The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun voted at a congregational meeting May 15 to become recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a "Welcoming Congregation." As such, the UUCL vows to provide a welcoming place of worship to all people regardless of sexual orientation.

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold a ham and turkey dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The menu also includes dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, deviled eggs and desserts. Donations accepted. 41799 Stumptown Rd., Lucketts. 703-779-7745. Dinners will also be held July 16, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

Leesburg Presbyterian Church will change to its summer worship schedule beginning Sunday. Services will be held at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays through August. Saturday night outside services will be held on the church lawn at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23 and Aug. 20. Food will be served. 207 W. Market St. 703-777-4163.

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will officially say goodbye to the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein on Sunday. Church members and friends will reminisce, share prayers and good wishes, and sing some of Finkelstein's favorite hymns and musical selections. UUS holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 22135 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or

Vacation Bible Schools:

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, "Serengeti Trek," 5:30-8:30 p.m., July 25-29, age 4 through rising fifth-graders. $25 for one child, $35 for two, maximum $40 per family. Includes dinner. 201 E. Frederick Dr., Sterling. 703-421-6310 or

Evergreen Church, outdoor program, "Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari," 6:30-8:15 p.m. June 27-30, age 4 to rising sixth-graders. 19615 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-7700 or

Sterling United Methodist Church, "Serengeti Trek," 9 a.m.-noon June 27-July 1. For children who turned 3 by Sept. 30, 2004, through rising sixth-graders. $30 a child, maximum $75 per family. 304 E. Church Rd. 703-430-6455.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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