St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Sterling has a new music minister and Sunday school coordinator. The church also is looking for choir members.

Elaine Rendler, a faculty member at George Mason University's Department of Music, is the new music director. Jodie Leach, who has an elementary and special education teaching degree and has taught in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas, is the new Sunday school director.

The church is at 201 E. Frederick Dr. 703-430-2121 or

Galilee United Methodist Church will hold an open house celebration Saturday for its new gym and educational center. The gym was built in memory of Eric VanNederynen, 15, a member of the congregation who was shot to death by a stranger while walking on a bike path near his Countryside home in 2000. Starting at 8 a.m., a 10K run and 2K walk will be held to benefit the Child Rescue Center in Sierra Leone. A noon service will be followed by games inside and outside the new wing, carnival rides and food. Free. The church is at 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. 703-430-2203 or To register for the run or walk, visit

Potomac Falls Episcopal Church will hold a fall tea for women Sunday. Margie Harper, a teacher and speaker at retreats and church gatherings, will present "I Will Speak of the Lord's Great Love Forever -- A Personal Testimony of God's Great Love in Good Times and Bad." 2-4 p.m. Free. Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Reserve a place by today by calling 703-404-0900 or visiting

Sunday's service for the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is called "Faithful Democracy" and will touch on issues such as voter registration, get-out-the-vote strategies and the importance of participation in the electoral process. The church holds a service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 21355 Davis Dr., Sterling. 703-406-3068 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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