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

The church plans a series of small group studies starting in late September to discuss how to find support in daily life by exploring faith and the Bible and developing a relationship with God. Sign-up sheets will be available Sept. 11 and dates will be determined by the numbers. Meetings will be held in homes weekly or biweekly.

20962 Ashburn Rd. 703-729-2012 or

Worship associate Kim Fitzgerald of Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will explore Earth-based spirituality Sunday in a sermon called "Preparing for the Equinox."

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

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Donations will be accepted for the puppet ministry. 11783 Mountain Rd., Lovettsville. 540-822-9117.

Sterling United Methodist Church will hold a monthlong celebration of its 130th anniversary starting with a rally day at noon Sept. 11 that will include a potluck picnic, moon bounce, dunk tank and sack races. 304 E. Church Rd. 703-430-6455 or

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 Christians, why spirituality is important, what God and the Bible offer, and the features and benefits of living a practical 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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