NEWS NOTES

CHURCH RENOVATION

Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda has completed a year-long renovation and expansion to accommodate its growing membership. The nearly $1 million project includes classrooms, a nursery, offices and a new bell tower.

Church outreach services range from hosting four weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to tutoring children in the District and supporting a child at Our Little Roses orphanage in Honduras.

The church is at 6201 Dunrobbin Dr. Holy Eucharist services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call 301-229-3770.

COMING EVENTS

CHORAL CONCERT

The Mormon Choir of Washington will celebrate the nation's birthday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a program featuring Americana, patriotic and spiritual selections under the direction of Gary Clawson, accompanied by pianist Nancy Reid and a brass ensemble. The Sousa favorite "Stars and Stripes Forever" will be performed on two pianos by a quartet.

The event will be at the Seneca Stake Center, 18900 Kingsview Rd., in Germantown. Admission is free; no tickets are required. For more information, call 301-942-0103.

PIANO CONCERT

Bethesda Presbyterian Church will hold a concert July 11 featuring pianist Robert Roux, chairman of the keyboard department at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Roux is listed as one of the top teachers in Benjamin Savers's publication "The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA."

The church is at 7611 Clarendon Rd. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call 301-986-1137.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church will hold services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday featuring the Community Music School Chorus from Allentown, Pa. The chorus will also perform a 20-minute concert between services.

On July 10 and 11, a musical titled "Seasons of Life" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Written by three members of the congregation--Nancy Powell, Bill Perry and Whitney Myers--it confronts a variety of issues.

The church is at 610 South Frederick Ave. For more information, call 301-948-9418.

LECTURE SERIES

Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church is hosting "Why Work?", a study of the history, philosophy and purpose of work, on July 9. It is part of a series of discussions that will focus on the application of the Bible to daily life. The program begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a speaker at 7:30. Admission is free.

The church is at 410 Granville Dr. in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-587-6637.

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