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Faith Notes March 21-28

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Each Wednesday in Lent will be a Celebration of Forgiveness marked by receiving a real nail at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 S. Taylor St., Arlington. Worship at 7 p.m., Soup Supper at 6 p.m. 703-892-4846.

* Mar 21: The Nail of Indecision

* Mar 28: The nail of Cruelty

St. Ann Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th St., Arlington, is holding events on Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. 703-528-6276.

* April 23:"Thomas Merton: A Master Guide in the Life of the Spirit" - Fr. John Farrelly, OSB.

Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving, Arlington, will have a special program on Thursday, March 22, from 1:15-2 p.m. "Seeking Peace and Pursuing Justice: Mission, Education and Advocacy for Israel and Palestine." Mike Beard and Amy Stapleton have recently returned from a trip to the Holy Lands with the Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. This program is a part of CUMC's regular Faith, Food and Fellowship. Contact Jane Dixon 703-465-0341.

Voice of the Faithful of Northern Virginia (VOTF- NoVA) is sponsoring a Liturgy of Lament on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 South 19th St. in Arlington. This is an opportunity for all who have been affected by sexual abuse by clergy to join in prayer for reconciliation and healing. The prayer service will be followed by a reception. All are welcome. Contact Evelyn Mercantini at 703-626-1594 or esmerc48@comcast.net.

Clarendon UMC, 606 N. Irving, Arlington, will have a special program as part of its Thursday, Faith, Food and Fellowship. Twice monthly (2nd and 4th Thursday), Clarendon has a worship service at noon, a hot meal for $4 at 12:30 p.m. and a free program from 1:15-2 p.m. On Thursday, March 22, they will have a special program on "Seeking Peace & Pursuing Justice: Mission, Education & Advocacy for Israel & Palestine" by Mike Beard and Amy Stapleton, of Dumbarton UMC. Contact Jane Dixon 703-465-0341; or the church office 703-527-8574 to reserve a place for lunch.

Forums on how to deal with the death of a loved one are presented by professionals in the counseling field and are open to the public. They are held Thursday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Cathedral School of St. Thomas More at 105 N. Thomas St. in Arlington. Call Family Services at 703-841-2531 or visit www.ccda.net.

First Presbyterian Church announces the publication of its new cookbook, "Celebrating the Shared Meal." Profits from the project will go toward shared meals within the Church and within the community. The cost of the cookbook is $15 including shipping and handling. Make checks or money orders payable to First Presbyterian Church, and mail to: First Presbyterian Church, Cookbook Project, 601 Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203. 703-527-4766.

Arlington Metaphysical Chapel, 5618 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, has a variety of events throughout the year. Visit www.arlingtonmeta.com or e-mail info@arlingtonmeta.com for a list of events. Call the church at 703-276-8738.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center continues to hold classes in Buddhist thought and meditation on Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax Drive in Arlington (Suite 5). Beginners to Buddhism and meditation are invited to learn how Buddhist philosophy can help people cope with today's stressful times. Cost is a $10 donation. Visit www.meditation-dc.org.

The Arlington Metaphysical Chapel, 5618 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, offers lessons, classes and other activities for bettering life. Call 703-276-8738 or visit www.arlingtonmeta.com or e-mail info@arlingtonmeta.com for event information.

St. Ann's Youth Group hosts a Tuesday Night Drop-In Night every Tuesday form 6:30-9:30 p.m. The church hopes to make it a great space to do homework, listen to music, play on the computer, hang out, chat, watch movies, or maybe some TV shows and most importantly, just be in a communal sort of way. No need to be formal about it, just stop on in as time permits. Contact Toni at stannsyouthminister@yahoo.com with any questions.

Body & Soul Fitness offers a blend of cardio, strength training, Pilates, core strengthening, and flexibility rolled into a unique package. Set to contemporary Christian music, find a program that will work both your body and your soul. Local classes at Classes at The Falls Church on Mondays 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesdays 12:30-1:45 p.m., low impact. Contact Dana Elsnick at 703-847-9814. Also at The Falls Church on Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Tricia Van Ryn at trvanryn@yahoo.com.

Shabbat Services are held at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Newman, 4301 Seminary Road, Alexandria, each Friday at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat morning services begin Saturdays at 10 a.m. Services are followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Call 703-370-2774 or visit www.chabadalexandria.org

Faith, Food and Fellowship. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., offers a twice-monthly Thursday noon service for the Arlington community, with one half-hour of spiritual nourishment and one half-hour of physical nourishment. On the second and fourth Thursdays, a worship service is held in the sanctuary at noon, and a hot lunch is serviced at 12:30 p.m. for a donation of $4. A time of fellowship follows from 1:15-2 p.m. with programs geared mostly to senior citizens. J. Reilly Lewis, CUMC's music director and director of the National Cathedral Choral Society, arranges for guest soloists at each service. Call 703-527-8574.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington Victim Assistance Coordinator in conjunction with Catholic Charities will offer a 10-week psychotherapy group for victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Arlington and Fredericksburg. The groups are open to all victim/survivors of sexual abuse. Further information is available by calling Patricia Mudd, A.C.S.W. at 703-841-2530. Registration required.

The Victim Assistance Coordinator maintains a list of social workers and counselors, as well as local clergy available for counseling of victims. The office also facilitates counseling for any victims/survivors abused in other dioceses, but currently living in the Arlington diocese. Call Patricia Mudd, A.C.S.W. at 703-841-2530.