The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer's Faith and Life Forums are one-hour programs featuring a speaker and followed by discussion relating to the topic of living one's Christian faith on a daily basis. They take place every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

On Sunday, March 6, Pastor Sherry Brumback, director of Christian education at Redeemer will begin March forum with the "Vision for Education at Redeemer."

On Sunday, March 13, Redeemer member Doug Scheffler will discuss "St. Mark and His Gospel."

On Sunday, March 20, Professor Denise Hopkins of the Wesley Theological Seminary will lead a discussion on "The Religious Atmosphere of First-Century Palestine."

The March 27 forum will not be held, due to the Easter Holiday.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, at the corner of Chain Bridge Road and Westmoreland Street. It offers a full calendar of worship, service, fellowship and learning activities for members of the community at large. For more information, call the office at 703-356-3346 or visit

Jack N. Gerard of Great Falls was named the new president of the McLean Virginia Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on Sunday, Feb. 13. President Gerard replaces Kent W. Colton, who has presided over the church membership for the previous nine years. Serving with President Gerard is Stephen Greenhalgh of Falls Church and Gene Goodsell of McLean. These three men will comprise the Stake Presidency, governing the more than 3,000 LDS members of the McLean Virginia Stake, which includes congregations from McLean, Great Falls, Falls Church, Vienna and Arlington.

President Gerard, 47, is president and CEO of the National Mining Association in Washington, D.C. He serves on the executive board of the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Claudette, have six children and reside in the Great Falls Area.

Midweek Lenten Services. Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, 7:30 p.m., at Little Falls Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Come during February and March for a series of midweek services to help attendees reorient their lives around God. Child care provided. Donations accepted. Visit 703-538-5230.

Dr. Anthony Tambasco, Georgetown professor, and Ann Marie Mack, Christian educator, will speak on different parts of the Bible as part of Saint Luke Catholic Church’s Adult Faith Formation Presentations. The presentations take place Wednesdays, March 9 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the church, located at 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean.

March 9, "Gospel of John: Jesus the Living Water and the Light of the World," by Ann Marie Mack; March 16, "God's Universal Care: Ruth, Jonah and Esther" Tony Tambasco.

The programs last about 90 minutes. Free baby-sitting will be provided. For information, contact the Saint Luke Office of Religious Education, 703-356-8419.

Family Bingo Night. Saturday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., at Little Falls Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Proceeds benefit the Arlington Pediatric Center, a nonprofit organization that provides outpatient medical care to children of low-income families in Arlington County. Light refreshments provided. Visit 703-538-5230. $1 per card.

First Baptist Church of Vienna hosts “Rescuing the Perishing…,” a music extravaganza of spiritual proportion to benefit the tsunami survivors of Asia and Africa, on March 5 at 4 p.m. Music and entertainment will feature local talent. Admission is free. A love offering will be taken to support the tsunami survivors. First Baptist Church of Vienna is located at 450 Orchard St. N.W., Vienna. For more information call 703-938-8525.

"Lift Every Voice." The Great Falls Ecumenical Council sponsors a choir sing on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. No admission charge. All are invited. Many historical churches in the Northern Virginia (Rectortown, Leesburg, Sterling, Reston, Great Falls) area will be performing. For more information call 703-404-8412 or 703-406-2487.

Consignment Sale: Baby/Child/Maternity Items. Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in McLean is hosting its semi-annual consignment sale of baby/child/maternity item on Friday, March 11, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, March 12, 8-11 a.m. Come to buy or consign. The sale offers deals on clothes/books/toys/equipment and accessories for babies, children and soon-to-be-moms. Selection is plentiful and quality is high. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is located at 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, at the corner of Chain Bridge Road and Westmoreland Street. For more information, call 703-356-3567.

All proceeds will be used to purchase preschool equipment and maintain/upgrade our playground, which is open to the public during non-school hours.

"A Program of Prayer," sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Women, will be held Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Great Falls United Methodist Church. The church is located at 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call Carol Wright at 703-437-7152.