St. Anthony Church of Falls Church will hold a concert featuring its combined choirs and guest soprano Diane Abel at 8 p.m. tomorrow. The choirs will perform Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in D Minor and Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria." Admission is $10 at the door.

The church is at Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Glen Carlyn Road. For more information, call 703-533-1966.

Unity of Fairfax will celebrate the opening of its new church at 4 p.m. Sunday with a dedication and blessing ceremony. A dinner of thanksgiving will follow.

Recent growth of the congregation prompted construction of the new complex.

"Many people often tell us they find Unity to be a spiritual homecoming because our philosophy resonates so closely with their personal beliefs," Donna Dearmore, the church's co-minister, said in a statement.

Co-minister Terry Dearmore added, "With our expanded space, we can serve the needs of more people in our community." The ministers, a husband and wife team, have led the congregation since 1998.

The church will hold open houses at 11 a.m. every Sunday in December. It is at 2854 Hunter Mill Rd. in Oakton. For more information, call 703-281-1767.

Pohick Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas mart at 11 a.m. today. Craft items, baked goods, casseroles, jewelry, consignments and books will be sold. A Colonial luncheon will be served at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. by costumed waitresses. Tickets are available at the door. The church is at 9301 Richmond Hwy. in Lorton. For more information, call 703-550-9449.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Falls Church will host a series of classes and demonstrations in a program titled "Homeland Security Begins at Home" from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Attendees can learn how to protect themselves and loved ones in the event of a national emergency. Classes in Spanish will be offered from 12:40 to 2 p.m. The church is at 2034 Great Falls St. For more information, call 703-538-4172.

St. Matthews United Methodist Church will be open to the community for a guided prayer walk and time of meditation in anticipation of Thanksgiving from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The church is at 8617 Little River Tpk. in Annandale. For more information, call Jan Harrod at 703-978-3500.

Wesley United Methodist Church's Never Grow Old group will meet with members of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at 11 a.m. Tuesday to discuss home fire safety. All Vienna area residents are welcome to attend. The church is at Moore and Spring streets in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-9700.

United Christian Parish will hold a special Thanksgiving worship service at 10 a.m. next Thursday. Dress is casual, and parishioners are encouraged to bring family and out-of-town guests. The church is at 11508 N. Shore Dr. in Reston. For more information, call Judy Blake at 301-601-7330.

Vienna Presbyterian Church will host a lecture by Rateb Rabie, president of the Holyland Christian Ecumenical Foundation, at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the church's fellowship hall. Rabie will speak on "Holy Land Christians: The Forgotten Faithful." The church is at 124 Park St. NE. For more information or to make child care reservations, call 703-938-9050, Ext. 151.

Truro Episcopal Church will offer sacramental confession from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 and hold its candlelight festival of lessons and carols at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The church is at 10520 Main St. in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-273-1300 or visit

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax will welcome speaker Huston Smith, author of "Why Religion Matters," at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 for a discussion on "God, the Incredible Surmise." Tickets are $10 and available until Nov. 30. Send a check payable to UUCF with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to UUCF Huston Smith, PO Box 130, Oakton, Va. 22124. The church is at 2709 Hunter Mill Rd. For more information, call 703-281-4230 or visit

The Virginia Shalem Group has begun meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The group focuses on relaxation, presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal-keeping and small group sharing. The group is ecumenical and welcomes people of all faiths. It meets at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Tpk. in Fairfax. For more information, call 301-897-7334 or visit

-- Compiled by C. Woodrow Irvin

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Unity of Fairfax will dedicate its new church Sunday. The church also will hold open houses on Sundays in December.