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

Vienna-based Community Coalition for Haiti organizes the Battle of the Church Choirs Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 7, 2-5 p.m., to heal Haiti's hunger at Community Church in Ashburn, 19790 Ashburn Rd. Singing groups include Greater New Hope, Grace Covenant, Community Church, New Day, and Gospel Angels of DC. Donations of canned and dried goods will be accepted at the event for Messiah's Market, a local food pantry serving Loudoun. For tickets, call (703) 880-4160 or www.cchaiti.org. Tickets will be available at the door, adults: $20, children: $10, family packs: $40

Oakton Church of the Brethren will hold a flea market, with food and a bake sale, on Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Come to shop or sell. For information or to reserve sales space, which is available for a $15 donation to the church, call 703-281-4411, www.oaktonbrethren.org.

The Institute of Catholic Culture presents several upcoming programs at Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church, 6420 Linway Terrace, McLean. For more information, call 703-504-8733. Thursday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.: Byzantium, from Glory to Schism with Dr. William Marshner. Tuesdays, June 10 and 17, 7:30 p.m.: Friendship, the Art of Happiness with Dr. John Cuddeback.

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.

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. To register call (703)

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.