The Comfort Ministry of Ebenezer AME Church will hold a workshop and fellowship for professional caregivers and family members from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 7707 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. Call 301-248-8833.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a book discussion group from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. "The Power of Myth," by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers, will be discussed. A film will follow. A donation of $10 is requested. The church is at 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Call 301-248-5771 to register.

Calvary Alliance Church will hold a Women's Renewal Conference on Saturday for women 18 and older. Registration begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow with light refreshments and prayer and praise. A video screening and presentation will follow at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's events will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a silent auction, devotions, a question-and-answer session, skits and a victory rally. On Sunday, the regular 11 a.m. worship will feature guest speaker Carol D. Johnson, mayor of District Heights. The church is at 12020 Old Gunpowder Rd., Beltsville. Everyone is welcome. Call 301-595-4393.

Synergy, an alcohol-free and smoke-free Christian club, will feature comedians Miss Clareese and Joe Recca from Black Entertainment Television at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 in advance. Synergy is at 4935 Harford Ave., Beltsville. Call 240-351-7458.

Wildercroft Church of Christ is holding special gospel services at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Phillip Shumake will be the guest speaker. The church is at 6330 Auburn Ave., Riverdale. A free-will offering will be taken. Call 301-474-7460.

New Home Baptist Church in Landover will host Toastmasters International at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Meetings are usually one hour. An annual fee to join is required. The church is at 8320 Landover Rd., Landover. Call 301-980-7165 or 301-773-8100 or visit the Web site at

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will host "Cafe Florian Open Mic" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The free sharing of music and poetry takes place the second Saturday of each month. Performances may include folk music, original musical compositions, classical piano pieces, Spanish guitar, songs with sign language interpretation and poetry readings. Arrive early to sign up to perform. Refreshments will be served. The church is at 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 301-856-2573 or visit the Web site,

Grace United Methodist Church is offering classes in basic computer techniques, Microsoft Powerpoint, Access, Internet introduction, personal computer repair and troubleshooting. The classes begin Saturday and run through November. Registration fee is $25 per course; students and seniors are free. Call 301-248-6465.

The Golden Harvest Craft Show and Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mattaponi Catholic Youth Organization Youth Retreat and Conference Center, 11000 Mattaponi Rd., Upper Marlboro. Handmade items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be featured. Call 301-952-9074.

Prince of Peace Christian Community Church and Healing Center will hold its first worship service at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Michele Balamani will lead the opening ceremonies at Jerusalem AME Church, 8415 Schultz Rd., Clinton. Services will follow at the Club House in the Woodland Landing Apartment Homes, 10023 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham.

Abundant Joy Ministries will ordain its first minister at 5 p.m. Sunday at Berwyn Presbyterian Church. Deborah E. Bell-Shepard, a Montgomery County teacher, earned a master's of divinity degree at Virginia Union University in Richmond. The Revs. Ella Mitchell and Henry Mitchell will participate in the service. The public is invited. The church is at 6301 Greenbelt Rd., College Park.

University United Methodist Church will hold a contemporary-style worship service at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday. The church is at 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. Call 301-422-1400.

Berwyn Baptist Church will hold its monthly "Kids Quest" worship service for children and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Call 301-474-7117.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a theology study group for adults from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 23. These sessions are meant to encourage the building of a personal theology using the teachings of religious scholars. The church is at 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. A donation of $10 is requested. To register, call 301-248-5771 or visit

The Bowie Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a special service on the "Eightfold Path of Buddhism" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Cynthia Snavely will discuss the eight aspects of the pathway: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. The church is at 1540-C Pointer Ridge Pl., Bowie. Call 240-475-2111.

First Baptist Church of Glenarden will host a Church Management Conference led by the Network for Church Administrators from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23. Workshops will be held to help participants refresh their financial skills and other workplace-related skills such as time management and planning. The church is at 3600 Brightseat Rd., Landover. The cost to attend is $30 to $175. For more information, call Bessie Robinson at 301-702-3020 or visit the Web site to register.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church recently hosted a celebration to establish an Absolom Jones Memorial Window and Scholarship Fund. The former house slave, born in 1746, is the first known African American Episcopal priest in America. Ellen Washington, a member of St. Philip's and of the Union of Black Episcopalians, led the effort to establish the memorial. The window will be displayed in the church's Wyatt Ministry Center. The church is at 522 Main St., Laurel.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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