Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road., Springfield will start body and soul cardio and strength training class every Monday and Friday 9-10:15 a.m. for 12 weeks from Sept. 15. Call Suzann at 703-372-2332, e-mail or visit

Commemorating the 5th anniversary of 9/11, Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace is organizing a quiet worship service at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive on Monday, Sept. 11. The service will include prayers of three faiths - Jewish, Muslim and Christian. The program will also include a message for children. Call Rev. Beth at 703-764-0456 or e-mail

Marriage seminar starts Sept. 24 at Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax. Designed to fine-tune good marriages, strengthen weak marriage and heal broken marriages, the seminar will last for eight weeks. It will be held each Sunday at 5 p.m. between Sept. 24 and Nov. 12. The orientation will be conducted on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Limited to 12 pairs, the registration and material fee is $155 per couple. Childcare is provided. Call Roland Sundling at 703-390-9356 or e-mail

Temple B'nai Shalom offers an open house and Shabbat Service for new and prospective members Friday, Sept. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Shabbat Services following from 8-9:30 p.m. The purpose of this evening is to give potential members and guests an opportunity to meet the Senior Rabbi and leadership and to tour Temple B'nai Shalom's facilities. The temple is located at 7612 Old Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Call 703-764-2901.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, resumes a regular worship schedule Sept. 10. Church school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. with a children’s church program for pre-school through grade 4, and nursery provided. For more information, call 703-451-5320.

Congregation Adat Reyim holds services Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. Hebrew school is available on Sunday at 9 a.m. and Sunday and Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Preschool is available Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. It is a progressive conservative congregation with educational programs for preschoolers through high schoolers. The synagogue is located at 6500 Westerbury Oaks Court in Springfield. Call 703-569-7577 or visit Upcoming activites include the New and Prospective Member Bar-b-que Sept. 17.

The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the following events/services. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-9862.

* Sunday Services. Traditional Sunday morning worship services: 8:15 a.m., with Holy Communion every Sunday; 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Holy Communion on the first Sunday; and Heartline, a contemporary praise and worship service, Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m.

* Prayer at Messiah. Messiah offers the following prayer ministries: Sunday Morning Prayers, 7:15 a.m. in the Chapel; Tuesday Evening Prayer, 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel and Wednesday Prayer Group, 6 a.m. in the Chapel.

* Heartline. A contemporary praise and worship service Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m.

* GriefShare. A support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m., for 13 weeks. For information contact Irene Rich, director of Congregational Care at 703-569-9862, ext. 212.

* Young adults, both singles and married couples, are welcome on Sunday mornings from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for "Life Lessons with Max Lucado on the book of Acts" in Room 261.

* Fall Fundraiser Dance. From 7-10 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Recommended donation of $10 per person; free-will offering for those 18 and under. Proceeds will go to Youth England Trip and Military Missions. Entertainment provided by Crossroads.

* "Successfully Single" Wednesdays in September. Explore successful ways to find companions, partners, and spouses in a seminar led by Forrest and Sylvia Hanvey. Sept. 6: "God's hand is on our shoulder in our search;" Sept. 13: "Community, internet and other resources;" Sept. 20, "Other ways to meet new people;" Sept. 27, "The devil is in the details: How to work out the details when you do find someone special."

* "Divorce Recovery Workshop" begins Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. This eight-week seminar is designed to help divorced or separated people begin the process of healing wounds and coping with grief in the loss of a marriage; dealing with anger, guilt, rejection, forgiveness, and loneliness; and transitioning into single life in addition to experiencing a supportive community. Free, with books available for purchase. To register, contact Rev. Debbie Fambro at ext. 213 or

First Baptist Church of Springfield has Sunday services, beginning Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., Hispanic worship service at 9 a.m., Korean worship service at 2 p.m., and an Ethiopian service at 12:15 p.m. The pastor is Jim Weaver. Church is located at 7300 Gary St., Springfield. 703-451-1500. For more, visit

Faith Communities in Action will be hosting an Action Meeting, “Homeless Single Adults in Fairfax County: Who Are They?” Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 2-4 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, in conference rooms 2 and 3. Guest speakers from Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia. Free. RSVP to or call 703-324-3453.

Starting on Oct. 4 through Nov.16, the Shepherd Center of Annandale-Springfield sponsors its first "Adventures in Learning" at Annandale United Methodist Church, 6934 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Registration is Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $35 registration fee entitles each registrant to take one or more classes. Fall schedule includes two classes each Wednesday:

* Life Transition, 9:30-11:05 a.m.

* Fairfax County History, 11:15-12:15 p.m.

Fairfax Christian Church, located at 10185 Main St., Fairfax, presents a class that explores traditional Christian spiritual practices of meditation and healing on Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. To register, call 703-385-3520 or e-mail

Clifton Presbyterian Church, located at 12748 Richards Lane, Clifton, offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 703-830-3175.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 6720 Union Mill Road, Clifton, conducts Sunday masses at 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It also offers a Saturday vigil at 5:30 p.m. and a Wednesday Latin mass at 7 p.m. Call 703-817-1770 or visit

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, offers casual worship services on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. featuring contemporary music.

More traditional services take place on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 a.m. for children. The church also offers discussion groups for adults. Call 703-451-5855.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. All mothers and children are welcome. The program provides mothers an opportunity to get to know other mothers through discussions and craft activities. The children will be cared for by adults in the MOPPET program. Cost is $3 per session. Register by stopping by the church or calling 703-451-5320.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

New Jerusalem Temple, 8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station, conducts Sunday services at 10 a.m. at Halley Elementary and Bible studies on Tuesdays. Contact Pastor Florine Murphy at 703-922-3791.

The Spiritual Parenting support group meets the first Sunday of every month, 12-1 p.m., at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. For more information, visit or call 703-690-7925. Child care is available on request.

Burke Community Church offers a weekly group for men called Men's Fraternity to help discover authentic manhood as directed through the Word of God. Tuesdays, 6 a.m., at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

Divorce Care is a weekly Bible Study care group that helps those who are transitioning through a divorce. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Child care and children's activities are provided. Call 703-451-1500.

Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, located at 10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, presents worship services on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and choir practice (open to all) on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Visit or call 703-691-0930.

GriefShare. GriefShare is a support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the library of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. New series begins September 6. For more information, call Ruth Ann at 703-569-1595.

Burke Presbyterian Church, located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, offers a coffeehouse worship service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke.

Arabic Bible Baptist Church is located at 5424 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Pastor: Tony Ghareeb. Call 703-273-5599 or e-mail to

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a 16-week Divorce Recovery support group every Monday at 7 p.m. at the church. Call 703-631-2100 or visit The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

Bible study at 7 p.m. at Silverbrook United Methodist Church, 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. E-mail

A new casual worship service with a praise band is at 9:45 a.m. at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield. Visit or call 703-451-8223.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church offers Crossroads, a new 'come as you are' worship service each Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Visit or call 703-978-3500.

Truro Church MOPS would like to invite all mothers of preschool-aged children to join MOPS for relevant speakers, small group time with other moms and food. The group meets the second Thursday of every month, at Truro Church, located at 10520 Main St., Fairfax, in the church fellowship hall on the lower level. Call Amanda Qreitem at 703-222-2332 or e-mail

All are welcome to join the Fresh Fire congregation every Sunday for a service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sackey and his congregation invite all to participate in preaching and teaching, praise and worship, in a Christ-centered ministry. Fresh Fire International Center meets at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Call 703-815-8950.

Faith Communities In Action meets the first Wednesday of every other month from 2-4 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.