Alvin Dodson, who has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for many years, received the first Alvin Dodson Bell Ringing Award at the Salvation Army of Loudoun County's seventh annual Appreciation Dinner on April 22. The award will be given to the person who has volunteered the most hours in ringing the bell for the Kettle Drive. Judy Brittle, who rang the bell for more than 120 hours during the Christmas 2003 season, won the 2003 Bell Ringing Award.

The employees of America Online were recognized for supporting Angel Tree 2003 by providing Christmas gifts for more than 800 Loudoun children. Melissa Stirling, coordinator for the AOL Angel Tree participation, received a certificate for her assistance.

The employees of Orbital Sciences Corp. received a certificate for their participation in Apple Tree 2003, the back-to-school program for needy children.

Mount Zion United Method Church will celebrate Women's Month in May. A gospel concert with the theme "Sisters in Praise" will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, at 3:30 p.m., elder Edna Palmer of Community Church of Praise Church of Annapolis will be the guest speaker. 12 North St., NE, Leesburg. 703-777-6382

St. James United Church of Christ will discuss the "newness" of Christ that struck the whole community of followers when he appeared after the Resurrection at its Sunday service. 11 a.m. 10 Broad Way, Lovettsville. 703-443-0524.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun will explore social oppression on Sunday and at three other services this spring and summer. Speakers will examine ways that the church can provide a safe spiritual environment for all people in our community regardless of sexual orientation.

Sunday services are held at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. at the UUCL chapel, 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-7644 or www.uuloudoun.org.

The Rev. Dave Bumbaugh, associate professor of ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, will deliver the sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Sterling on Sunday. Titled "The Vines Across the Roads," the sermon is an exploration of how Unitarian Universalists journey together.

UUS meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or www.uusterling.org.

Denny Nissley, founder and director of Christ in Action, a global outreach ministry that specializes in disaster relief and promotion of the family, and author of the book "Fear No Evil," will speak at Liberty Assembly of God's 11 a.m. service May 25. 11775 Morgansburg Rd., Bealeton. www.libertyassembly.com or 540-439-0500.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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