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Western Fairfax Christian Ministries is looking for volunteers to provide food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Western Fairfax Ministries will provide information about a family in need, and the volunteer will deliver the basket(s) directly to the sponsored family. Contact Pam Ryan at 703-988-9656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wonder of Christmas Holiday Concert, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 at Columbia Baptist Church, 103 West Columbia St., Falls Church. Featuring the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, the Kids Praise Children's Choir, soloists, dance, and classic Christmas carols. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for our world hunger fund. 703-534-5700 or www.columbiabaptist.org.
Epiphany United Methodist Church Annual Christmas Bazaar, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Silent auction, crafts, Poinsettias, wreaths and centerpieces for sale; baked goods and lunch also available. Located at 1014 Country Club Drive N.E., Vienna. 703-938-3494.
Faith and Public Policy Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m., Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. "Green Architecture – Environmental Stewardship in our Churches and Homes," with speakers Joe Volk, Executive Director of Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Mark Turner, Founder and CEO of Green Spur. 703-356-7200.
‘Once Upon A Christmas Light,’ A Christmas Musical for Children with the Holy Spirit Singers. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Great Falls United Methodist Church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free admission. 703-759-3705.
Jone Johnson Lewis discusses what people mean by "spiritual but not religious," at the Northern Virginia Ethical Society, 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Free admission. Address: 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. 703-437-3161 or www.esnv.org.
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Alternative Gift Fair, on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 12-4 p.m. at 543 Beulah Road N.E., Vienna. Fair trade artisans market and café. Ten Thousand Villages, Heifer International, Episcopal Relief and 5 Talents International will be represented. 703-255-1411 or www.holycomforter.com.
The Women of St. Dunstan's Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Road, Mclean, VA 22101. The Fair will be in the Parish Hall from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm. Local artisans will display and sell their goods, such as pottery, needlework, and photography. A children's craft table and refreshments will be provided. Come and start your holiday shopping at St. Dunstan's! Contact email@example.com or call 703-356-7533 for more information.
Messiah Sing, with soloists and orchestra, Saint Luke Festival Choir and chamber orchestra, Paul Skevington, artistic Director, and Cheryl Branham, conductor. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14. Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Adults $15, seniors and students $12. 703-356-0670 or www.musicinmclean.org.
Vienna Assemblies of God, located at 100 Ayr Hill Ave. N.E., Vienna, have several events scheduled in December. 703-938-7736 or www.viennaag.com.
* Motion for Missions Banquet, following services on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
* ‘The Last Straw’ Children's Christmas Play, based on the book by Frederick H. Thury. Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
* A Blue Christmas, services for those who have lost a loved one or have family deployed. Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Not a celebratory service: where those who are mourning can experience comfort.
* Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, celebratory service for the whole family. Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.
Chanukah Wonderland at Tysons Corner, 8100 Oak St., just off Gallows Road in Vienna, from Sunday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 26. Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission. Meet Judah Maccabee, tour the Chanukah House, make candles, build a giant Lego menorah, design cards for Israeli soldiers. Arts and crafts, games, olive oil show and olive press, Chanukah Superstore and café, Chanukah Mad Science, Katie Balloons and comedy and magic shows. 703-821-7770 or www.chabadtysons.com.
Christ the King Lutheran Church Annual Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec.14 at 4 p.m. Seasonal music by the King's Chimers, classic Christmas songs by grades PK-2, and an original play, "The Activity Scene," by grades 3-6. Potluck dinner in the church fellowship hall following the Christmas Program. 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. ChristTheKing.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choralis Presents A Classic Brass Christmas, featuring seasonal music including Rutter's Gloria, candlelight processional, and audience carol sing, with The Classical Brass Quintet and youth choirs. Sat., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Rd., Centreville, and Sun., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. Adults $25-35, students 13-22 with ID $5, children 12 and under free. www.choralis.org or 703-237-2499.
Redeemer Lutheran Church Annual Living Nativity, Dec. 18 and 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. Visit live animals at the crèche, where children can dress like Mary and Joseph. Crafts, Christmas carols, cookies and hot cocoa. Redeemer is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. 703-356-3346 or www.redeemermclean.org.
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers ongoing classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, Mondays at 7 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. $10 per class. 202-331-2122 or www.meditation-dc.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, at 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton chorale, a 60-voice adult choir, welcomes new members any time and meets Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. The Circle of Music Makers meets the first Monday of the month, for those who can share a vocal or instrumental solo. Contact Judy Harrison at 703-281-4230, ext. 26, or email@example.com. Joint Activities in Music at Sunrise is for preschoolers, kindergarteners, parents and residents of Hunter Mill Sunrise Assisted Living Center, on Wednesdays, 1-1:30 p.m. Contact Marsha Giusti at 703-425-1902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
A Centering Prayer Group meets Fridays, 9:30 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. E-mail Martha Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 703-759-3509.
St. John’s Episcopal Church supports over twenty outreach ministries, including SHARE, Habitat for Humanity, Martha’s Table, and the Gen. Colin L. Powell Leadership Club at Macfarland Middle School in Washington D.C. Services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-356-4902 or www.stjohnsmclean.org.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Outreach Institute offer the Mothers/Parents Circle, an umbrella of free educational events and resources for parents raising Jewish children. Jewish rituals, ethics and the creation of a Jewish home, regular meetings and group Shabbats and holidays. Participants include Sha'are Shalom in Leesburg, Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax. ShalomDC.org.
St. Mark ESL program in Vienna is seeking new volunteers for its ESL/basic computer skills program. Volunteers are needed to teach, provide child care, and assist in the classrooms as well as to help with administration and publicity. No foreign language skills needed. Volunteers generally work one evening a week, Tuesday or Thursday. E-mail email@example.com.
The Jewish Social Services Agency, 3018 Javier Road, Fairfax, offers a variety of family programs. Call 703-204-9100.
*Just Chill: An Anxiety Management Group, for ages 8-10. Wednesdays through Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
*Teen Talk: An Adolescent Adoption Series, for ages 13-18. Tuesdays through Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. Pre-registration required.
*Support Group for Parents of Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Related Disorders. Nov. 26, Dec. 17 and Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.
*Social Club for Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome. Call for a schedule of events and costs.
*Starting Over: A Widow and Widower Support Group, meeting the third Monday of every month, at 1 p.m.
*You and Your Aging Parents, meeting the third Wednesday of every month, at 6 p.m.
Vienna Assembly of God has a 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 also available. 703-938-7736 or www.ViennaAG.com.
Vienna Christian Healing Rooms, every Saturday, 1-5 p.m., at 8200 Bell Lane. A team of Christians is available to anyone requesting prayer. Free and open to the public. 703-698-9779 or 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, at 8 p.m. every Friday. An opportunity to learn about the Baha’i faith. 703-556-3400.
English classes at McLean Baptist Church on Mondays, including beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Advanced electives are Literature, U.S. Government, World Religions, and current events. Free class and registration, but students must buy their own books. 9:30 a.m. at 1367 Chain Bridge Road. 703-356-8080 or www.mcleanbaptist.org.
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Road in McLean. The third Sunday service every month at 10:15 a.m. allows children to play active roles in the music and as greeters and ushers. Traditional services are every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Nursery is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. 703-356-7533.