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Faith Notes June 18-24

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All children ages 3 (if potty-trained) through rising 6th graders are invited to attend St. John’s Vacation Bible School, June 22 through June 26, from 6-8 p.m. Each evening’s program includes Bible stories, games, crafts, music and more. Dinner will be served each night at 6:00 p.m with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. No church affiliation is required and all children are welcome. For more information and to sign up contact St. John’s Episcopal Church, 415 S. Lexington St. at 703-671-6834 or e- mail stjohnsrector@verizon.net. You can download the registration form at stjohnsarlington.thediocese.net. Cost of Vacation Bible School is $10.00 per child with a maximum of $25.00 per family.

Registration is now open. Hear the music and smell lthe popcorn. Come enter SonWorld Adventure Park, where kids discover that being chosen by Jesus is the ticket to the best ride of their lives. Based on Joshua 24:15, VBS helps kids learn to make right choices in a world of options. VBS will be held Mon, Jun 23 through Fri, Jun 27, 9 a.m. to noon. Classes range from 3 years old to 5th grade. Download the registration form at www.osva.org. Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 825 S. Taylor St. 703-692-4846.

Buddhist general program classes are held Mondays, from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax Drive, Suite 5. They last for 90 minutes, and involve introductory lectures and meditations. $12 contribution. For more information, go to www.meditation-dc.org, or 202-986-2257.

“One Hundred Years of St. George’s Episcopal Church: Growth of A Church Community In the Turbulent 20th Century” has been published as part of the church's centennial year. The booklet is well illustrated, and contains stories from many St. Georgians, as well as chronological and personal history gathered from the church's archives and from interviews. Copies are available from St. George's, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington 22203.

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road, introduces “The Well,” through energetic and contemplative music led by worship band, relevant, thematic preaching, opportunities for questions about God and faith, time to connect with others and weekly communion. Contact Pastor Brad, bmcmullen@mtolivet-umc.org, 703-527-3934 or www.mtolivet-umc.org.

Faith, Food and Fellowship - Clarendon UMC, 606 N. Irving, offers twice monthly mid-week worship, meal and program on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The worship service with inspirational music begins at noon, a hot meal follows at 12:30 p.m., and a program runs from 1-1:45 p.m. For
more information, contact the church at 703-527-8574.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center continues to hold classes in Buddhist thought and meditation on Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax Drive in Arlington (Suite 5). Beginners to Buddhism and meditation are invited to learn how Buddhist philosophy can help people cope with today's stressful times. Cost is a $10 donation. Visit www.meditation-dc.org.

The Arlington Metaphysical Chapel, 5618 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, offers lessons, classes and other activities for bettering life. Call 703-276-8738 or visit www.arlingtonmeta.com or e-mail info@arlingtonmeta.com for event information.

St. Ann's Youth Group hosts a Tuesday Night Drop-In Night every Tuesday form 6:30-9:30 p.m. The church hopes to make it a great space to do homework, listen to music, play on the computer, hang out, chat, watch movies, or maybe some TV shows and most importantly, just be in a communal sort of way. No need to be formal about it, just stop on in as time permits. Contact Toni at stannsyouthminister@yahoo.com with any questions.

Body & Soul Fitness offers a blend of cardio, strength training, Pilates, core strengthening, and flexibility rolled into a unique package. Set to contemporary Christian music, find a program that will work both your body and your soul. Local classes at Classes at The Falls Church on Mondays 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesdays 12:30-1:45 p.m., low impact. Contact Dana Elsnick at 703-847-9814. Also at The Falls Church on Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Tricia Van Ryn at trvanryn@yahoo.com.

Compline at St. Mary's Episcopal Church every Sunday at 9 p.m. Join for a sung, candle-lit service of meditation and prayer led by the St. Mary's choir. All are welcome. St. Mary's Episcopal Church; 2609 N. Glebe Road. Visit www.stmarysarlington.org or 703-527-6800.

Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving, holds twice monthly noon services followed by a hot lunch (12:30 p.m.) and a program (1-1:45 p.m.) on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Contact Jane Dixon 703-465-0341.

Shabbat Services are held at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Newman, 4301 Seminary Road, Alexandria, each Friday at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat morning services begin Saturdays at 10 a.m. Services are followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Call 703-370-2774 or visit www.chabadalexandria.org

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.