Congregant Mary Conover of St. James United Church of Christ will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday on what it means to be heirs of a covenant with God. 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville. 703-443-0524.

Mark Thallander, a former organist in California who lost his arm in an accident last summer, will speak and play the organ at St. David's Episcopal Church on Sunday .

Thallander was associate organist for 18 years at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., serving alongside the renowned Frederick Swann, and then at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, both of which have thousands of congregants. He now teaches music at Vanguard University. Since his accident, he has learned how to play the organ using a prosthesis.

Thallander will speak at 9:30 a.m., then play and speak during the 10:30 a.m. service. 19917 Ashburn Rd. 703-729-0570. or

The Kernstown United Methodist Wind Ensemble will play at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at Christian Community Church at St. Paul's. Visitors are invited to a fellowship meal after the service and to view the continuing restoration of the 1835 stone church and its facilities. The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. 12623 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 540-668-0409.

John Creswell will be the guest preacher Sunday at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling and will share why he feels that Unitarian Universalism is the next great religious movement of the 21st century.

At 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, the church will host an interfaith prayer vigil for a humanitarian resolution to the crisis in Darfur, a province in western Sudan. The service will include interfaith prayers led by the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, candle lighting and a time for individual sharing.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 21355 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a summer Bible camp next week Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, for children 4-10. The program has an Olympic theme, "Ready, Set, Gold!" and will include a daily Bible story, crafts, songs, games and snacks. 46611 Jefferson Dr., Sterling. 703-433-1500.

Sha'are Shalom Congregation (formerly Loudoun Jewish Congregation) in Leesburg will hold a membership ice cream social for current and prospective members from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 29. Learn about joining Sha'are Shalom, the High Holidays, pre-kindergarten and school-age religious education, the new synagogue that is scheduled to open in September, and events that take place throughout the year. The event will also offer children's activities. 10 Cardinal Park Drive SE, Leesburg. 703-729-2710 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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