Messiah United Methodist Church will offer a lecture series for singles called "Finding a Life That Is Truly Your Own" with psychologist Ralph Surette from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10, 17 and 24. There is a $5-a-person fee per session.

The church will also hold a divorce recovery workshop each Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 through Nov. 10. The church is at 6215 Rolling Rd., Springfield. For more information on either program, call 703-569-9862.

Epiphany United Methodist Church will hold a block party from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The event will include music, a moon bounce, children's games and crafts. Attendees are asked to bring a blanket. The church is at 1014 Country Club Dr. NE in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-3494.

St. John's United Methodist Church will hold a community festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11. The event will include a train ride, moon bounce, slide, games, prizes, crafts, food and live entertainment. The church is at 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. For more information, call 703-256-6655.

Great Falls United Methodist Church will welcome speaker Ellie Lafarro for a women's discussion on "The Faithfulness of God" at 1 p.m. Sept. 12. The church is at 10100 Georgetown Pike (Route 193). For more information, call 703-437-7152.

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale will host its 30th annual Slavic American festival from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. The festival will feature traditional Slavic foods, children's rides and games, a dance band, arts and crafts, and a Byzantine sacred music concert at 1:30 p.m. The church is at 3410 Woodburn Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-573-3986 or visit

St. James Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon will hold a "homecoming Sunday" after services Sept. 12. Events will include a welcome reception at 11:45 a.m., a parish picnic with music and games at 12:30 p.m. and a groundbreaking ceremony for a building and renovation project at the church school. The church is at 5614 Old Mill Rd. For more information, call 703-780-4054.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church will hold a lunch and Christian music concert by Soulpajamas at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 after morning worship services. The church is at 7628 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church. For more information, call 703-893-9220 or visit

Burke Presbyterian Church continues to offer monthly opportunities to use the church's indoor labyrinth for prayer walks on the second Sunday of each month. The next walk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. The church is at 5690 Oak Leather Dr. For more information, call 703-764-0456.

Mount Olive Baptist Church will host a conference for singles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11. The free conference is called "Singles Called to a Kingdom Standard." On Sept. 19 at 3 p.m., the church will host its homecoming, "Preserving the Past: Building for the Future." For more information, call 703-830-8769.

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN

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