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Faith Notes Oct. 18-25

E-mail announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with questions.

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

Every 3rd Saturday (Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15) from 7-10 a.m., the United Methodist Men at Del Ray United Methodist Church holds an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Adults $5, Children $3. For more information, contact the church office at 703-549-2088, or office@delrayumc.org

Every 2nd Saturday (Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8) from 5-7 p.m., Del Ray United Methodist Church holds a Spaghetti Dinner, complete with salad and desert. Adults $7, Children $5. For more information, contact the church office at

703-549-2088, or office@delrayumc.org

An Interfaith Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Auditorium, 4320 Seminary Road, for those who have had loved ones die during the year. The service, which is free and open to the public, will feature music by Mosaic Harmony and follow with a reception. For more information contact, Kitty Riordan, interim director of pastoral care, at 703-504-3809 or kitty.riordan@inova.org

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6510 Fort Hunt Road, is hosting "Saturday Night Alive" on Oct. 20, 27, & Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. Family Christian education, casual worship and fellowship. Free. Register at www.messiahelca.org or call 765-5003 for more information.

Christ Church, 118 North Washington St., is holding prayer workshops on Oct. 20 will be "Body Prayer," where liturgical dance and yoga can be performed as body prayer. Sessions are held 9 a.m.-noon and are $15 with registration at the door. 703-677-5642.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Mount Vernon Highway in Alexandria is offering a "Coming Home" process at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month to ask questions, get an update on the church, and to help decide if it's time to reconnect with parish life. Contact Rob Doerschner at 703-822-0523.

Beth El Hebrew Congregation has special summer hours: services are at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays (oneg Shabbat at 6 p.m.) and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Kolot Shabbat (musical service) the first Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Beth El is located at 3830 Seminary Road in Alexandria. For more information, call 703-370-9400 or visit www.bethelhebrew.org.

The Urban Passage Inc., a faith-based non-profit organization, seeks adult volunteers, 50 years and older, to mentor high-risk youth at the Northern Virginia Juvenile detention Home in Alexandria. Volunteers are also needed to serve as youth advisory council leaders and community service project leaders for a program that serves terminally and seriously ill children at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Call 703-924-9840.

The Christian Women In The Marketplace meets to study God's word at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. The CBWC meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast. Additional information contact Pamela Nilsen at 703-660-6759.

Meditation. Every weekday noon-1 p.m., Roberts Memorial Methodist Church, 606 South Washington St., is open to the public for meditation. Organ music is played during this time. 703-836-7332.

AWANA is an international, non-denominational, Bible centered youth organization providing weekly clubs and programs for ages three-year-old through high school. Engleside Baptist Church's, 8428 Highland Lane, AWANA club consists of three parts, Handbook Time, Council Time, and Game Time. Club meetings are held every Wednesday night during the school year from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 703-780-5410.

Up Where We Belong Family Ministry will hold its Northern Virginia's Super Church event, the third Sunday of every month starting at 10:40 a.m., at Mount Vernon High School's main auditorium. Bring the family and participate in their worship celebration and eligible families will receive free groceries. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact Bishop Robert Lewis Taylor at 703-878-2247.

Christ the Saviour Anglican Church will worship at a new location starting Aug. 5. The services will be held at Washington Mill Elementary School, 9100 Cherry Tree Drive, Mount Vernon. A Christian Education Hour for adults and youth starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10 a.m. For more details, visit www.christthesaviouranglican.org/.

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church, 8220 Russell Road, Alexandria, holds a weekly Sunday celebration service starting at 11 a.m. For more information on Rising Hope's programs call, 703-360-1976. All programs are free.

*"Kingdom of Living" Bible Study held each Monday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The study is led by three members of Rising Hope and focused on understanding specific Bible chapters. Child care is available during each session.

*"Building a People of Power" Empowerment Series held each Tuesday from 6:45-8:30 p.m. A study led by Rev. Keary on Robert Linthicum's book on the Biblical foundation for advocacy and empowerment of people who may feel unable to affect change in systems.

* Celebrate Recovery-- a Christ-centered recovery program with groups for men and women follows the model developed by Saddleback Church, California. This is held each Friday with worship at 6:45 p.m., recovery groups at 7:30 p.m. and fellowship from 8:30-9 p.m. Child care is available, if requested in advance.

* Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Led by members of Rising Hope with various study guides used. Held at the same time as Rising Hope's Children's Sunday School.

Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, gathers each Sunday at 5 p.m. for a worship gathering. All are welcome. Visit www.convergenceccf.net, or call 703-998-6260.

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.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1509 Collingwood Road, Mount Vernon, is now holding Wednesday evening meetings at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 703-768-2494.

How Sweet the Sound! And evening with The Joyful Noise and Friends Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Joyful Noise Quintet soloist and instrumentalists present and evening of music from many traditions at the Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria. For more information call 202-998-0888.

Kids Stuff Sale Saturday September 29, 2007 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. The consignment sale will benefit charities, admission is free, items from 100 families including children’s clothing, equipment, toys, books, baskets, and maternity gear, call 703-351-8138 for more information or visit www.kidsstuffsale.com.

Fairlington United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken Barbecue and Yard Sale on Saturday, September 8. The Yard sale will run from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sellers can rent a space for $10. The Chicken Barbecue will run from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., full dinners are $8 and a half-chicken $6. The church is located at 3900 King St., for more information call Dave Boltz at 703-768-7499.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers classes in Buddhist Meditation at the Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 North Alfred St. in Alexandria. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Buddhist Nun Kelsang Varahi will be teaching. $10/class. For more information visit www.meditation-dc.org or call 202-331-2122.