Sydenstricker United Methodist Church will welcome psychiatrist Roberta Gilbert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a presentation on parenting. Gilbert is the author of "Connecting With Our Children." The church is at 8508 Hooes Rd., Springfield. For more information, call 703-461-8223.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer's weekly "faith and life" forums continue at 9:45 a.m. Sunday when church member Thomas Imhoof presents a historical overview of the tensions between faith and science. The church is at 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. For more information, call 703-356-5442 or visit

Unity of Fairfax will hold a seminar called "Beyond Christianity: Reason, Religion and the Road Ahead" Oct. 15 and 16. The seminar includes a lecture Oct. 15 by theologian Joe Bessler-Northcutt on "The Rise and Fall of the Christian Myth" and an Oct. 16 presentation with Thomas Sheehan, a Stanford University professor of religion, on "Thinking Through Christianity and Beyond." The church is at 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. For more information, including times and registration fees, call 703-281-1767.

Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church will hold a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16. Baked goods and gift items will be sold, and activities will include scarecrow-making, pumpkin painting, hayrides and games. All proceeds will go to charity. The church is at 1301 Trap Rd., Vienna. For more information, call 703-759-3509.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will be selling pumpkins beginning Sunday through the end of the month. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to dusk Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to dusk Sundays. Special events for children will be held Saturdays during the sale, and crafts and baked goods will be sold on weekends as well. Proceeds benefit the church's community outreach programs and Navajo pumpkin growers. The church is at 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-2922.

St. Barnabas will also present a vocal recital with mezzo-soprano Susan Onderdonk and pianist Marti Rideout at 4 p.m. Oct. 17. The two will perform music by Bach, Handel, Copland, Brahms and others. The church is at 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-2922.

St. Joseph's Catholic School's parent-teacher organization will present a benefit performance of the satire "Late Nite Catechism" at 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Tickets are $35, and proceeds will benefit the organization and the school's new drama ministry. A cocktail hour will precede the performance. The school is at 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. For more information or to buy tickets, call 703-904-1672.

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN

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