Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation is holding a gala art auction at 7 p.m. Saturday to raise money for a building. The congregation met for several years in Crossroads Methodist Church's social hall but recently moved Friday evening services to the Cascades Senior Center. A preview of the art and reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the auction at 8. $12.50 a person. Seating is limited. Potomac Club at Lansdowne, 43459 Riverpoint Dr. Checks payable to Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation should be sent to P.O. Box 1485, Ashburn, Va. 20146. Call 703-726-0048, 703-327-7789 or 703-729-4629.

The congregation holds it annual Chanukah Boutique Saturday and Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, featuring a large selection that includes decorative items and gifts. Call 703-777-8023 for location and other details.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church is holding a bazaar and cookie walk 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 6194 Dumfries Rd., Warrenton. Benefits local charities. Free admission. 540-347-3224.

Harmony United Methodist Church is holding a bazaar 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 380 East Colonial Hwy., Hamilton. The bazaar includes handmade arts and crafts, a bake sale and a special kids corner where children can make holiday decorations. Benefits local missions. Free admission. 540-338-2937.

The Rev. John Ohmer, rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, will conduct an "Unplug the Christmas Machine" workshop based on the book by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, which offers advice on how to combat Christmas commercialism and create a joyful, less stressful holiday season. The class equips participants with ways to reduce the stress of preparing for Christmas and ways to teach children that Christmas means more than presents. 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Free, but seating is limited. Preregistration is required by calling 703-777-1124 or e-mailing before noon tomorrow. 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg.

Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church will hold a Christmas bazaar, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. Vendors, crafters, religious goods, sacred art. Free admission. 703-430-5702.

Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation leaders and the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein will offer perspectives Sunday on the work of Michael Durall, author of "The Almost Church." The Jazz Ensemble will provide music, and "Guest at Your Table" boxes will be distributed.

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 21355 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or visit

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6,13 and 20, Finkelstein will offer a workshop series that will deal with places for religious liberals to find hope.

North Fork Baptist Church is holding its annual Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 38130 N. Fork Rd., Purcellville. 540-338-4643.

Leeds Episcopal Church holds a community Thanksgiving service Wednesday, including clergy and choirs from churches throughout the Markham-Hume-Orlean area. 4332 Leeds Manor Rd., Markham. 540-364-2849.

Purcellville area churches and businesses will put on a free traditional Thanksgiving meal for the community 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. next Thursday at Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 100 W. Main St. Volunteers will serve or deliver a meal to anyone who is homebound, alone or working. Reservations are requested by tomorrow for both dine-in or home delivery. Call 540-338-7648, 8-11 a.m., or e-mail

Warrenton Presbyterian Church sponsors a men's breakfast group with guest speakers, open to men and women, 8-9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the church, 91 Main St. A $4 charge covers food. 540-364-4141.

Delaplane Zen Group meets from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Route 17 and Interstate 66 (Exit 23), Delaplane. 540-592-3701 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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