Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church of Olney is offering a new prayer and praise service at 5:30 p.m. Sundays. The contemporary service features live music. The church is at 3425 Emory Church Rd. For more information, call 301-774-4666.


Christ Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Silver Spring is honoring its charter members and members who belonged to the church in its early years with a service and reception at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

People who were members of the church from 1944 through 1950, newer congregation members and the public are invited. The church is at 9525 Colesville Rd. For more information, call 301-585-8010.


Immanuel's Church of Silver Spring will host a service at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring the testimonies of young people who will attend the Torch Rally this weekend at Rock City Church in Baltimore for young Christian martyrs. Evangelist Bob Weiner will be the guest speaker. Child care will be provided. The church is at 16819 New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call 301-989-4673.


American Friends of the Israel Exploration Society will present a slide-lecture on the history of Jerusalem at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The lecture will involve a survey of the major Jewish, Roman, Christian and Moslem holy sites of Jerusalem's 3,000-year history. Professor Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, a specialist in archaeology and ancient Jewish history from St. Joseph's University, will speak.

Admission is $5 for members of the society and $7 for nonmembers. Reservations are not required. The lecture will take place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. For more information, call 301-881-0100.


Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Silver Spring will host a series of programs focusing on the Ten Commandments. The first program, "Who Needs God's Law?" will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Jan. 14. The evening will begin with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the program and the dinner is free.

The church is at 410 Granville Dr. For information about future programs of this series, call 301-587-6637 or visit the World Wide Web site at

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