Storyteller Dennis Dewey will teach and perform Bible stories at Crossroads United Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday there will be a workshop on the stories of the Scriptures. Continental breakfast and child care are included. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dewey will perform stories from the Old and New Testaments; child care will be available for infants through 4-year-olds, and a reception will follow the performance.

Dewey will join the Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. at Crossroads UMC, 43454 Crossroads Dr., Ashburn Farm, and at 11 a.m. at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn.

Registration is required for the workshop and public performance. E-mail or call 703-729-5100. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 703-729-5100 or visit

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling will hold a "Soul Work Part 2" class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to consider how Unitarian Universalism explains and practices diversity.

On Sunday, the church will celebrate Jubilee Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Guest preacher the Rev. John Morehouse will discuss "Why Should We Blow Our Spiritual Winds About the World?" and "What of UU Is in It for You?"

The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein will offer a four-part "Building Your Own Theology" class from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 11, 18 and 25. The class examines the concepts of truth and authority, the holy, sin, suffering, death and immortality from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. 703-406-3068.

Starting Wednesday, the church will hold a half-hour evening Vespers service at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.

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

St. Gabriel's Episcopal 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 at 4 p.m. Sunday on the back lawn and terrace deck of the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall, 1800 E. Market St., Leesburg. Refreshments and live music will be on hand, and rawhide treats will be collected for donation to the Loudoun County Animal Shelter. Animals must be on leashes or in carriers. 703-779-3616.

Sermons at St. Matthews Episcopal Church during October and November will focus on the theme "The Apprentice: Preparing for the Ultimate Boardroom." Sunday services are at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, the church will hold a blessing of the animals service in honor of St. Francis. All pets are welcome, and the service will include individual blessings, treats for animals and children, medals for pets' collars and a free photo of owners with their pets being blessed. 201 E. Frederick Dr., Sterling. 703-430-2121 or

Liberty Assembly of God will show "The Passion of the Christ" and hold a discussion about the movie at 6 p.m. Oct. 10. 11775 Morgansburg Rd., Bealeton. 540-439-0500 or

Roszell Chapel United Methodist Church in Philomont will hold a Fall Feast from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 to raise money for its building fund. Menu includes chili, Brunswick stew, hot dogs, salad and dessert. Donations accepted. Hunter Oaks Farm, 4 1/2 miles south of Purcellville on Route 690. 540-338-7833.

Galilee United Methodist Church will hold an open house celebration Oct. 23 for its new gym and educational center. The gym was built in memory of Eric VanNederynen, 15, a member of the congregation who was killed by a stranger while walking on a bike path near his Countryside home in 2000. 8 a.m. 10K and 2K runs, benefiting the Child Rescue Center in Sierra Leone. Noon service, followed by games inside and outside the new wing, carnival rides and food. Free. 703-430-2203 or To register for the runs, visit

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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