Glencarlyn Road Baptist Church in the Falls Church area will close its doors Sept. 30. The church is consolidating with Columbia Baptist Church, on West Columbia Street at Lee Highway, and will reopen as a branch of the congregation next Easter. Glencarlyn Road officials cited declining membership as the reason for the decision to merge the two churches. The final worship service before the closing will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 25, at 3245 Glencarlyn Rd. For more information, call 703-820-6919.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax recently welcomed Mary Katherine Morn as the church's lead minister. Morn previously served congregations in Macon, Ga., and Nashville. She is vice president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. The church is at 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. For more information, call 703-281-4230.

Our Brother's Keeper, an interfaith coalition, will host a Labor Day service at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Falls Church. The service will recognize lower-income Northern Virginians who work multiple jobs to provide for their families. The church is at 115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church.

Fairfax Church of Christ will begin English as a second language classes with a registration session at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. The church is at 3901 Rugby Rd., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-631-2100 or visit

Epiphany United Methodist Church will host a block party from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The event will include food, music, games and crafts. The church is at 1014 Country Club Dr. NE, Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-3494.

St. John's United Methodist Church will hold a community festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10. The event will include food, children's amusements, crafts and live music. The church is at 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. For more information, call 703-256-6655.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church will host a community event from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Rides, games and food will be offered. The church is at 9203 Braddock Rd., Burke. For more information, call 703-978-8724 or visit

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale will host its annual Slavic American festival from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The festival will feature traditional Slavic foods, children's rides and games, arts and crafts, and a Byzantine sacred music concert at 2 p.m. The church is at 3410 Woodburn Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-573-3986 or visit

St. Luke's United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sept. 11. Lunch, a tour of the Pleasant Grove Church in McLean -- whose ministry helped to found St. Luke's -- and remembrances of original members of the congregation will follow the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is at 7628 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church. For more information, call 703-893-9220.

The Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence will hold a service in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their families at 4 p.m. Sept. 11. The service will feature musicians and singers from six area churches, the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra and the Fairfax Choral Society performing Faure's Requiem. The church is at 6304 Lee Chapel Rd., Burke. For more information, call 703-455-7500.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church's English as a second language classes will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 13 through Nov. 17. Registration is $10 and must be completed by next Thursday. The cost of the textbook is $20. The church is at 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-323-9500 or visit

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN

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