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Theologian J.I. Packer will speak at the Anglican District of Virginia’s annual council meeting on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9:45 a.m. in Herndon. Dr. Packer served as the general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible, wrote the renowned book, "Knowing God," and was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time Magazine. He will be addressing leaders from 21 orthodox Anglican congregations based in Virginia.

The Greater Little Zion Baptist Church will hold a Silent Auction on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at 10185 Zion Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-764-9111. For the past 20 years, the Fairfax Central Baptist Sunday School Union (FCBSSU) has provided scholarships to college and vocational students. This year’s major fundraising event, a Silent Auction, is in conjunction with their Annual Spelling Bee.

The Silent Auction features the following: Don Stivers Framed Prints, Llardo ceramic figurines, A Basket full of Gift Cards Videos, CDs, Books and more. The organization is soliciting donations for auction items or cash donations. All donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to contribute or attend the auction, contact La Kita A. Jones, Silent Auction Coordinator at 202-498-5449.

The Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) will celebrate its second annual Synod Council meeting that will be held on Sept. 26 and 27. The meeting, which will be held at Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, will center on the theme of "Making Disciples" and will include a keynote address by Dr. J.I. Packer on Saturday, Sept. 27. For delegates, ADV Council will officially commence on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. with prayer and praise. The delegate sessions slated for Saturday, Sept. 27 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Church of the Epiphany is located at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive in Herndon.

St. Veronica's 3rd Annual Fall Festival will take place on Sept. 26-27. This year's festival fun includes super games and rides for the kids, a ferris wheel, food, cash bingo and live music. Friday evening includes a free concert by Marie Miller (mariemiller.net). Oktoberfest will be on Saturday with the Sexton German Oompa band. The festival runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, and 3-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. St. Veronica Catholic Church is located at 3460 Centerville Road, Chantilly across the street from Franklin Middle School. Call 703-773-2000.

Congregation Yad Shalom of Centreville provides a variety of programs in a traditional format with a modern flair. It openly invites inquiries about participation in these activities by the community. There are a number of activities for the family for the new year:

* Ask about the K–2 Hebrew school for the children for the fall semester. Check out an extensive variety of educational opportunities with the congregation.

* Join the congregation for a special Shabbat Dinner on Friday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3 (near Centreville High School). The dinner will be followed by a service with Cantor Zucker.

* Check out the Web site – keep up with the wonderful activities scheduled throughout the year.

For further information and/or directions, contact the Congregation at 703-579-6079, or visit the Web site at www.yadshalom.com.

Wellspring Church welcomes God’s sustaining presence, with Pastor Rev. Al Fuertes preaching this week. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m., at the chapel on Route 29, 13510 Lee Highway, Centreville. The church is on the north side of Route 29, just west of the Lee Highway-Union Mill Rd. intersection.

Sunday School for children meets during the worship hour. Following worship is a coffee hour with fair trade coffee and treats. Check the Web site, wellspringucc.org, or call Sara Little at 703-257-4111 for information on Bible study and other special events.

Wellspring United Church of Christ is thoughtful, prayerful, justice-seeking, and Open and Affirming to seekers of all backgrounds. Worship is informal.

Temple Beth Torah is a Reform Jewish congregation and member of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church in the heart of Centreville. Religious school is held at the Goddard School in Chantilly. The congregation offers the Northern Virginia Jewish community services that provide numerous spiritual, educational, support and social opportunities including religious school for member children age 3 through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and confirmation. The congregation welcomes all members of the community to attend services or events. Call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

Upcoming TBT events:

* Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – Religious school for 9th grade – Goddard School

* Sept. 29, 8 p.m. – Rosh Hashanah evening service – Parish Hall

* Sept. 30, 9 a.m. - Children's service (ages 5-8) – Parish Hall

* Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – Morning service – Parish Hall

Lord of Life Lutheran Church invites the community to a new sermon series, "God Is Closer Than You Think," from now through Oct. 19. Weekly small group Bible studies will be offered for those who wish to study the message in depth. Two locations- 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax and 13421 Twin Lakes Dr., Clifton. Call 703-323-9500. Go to www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

The Hazak Active Retirees Chapter of Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, announces its 2008-09 Schedule of Events.

Oct. 28 — Sheri David, Donkeys and Elephants

Nov. 18 — Rabbi Steve, Jewish Medical Ethics

Dec. 16 — Laura Shulman, Religious Diversity in the US

Jan. 27 — Rabbi Leonard Cahan, Jewish Marriage Customs

Feb. 17 — Rabbi David Kalendar, The Jews of Uganda

March 17 — Dr. Louis Blumen, Jewish Medieval Medicine

April 21 — Steven Gross, The Holocaust in Hungary

May 19 — Speaker from Embassy of Israel

June 16 — Year-end Luncheon

The CBE Hazak Chapter presents a uniquely Jewish program on the third Tuesday of each month – September through June – at 1 p.m. Meetings feature prominent speakers and entertainers, providing area Jewish seniors with a time to socialize and learn. There is no cost and light refreshments are served. Call 703-860-4515, ext. 127.

Congregation Beth Emeth is located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon.

Unity Life Center. Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., the Rev. Terry Dearmore, September Sunday School is doing a unit on JOY, Youth Ed. Contact Deborah Dillard, Unity Life Center, 14088-C Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly. Call 703-263-7645, www.unitylife.org.

Ox Hill Baptist Church will be offering Conversational English Classes for all levels of learners on Thursday mornings and evenings beginning Sept. 18. The church is located at 4101 Elmwood St. in Chantilly. Call 703-378-5555, ext. 30.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church is holding ESL Classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Sept. 30 through Dec. 11. For Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Everyone is welcome. Registration is Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $10, and $25 for the book. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-323-9500. Go to: www.lordoflifelutheran.com

Lay-led, short, fun, interactive services will be held for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah services will be on Monday, Sept. 29 from 6-7 p.m. Morning services will be on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Yom Kippur services will be on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6-7 p.m. Morning services will be on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. The cost for all the services is $18/adult and children under 13 are free. All services will be held at Little Rocky Run Rec. Center #3, 13900 Stonefield Drive, Clifton. Hear the shofar, dip apples in honey, taste the round challah, sing, pray and reflect. RSVP and payment due by Sept. 21 to Congregation Yad Shalom, P.O. Box 1557, Centreville. Questions to yadshalom@yadshalom.com or 703-579-6079. Congregation Yad Shalom's Shalom Jewish Children's High Holiday Services are open to all in the community.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church’s second location, 13421 Twin Lakes Dr., Clifton, is now open. Everyone is invited to worship services at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Call the church office at 703-323-9500 or go to www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

Shalom Jewish Children is a fun, hands-on Jewish educational program for young children based on experiential learning. Each session is about Jewish holidays, values and celebrations. Meets in Centreville at the Rocky Run Recreation Center. Contact Gloria Pioso at yadshalom@yadshalom.com or call 703-579-6079.

* These are the days when Shalom Jewish Children will be followed by Shabbat services at 10 a.m. Visit www.yadshalom.com for updates, directions, details, and membership information. Shalom Jewish Children is free for members of Congregation Yad Shalom.

Craft Vendors are needed for Centreville United Methodist Women's Bazaar scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 6400 Old Centreville Road; contact psbyers@verizon.net.

Attention Crafters: Saint Timothy School in Chantilly has openings for its Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22. Download an application and registration form at

www.sainttimothyschool.org. Call Karen Yee at 703-803-0460.

Temple Beth Torah is a Reform Jewish congregation and member of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church in Centreville. Religious school is held at the Goddard School in Chantilly. The congregation offers the Northern Virginia Jewish community services that provide numerous spiritual, educational, support and social opportunities including religious school for member children age 3 through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and confirmation. The congregation welcomes all members of the community to attend any of its services or events. Call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

Recovery and Support Care Groups at New Life: Passion for Community in cooperation with New Life Christian Church has an ongoing recovery and support groups for people suffering with various addictions, destructive and dysfunctional behaviors, or who just need some support. These groups are a safe place to receive support and healing. Contact Lucy Martinez at 703-222-8836.

* Recovery Connection (12-step group), Sunday's at 9:30 a.m. at Westfield High in Chantilly;

* Food Freedom (a women's group; 12-step group), Sunday's at 9:30 a.m. at Westfield High in Chantilly;

* Single Mom's support Group, Saturday's at 9:30 a.m. in Centreville (call for location);

* Authentic Masculinity Men's Group, Thursday's at 7:30 p.m. in Chantilly (call for location).

Temple Beth Torah is a Reform Jewish congregation and member of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church in Centreville. Religious school is held at the Goddard School in Chantilly. The congregation offers the Northern Virginia Jewish community services that provide numerous spiritual, educational, support and social opportunities including religious school for member children age 2 through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and confirmation. The congregation welcomes all members of the community to attend any of these services or events. Call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church has regular services on Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. All are welcome. Located at 43987 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly. Call 703-327-4461 and Web site is www.pleasantvalleyumc.net. Call 703-266-2424.

Centreville United Methodist Church offers four worship services in the morning — 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:02 a.m. The new Connections Contemporary Worship Service is held in the ROC (Recreation and Outreach Center) each Sunday. Sunday School is offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a nursery is available for all services. Centreville United Methodist church is located at the intersection of New Braddock Road and Old Centreville Road. Call 703-830-2684.

The Fairfax Chinese Christian Church is a developing community church that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville. The church is located in the heart of Centreville's historic district and is accessible from Braddock Road at the junction of Route 28 (Lee Hwy.), Route 29 and I-66. Members speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese, and some other Chinese dialects in the church. Sunday worship service is held at 10 a.m., both in Mandarin and English, and a lunch fellowship will follow after Sunday school. Call 703-395-0017 or email at fairfaxccc@cox.net.

Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church holds a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at Centreville Elementary School in Centreville. Sunday school and a nursery are provided on Sundays. Visit www.ctrchurch.org or call 703-502-1732.

Centreville Presbyterian Church:

* The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached: Join the church for the sermon series on the greatest sermon ever preached — The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5. Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. contemporary worship and 11 a.m. traditional worship. Childcare provided for services.

* Women's Bible Study meets every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Studies include: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and the Alpha Course taught by Pastor Neil Craigan. Childcare is provided.

* Planet Adventure meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings for 4th and 5th graders from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening is full of adventure playing games, having snacks and learning about God. Contact Clare Maynard, director of Children's Ministries.

* Chancel Choir — Consider being a part of the Centreville Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. It practices weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Also performs at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Contact Chancel Choir Director, Denise Freeland.

News from Centreville Presbyterian Church, 15450 Lee Highway, Centreville. Call 703-830-0098.

* Daniel, A Beth Moore Bible Study for Women, Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

* Planet Adventure, Evening youth group for 4th and 5th graders. Second and fourth Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

* CrossRoads, Middle School youth group (6th-8th grade) Friday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. Delicious food, games and active worship fill the evening of fun.

* Visit the CPC Web site, www.centrevillepres.com or call the church office at 703-830-0098.

St. Raphael Orthodox Church, formally the Antiochian Orthodox Mission of Northern Virginia, meets each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Divine Liturgy at the Compton Village Community Center, 14401 Compton Village Drive, Centreville. Visit www.straphaelva.org contact Father Tom Palke via email frtom@straphaelva.org or telephone 703-303-3047.

New Life Christian Church is once again launching a Divorce Care Group, which will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Westfield High School (child care provided). Divorce Care is a video-based seminar group for people who are experiencing difficulty with their separation or divorce. The group provides information about ways to heal from the hurt, and cope with the life pressures, which accompany separation and divorce. Contact Ron Furgerson at 703-860-3324 or 703-963-1314.

Centreville United Methodist is hosting DivorceCare, which meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at Centreville UMC. DivorceCare is a 13-week Christ-centered divorce recovery program, which walks participants through the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of someone going through separation and divorce. Cost is $15. Open to the community.

Jubilee Christian Center is offering free English as a second language classes during its Sunday School time, 10:10-10:50 a.m., on Sundays, at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

Cedar Run Community Church is a non-denominational Christian church. It meets for Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at Waples Mill Elementary off Waples Mill Road in the Fair Oaks area. There's a Promiseland Children's Ministry for newborns through sixth-graders, as well as a dynamic, safe place for teens at the student ministry meeting during the Sunday service. Call 703-968-7312 or visit www.cedarrun.net.

New Hope Fellowship currently meets at 10:50 a.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center each Sunday. The center is located at 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-591-2948.

Community Care Groups at New Life Christian Church.

The following are support groups that meet at Westfield High School on Sunday mornings or as indicated. Contact Community Care Minister Ron Furgerson at 703-266-0118 or ron@newlife4me.com.

* Food Freedom — A Celebrate Recovery Support Group. This group uses a proven Biblical approach to promote healing from compulsive eating problems. The group meets at Westfield High School at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Child Care is provided.

* Help for Hurts, Habits, and Hang-Ups — A Celebrate Recovery Group. This group uses the 12-step approach coupled with the teachings of Jesus to help overcome or cope with all types of addictions, compulsions and life problems. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at Westfield High School. Child care is provided.

* Healthy Boundaries — Getting Control of Your Life. The group helps the over-stressed, over-worked and over-committed to gain control of their lives through developing healthy, balanced relationships. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at 13777 Laurel Rock Drive, Clifton.

Beth Moore Bible study series "Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit" will be offered for women Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Workbooks are $15. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

New Life Christian Church is forming a new Grief Share Group for persons who are experiencing the hurt associated with loss of a loved one. The group meets for 12 sessions using a video-based discussion format and is effective in helping survivors deal with the issues faced by persons going through a period of grief. Contact Leslie Delp at 703-815-6274.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Centreville Baptist Church on alternate Friday mornings. Do you think spaghetti is a finger food? Write your grocery list in crayon? Come join other moms for encouragement and support. Contact Centreville Baptist Church at 703-830-3333 or visit www.cbcva.org

Northern Virginia Orthodox Mission meets each Sunday for Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. at Compton Village, 14401 Compton Village Drive, Centreville. All services are in English. All are welcome. Go to www.nvorthodox.org or call Tammy at 703-426-8719.

New Life Christian Church is once again offering two Divorce Care Groups, one meeting on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Westfield High School (child care provided) and one home group which meets on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Both are video-based seminar groups for people who are experiencing difficulty with their separation or divorce. The groups provide sound information about ways to heal from the hurt and cope with the life pressures, which accompany separation and divorce. Groups are free. Contact Jon Williams at 703-505-4525 or Deeanne Rampey at 703-266-8357.

YAWEH (You Are Welcome Here) will be held on the first Sunday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a Christian discussion group reinforcing God's love for the GLBTQ community (and the people who love them.) The discussion is led by Pastor Sandi John and Minister of Music Dean Jenkins. The gathering is an informal time of worship, instruction and fellowship. Call the church office at 703-471-5225, e-mail Pastor@WashingtonPlazaChurch.com and/or see the Web site at www.WashingtonPlazaChurch.com for directions. The church is located at 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston.

Shepherd Gate Church is now offering two services: 9 and 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 4310 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly. Visit www.shepherdgate.org or call 703-961-1040.

Unity Life Center of Chantilly holds Sunday services and youth education at 10 a.m. with the Revs. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster and Don Foster. The church is located at 14088-C Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly. Call 703-263-7645 or visit www.unitylife.org.

St. John's Episcopal Church offers the following: Sunday Eucharist services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A nursery for children up to age 3 is available. Opportunities for adult, youth and child enrichment are offered. On Wednesdays, a Eucharist and Healing Service is held at 9:15 a.m. Call 703-803-7500 or visit www.stjohnscentreville.org, or e-mail officemanager@stjohnscentreville.org. The church is located at 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville.

Centreville Assembly of God holds services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Morin service at 14281 Lee Highway in Centreville. The church also provides transportation for its services. Call 703-307-6179.

Centreville UMC offers a growing ministry to single adults aged 40 and better. Koinonia Singles sponsors monthly activities such as hikes, concerts, picnics, and other opportunities for fun, building friendships, and growing closer to God. If you are looking for ways to connect with other Christian single adults in this area, contact the church office at 703-830-2684.