St. Nicholas Episcopal Church will offer a course at 6:15 p.m. Sunday tracing the history of the Christian church from its beginnings to modern times. The course, "To Restore the Church," will address such issues as the meaning of the Bible, the spread of early Christianity through the Roman Empire and the Reformation in the 16th century. The Rev. Ted Lewis will guide the program.

Admission is free. St. Nicholas Episcopal Church meets at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd. For more information, call 301-548-9680.


Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church will have an informal worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday. There will be music of various styles and a short homily. Refreshments will be served.

Christian education classes for children and adults will begin at 10 a.m. Age-appropriate classes for children will be available. Regular worship will begin at 11:15 a.m., with traditional church music and sacraments.

The church is at 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. For more information, call 301-365-2850.


Church of the Ascension will sponsor the East Silver Spring Community Leadership Dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event will give leaders of community groups and churches in eastern Silver Spring and Takoma Park a chance to network and build relationships among their organizations. The cost is $8; preregistration ends Saturday.

The dinner will be held at Church of the Ascension, 630 Silver Spring Ave. For more information or to preregister, call 301-565-0788.


Wheaton Presbyterian Church and CPC Health, a nonprofit organization specializing in the emotional well-being of the community, are sponsoring a transition workshop for seniors called "What's Next for You" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Workshop topics will include preparing for change, the logistics of aging, relocating and where to go for services and how to select services after moving. A light breakfast and a box lunch will be served. There will be door prizes and a musical performance by Scale Tippers, a barbershop quartet. The cost is $6.

The church is at 3211 Paul Dr. For more information or to register, call 301-942-8900.


Rockville Christian Church will present the Virginians, a Christian quartet, at 11 a.m. Sept. 26. An offering will be collected.

The church is at 301 Adclare Rd. For more information call, 301-762-7744.


The Thai community of the Washington area will hold its 1999 Sart Thai, or memorial day observance, Sept. 26. The program will begin at 7 a.m. with breakfast for the monks of Wat Thai, a nonprofit Buddhist center. A religious ceremony will start at 10 a.m. A sermon in Thai by the abbot and special prayers for the deceased will begin at 12:30 p.m. The music and dance program will begin at 1 p.m. Thai foods, souvenirs and plants, including herbs, will be sold. Admission is free.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided to Wat Thai--at 13440 Layhill Rd. in Silver Spring--from the the garage at the Glenmount Metro station and along Layhill Road. Free parking will be available on Layhill Road, as well as at the Metro garage. For more information, call 301-598-0717.

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