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The Jubilee Christian Center sponsors a National Day of Prayer observance Thursday, May 3 from 12-1 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. On Sunday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the center, Assemblies of God missionary Gary Seever speaks at a healing service. The center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for more information or visit www.jccag.org.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church offers a rummage sale Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the church, 9203 Braddock Road, Burke. Proceeds support youth mission trips. For more call 703-978-8724 or see www.ststephens-umc.org.

Giulia Plum, a teacher of Christian Science healing, discusses "A Spiritual Approach to Health and Healing" on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Meeting Room D333, Johnson Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. For more see www.christiansciencefairfax.org or call 703-591-2122.

Silverbrook United Methodist Church offers several events and services. Church is located at 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. For more information about any event call 703-690-4159.

* Christianity and World Religions Series is May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:45 a.m. Religions include Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

* The church seeks artists and crafters to participate in the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. Contact Kathy Brown at 703-690-0326 or Sandi Painter at 703-690-1705. The festival is Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a chicken BBQ lunch and baked goods.

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

* The Child Enrichment Program has openings in 2-year-old classes for the 2007-08 school year. Call Betsy Findley at 703-569-3033 for more.

* Sunday worship times are 8:15 a.m. with Holy Communion every Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

* Heartline is a contemporary praise and worship service Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

* Spring Ring. Annual spring handbell concert, Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. Free. Child care provided.

* Young Adult Bible Study is Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Center. Join young adults in their 20s and 30s for a Bible study based on the "Lost" television series.

* Vacation Bible School. July 23-27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For children ages 4 through rising sixth graders. This year’s sixth graders, youth and adults needed as helpers.

* Noah’s Ark Camp. July 12-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For children ages 3-6. Youth and adults needed as helpers. Registration for both camps is Sunday, June 3. Contact Robin Ringler at 703-569-9862 ext. 210, or rringler@messiahumc.org.

* "Going Home" Seminar. Sunday, May 20 from 12:30-3 p.m. The seminar will focus on end-of-life issues and will help attendees complete an advanced directive, increase understanding of hospice care, assist in writing a funeral service and more. Call Deb Rowland at 703-503-5030 or Irene Rich at 703-569-9869.

Catholic Charities hosts its annual 5K Walk for Life Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Paul VI High School, 10675 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Participants receive a T-shirt and picnic lunch. $15/basic registration, $10/seniors, $40/family. Walkers encouraged to collect tax-deductible donations, not pledges. Participants can register online at www.ccda.net or obtain registration information by calling Children’s Services at 703-425-0100.

Temple B'nai Shalom hosts its monthly Tot Shabbat Service Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the temple, 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station. The theme for this service is Shavout. Geared for all children, infants through age 6. 703-764-2901 for information.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church has the annual "Everything has to go" yard sale Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield. Donations for the sale accepted at the church May 15-18. For more call 703-451-5320.

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church offers a Potato Drop to feed the hungry May 19 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Volunteers needed. Visit www.stmatthewsumc.org for more information or call 703-978-3500.

Used book and curriculum sale at Sovereign Grace Church in Fairfax, Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church, 5200 Ox Road, Fairfax. Includes an assortment of books and teaching materials covering subjects from history to handwriting and more. Individuals wishing to sell homeschool books and curricula may rent tables for a fee of 10 percent of total proceeds. To rent a table, contact Jennyce Garber at jimgarber@juno.com.

Cranford United Methodist Women host a Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton. Barbecue lunch, strawberry treats, bake sale, ice cream and more. Proceeds benefit Children’s Missions. For more call 703-339-5382.

Church of the Apostles conducts a Spring 2007 ALPHA Course ending June 12 at 7 p.m. at the church, 3500 Pickett Road, Fairfax. The 10-week program explores the validity of the Christian faith in life today with a meal, talk and small group discussion. Call 703-591-1974, e-mail office@churchoftheapostles.org or visit www.churchoftheapostles.org.

The St. Mary Mother's Group hosts its annual Kids' Stuff Sale Saturday, June 16 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Half price after 1 p.m. Pants, shorts, shirts $1; dresses and overalls $2. Donate used items June 9-June 15. For more contact Lisa Murphy at 703-385-9506.

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.

The Baha'i of Fairfax County Southwest offers "Interfaith Devotions: World Peace and Unity" for the general public on Saturdays. These free devotional gatherings are at the Pohick Regional Library, Room #1, located at 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 22015.

Fresh Fire International Center hosts a dress-down "Love Feast" on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Chinese Martial Arts Building, 8426-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, opposite the BMW Fairfax; entrance is in the back. Come meet new people, play games, enjoy a meal and hear the word. Call 703-815-8950.

Beth El Hebrew Congregation has services at 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and at 10:30 am on Saturdays at 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Religious school is on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Adult learning opportunities take place throughout the year. Tot Shabbat is at 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Kolot Shabbat, a musical service, is the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. For more, call 703-370-9400 or visit www.bethelhebrew.org.

International Calvary Church is a Christ, Bible and Spirit- centered church. Sunday services are as follows: English services at 9:45 a.m., Korean services at 11:30 a.m. and youth services at 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is as follows: English classes at 11:30 a.m. and children's classes at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study and Youth Meeting are at 8 p.m. and Friday Prayer and Youth Meeting take place at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-1918. The International Calvary Church is located at 5700 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people who are interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group will be meeting on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Leo the Great Church, 3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax in the Old Parish Hall and will continue to meet throughout the school year. Call Martha Malloy at 703-273-5369.

Jubilee Christian Center is offering free English classes as a second language during its Sunday School time, 10:10-10:50 a.m. on Sundays at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

St. Leo the Great in Fairfax hosts "Night of Praise" the first Saturday of each month, featuring praise music and Eucharist adoration at 7 p.m. Located at 3704 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax.

The Immanuel Bible Church MOPS group meets every Monday 7-9 p.m., at Immanuel Bible Church, 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield. MOPS is a group for pregnant or parenting mothers of children from infancy to kindergarten. For more, call Michelle Wright at 703-922-4295 or visit www.MOPS.org.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the church, 6400 Nativity Lane, near Old Keene Mill Road and Lee Chapel Road in Burke. Open to all adults. For more information call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400 ext. 17.

The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.

The following is a list of various events taking place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4325 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax:

* Bible study and Prayer Service every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.

* Sunday School at 9:30-10:45 a.m., except for the fourth Sunday of the month, when Sunday School is offered 9-10 a.m.

* Sunday morning service at 11 a.m.

* Commonwealth Care Center ministry every first and third Thursday night. Call 703-273-1455.

Beth El Hebrew Congregation has services at on Fridays, at 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays, at 10:30 a.m., at 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Religious school is on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Adult learning opportunities take place throughout the year. Tot Shabbat is on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. Kolot Shabbat, a musical service, is the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. For more, call 703-370-9400 or visit www.bethelhebrew.org.

International Calvary Church is a Christ, Bible and Spirit- centered church. Sunday services are as follows: English services at 9:45 a.m., Korean services at 11:30 a.m. and youth services at 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is as follows: English classes at 11:30 a.m. and children's classes at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study and Youth Meeting are at 8 p.m. and Friday Prayer and Youth Meeting take place at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-1918. The International Calvary Church is located at 5700 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people who are interested in becoming Catholic or learning about the Catholic Church. A group will be meeting on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Leo the Great Church, 3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax in the Old Parish Hall and will continue to meet throughout the school year. Call Martha Malloy at 703-273-5369.

Jubilee Christian Center is offering free English classes as a second language during its Sunday School time, 10:10-10:50 a.m. on Sundays at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

St. Leo the Great in Fairfax hosts "Night of Praise" the first Saturday of each month, featuring praise music and Eucharist adoration at 7 p.m. Located at 3704 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the church, 6400 Nativity Lane, near Old Keene Mill Road and Lee Chapel Road in Burke. Open to all adults. For more information call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400 ext. 17.

The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.

Beth El Hebrew Congregation holds services at 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Religious school is on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Adult learning opportunities take place throughout the year. Tot Shobbat at 11 a.m. on first and third Saturdays. Koloa Shabbat (musical service) the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The center is located at 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 703-370-9400 or visit www.bethelhebrew.org.

First Baptist Church of Springfield has Sunday services 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 www.fbcspringfield.org.

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 fairfaxchristian1@verizon.net.

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 www.st-andrew.org.

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.

Congregation Adat Reyim offers 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 www.adatreyim.org.

* Mom's Group. Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 0-18 months.

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 www.NewWorldUnity.org or call 703-690-7925. Childcare 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. Childcare 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 www.mccnova.com or call 703-691-0930.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month 7:30-9 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

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 Tghareeb@wmconnect.com.

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 www.fxcc.org. 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 silverbrookumc@verizon.net.

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 www.sumcdisciples.org 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 www.stmatthewsumc.org 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 amandazubi@hotmail.com.

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.

New World Unity Church, at its new location at The Cary Building, 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, A-209 in Springfield, offers the following events and services. Call 703-913-8560 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org for more.

* Sunday celebration service with music, meditation and a message every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. World Peace Meditation begins at 10:15 a.m. while youth and family ministry, serving infants to teens, provides age-appropriate lessons and activities during the children’s Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m. The Metaphysical Bookstore is also available on Sundays.

* Men of Spirit, the community’s men’s group, enjoys fellowship and discussion on Sundays from 9-9:45 a.m.

* The first Sunday of each month, the 7 p.m. prayer service features a different, interactive form of prayer.

* SpiritSong, a vocal ensemble, meets Mondays for song and fellowship at 7:30 p.m. Auditions not necessary.

* "Discovering Your/Our Spiritual Gifts" is an exploration and experiment unfolding the ideas around spiritual gifts on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Guided meditation begins at 7 p.m.