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Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Loudoun County's only conservative synagogue, announces the following events for the month of February:
* Annual Tu B'shevat Seder at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. This holiday, which is like a Jewish Arbor Day to celebrate trees, will followed by a short Kabbalat Shabbat service and dessert. We will celebrate by eating fruit, drinking wine, saying the appropriate blessings and talking learning about the symbolism involved in these acts. The program will appeal to all ages, and all are welcome to attend. Contact Janet Zucker at 304-728-0509.
Congregation Sha'are Shalom is located at 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg, directly across the road from Heritage High School. Visit the Web site www.sha-areshalom.org or by calling 703-737-6500.
Riverside Presbyterian Church middle- and high-schoolers are heading to Blue Knob Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, Feb. 10-12. Skiing, indoor pool, lots of games, hanging out, having fun and study God's Word. To sign up visit www.riversidechurch.com or call Daniel or Barb, 703-444-3528.
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 to understanding and protecting the environment in which we live. 11 a.m., 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. This event is free and all are welcome. Visit the Web site, www.noves.org or call 703 437
On Sunday, Feb. 12, at the 10:30 a.m. service, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, guest minister the Rev. Melora Lynn Crooker will deliver a sermon titled "The 7 Deadly Sins." UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.
New Life Christian Church is offering support groups for teenagers whose parents are divorced or separated called "How do I deal the Parents' Divorce?," beginning Feb. 12, at Westfields High School, at 9:30 a.m.. It is a 13-week program for middle and high school on how to deal with all that happens when families split. Contact Lucy Martinez at email@example.com or 703-220-5022.
Galilee United Methodist Church will hold a prayer and healing service, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. A prayer and healing service supports God's hands in healing our bodies, minds and souls. Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. A nursery will be provided. Call 703-430-2203 or visit the Web site www.Galileeumc.org, e-mail Galileeumc@Galileeumc.net.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, at the 10:30 a.m. service, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, the Rev. Matthew McNaught will deliver his "Sermon on the (A)mount" to kick off the annual Stewardship Drive. UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.
On Sunday, Feb. 26, at the 10:30 a.m. service, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, guest minister the Rev. Terry Allen will present "The Universe Story," a sermon on the nature of the universe today and who we are as human beings. UUS meets every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg, is holding a community music event Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity and 11 a.m., at St. James Episcopal, combined choirs, in worship setting: "Deutsche Messe" by Franz Schubert.
On Friday, March 3, members of Loudoun County Jewish community will gather at Congregation ShaÕare Shalom in a display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish unity.
Conceived and organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) since 1996, ÒShabbat Across America/CanadaÓ represents a united effort by the entire Jewish community to renew interest in the fourth of the Ten Commandments Ñ observing a weekly day of rest Ñ Shabbat
Congregation ShaÕare Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, will be one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent that will simultaneously open its doors to practicing and nonpracticing Jews alike, so they may join together to experience and rejoice in a traditional Shabbat service and festive meal. Attendees will experience an interactive Friday night beginnersÕ service and a traditional Shabbat dinner with all the rituals explained. The event will
take place from 6-8 p.m. Visit www.sha-areshalom.org.
A prayer service for healing for victims/survivors of sexual abuse will be held March 11, 10 a.m., at Christ the Redeemer Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling. The Rev. Mark S. Mealey will preside.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church begins Workshop Christian Education for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Students rotate to different workshops during each six-week period to foster relational skills and personal reflection. Children with special needs are welcome.
Classes begin after the 10 a.m. worship services, at Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne. Visit www.saintgabriels.net or call 703-779-3616.
Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration follows regular services Sundays, at 10 a.m., at the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Call the church office 571-434-0888 or contact Father Mike Evans by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potomac Falls Episcopal Church meets for Sunday services at 10 a.m., at Horizon Elementary School, 46665 Broadmore Drive, Sterling. Sunday school for children and nursery care for infants is provided each week.
The Loudoun Church Alliance is a formal association of churches of many denominations, founded two years ago. It works in the areas of youth development, international missions, evangelism outreach, and is now working to develop relationships with government and business. Contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at email@example.com.
The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet on Sunday mornings, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will hold Sunday School every Sunday, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Boyd Montessori School in Ashburn. In addition to Sunday School, a second day of Hebrew School will be offered Tuesday evenings, from 7-8 p.m., at Sanders Corner Elementary School. Attendance is limited to fourth- through seventh-graders and adults interested in learning Hebrew. Contact Lisa Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-858-1999.