Cornerstone Chapel will hold a free concert Saturday featuring the group Salvador and contemporary Christian artist Freddie Colloca. Gates open at 3 p.m., concert begins at 4 p.m. Arrive early, as parking is limited. No alcohol, glass containers, pets or smoking. Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. 703-771-1500 or

Sha'are Shalom will hold a congregational picnic for members and prospective members from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fox Ridge Park at the west end of Catoctin Circle next to C.S. Monroe school in Leesburg. There will be softball, soccer, basketball, children's activities and kosher food. Rabbi Neil Tow will attend. $7.50 per adult or $20 per family for members; free for prospective members. 703-437-6500 or

High Holy Day services will begin with Rosh Hashanah at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Services will be held at 9 a.m. on the first and second days of the holiday Oct. 4 and 5. Tashlich will be held at the conclusion of the first day service, at 1 p.m. Oct. 4.

Yom Kippur services begin at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. Oct. 13. A break-the-fast will be held after the conclusion of Yom Kippur services around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be led by rabbinic intern Neil Tow.

19357 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. Non-members can reserve tickets by calling the synagogue at 703-437-6500. For more information, visit

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church will hold a "Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases" service at 10 a.m. Sunday. 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg. 703-779-3616.

The Rev. Matthew McNaught, the interim minister, will be in the pulpit for the first time Sunday at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling.

UUS services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 22135 Davis Dr., Suite 104. 703-406-3068 or

Ashburn Presbyterian Church plans a two-part sermon series Sept. 4 and 11 on how people can bring balance into their busy lives by making a lasting connection with God and others in the community. 9:45 a.m. contemporary worship service and 11:15 a.m. traditional worship service.

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

Crossroads United Methodist Church will hold an eight-week "Basics of Christianity" class starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 18. Topics include why there are hundreds of views about Christianity, core beliefs shared by all Christians, why spirituality is important, what God and the Bible offer, and the features and benefits of living a practical and yet passionate Christianity. The classes will be held at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Child care provided. 703-729-5100, Ext. 15, or e-mail

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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