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Faith Notes, March 19-25

Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, invites the public during Holy Week for a variety of services and celebrations.

Maundy Thursday service of readings, music and communion, on March 20, at 7:30 p.m. A special service of forgiveness on Good Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Three services on Easter Sunday, March 23: Easter sunrise at 6:30 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast; and special choral music with guest artists, Harmonee Abraham, gospel soloist, and the Little River Brass Quintet at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

For directions and more information, visit www.GalileeUMC.org or contact the church office at 703-430-2203.

Sterling United Methodist Church is holding several special Easter week services, March 16-23. All are invited; free will offerings will be accepted. Services will be held in the church sanctuary unless otherwise noted.

Maundy Thursday, March 20, holy communion service at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 21, stations of the cross: a self-guided tour of Jesus ’ last words, various rooms throughout church building from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Good Friday, March 21, remembrance and reflection service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 23, sunrise praise service on the church grounds at 6:30 a.m., and celebration services in the sanctuary at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.

Sterling United Methodist Church is located at 304 East Church Road. For further information or directions, call the church office at 703-430-6455 or visit www.sterlingumc.org.

Galilee United Methodist Church invites the community to join its Prayer Walk, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21. Come experience different perspectives on the Holy Week events from the eyes of a Jewish leader, a disciple of Jesus, one of the thieves on the cross, Jesus’ family and many others. Each station will have prayers, scriptures and experiences that help you better understand not only the historical journey to the cross but also the spiritual journey we all take with Jesus in those final days and hours. Galilee United Methodist Church is located in Sterling, at 45425 Winding Road. Visit www.GalileeUMC.org.

Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Road,

Ashburn, will be celebrating Holy Week and Easter with several worship services. The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 20. The Good Friday service will be held March 21 at 7:30 p.m. There will be four services on Easter, Sunday, March 23, a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service and the regular 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Sunday school and adult classes will be held during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Child care is available during all services except 6:30 a.m. Visit http://www.oswlc.org.

The 10:30 a.m. Easter Service Sunday, March 23, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is "Resurrecting a Vision for Living." The Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael will lead a service that celebrates Jesus of Nazareth and the teaching that his bold living conveys. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children after the service. The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, March 30, at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is "And You Welcomed Me." The Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Scott Sammler-Michael consider the awesome and often overlooked gift of hospitality. The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet every Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

The Shepherd's Table is organized by Loudoun Church Alliance in association with Prison Fellowship at Lansdowne, local churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations. The Shepherd's Table provides a safe and centralized venue for shepherds/elders and ministry leaders to meet on a monthly basis reaching out across all denominations and faith-based nonprofit foundations. The Shepherd's Table meets the first Thursday of each month, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Jack Stagman at 540-338-0409 or by e-mail at jackstagman@comcast.net.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom is offering preschoolers the opportunity to receive a Jewish education in a developmentally appropriate early childhood setting. The Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center is now registering students for the 2008–2009 school year. Information is available at the synagogue Web site: http://www.sha-areshalom.org/edu_rujec.php. Participatory visits by parents and prospective students are welcome. Call 703-737-0686 to speak with Sheri Brown, director.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church (APC) is offering its Stephen Ministry to people in the community. Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another.

Through one-to-one caring relationships those who are hurting and stressed receive a Stephen Minister to listen and pray with them. Caregivers walk with people through a variety of difficult life situations such as: divorce, grief, unemployment, relocation or just the stress of life. Anyone interested in being a care receiver, call the Rev. Mark Armstrong at 703-421-0511.

APC is located at 20962 Ashburn Road. Call the church offices at 703-729-2012 or visit the Web site at www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

Join Riverside Presbyterian Church, 20 Pidgeon Hill Drive, suite 109, on Monday nights at the church office, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Where middle-school students meet weekly to strengthen and build friendships have fun and study God’s Word in large and small groups. Visit www.riversidechurch.com or call Daniel or Barb at 703-444-3528.

Wat Yarnna Rangsee in Sterling will be offering free meditation classes every Sunday. Inquire and register at the temple at 21950 Shaw Road, Sterling, 703-406-8290/2509.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation holds traditional Shabbat services, family services, children’s services and High Holiday services. The religious school features preschool through post confirmation, B’nai Mitzvah, Hebrew High, adult Hebrew and adult education classes. Social activities include interfaith discussions, youth group, Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Empty Nesters. Student Rabbi Jesse Gallop and Rabbi Randi Nagel, lead biweekly Shabbat services, help prepare B’nai Mitzvah students, provide pastoral counseling and sick/bereavement visits and teach adult education classes at monthly pot-luck dinners before Shabbat services. Call 703-391-8669, visit Web site www.bethchaverim.org or e-mail chaverim18@aol.com.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Loudoun County's Conservative Synagogue, holds Erev Shabbat services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Shabbat morning services on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. Rabbinical intern Michael Ragozin will preside over services once a month. The congregation has an active Men's Club, Sisterhood and extensive gift shop. Call 703-737-6500, e-mail info@sha-areshalom.org or visit www.sha-areshalom.org. Congregation Sha'are Shalom is located at 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg.

The Loudoun Church Alliance is a formal association of churches of many denominations. It works in the areas of youth development, international missions, evangelism outreach, and is now working to develop relationships with government and business. Contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at jackstagman@adelphia.net.

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, invites the community to its evening contemporary worship service at 6 p.m., every Sunday, featuring the Winding Road praise band. Sunday school is available for children in kindergarten through third grade, and child care is available for the younger children. Visit www.GalileeUMC.org or contact the church office at 703-430-2203.

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet on Sunday mornings, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun Sunday services are held, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at the UUCL chapel, located at 20460 Gleedsville Road in Leesburg. UUCL is a welcoming congregation and invites everyone to attend Sunday services. Call the church at 703-737-7644.

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church of Lansdowne is extending an invitation to families that have children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. St. Gabriel's has developed several programs to reach out to the community.

* The "Chrysalis" Room is a safe space for children with autism spectrum, ADHD, bipolar disorder and similar conditions. Includes a trained professional staff that provides appropriate activities and lessons. It is available every Sunday during the regular 10 a.m. worship and for special events.

* Spiritual Support Group for families with special needs, on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is completely "drop-in."

All programs held Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Visit www.saintgabriels.net or call 703-779-3616.

Galilee United Methodist Church’s Sunday evening contemporary service, called Winding Road, has a new time of 5 p.m. The current series is "Jesus, Supersize Me!" Come explore places from the Bible where Jesus goes the extra mile to show us how to "supersize" our lives. Galilee UMC is located at 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Call 703-430-2203 or visit www.GalileeUMC.org.

Gateway Community Church’s "Celebrate Recovery" is meeting at Arcola Community Center located at 24328 Goshen Road. Celebrate Recovery is a biblically based 12-step program for addressing addiction, co-dependency, anger and other self-destructive behaviors. It meets every Tuesday night from 7 – 9 p.m. E-mail cr@www.gatewaychurch.org or call 703-327-2700.

Riverside Presbyterian Church’s Kenya Café will be open, from 9:15-10:30 a.m., Sundays, at Potomac Falls High School. It offers a friendly, comfortable spot to grab a cup of coffee, chat with others or just relax and read the paper while the children are in small group. The café is also designed to raise awareness of Riverside’s partnerships in Kenya and other parts of the world.

Feel free to join the church for worship at 10:35 a.m. Contact 703-444-3528 or www.riversidechurch.com.