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Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, has announced their October events. Contact the church at 703-569-9862 ext. 208 or dcarnes@messiahumc.org.

* Hearts & Hands Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Vendors and crafters, furniture, toys, a silent auction, baked goods, a pumpkin patch and more.

* HarvestFest. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Pumpkin carving, fall-themed crafts, pie eating contests, clowns, a costume parade, Trunk-or-Treat and more.

* Poverty Summit. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. An open forum addressing poverty and possible solutions. Free, registration required at www.messiahumc.org/#/serve/poverty-summit.

Lutheran Reformation Seminar. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Hosted by Gift of God Lutheran Church at the Fairfax Old Town Hall, 3999 University Ave., Fairfax. Discussion comparing the Scriptural principles of the Lutheran Reformation to the principles of many Lutheran organizations today. Free admission. www.FairfaxLutheran.org.

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

Interfaith Discussion Group at New World Unity Church, 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite A-209, Springfield. 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 17. People of all faiths for are invited for an interfaith discussion of “Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Souls Potential” by Michael Bernard Beckwith. 703-913-8560 or newworldunity@verizon.net.

Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke, presents a sermon series entitled "Life in the Fast Lane: Slow Down for Relationships.” Explore everyday relationships through the Biblical story of Joseph and his family (Genesis: 37-50). Worship services are Saturday Coffeehouse at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. www.BurkePresChurch.org.

The Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, 10185 Zion Drive in Fairfax, will celebrate its 119th Anniversary with a nightly Revival, Oct. 13-15, at 7:30 p.m., and a Zion Day Celebration service on Oct. 17, 9:45 a.m. The public is invited to join us for these services of praise and thanksgiving. 793-764-9111.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, offers services on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., in addition to Sunday services at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Classes for children and youth begin Sept 18. www.uucf.org.

The Parkwood Baptist Church, 8726 Braddock Road in Annandale, Bible Study Fellowship will study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The Day Women's Class meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and offers a children's program for ages 6 weeks-6 years. rdmarotto@cox.net.

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.

Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Road in Alexandria, has several upcoming events. Contact 703-971-5151 or www.franconiaumc.org.

* Volunteer for Phoenix Rising Meal Program. Help prepare meals for the homeless Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m., and deliver the bags Friday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m.

* Pie & Ice Cream Extravaganza. Saturday, Oct. 9, 12-2 p.m. Enjoy free pie and ice cream for kids of all ages.

* Fall Festival. Saturday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. Children (with adults) can come in their costumes for games, prizes, crafts, and food. Free.

* Volunteer for Phoenix Rising Meal Program. Help prepare meals for the homeless Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m., and deliver the bags Friday, Nov. 26, 5:30 p.m.

* Volunteer for Phoenix Rising Meal Program. Help prepare meals for the homeless Thursday, Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m., and deliver the bags Friday, Dec 24.

Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, offers a Divorce Recovery Workshop 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, through 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, through 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.

Congregation Adat Reyim, an independent Jewish congregation, offers services Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. Hebrew School is Sundays at 9:30 and Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Hebrew High is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Preschool is Monday-Friday at 9:30 a.m. Adat Reyim is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court in Springfield. For more information, contact us at 703-569-7577 or visit www.adatreyim.org.

One God Ministry Church, 4280/4282 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, has launched a new Web site with news, events, training, conferences, fellowship programs and more. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., Sunday Worship Service at 11 a.m., and Wednesday Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Women, Men, and Youth Bible Studies are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. A Spiritual Gifts Service is the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. One God Ministry has ministries for youth, men, women, couples, music and singles. 703-591-6161 or www.onegodministry.org.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church presents Financial Peace University, a video-based small group study that teaches families how to beat debt, build wealth and better manage their finances. Contact Arlene K. Darke at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. 703-323-9500 or adarke@lordoflifelutheran.com.