Adelphi Meeting House hosts a program of Buddhist teachings and meditations, "Cultivating the Courageous Heart," led by Margaret Byrne, 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday. The Meeting House is at 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi. Call 202-537-7075, or visit the Web site,

Berwyn Baptist Church hosts First Place, a Christ-centered weight management program. Meetings will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, with an orientation meeting scheduled for April 15. The materials fee for the program is $90; there is no fee to attend the sessions. The church is at 4720 Cherokee Rd., College Park. Call Sandy Ward, 301-474-3239 or 301-937-0364.

Bethany Community Church, a nondenominational faith community, recently dedicated a 25,000-square-foot sanctuary and ministry center in West Laurel. On 24 acres overlooking a pond, woods and historic log cabin, the center features multimedia capability in multiple conference rooms, a private chapel, a library, and a multipurpose room with a special resonating floor that allows the deaf to enjoy musical worship. The church is at 15720 Riding Stable Rd., Laurel. Call 301-549-1200 or visit the Web site:

Bowie Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will offer two services on Easter. The first, "A Spring Celebration," at 8 a.m., will be held at the Allen Pond Gazebo in Bowie. At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Cynthia Snavely will present "Dry Bones: A Passover/Easter Service" at the fellowship's regular meeting place, Rockledge Elementary School, 7701 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Bowie. All are welcome. Call 240-475-2111.

Church of the Great Commission presents a Crusade 2003 celebration, "In Christ We Have The Victory," 7 p.m. nightly, next Wednesday through Saturday. The program features guest speaker Pastor Herb Brisbane from Atlanta, along with musical performances by Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, Minister Jeffrey Whaddy and Friends, Great Commission Mass Choir and the Women's Choir, Work of Grace, Submission Band, Chosen Disciples and more. All services are free and open to the public. The church is at 5055 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. Call 301-423-8600.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Unitarian Universalist Seder at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A traditional Seder dinner will follow the worship service, with nursery care provided. The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Call 301-449-4308 or visit the Web site,

The First Baptist Church of Suitland will hold a carwash beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday to raise funds for a special youth mission trip to Nicaragua. The cost is $6 per car. The church is at 5400 Silver Hill Rd., Forestville. Call 301-765-6111.

Glenn Dale United Methodist Church celebrates Easter week with special Palm Sunday services beginning at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. A Holy Thursday Agape meal will be held at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, followed by a 7 p.m. worship service. A Good Friday prayer vigil will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The week concludes with Easter services at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., followed by a children's Easter egg hunt in the churchyard at noon. All are welcome. The church is at the intersection of Good Luck and Springfield Roads in Glenn Dale. Call 301-262-2299.

Hemmingway Memorial AME Church hosts annual Holy Week services beginning Sunday with two Palm Sunday services, at 7:30 and 11 a.m., and 8 p.m. services each weeknight through Good Friday. Easter will be celebrated at a 6 a.m. sunrise service and 11 a.m. worship service. All are welcome. The church is at 6330 Gateway Blvd., District Heights. Call 301-568-9127.

Oxon Hill United Methodist Church will host a fish fry, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Fish sandwiches and dinners with side dishes and desserts will be offered along with homemade specialty items that may be purchased separately. Sandwiches, $3; full dinner, $5.75; dine-in or carryout. On the same day, the church will host a children's Easter party for ages 5 to 10 featuring crafts, an egg hunt and lunch. The event is free; children ages 4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The church is at 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Call 301-839-4748.

St. Bernard's Catholic Church will hold a fish fry, noon to 6 p.m. Friday. Platters and sandwiches will be available. For more information call 301-277-1001.

Temple Solel presents a lecture by Rabbi David Forman, and a discussion of his book "Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel," 7:30 p.m. today. The lecture is open to the public; $5 admission includes refreshments. The temple is at 2901 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. For reservations call 301-249-2424.

University United Methodist Church invites the public to Easter services, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday and 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and Good Friday. Three services will be held on Easter at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. The church is at 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. Call 301-422-1400.

Women in Fellowship announce their annual Spring Retreat, April 17 to 19, at Sandy Cove Chesapeake Lodge in North East, Md. The program, "Believing God for the Impossible," will feature workshops and guest speakers including V. Michele Jackson of Hope Christian Church speaking on women's challenges in the new millennium. For more information call, 301-736-7498.

-- Barbara Hinton

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