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Wellspring Church joins the prayers of people around the nation and world, for wisdom and strength for President-elect Obama in this inaugural week. Pastor Al Fuertes will preach on the power of prayer. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m., at the chapel on Route 29, 13510 Lee Highway, Centreville. The chapel 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 today there will be a potluck lunch, and visitors are welcome to join in.

A "Living the Questions" daytime Bible study meets on January 21 in Centreville, and the Immigration Forum meets at Centreville Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Check the Web site, wellspringucc.org, or call Sara Little at 703-257-4111 for information on these and other special events.

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

Rabbi to Discuss the Jewish Wedding. The Hazak Active Retirees Chapter of Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, VA will present Rabbi Leonard Cahan, on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m., for a discussion of the origins of Jewish marriage customs. The Jewish legal requirements for marriage represent only a small part of the rituals that take place at a Jewish wedding ceremony. Rabbi Cahan will guide the participants through the customs that characterize weddings today, as well as others that have fallen by the wayside. He will explore rituals that have grown up in the many different societies in which Jews have lived, and the rich symbolism that has made them so appealing and enduring.

Rabbi Leonard Cahan is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., where he served, until 2001, as the Senior Rabbi for 27 years.

The CBE Hazak Chapter presents a uniquely Jewish program on the third Tuesday of each month – September through June – at this same time. 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, VA 20171, 2.9 miles south of the Dulles Toll Road, Reston Parkway Exit.

<lst>New Women's Bible Study at Jubilee Christian Center. A new weekly Women's Bible Study will start at Jubilee Christian Center, on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 13 from 9:45 a.m.-12 noon, and lasting three months. The study will focus on the book, "Spirit, Soul, and Body," by Andrew Wommack. Cost is $10 per person. Nursery is provided for children who are registered. Call 703-383-1170 or go to www.jccag.org

Yiddish Club Forming in Herndon. Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, will convene a Yiddish Club for the entire community to meet on the first Tuesday of each month, starting Jan. 6. 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 enjoying the company of other Yiddish speakers. There is no cost and one need not be completely fluent to attend the meetings, which will be held at Congregation Beth Emeth, located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, 2.9 miles south of the Dulles Toll Road, Reston Parkway Exit. Call 703-860-4515, ext. 127

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:

* Join in a Saturday morning service with Cantor Zucker on Jan. 24, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3.

* Celebrate the change of seasons with the congregation with a special Tu B-Shevat Seder on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3.

* Enjoy a Friday night Shabbat dinner with the congregation on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3. Cantor Zucker will lead the congregation with a wonderful service after the dinner.

* 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.

* Check out the Web site — keep up with the 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.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church is offering ESL classes. Registration is Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 7-9 p.m. Cost of the textbook is $35. Three levels of ESL: basic, intermediate and advanced. Class schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Starts Feb. 10 and ends April 23. School-Age Childcare is provided. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

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.

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

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.

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.

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), Sundays 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).

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.