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<lst>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. The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call the office at 703-356-3346. On March 26, Redeemer member Doug Scheffler will continue with "St. Paul: His Life and Theology Part II."

The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church in Vienna, has published its seventh annual Devotions for Lent booklet. The booklet of daily devotionals written by members and friends of the congregation will be distributed at church services during Lent. The booklet is also is available online at www.GoodShepherdVA.com.

As part of its Lent observance, the Church of the Good Shepherd will again host a weekly Soup, Song and Story. Each Wednesday night during Lent, soup will be served beginning at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by song and story. The church is located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. Call the church office at 703-281-3987 or visit www.GoodShepherdVA.com.

Jewish Meditation classes are being offered at Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, for six sessions on Sundays 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 dawn@bethemeth.org. Beth Emeth is located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon.

Gala Dinner and Auction. The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer continues its celebration of its 50th anniversary with this event, to be held on Friday, March 31 from 6-10 p.m. The church is at the corner of Westmoreland Avenue and Chain Bridge Road in McLean. The community is invited to attend. Don Hollywood finery or dress as a favorite movie character and walk down the red carpet, see the lights and cameras, and be a part of the action at this Hollywood-inspired event, which will feature a catered dinner, live and silent auction, and live music. All proceeds will benefit Redeemer's Building Fund. Make reservations by March 20 at 703-356-3346.

The Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation will hold a silent and live auction to raise funds for their educational programs and building expansion on Saturday night, April 1. The theme of the event is renewal as the congregation's building expands to accommodate a growing congregation and the arrival of spring. All net proceeds from this auction will go towards funding the ongoing building expansion and expanding the congregation's educational programs. The evening includes a live jazz band, dinner and a cash bar. More than 150 items will be available to bid on in both the silent and live auctions. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 703-437-7733 or visit www.nvhcreston.org to view the catalog online and download a ticket reservation form. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The congregation is located at 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston.

The 49-voice Bridgewater College Choir will present a program at the 11 a.m. worship service on Palm Sunday, April 9, at the Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Road, Vienna. The Concert Choir and Chorale are directed by Dr. Jesse E. Hopkins. The performance will include works from the Baroque era through contemporary classical music. The student-directed Handbell Choir will also perform. Call 703-281-4411.

Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Palm Sunday, April 9: worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. will commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with the distribution of palms.

Maundy Thursday, April 13: worship service will begin at 11 a.m. and will remember the Last Supper. The 7:30 p.m. service will explore Jesus' last teachings of love and service.

Good Friday, April 14: the morning Children's Service at 10 a.m. will tell the story of Jesus' betrayal, trial and suffering on the cross. The Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. will provide the drama of this Service of Shadows as participants reflect on Jesus' final hours and His sacrifice.

Easter Sunday, April 16: begins at 7 a.m. with an Easter sunrise service to celebrate the new day and life through the Resurrection. Easter worship services at 7, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. will proclaim the joy of Christ's gift of salvation with a choir and musicians.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call the office at 703-356-3346.

The Nidaros Cathedral Boys Choir from Trondheim, Norway will appear at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean on April 15 at 7 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. This is the oldest boys choir in Norway and represents a 900-year long tradition of boy singers in the Nidaros Cathedral. The present choir consists of 50 boys ages 9-13 and 25 men who were formerly member of the choir. The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road Visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call the office at 703-356-3346.

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. Visit www.mcleanbible.org. Frontline services are Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. Frontline service includes sign interpretation. Visit www.frontline.to. The church is located at 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Call 703-790-5590; 703-770-2939 (TTY). McLean Bible Church was established in 1965, and the senior pastor is Lon Solomon.

Westmoreland Community Church, located at the corner of Westmoreland and Kirby in McLean, is an inter-denominational congregation, which began as a Southern Baptist Church but in 1978 officially changed its name to Westmoreland Community Church to better expresse the nature of its congregation: a community of Christians who gather to worship God as revealed through Christ. While officially independent of any other denomination, members come from a variety of religious traditions. Westmoreland offers Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by services led by Chaplain Kal McAlexander at 11 a.m. Sunday school is provided for children at 11 a.m. Call Sandy at 703 241-4993.

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.

* The Great Scrapbooking Event. Meet new friends who share this hobby. March 31 from 5-9:30 p.m. and April 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 108 A and B. Contact Lynne Griffin at 703-758-9091.

* Cross Roads. Young adults meet each Wednesday, from 7:30-9 p.m., at 146 Maple Ave. Contact Amy Reeves at amy.reeves@viennapres.org.

* 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 trva@yahoo.com. 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 mmthomas211@hotmail.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.

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.