St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church holds a series of discussions about the book "The Purpose Driven Life," starting with a dinner 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. Free dinner, music and book for signing up for the series, to be led at the school by the Rev. Jeunee Cunningham from 7 to 8:30 Thursday nights starting next week through Nov. 4. Childcare provided. 703-779- 3616.

On Oct 3, the church invites parishioners to bring dogs, llamas, cats, horses, ferrets and other pets to join its "Yowlaluia! Blessing of the Animals" service in honor of St. Francis, 4 p.m., back lawn and terrace deck of the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall, 1800 E. Market St, Leesburg. Refreshments and live music. Rawhide treats will be collected for the animal shelter. Animals must be on leashes or in carriers. 703-779-3616.

St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church kicks off a yearlong program of evangelical events with a tent revival weekend Saturday and Sunday and a healing service Monday . Saturday is aimed at adults, beginning with a 5 p.m. Mass, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. remarks by Catholic evangelical speaker Greg Trainor and concluding with music by Christian bands. Sunday is geared toward teenagers, starting with a barbeque at 2:30 p.m. with speaker Jim Beckman and contemporary Christian music, 6 p.m. Mass and ice cream social. At 7 p.m. Monday, there will be a healing service under the tent. All events are free and open to the public. 37730 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. For more information or to make special bus arrangements, call 540-338-6381 or visit

Harmony United Methodist Church holds a pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. SaturdayDonations accepted and proceeds will go to mission projects. 380 E. Colonial Hwy., Hamilton. 540-338-2937.

The Senate chaplain, the Rev. Barry Black, and Mike McManus of Marriage Savers will be the guest speakers at the Loudoun Healthy Marriage Summit on Saturday. The meeting will be 8-10 a.m. at First Mount Olive Baptist Church, 216 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. 540-338-7550.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church begins a spiritual growth campaign called 40 Days of Purpose at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a pre-recorded presentation by author Rick Warren to be shown at churches across the county. 40 Days of Purpose is a six-week spiritual growth journey based on Warren's best-selling book "The Purpose-Driven Life," designed to answer the question "What on Earth am I here for?" A study group will be held for six weeks from Saturday through Nov. 7. Times and dates of the sessions to be determined. 20962 Ashburn Rd. Register by calling 703-729-2012 or e-mailing

The Women's Ministry at Christian Fellowship Church will sponsor "An Evening of Worship" featuring singer, speaker and author Kathy Troccoli at 6 p.m. Sunday. 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn. Tickets $13, $15, $17 and $19. Order by calling 703-729-3900, Ext. 4017.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling holds a "Soul Work Part 2" class 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2 to consider issues such as the difference between tolerance and justice and sensitivity to race and ethnicity.

Delaplane Zen Group meets 7-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Route 17 and Interstate 66, Delaplane. 540-592-3701 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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