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Common Ground, a new faith community in Loudoun County and, David Shive, professor of Theology at Washington Bible College and author, are presenting four sessions on how to "Study Your Bible." These will be hands on sessions.

At Exeter Clubhouse, 350 Plaza St., Leesburg, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A light continental breakfast will be at each session. Cost: $10 per session or $25 for all four sessions. Preregister by e-mailing, or by calling 571-223-6135.

All seniors are invited to Sterling United Methodist Church's annual fall senior citizen luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the church's Gallihugh Hall. Free. 304 E. Church Road, Sterling. Call 703-430-6455.

The public is invited to the monthly Sunday afternoon bingo at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, from noon-2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, the proceeds will be donated to the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. Prizes will include Pampered Chef products. UUS is located in the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road, Sterling. Call 703-406-3068.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom will host woodwind quintet ensemble, la Carte, in an annual concert Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m., at 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. Works by local composer David Rubinstein along with those by Zaimont, Milhaud, DíRivera and others will be featured in the performance. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and are available by calling 703-737-6500 or mailing checks to P.O. Box 4518, Leesburg VA 20177.

The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is "Religion in America: What's it all About?" UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, invites the community to its evening contemporary worship service at 6 p.m., every Sunday, featuring the Winding Road praise band. October's sermon series, "Moving Toward God."

Sunday school is available for children in kindergarten through third grade, and child care is available for the younger children. Visit or contact the church office at 703-430-2203.

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

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church of Lansdowne is extending an invitation to families that have children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. St. Gabriel's has developed several programs to reach out to the community.

* The “Chrysalis” Room is a safe space for children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. Includes a trained professional staff that provides appropriate activities and lessons. It is available every Sunday during the regular 10 a.m. worship and for special events.

* Spiritual Support Group for families with special needs, on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is completely “drop-in.”

All programs held Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Visit 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

Riverside Presbyterian Church’s Kenya Café will be open, from 9:15-10:30 a.m., Sundays, at Potomac Falls High School. It offers a friendly, comfortable spot to grab a cup of coffee, chat with others or just relax and read the paper while the children are in small group. The café is also designed to raise awareness of Riverside’s partnerships in Kenya and other parts of the world.

Feel free to join the church for worship at 10:35 a.m. Contact 703-444-3528 or