martha Thomas at email@example.com or call the church at 703-759-3509.
The New Union Baptist Church, located at 205 Pleasant St., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Worship service at 11 a.m., and Communion each second Sunday at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend. Call 703-281-2556.
Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11 a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sundays at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., the Awana Children's Club for ages 4 to sixth-grade takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit www.FaithBaptistVienna.org or e-mail FBCoffice@cavtel.net. Call the church at 703-938-9688.
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724, Chain Bridge Road in McLean, has a full range of worship, Christian education, youth, music, and small group ministry programs. Traditional worship services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Call 703-356-7200 or visit www.lewinsville.org.
Catholic Charities is offering a 10-week therapeutic support group in Arlington for victims of sexual abuse.
For information about services or to register for the support group or the Evening of Reflection, please call Patricia Mudd, A.C.S.W., Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703 841-2530.
For the 25th year, McLean Baptist Church is offering Free Conversational English Classes on Monday mornings. Classes are designed for those whom English is a second language and include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Advanced level choices include American Literature, U.S. Law and Government, World Religions and Current Events. No cost for the class or registration; however students must buy their own book ($20). Class sessions start at 9:30 a.m. to noon. New student registration begins at 9 a.m. McLean Baptist Church is located at 1367 Chain Bridge Road. For more information, please call 703-356-8080 or 703-759-6499.
McLean Bible Church. Service times are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The 10:45 a.m. service includes sign interpretation. Frontline services are Sunday nights at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 5 p.m. Frontline service includes sign interpretation. Visit www.frontline.to to learn more. McLean Bible Church was established in 1965, and the senior pastor is Lon Solomon. The church is located at 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The P.O. Box is 9300, McLean, VA 22102. Call 703-790-5590; 703-770-2939 (TTY), or visit www.mcleanbible.org.
Westmoreland Community Church, 1988 Kirby Road, at the corner of Kirby and Westmoreland, McLean, extends our hand in Christian love to all to join us in worship. 10 a.m. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Service. Sunday school provided for children at 11 a.m. Military, veterans and newcomers warmly received. Call 703 241-4993.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8 and 11 a.m., in the rich Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:30 a.m., with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon.
The Baha’i community of McLean holds a weekly fireside, a meeting of discussion, devotion and fellowship, at 7500 Box Elder Court in McLean, beginning at 8 p.m. every Friday. The fireside is an opportunity to learn about the Baha’i faith and why Baha’is find hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Call 703-556-3400.
Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 6817 Dean Drive in McLean, holds Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m., Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and Communion and healing services Wednesdays at noon. Its motto is "A Place to Be and Believe, to Belong and Become." Call the office at 703-356-6336. Visit www.charleswesleyumc.org
Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11a.m. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit www.vbc-va.org.
Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sunday at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Awana children's Club for fourth-through sixth-graders takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit the Web site at www.FaithBaptistVienna.org or e-mail Faith@tidalwave.net. Call the church at 703-938-9688.
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer celebrates a contemporary service at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, supplementing its traditional worship services at 8:30 and 11a.m. Modern praise music is sung, accompanied by a band of nine musicians on electric keyboard, bass and acoustic guitars, trumpet and drums. Concurrently at 9:45 a.m., adult bible study and Sunday school for children age 3 through high school. Nursery is available at all services. The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. For more information, visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call the office at 703-356-3346.
The Great Falls United Methodist Church offers two services with different worship styles. The 8:30 a.m. service is traditional and the 11 a.m. service is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. The church is located at 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located at 1830 Kirby Road in McLean, invites all to come for the Third Sunday Service every month at 10:15 a.m. This service allows the children to play active roles during the service, particularly in the music and as greeters and ushers. In addition to the Third Sunday Service, traditional services take place every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Nursery is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. Call the church office at 703-356-7533 with questions.