Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale will host a panel discussion on the spiritual response to gang violence at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4604 Ravensworth Rd. Scheduled panelists include: David Fox, chaplain with the Fairfax County Police Department; John Montgomery, senior chaplain at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center; Sharon Wentland, founder and director of Barrios Unidos; and David Stevens, a Christian Science practitioner and former college dean, high school teacher and coach. For more information, call 703-323-0022.
The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center is sponsoring meditation classes on Tuesdays, from Sept. 14 through Dec. 14, except Nov. 2. The classes will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Dr., Reston. For more information, call 202-331-2122 or visit www.meditation-dc.org.
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church will present "Worship in the Park," a special program by the church's youth group, at 11 a.m. Sunday in the amphitheater at Mason District Park, 3011 Little River Tpk., Annandale. For more information, call 703-534-6461 or visit www.sleepyhollowumc.org.
St. Luke's United Methodist Church will kick off its fall programs with worship, lunch and a free Christian music concert by Soulpajamas starting at 11 a.m. Sunday. St. Luke's is at 7628 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church. For more information, call 703-893-9220 or visit www.stlukestysons.org.
Lutherans for Life of the Mid-Atlantic States will hold a youth conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd. in Springfield. The conference will feature Brian Young, a speaker and author on biblical creationism; Tim Goeglien, a special assistant to President Bush; and Ed Szeto, a national spokesman for Lutherans for Life (www.lutheransforlife.org). Music and a pizza lunch will be provided. Registration is $10 a person. For more information and to register, contact Dennis Di Mauro at 703-600-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Sept. 20.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church will offer classes in English as a second language from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 14 through Nov. 18. Registration is $20. The church is at 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-323-9500 or visit www.lordoflifelutheran.com.
Washington Plaza Baptist Church will begin a series of Bible study classes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The classes will extend for 14 weeks, meeting each Tuesday for 90 minutes. The church is at 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. For more information or to register, call 703-471-5225 or visit www.washingtonplazachurch.com.
St. Luke Catholic Church will welcome organist and composer Daniel Gawthrop for a performance at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Gawthrop is a former composer-in-residence for the Fairfax Symphony. The church is at 7001 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), McLean. For more information, call 703-356-0670.
Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the end of its "building on faith" week with a 7 p.m. concert Sept. 18 by interfaith choir Mosaic Harmony, at Great Falls United Methodist Church. The church is at 10100 Georgetown Pike (Route 193). For more information, call 703-521-9890 or visit www.hfhnv.org.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church will welcome the Red Rose Trio for a concert at 4 p.m. Sept. 19. The trio will perform music by Schumann, Debussy and Mendelssohn. The church is at 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. For more information, call 703-533-9454.
The Potomac Chapter of Hadassah will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Alon Ushpiz, the minister of congressional affairs at the Embassy of Israel, will deliver a keynote speech on the current political climate. The meeting will take place at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston. For more information, call 703-391-8522.
Jubilee Christian Church is hosting a "friendship day" and free lunch at noon Sunday after services and Sunday school. The church also will begin an eight-week women's Bible study with a Monday night course at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and a Tuesday daytime course at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 21. The study will cover the book "A Heart Like His," by Beth Moore. Registration is $20 and includes a copy of the book. Free child care will be provided. The church is at 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-383-1170 or visit www.jccag.org.
McLean Presbyterian Church will offer classes in English as a second language on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 22, and on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 23. Registration is $15 and will be conducted at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The church is at 1020 Balls Hill Rd. For more information, call 703-394-0573.
-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN and STEPHEN C. FEHR
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