Christian Outreach International Center of Deliverance invites the public to "Sisters Strengthening Sisters" at 8 a.m. Saturday. The guest speaker will be evangelist Patricia Bell of Refreshing Springs Church of God in Christ, Riverdale. The center is at 3709 Hamilton St., Hyattsville. 301-927-1684.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Broad Creek, in Fort Washington, is adjusting its fall worship service schedule. The Rev. Marc L. Britt, will be the celebrant for a service of Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Those already in the church choir or those who are interested in joining are invited to the Wednesday rehearsals at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday school returns Sept. 12 in a newly renovated classroom at 9:15 a.m. Preparations are being made for the church's annual country fair and fish fry Sept. 18; anyone interested in volunteering for this event should call the church office.

Parishioners are asked to bring nonperishables to the Sunday service, the Saturday morning food pantry or to the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Those in need may pick up food at the pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Items are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The church is at 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-248-4290.

Providence Baptist Church will begin Sunday worship services at 1 and 2 p.m. at its new location, 5607 Old Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro. All are welcome. 301-499-2805.

University United Methodist Church will hold a contemporary worship service with a praise band, congregational singing and video presentations, with the Rev. Jeff Jones and the Rev. Kim Capps, at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday. The church is at 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. 301-422-1400.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will present Frank Dixon in a one-man-show on Mark Twain at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Nursery care will be available, in addition to classes for children and youth. An offering will be taken. 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. 301-449-4308.

Apostolic Church of Laurel invites the community to a groundbreaking ceremony for its new church sanctuary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is on Old Gunpowder Road between Van Dusen and Briggs Chaney roads, Laurel. 301-498-1764.

Community United Methodist Church of Maryland City holds meetings for stay-at-home mothers Mondays at 9 a.m. Women are invited to bring their children and to take part in a frank discussion of the joys and problems of parenting. The church is at 300 Brockbridge Rd., Laurel. 301-725-2198.

Chesapeake Chorale invites singers of all ages to its open rehearsal at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie. The group performs several concerts a year and is accepting new members as well as support volunteers. Call 301-805-8497 or go to the Web site, www.chesapeakechorale.org.

Grace Baptist Church will hold a family fun fair from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday There will be amusement rides, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks, and games and prizes for children. The cost is $3. At the fair, parents or guardians may register their children for Awana, a boys and girls club that meets at the church each Wednesday. Ages 3 and 4 meet from 7 to 8 p.m.; children in grades kindergarten, 1 and 2 meet from 7 to 8 p.m.; girls and boys in grades 3 and 4 meet in separate groups from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; girls and boys in grades 5 and 6 meet in separate groups from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and girls and boys in grades 7 and 8 meet together from 7 to 9 p.m. Awana activities include game time and Bible study. The annual club charge is $25 for one child, $35 for two children and $40 for three or more children.

Grace Baptist Church will also host a support group meeting for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and their family members and friends, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. This is a free event; call 301-978-9855 to learn more. The church is at 7210 Racetrack Rd., Bowie. Call 301-262-1767 or go to the Web site, www.gracebaptist.com.

Unity Center of Light will host an interfaith service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in observance of World Day of Prayer. The church is at 3501 Moylan Dr., Bowie. 301-464-5581.

Bells United Methodist invites budget-conscious shoppers to its Thrift Shop at 6016 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. 301-899-7777.

Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Women's Ministry in Temple Hills is sponsoring a retreat for girls ages 12 to 17 and women 18 and older, Sept. 10 and 11. A bus will leave the church at 4:30 p.m. Friday and return at 7 p.m. Saturday. The retreat will be at the Peach Orchard Retreat Center in Silver Spring. Speakers geared to each age group will discuss current life issues, building a closer relationship with God, spirituality and other topics. There also will be quiet time for personal reflection and aerobics to encourage a healthy body. The women's price is $75; girls 12 to 17, $37.50. All meals and transportation are included. The church is at 4444 Branch Ave., Temple Hills. For reservations, call the church at 301-702-0100; Barbara Kennedy, 240-888-2629; or Nancy Phillips, 301-297-7356.

Division of Psalms Baptist Church in Capitol Heights is offering free classes for ages 4-12. Children may enroll in piano, crochet, cooking or reading classes. The church is at 630 Mentor Ave. Call 301-736-9852.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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