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<i>Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community. Send to <a href=mailto:vienna/mclean/greatfalls@connectionnewspapers.com> vienna/mclean/greatfalls@connectionnewspapers.com</a> or call 703-917-6428. Deadline is Friday.</i>

Yard Sale. Great Falls United Methodist Church holds yard sale. Come shop or sell, Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. 22066 .To rent a space ($20) or for information contact Carol Wesley Wright at carolwright@starpower.net or (703) 582-1640.

The St. John's Episcopal Church Friends of

Music will host a musical fundraiser Sunday, July

20 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature composer George Gershwin, with arias from Porgy & Bess and a special rendition four-handed rendition of Rhapsody in Blue played on two grand pianos by John Wulff and Cuong Hung Van. No tickets required; donations to the Music Fund accepted. St. John's Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Call 703-356-4902 or visit www.stjohnsmclean.org.

Vacation Bible School. The Church of the Holy Cross invites children, ages 4-12, to Vacation Bible School from July 20 to 24 (Sunday through Thursday), 1-4 p.m. Church is located at 2455 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring. Call the Church Office

at 703-698-6991 for more information and to sign-up.

Churches Connected for Community Care will be hosting the first annual Family Wellness and Spiritual Revival Forum on Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The forum will address such issues as Spiritual Wellness, Physical Wellness, Economic Wellness, Wholeness of Life Family Ministry, Spiritual Revival for the Soul, and Pillars of Christian Life. Vendors will be present to discuss and distribute literature on the topics. Oakton High School auditorium, 2900 Sutton Rd.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at the corner or Westmoreland St. and Chain Bridge Rd. in McLean, will launch the Redeemer Renaissance After-School Program on September 2, 2008. Bus transportation will be provided from Kent Gardens Elementary and Haycock Elementary School.

With three-year waiting lists for Mclean area School Age Child Care programs, the Rev. Dr. Robert Driver-Bishop, lead pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer was approached by a task force of county officials and community leaders regarding use of the church facility. In response, the church is developing the Redeemer Renaissance After-School Program to provide a safe place for children from grades one through six in a caring and enriching environment.

More information regarding the program can be found at http://afterschool.redeemermclean.org or by contacting Roberta Pittman, Director of the Redeemer Renaissance After-School Program. She can be reached at afterschool@redeemermclean.org or via phone at 703-356-3346, extension 113.

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.

The Baha’i community of McLean holds a weekly fireside, a meeting of discussion, devotion and fellowship, at 7500 Box Elder Court in McLean, beginning at 8 p.m. every Friday. The fireside is an opportunity to learn about the Baha’i faith and why Baha’is find hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Call 703-556-3400.

English classes. McLean Baptist Church is offering free conversational English classes on Mondays. Classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Advanced electives are Literature, U.S. Government, World Religions, and current events. There is no cost for the class or registration, however students must buy their own books. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon. New student registration begins at 9 a.m., until Oct. 30. McLean Baptist Church is located at 1367 Chain Bridge Road. Call 703-356-8080 or visit www.mcleanbaptist.org.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located at 1830 Kirby Road in McLean, invites all to come for the Third Sunday Service every month at 10:15 a.m. This service allows the children to play active roles during the service, particularly in the music and as greeters and ushers. In addition to the Third Sunday Service, traditional services take place every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Nursery is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. Call the church office at 703-356-7533 with questions.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, at 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, has music programs for the congregation. The chorale, a 60-voice adult choir, welcomes new members at any time and rehearses Thursdays, 7:15-9:15 p.m. The Circle of Music Makers meets the first Monday of the month and welcomes those who can share a vocal or instrumental solo; everyone who comes is expected to perform. For information about the chorale and the circle of music makers, contact Judy Harrison at jharrison@uucf.org or 703-281-4230, ext. 26. JAMS, Joint Activities in Music at Sunrise, is an intergenerational music program for preschoolers and kindergarteners, their parents and residents of Hunter Mill Sunrise Assisted Living Center. The group sings, dances and plays instruments Wednesdays, 1-1:30 p.m. Contact Marsha Giusti at 703-425-1902 or giustim@juno.com.

McLean Bible Church Fitness Class — at Body & Soul fitness, balance is key, energy is renewed, strength is gained, and friendships are formed. Mondays 9:15 a.m. and Fridays 9:45 a.m. Childcare is free for registered students. Spring discount available. E-mail bodyandsoul@mcleanbible.org for more information.

A program using music, drumming, movement, song and prayer seeks to bring communities together as part of everyday life. The dances are cross-cultural using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many faith traditions. These efforts aim to promote peace and integration within individuals and groups. There are no performers or audience, and no experience is necessary. Donations are accepted. The group meets the second Saturday evening each month, September to June, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact Kathryn at 703-573-1236 or SpiralRose@aol.com. For more information on the worldwide Dance Network, visit www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org.

A Centering Prayer Group meets Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna. The hour includes a brief reading related to Centering Prayer, followed by a 20-minute prayer period. The group will also hear portions from "A Centered Life," an audio tape series by Basil Pennington. E-mail Martha Thomas at mmthomas211@hotmail.com or call the church at 703-759-3509.

The ESL and Immigrant Ministries Program, a non-profit organization, offers English-as-a Second-Language classes to area immigrants in 17 locations in Northern Virginia. The program need volunteers to train over 2000 foreign adults per year. Training is provided in August. Day and evening classes begin in September. For more information or to submit an on-line application, visit http://eslim.org.