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Send notes to the Connection at south@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-778-9416. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Messiah United Methodist Church is hosting a block party on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m., at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield. An enjoyable afternoon of outdoor fun with games, music, food and more. 703-569-9862.

Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road in Fairfax, presents a new Women's Bible Study, "Discovering Who We Are in Christ", 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14. $15. Child care provided, if pre-registered. 703-383-1170, or www.jccag.org. The study teachings will also be available online, under Women's Ministry/Bible Study.

Interested in the Catholic Faith? Classes begin at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in the Guadalupe Room in the Parish Center, 3700 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Contact Carolyn Smith at carolynsmith.stleos@gmail.com or 703-273-5369.

The UMWomen of Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Road in Alexandria, will host a ‘Spiritual Life Event: Turning Prayer Inside Out’ from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, with guest speaker is Irene McGee. Registration deadline is Sept. 12. $15, includes lunch. lgstocks@cox.net or 703-971-51551.

Silverbrook United Methodist Church, 8616 Silverbrook Road in Lorton, will host their 103rd Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 19, with a Coffee Hour at 9:30 a.m. and a Welcome Home Luncheon with activities at12:30 p.m.

The Silverbrook UMC Quiet Day Retreat will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. This month's topic is Forgiveness. The retreat is limited to 5 registrants and payment of $25 is due one week in advance. Register at www.Silverbrook-umc.org or at Pastor@Silverbrook-umc.org. 703-690-4159.

The Liberty University Praise Choir will present a free gospel concert at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. 703-383-1170 or www.jccag.org.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road in Springfield, will host a Parenting Workshop 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Dr. Rene Hackney of Parenting Playgroups will discuss children and stress. The free workshop meets in the church fellowship hall and is open to the public. Register at 703-644-6384.

Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, offers a Divorce Recovery Workshop 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 22-Nov 17. The workshop is conducted by trained facilitators and topics will include denial, grief, anger, loneliness, guilt, rejection, forgiveness, letting go, self worth and hope. No matter where you are on the timeline, you are welcome to work on healing in a caring, non-judgmental environment. The workshop and childcare are free. Resource books available for $12. Childcare must be requested at time of registration. 703-569-9862.

Cranford UMC, 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton, summer hours take effect Sunday through Labor Day. Church begins at 10 a.m. 703-339-5382 or www.cranfordumc.org.

Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane in Fairfax Station, will host The Alpha Course, Wednesdays, Sept. 8–Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting. Dinner and childcare provided. Free. 703-690-3401 or christchurchva.org.

Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Road in Lorton, will host the 110th Anniversary at Cranford: A Lorton Homecoming, 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Join the community for stages of music featuring Hokum Jazz, pony rides from Tamarack Stables, food, artists, family games, docents from Gunston Hall in period costume and more. Meet your local politicians. Free and open to the community. 703-339-5382.

Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, will begin GriefShare, a free, church-sponsored support group 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 6. The focus is on Christ-centered healing through small group interaction. Recovering from the death of a spouse, a close family member, or a special friend, takes time. Child care is available upon request. Contact Chum Robert at 703-455-2344.