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Faith Notes, Dec. 5

Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community. Send to vienna/mclean/greatfalls@connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Call 703-917-6449. Deadline is Friday.

No Regrets! A seminar series for parents of 8-17 year olds. This course is designed to provide parents with all the tools they need to ensure that they will have "no regrets" about things done or not done as they prepare their children for independence. Identical sessions are held at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna, on Sundays, 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., with childcare available Sundays. Call 703-759-3509. Dec. 6 —"Putting the ‘Holy’ Back Into the Holidays"; Jan. 6 & 10 — "Discipline: Driving Out Foolishness"; Feb. 10 & 7 — "Discipleship: Instilling Wisdom"; March 2 & 6 — "Problem Behaviors: Is It ‘Just a Phase’?"; April 20 & 24 — "The Broad and Narrow Way: Preparing Your Child For Independence."

"Meet Me at the Manger" is a children’s musical teaching about the gifts of the wise men. As the children from Calvary Community Church begin singing in Herod’s Department Store, they are quickly forced to leave by the storeowner, Mr. Herod, as he claims they are distracting his customers. The kindly associate, Miss O’ Riley, escorts them to the Lighthouse Mission to be a part of their Christmas party. Through a series of events, and other characters such as the flamboyant Miss Ellie and chef Emerald, they learn that what God would really like from everyone is a pure heart. The play will be performed Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at Great Falls United Methodist Church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. No tickets are needed; the performances are free, but donations are welcome. All are also welcome at the dress rehearsal Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Call 703-759-3705.

Messiah Sing-Along with soloists and orchestra, Cheryl Branham conducting. Sing along or just listen. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free-will offering. Call 703-356-0670 or visit www.musicinmclean.org.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church presents an Advent program: Sabbath in the Suburbs – Renewing Life in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Discussions include the pressure of life in Northern Virginia and how religious teaching on Sabbath and medical teachings on healthy margins might serve to heal. This program is offered twice weekly, for 3 weeks. 8 a.m. Sundays through Dec. 16, with childcare provided, and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 18, followed by a Eucharist at noon. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 8991 Brook Road, McLean. Call 703-442-0330 or visit http://stthomasmcleanva.org.

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 Road, Oakton, $10 per class. Call 202-331-2122 or visit www.meditation-dc.org.

Vienna Assembly of God has ministry to children on Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. at the corner of Center N and Ayr Hill Avenue, N.E. Children's Church on Sundays is also available. 703-938-7736 or visit www.ViennaAG.com.

Vienna Christian Healing Rooms: a place to receive healing. Every Saturday, 1-5 p.m., at 8200 Bell Lane, a team of Christians is available to pray for anyone requesting prayer. The rooms are open to the public without charge. For more information call 703-698-9779 or visit www.viennachristianhealingrooms.com.