Sydenstricker United Methodist Church will hold a church picnic with song and games at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 11. The church also will begin a 10-week program of talks on Christian faith issues with a dinner and film, "Christianity: Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant?" at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. The church is at 8508 Hooes Rd. in Springfield. To RSVP, contact 703-455-8477 or www.sumcdisciples.org.

Washington Farm United Methodist Church will hold an open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at 3921 Old Mill Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. 703-780-4696.

Oakton Church of the Brethren will hold a candlelight prayer service in the Taize tradition at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The service will memorialize Protestant monk and theologian Brother Roger, who founded the Taize worship tradition of peaceful reflection in the 1940s and was murdered at a worship service in France on Aug. 16. The church is at 10025 Courthouse Rd. in Vienna. Contact 703-281-4411 or www.oaktonbrethren.org.

Vienna Presbyterian Church is offering a five-session budgeting course based on biblical principles. The course, which will cover earning, spending, saving and borrowing, will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays beginning next week at 146 E. Maple Ave. $25. To register, contact 703-938-9050 or www.viennapres.org/Centerpoint.

The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment will hold a rummage sale of home and garden items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at 222 N. Washington St. in Falls Church. Contact 703-645-8060 or www.thecse.org.

Highview Christian Fellowship Church will host a course on the Old Testament from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at 4100 Hunt Rd. in Fairfax. $25. Registration is required. Contact 703-323-6367 or www.highviewcf.org.

Fairfax Church of Christ will host an eight-week marriage-strengthening seminar beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at 3901 Rugby Rd. $155 a couple. Registration is required. Contact 703-631-2100 or www.fxcc.org.

Congregation Adat Reyim will hold a craft fair with children's activities and refreshments from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at 6500 Westbury Oaks Ct. in Springfield. Contact 703-569-7577 or www.adatreyim.org.

-- Compiled by

C. WOODROW IRVIN

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