Bethel United Methodist Church will hold a ham and turkey dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The menu will include dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, beets, deviled eggs and desserts. Donations accepted. 41799 Stumptown Rd. 703-779-7745.

Fall classes begin Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling:

* Explorers (younger than 3) will get to know their peers and some of the adults in the church through the nursery.

* Dreamers (preschool and kindergarten), employing the UU Alphabet curriculum, will use a new letter each week to guide their lessons about UU leaders, principles and concepts.

* Bridgers (grades 4-7) will explore "Traditions With a Wink," which will teach an understanding of UU faith. Bridgers will go on three field trips to other area UU churches and have an overnight stay at the church in June.

* YRUU (grades 8-12) will integrate the five components of a successful youth program to create its own group. The youths will attend adult worship once a month and participate in "donut discussions" after the service.

For information about registering children for the religious education program, call Cyndi McRea, religious education director, at 703-406-3068.

Sunday's service is titled "The Teaching Church, the Learning Church." The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and intern minister Amy DeBeck will reflect on what it takes to make a minister and what a congregation derives from being part of the process. UUS will also recognize new members.

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

Sterling United Methodist Church women are sponsoring their annual community dinner from noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. The menu includes turkey or ham with trimmings, salad, dessert and beverage. Suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and $6 for senior citizens. Proceeds benefit church missions. 304 E. Church Rd. 703-430-6455.

Sunday's sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun by the Rev. John Morehouse will be "Spirit for Sale," exploring how to access holiness in our lives. 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 Church of Peace will hold a fall equinox drumming circle and meditation session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bring your own drum, rattle or rain stick if you have one and material to make a prayer tie (loose, non-flavored pipe tobacco; quarter-yard of 100 percent cotton fabric in red, white, black, yellow, blue or green; string -- not thread; scissors; and sage, cedar or sweet grass). Refreshments will be served, or you can bring some to share. $10 a person requested donation. Angel Hill House, 128 Governors Dr. SW, Leesburg. 703-912-1938 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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Members of Sha'are Shalom, formerly Loudoun Jewish Congregation, celebrated the arrival Sunday of their three Torahs to their new synagogue in Leesburg, above. Below, Nessa Memberg takes her turn carrying the Torah on a march to the new synagogue as Mike Simon walks beside and the congregation follows.