Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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<lst>On Sunday Sept. 17, The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. will begin its multi-Sunday Ministry Fair that will run each Sunday through Oct. 8. It’s a time to celebrate the various ministries that comprise The Church of the Good Shepherd and for members and newcomers to find ways to take part. A church picnic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m., with fun family games. For more information, call the church office at 703-281-3987 or visit the church web site at

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls has worship services Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Adults can attend one of four learning opportunities: Sunday mornings — Christian Care-giving or the Adult Forum, Sunday evenings — Crossways (a two year in depth survey of the Bible Sunday nights), Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Hunter's Woods Fellowship House — Creative Bible Study. Confirmation classes for Grades 7 and 8 are held Sunday evenings at 5:45 p.m. Handbell Ringers meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and the King's Choir meets Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Jane Cooper. An All-Denominational Bible Study called Tapestry begins Friday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m., with an open house on Friday, Sept. 15, from 9-11 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Call 703-759-6068, or

Owen Hurter Ministry will be at Christian Assembly, 8200 Bell Lane, Vienna, from Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Friday at 8 p.m., join Living Proof Youth as Owen Hurter brings worship and ministry designed especially for teens. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., there is worship and ministry for all. Sunday at 10 a.m., Owen Hurter and his ministry team will be at the regular Sunday service. At 7:30 p.m., there is worship and ministry for all. At all events, a love offering will be taken. Call 703-698-9777 or visit

Jewish Holiday Fair will be Sunday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Congregations Adat Reyim, Ahavat Israel, Olam Tikvah, Beth El Hebrew Congregation and Gesher Jewish Day School

(program grant funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington) The event is free to the community. Activities include making a sukkah, designing holiday calendars, discovering how a wine press works, and making and blowing one's own shofar for a nominal fee. Food will be available for purchase. Contact Laurie Albert, or call 703-537-3064.

The Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Dr.

Dennis Sandole of George Mason University on Sept. 17, 11 a.m. Dr. Sandole will assess the validity of the proposition that responses to global terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Hezbollah-Israeli war, Saddam Hussein, Iran, North Korea, and other issues have been counterproductive, self-defeating, inimical to U.S. interests and worse, have actually made the world a more dangerous place. He will also explore "correctives" to current U.S. policy. This event is free. 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. Visit, or call 703-437-3161.

Trinity United Methodist Church announces a new fall sermon series, Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship, based on Michael Foss’ book of the same title Sept. 17-Oct. 29. All are welcome to come learn more about living the life of a disciple in everyday life. Sundays 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. Childcare provided. Call 703-356-3312 or E-mail

The McLean Women’s Bible Study will begin the new season at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the home of Chris Bush, 7814 Crownhurst Court, McLean. Women of all denominations are invited to join the open house coffee and course introduction on the book of Romans. The study will unlock answers to a more meaningful relationship with God through homework, speakers and discussions. Call Lynn Nelson at 703-757-4751 or Jane Peterson at 703-356-5567.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean will host its sixth annual Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 23 6-9 p.m. at the corner of Westmoreland Avenue and Chain Bridge Road. The community is invited to attend. Kick-off the fall season with a traditional bratwurst dinner, a bake sale, magic show, moon bounce, and more. Visit or call the office at 703-356-3346.

U. S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will open the 2006-07 Speaker Series at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m., when he speaks on Civil Liberties, National Security and the War on Terrorism. Admission is free and open to the public. 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston. 703-437-7733.

St. John’s Episcopal Church will host "Voice From the East – The Biblical Paintings of Lu Lan," an exhibition featuring Chinese-American artist Lu Lan’s tempera paintings of biblical stories in traditional Chinese style. The show runs through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Upper Floor Gallery of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Call 703-356-4902, or visit

The Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Dr. Jan Goldman of the International Intelligence Ethics Association (IIEA) on Sept. 24, who will speak on "Standards for Behavior in Intelligence Practices." Intelligence ethics is an emerging field. The newly founded IIEA will survey the entire ethical terrain of intelligence work and seek a consensus theory of ethics for dilemmas that confront intelligence professionals and their constituencies. 11 a.m. This event is free. 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. For driving directions and more information about NoVES, visit, or call 703-437-


Trinity United Methodist in McLean hosts Grief Recovery Support Group to find out about weekly GriefShare seminar/support group for adults to be held Monday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., through Dec. 4 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., in McLean. The non-denominational curriculum includes a Bible-based video series and support group discussion. $12 covers the cost of a workbook. Scholarships and childcare available. Call 703-356-3312 or visit

Hebrew I (Aleph Isn't Tough). Introduces letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet, while broadening the students' understanding of the Hebrew language and its use in Jewish life, ritual prayer, study and tradition. Includes roots, Jewish concept of words and prayers.

Instructor is Sara Branscome. Ten Monday sessions beginning on Sept. 11. Morning Sessions 9:30-10:30 a.m. Evening Sessions 7-8 p.m. $85 for NVHC members; $90 for others. To register for classes, call Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation at 703-437-7733

Hebrew II (Aleph Isn't Enough). For Intermediate learners, this course builds on the content of Aleph Isn't Tough. Students learn to read and translate Hebrew prayers from the Reform siddur while also expanding their understanding of Hebrew grammar, vocabulary and Jewish Concept words. Ability to read Hebrew is required.

Instructor is Sara Branscome. Ten Monday sessions beginning on Sept. 11, 8:15-9:15 p.m. $85 for NVHC members; $90 for others. To register for classes, call Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation at 703-437-7733

English classes. McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road in McLean, will offer tuition free English as a Second Language to adults on Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 20 and on Thursdays 7-9 p.m. beginning Sept. 21. Registration for the classes will be Sept. 13 from 9:30-11 a.m. and Sept. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. A one-time $15 fee is required to register. Students may also pay $15-$25 for their text books, depending on class level. Call 703-394-0593.

English classes. McLean Baptist Church is offering free conversational English classes on Monday mornings. Classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Advanced electives are Literature, U.S. Government, World Religions, and current events. There is no cost for the class or registration, however students must buy their own books. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon. New student registration begins at 9 a.m., until Oct. 30. McLean Baptist Church is located at 1367 Chain Bridge Road. Call 703-356-8080 or visit

Book Club meets Sept. 15. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler. For more information, or to register for classes, call Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation at 703-437-7733.

Book Club meets Oct. 28. The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life by Tom Reiss. Call Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation at 703-437-7733.

Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers ongoing classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax at 2854 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, $10 per class.

Call 202-331-2122 or visit