Sydenstricker United Methodist Church will hold a workshop on low-stress alternatives for celebrating the holidays from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The workshop is called "Unplug the Christmas Machine." The church is at 8508 Hooes Rd., Springfield. For more information, call 703-451-8223.

Mount Tabor Catholic house of prayer and retreat center will host Joseph Nangle, author of "Birth of a Church: A Personal Story," for a discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The center is at 2363 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. For more information, call 703-476-1446.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston will hold an alternative holiday gift market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20. The event is co-sponsored by Alternative Gifts International, Ten Thousand Villages, Reston Interfaith, Heifer International, UNICEF, Northern Virginia Training Center, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, American Near East Refugee Aid and Amazon Project. The church is at 1625 Wiehle Ave. For more information, call 703-362-2684.

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church will hold a book discussion on Alan Paton's "Cry the Beloved Country" at 1 p.m. Nov. 21. At 7 p.m. that day, the church will hold an ecumenical Thanksgiving communion service with the congregations of Herndon United Methodist, Trinity Presbyterian and Holy Cross Lutheran churches. At 11 a.m. Nov. 25, the church will hold its Thanksgiving service. The church is at 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. For more information, call 703-437-3790.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer will host a Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 21. The dinner will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. worship service. The church is at 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. For more information, call 703-356-3346 or visit

Living Savior Lutheran Church will be the departure point for the annual Burke Crop Walk at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. The event, in its 12th year, consists of a four-mile walk to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke to raise money for local and world hunger projects. Living Savior is at 5500 Ox Rd. For more information, call 703-440-1034.

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN

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