Silver Spring Presbyterian Church will be working at the Shepherd's Table soup kitchen in downtown Silver Spring from 6 to 7:45 tonight. Volunteers are needed to serve food, wash dishes and mop up after the meal. The center is at 8210-A Colonial Lane. Call Ann Houston, 301-593-2086.

The Jewish Sports and Social Network invites singles to an alternative service at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Cantor Rosalie Boxt will lead the free worship service. 301-610-5397 or

Montgomery Hills Baptist Church hosts an Al-Anon meeting at 2 p.m. every Sunday for relatives and friends of alcoholics. The church is at 9727 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring (enter the church parking lot from Forest Glen Road). The hour-long meetings are free and confidential. 240-401-9341.

Beth Sholom Congregation will hold a Tishah b'Ab community study from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tishah b'Ab is a traditional day of mourning that commemorates the many tragedies that have befallen Jewish people. The synagogue is at 11825 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac. 301-279-7010.

Gaithersburg Library will host a support group for victims of abuse by clergy or other religious figures from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. The group is sponsored by Voice of the Faithful of Montgomery County and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. The library is at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-460-5588.

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church invites the community to its "Hymn Singalong and Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. The program will feature popular hymns, spirituals and songs of faith. A cake auction and ice cream social follow the singalong. A freewill offering will benefit the church's renovation project. The church is at 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. 301-949-2900.

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church will hold a "Movin' and Shakin' " Bible music camp from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 22-26 for children ages 4 to 10. Activities include daily Bible stories, music, crafts and recreation. Registration is required by Sunday. The church is at 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. 301-365-2850 or register online at

Shaare Tefila Congregation has developed a "Shabbat Schmooze" program that it hopes will become a model for synagogues and other religious groups. The concept evolved from the 2005 Shaare Tefila Retreat and focuses on keeping the Sabbath as a true day of rest. The "schmooze" aspect of the program seeks to bring people together in a come-as-you-are relaxed social setting for restorative conversation and interaction. The next program will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20. During the remainder of the year, the program will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. 301-593-3410.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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