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<i>Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community, including special holiday services. Send to reston/herndon@connectionnewspapers.co.m Deadline is Thursday.</i>

The United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston, will hold four Christmas Eve services on Thursday, Dec. 24. The United Christian Parish is an ecumenical church combining the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ. Contact 703-620-3065 or www.unitedchristianparish.org.

*4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. For families with young children.

*7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Including scripture lessons and special music.

A Birthday Party for Jesus at Reston Presbyterian Church, 10610 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 1–2:30 p.m. for parents and children. Play games and eat birthday cake. New shoes for needy children overseas through Buckner International and canned goods for the Salvation Army Food Bank will be collected. 703-759-5515, rpckids@ilovejesus.net or www.rpcconnected.org.

Dranesville Church of the Brethren, 11500 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, will hold several Advent and Christmas events. Contact 703-430-7872 or www.dranesvillebrethren.org.

*A Chance to Serve: Grate Patrol. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Collecting Christmas cookies to be distributed along with bag meals, soup and clothing to the homeless in D.C. Volunteers will also be needed to help bag cookies and prepare meals.

*LINK Toy Collection. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 19. Volunteers are needed to help distribute toys to families. Unwrapped toys, batteries included, will be collected through Advent, and transported to Herndon United Methodist Church 4 p.m. Dec. 18 for distribution.

*Christmas Worship Service. 11 a.m. Dec. 20. Theatrical reading and music to focus hearts and minds on the coming of the Christ Child.

*Peace Service: Remembering the Battle of Dranesville. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Worship and remembrance to recall the historic battle, remember those who lost their lives, and pray for peace.

*Christmas Eve Worship. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional Christmas music, worship and communion to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Community of Faith United Methodist Church, 13224

Franklin Farm Road, Herndon, will have several holiday services. Contact www.cof-umc.org or 703-620-1977.

*The Longest Night: A Service of Healing, Hope and Encouragement. 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. The loss of loved ones, financial insecurity, broken relationships, ill health or other factors can leave people feeling down in this season of celebration and good cheer. The Longest Night Service is a reminder that even on the darkest day, Christ comes to offer light into the world.

*Christmas Eve Worship Service for Young Children. 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25. A 25-minute service specially prepared for preschool and young children.

*Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Services. 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25. All are invited to be a part of the joyous celebration of Christmas.

Congregation Beth Emeth Yiddish Club, 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Members will engage in a variety of activities that utilize the Yiddish language, including reading stories, listening to music and radio broadcasts, reading Yiddish newspapers and more. Free. Call 703-860-4515, ext. 127.

Every Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon, offers a lunch-time Healing and Holy Communion service. This half-hour service is offered to all and allows people an opportunity to worship during the work week when they may be away from their regular church. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Sacrament and all who have not been baptized may receive a blessing at the Altar rail. Call the church Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 703-437-3790 or visit www.saint-timothys.org.

Knitters needed the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 7 p.m., at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. The church's Shawl Ministry is offering free knitting instruction while providing shawls, blankets and other knitted items for people in need. No cost and yarn can be provided. E-mail shawl@saint-timothys.org or visit the Pastoral Care page at www.saint-timothys.org.

Nondenominational Christian businessmen meet for prayer, Biblical discussion and fellowship every Friday, at 7 a.m., at Anita’s, 1051 Elden St., Herndon and every Thursday at noon at 555 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon. Call 703-795-1257.

Adult Sunday school will be held every Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., at the Washington Plaza Baptist Church at Lake Anne Village Center. The group is studying the Gospel of Mark. Services follow every Sunday at 11 a.m.