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Faith Notes March 12-18

Congregation Yad Shalom, located in Centreville, provides a variety of programs in a traditional format with a modern flair:

* Ask about the K - 2 Hebrew school for the children for the winter semester.

* Join the congregation and Cantor Zucker for a Friday night Shabbat service on March 20 at 8 p.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center.

* Celebrate Passover with the congregation with a special seder service on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center.

* Join the congregation for a Friday night Shabbat service on April 24 at 8 p.m. at Little Rocky Run Community Center # 3.

For more information and/or directions, 703-579-6079, or visit www.yadshalom.com.

On March 15, Wellspring Church will hear from Pastor Al Fuertes on "Spiritual Living in Tough Times." The choir will provide special music. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m., at the chapel on Route 29, 13510 Lee Highway, Centreville. Sunday School for children meets during the worship hour, and following worship there will be a potluck lunch to which all are invited.

A "Living the Questions" evening Bible study meets in Manassas, and a daytime Bible study group meets in Centreville. Other covenant groups are forming. Check the website, wellspringucc.org, or call Sara Little at 703-257-4111 for information on more events.

Mount Olive Baptist Church will hold its Spring Revival through March 13 at 7 p.m. nightly. Contact Audrey Washington at 703-338-3762 with questions. The church is located at 6600 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. The Rev. Dr. Eugene Johnson is the pastor. Call 703-830-8769 or go to www.mountolive-church.org.

The play, "The Children Eden" will be performed at Centreville Presbyterian Church on March 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 2:30 p.m. Come enjoy a wonderful musical performed by over 50 students from the area middle and High schools.

From Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," “Godspell,” and “Pippin”) and John Caird (“Les Misérables”) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business. Tickets $10 available at CPC 15450 Lee Highway, Centreville, or on the web site at www.centrevillepres.com.

Oakton Baptist Church of Chantilly will host a Southern Gospel Concert with Michael Birchfield on Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Sullyfield Circle and Route 50 in Chantilly. A free will offering will be received. Call the church at 703-631-1799.

The Hazak Active Retirees Chapter of Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, will present Dr. Louis Blumen, speaking about “Jewish Medicine in Medieval Times” on Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Blumen, a retired Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon, is a graduate of Brown University. He received his M.D. degree from Tufts University Medical School. He did his residency and further training in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery in Boston and went on to practice surgery for more than 50 years. His talk will focus on role of the Jewish physician in both the Jewish and secular communities of Medieval Europe.

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.

Living Savior Lutheran Church will hold a multi-church rummage sale on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The church is at 5500 Ox Road (Route 123) in Fairfax. Proceeds will help NOVACO meet its client's needs. Contact John Mitros at jmitros@rhinofpe.com or JoAnn Grant at jjjjgrant@verizon.net

Wellspring Church this Sunday will hear from Pastor Al Fuertes on “How to live in tough times.” 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, and following worship there will be a fellowship hour with fair-trade coffee and treats.

A “Living the Questions” evening Bible study meets in Manassas, and a daytime Bible study group meets in Centreville. Other covenant groups are forming. 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.

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 our services or events. For more information, a newsletter, or a membership package, call 703-263-2252 or visit www.BethTorah.net.

The Hazak Active Retirees Chapter of Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, offers the following events:

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 is offering ESL classes. 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. Runs through 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.

Is a teen angry? Hurt? Struggling? Get Real Youth Outreach partnering with New Life Christian Church. Will be offering Life Hurts God Heals for Middle School (6th-8th) or High School (9th-12th). This 13-week support group addresses the challenges teens face in fighting their hurts through peer support, adult mentoring, and a certified curriculum. Groups will meet at Westfield High in Chantilly, Sunday's from 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lucy Martinez for sign up information at 703-220-5022. Application process required.

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.

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:

* 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.

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.