Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., at Inglewood Street in Arlington, will hold a third morning service at 8:15 a.m. Sunday and Dec. 4, 11 and 18, the four Sundays in Advent. The third service will be in traditional; schedules for the usual contemporary service at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 11:15 a.m. will remain unchanged. 703-536-5600.

Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane in Arlington, will hold a service of prayer and healing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in advance of the holidays. 703-527-2621.

R. James "Jim" Nicholson, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and now Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will speak on "The United States and the Holy See: The Long Road" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Parish Hall, 1914 N. Randolph St., Arlington. The event is presented by the Brent Society, a lay Catholic group. Admission is free; donations accepted. 703-830-3103.

St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Catholic Church, 402 E. Monroe Ave. in Alexandria, will hold a special evening prayer and Kirkin' of the Tartan service with bagpipe music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate the feast day of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland. A reception with Scottish foods and beverages will follow the service. 703-683-3343.

The Metropolitan Chorus, accompanied by an organ and string ensemble, is featured in the Annual Messiah Sing at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont St. in Arlington. The public is invited to sing along; scores will be available for purchase or to rent. Admission is free; donations of money and nonperishable food for a community meals program will be accepted. 703-933-2500.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is holding a 10-week therapeutic support group for victims of sexual abuse on Monday evenings in Arlington. 703-841-2530.

St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, will hold an Advent Quiet Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Regina Roman, director of Sapira Inc., will discuss the history, culture and spiritual practice of iconography, along with periods of reflection. Also, James Smith will perform a free 45-minute concert at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. George's. 703-525-8286.

Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St. in Alexandria, is holding a "Messiah Sing-Along" at 4 p.m. Dec. 4, with the CHANDOS Orchestra and guest soloists Elizabeth Lawrence, soprano; Mary Catherine Moroney, alto; Travis Wanner, tenor; and Jason Stearns, bass. Attendees can bring the G. Schirmer edition of the score or purchase one at the door for $6. Admission is free, and child care is available by appointment. 703-671-4057 or www.fairlingtonumc.org.

Ron Shaffer, The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock, will speak about traffic and transit at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 8 at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. Free. A worship service will be held at noon, and a hot lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for $4. 703-465-0341.

St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, will hold a service of lessons and carols at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, with candles, choirs and brief remarks by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde. A reception will follow. Admission is free; donations accepted. 703-524-2815.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will hold its annual Super Sunday fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Volunteers are needed to gather at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax, to make fundraising phone calls for needy people locally and around the world, including Israel. 301-348-7350.

A Respect Life Mass will be held 8 a.m. Dec. 17 at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 3815 Russell Rd. in Alexandria, with Bishop Paul S. Loverde. 703-841-2550.

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