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Faith Sept. 20-27

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

Christ House, 131 S. West St., will have a rededication on Oct. 14 from noon-4 p.m. There will be a reception and tour with light refreshments. RSVP by Oct. 1 to charper@ccda.net or 703-841-3837.

Parenting classes run Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 700 West Braddock Road. Targeted for parents with preschool and kindergarten age children, however, parents with children between the ages of 0-10 are welcome. Free with free childcare. 703-820-9001.

What does "Home" mean to you? Enjoy a free talk by Heloísa Rivas, C.S.B. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Christian Science Church, 1709 Russell Road. Childcare available. 703-683-0129.

On Friday, Sept. 21 Dominican Retreat presents "The Transformative Power of Centering Prayer" from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Located at 7103 Old Dominion Drive. Program includes conferences, prayer, lunch and mass. $45/person. Visit www.dominicanretreat.org or 703-356-4243.

Ventures in Community (VIC) Ecumenical Bible Study will begin a 6-week series on Oct. 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Messian Lutheran Church, 6510 Ft. Hunt Road, Alexandria. Studying passages from the Old and New Testament to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of leading a God-Centered life. Free, bring own Bible. For more information contact: Barbara Cotter at babs11@earthlink.net or 703-780-6166.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church invites the community to its fall Adult Faith Formation series, "Conversations on Faith." The series will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. on three successive Tuesdays in Creedon Hall at the parish, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria.

* Sept. 25, Judaism with Rabbi Brett R. Isserow of the Beth El Hebrew Congregation of Alexandria

* Oct. 2, Islam, with Imam Yahya Hendi of Georgetown University of Washington, D.C.

* Oct. 9, Buddhism, with Fr. James Wiseman, OSB, of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the three-part series, contact Good Shepherd at 703-780-4055.

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6510 Fort Hunt Road, is hosting "Saturday Night Alive" on Oct. 13, 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.

Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, are now registering for a new vocal seminar "Finding Your Voice- Learning the Basics of How to Sing" on Saturdays from 9:30- 11 a.m. from Sept. 22-Oct 27 with a cost of $60. For more information or to register visit www.convergenceccf.net, call 703-998-6260 or e-mail Joys@convergenceccf.net.

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.

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.