Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will hold its 12th annual fall festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (rain date, Sept. 18). Events include a classic car show, craft show, bake sale and silent auction. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. 43987 John Mosby Hwy. 703-327-4461.

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church will hold a fellowship picnic at 4 p.m. Saturday and gospel sing at 6 p.m. Free food and refreshments provided by members of Mount Pisgah. 1175 Delaplane Grade Road, Upperville. 540-592-3530.

Scot McKnight, author of "The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others," will speak at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at the 8, 9:50 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday on the topic "A society with perspective -- finding a spiritual center around which we can organize lives that are healthy and whole." 201 E. Frederick Dr., Sterling. 703-430-2121 or

St. James United Church of Christ invites neighbors to a Get Acquainted Sunday this Sunday at 11 a.m. . The service will allow children and youths to meet the congregation's educational leaders and hear about the Spirit of the Season curriculum that will address a different story or scripture each week, integrating the three vital aspects of the faith: worship, learning and service. Adults will be encouraged to ask questions about what the United Church of Christ stands for and to meet members of the congregation. Refreshments. 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville. 703-443-0524.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun marks the end of summer with its annual "In-Gathering" service Sunday in which members and friends share stories of their summer adventures by pouring a bit of water collected while traveling (or from the back yard) into a common bowl. Sunday services are held at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. at the UUCL chapel, 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-7644 or

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will hold their "Ingathering and Water Communion" on Sunday with the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and new intern minister Amy DeBeck. Congregants are reminded to bring water gathered from summer travels to add to the communal bowl.

Also Sunday, the church begins a monthly drop-in discussion, "Bible for Liberals." It will be held on the second Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. service. Each session will feature an in-depth discussion of a biblical text. Participants will be given background on the historical context in which the text was written, the literary features and the way it has been interpreted. There will be opportunities to talk about personal response and how biblical studies might influence one's own spiritual journey.

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

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold a ham and turkey dinner 5-7 p.m. Sept. 18. Sides and dessert included. Donations accepted. 41799 Stumptown Rd. 703-779-7745.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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