Faith Notes

Faith Notes


Mark Burgess

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New Pastor at the Good Shepherd. The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church in Vienna, will welcome its new pastor Mark Burgess with a reception on Sunday, July 13, following its 10 a.m. worship service.

The Rev. Burgess, whose appointment to the church begins July 1, will preach his first service on July 6. The church, located at 2351 Hunter Mill Rd. in Vienna, has a summer worship schedule with a single 10 a.m. service through

Aug. 31.

The Rev. Burgess comes to Good Shepherd from Benn’s United Methodist Church in Smithfield, where he has served since 2001. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, he has served as pastor at churches in Hampton, Altavista, Fredericksburg, Waynesboro and Winchester. His wife, Ruth, has been appointed pastor at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church in Fairfax. The Church of the Good Shepherd celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007. For more information, visit <>

Summer Extravaganzia. Start the summer with our first dance of the summer at Our Lady of Good Council , 8601Wolf Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182. Friday, June 27. Free dance lesson 8- 8:30; dance 8:30-12:00 p.m. Cost: $15 - includes lesson, snack and soft drinks. Sponsored by PWP a non profit organization.

Serguei Popov and Family in a colorful program of Hebrew folk, classical and praise music with dancing and drama. June 28, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., McLean Bible Church, Community Room C, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. No admission fee; no registration. Call Vanessa Tillett at 703/639-2000 X3310 or

Patriotic music. On June 29 at 5 p.m., McLean Presbyterian Church will host The Dominion Brass in a performance of patriotic music, at 1020 Balls Hill Rd. in McLean. This ensemble

of professional musicians, many of whom are music educators from the D.C. area, comes together to bring praise to God through music in concerts, worship and other events. Since it’s founding in 2002, the group has raised over $20,000 for various ministries. Admission is free and a freewill offering will be received to further the ministry of Dominion Brass.

Musical selections will include works by Copeland, Ives and Sousa with the McLean Presbyterian Choir joining the band to close the concert with America, the Beautiful and Battle Hymn. Contact 703.821-0800 for more information.

5 K Walk/Run. Great Falls Ecumenical Churches are hosting a 5 K Walk/Run July 4th at 7:30 am. Meet at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial next to the Great Falls Library. This is a fun, no cost event, for the whole family. For more information, contact Pastor Gysan at 703-759-6068.

July 4th Picnic. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls is hosting a 7:30 p.m. picnic on July 4th. Hotdogs and beverages will be provided. Bring a dish to share, and a lawn chair. Enjoy the fireworks from the front lawn of the church. Everyone welcome. 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066. CONTACT :Pastor Paul Gysan at

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 or (703) 582-1640.

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. All are welcome!

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 For more information on the worldwide Dance Network, visit

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 or call the church at 703-759-3509.