Local Religious Events & Activities in the Crosspointe Area! 

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Second Annual Community Care Challenge


Local Religious Events & Activities in the Crosspointe Area! 

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  • The following is a press release from the New Hope Church:

Second Annual Community Care Challenge

Lorton, Virginia (Date) — New Hope Church is putting their faith into action by conducting their second annual Community Care Challenge, practicing purposeful acts of kindness throughout the South County community.  Last year, over 150 volunteers of all ages spent their Saturday working in the community doing everything from removing yard debris to scraping gum off the sidewalks.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 8th. The goal is to have 300 volunteers participating

The church is currently looking for locations and opportunities to serve on September 8th. If you have a specific need or know someone who does, please email the church office at info@newhope.org or call 703.971.4673.

“We care a lot about our growing Lorton community and are looking for ways to partner with others to make a positive and lasting contribution,” says New Hope’s Pastor, Rusty Coram.

New Hope Church is currently meeting at South County Secondary School.  They are in the process of constructing a permanent facility on Ox Road, just north of the Shoppes of Lorton Valley.  When completed in 2008, they facility will have a preschool, auditorium, and education space, as well as resources to provide before school and after school care. 

For more information about New Hope Church and their Community Care Challenge (or C307), contact 703.971.4673 or newhope.org.

  • Westwood Baptist Church will host a drop-in grief support group on Thursdays, from noon-1 p.m. beginning April 18 at 8200 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information, contact Jessica Chase, Hospice of Northern Virginia, Point of Hope Grief Counseling Center, at 703-538-2064.
  • T.O.T. Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield, will begin its 15th year of operation in September. This is a developmental, Christian preschool with degreed teachers and small classes. Registration for fall 2002 classes is now being accepted. For more information, call the preschool at 703-644-6384.
  • The Celebration Singers, a costumed and choreographed, all-volunteer women's show chorus, invites singers to join them. The group sings a variety of music in three voice ranges - soprano, second soprano and alto. They rehearse on Wednesdays during the day alternating between Heritage Hunt in Gainesville and the Springfield United Methodist Church. For more information, call Virginia Halterman at 703-321-9126 or Nora Steiger at 703-971-2124.
  • Springfield Christian Church, 5407 Backlick Road, has opened its doors on Wednesday evenings, from 7-7:30 p.m., to those in need of prayer. For more information, call Springfield Christian Church at 703-354-4994, or e-mail SCCI@erols.com.
  • Each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, holds a prayer service. This is a service that Messiah started in January. Those in need of God's help to deal with life's stresses and difficulties are welcome to experience the power of corporate prayer. All in the community are welcome. For more information, call 703-569-9862.
  • Trinity Episcopal welcomes you throughout the year, Sundays 10 a.m., at the Wm. Halley Elementary School, Fairfax Station, VA.  Coffee, conversation, youth and adult education follow the service.  For more information contact:  Rev. Jane Piver, (703) 328-4445, Trinity.Episcopal@worldnet.att.net

  • United Community Ministries, which offers a wide variety of social services to residents of southern Fairfax County, is currently seeking volunteers to help in many ways, including working in the ministry's thrift store, tutoring children, answering phones, performing administrative work and more. Call Sue Kelley at 703-768-7106 ext. 326.

  • United Community Ministries is helping several organizations sponsor ``mini-walks" to benefit the homeless.
    November events include walks at Pohick Episcopal Church and Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church. October walks were held by Montessori School of Alexandria, St. Louis Catholic School, Nativity Lutheran Church and Plymouth Haven Baptist Church.  For information on all events, call Deborah Halla at (703) 768-7106.

  • Volunteers sought for The Naomi Project.  The Naomi Project, a Falls Church-based program of the Virginia Council of Churches and the Virginia Interfaith Infant Mortality Prevention Council, will hold training for new volunteers in late September.

    The program matches each volunteer with one pregnant or newly parenting woman in a mentoring friendship that extends through the pregnancy and the baby's early development.  There is a special need for Spanish-speaking volunteers.  Call Peggy Ferguson at 703-860-2633. 
  • The Burke Community Church will be holding Body & Soul Aerobics every Wednesday and Friday morning from 9:30 - 11:00 am Classes are forming now.  Call Suzann at (703) 569-0041.

  • United Community Ministries is calling for volunteers to serve as food closet aides, thrift store aides, child care aides, drivers, computer tutors and to help with a June food drive. For details, contact Sue
    Kelley at (703) 768-7106. 

  • The United Methodist Church in Burke is starting a support group for persons living with cancer and their families, caregivers, and those who are loved ones of those who died of it.  The group meets on Monday mornings 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Parkway.  The requested donation is $15 for church members and $25 for non-members per session.  For more information, call either REV Karen Gardner at (703) 250-6100 or Rusty Lynn at (703) 903-9696, ext 269.

  • The Durga Hindu Temple is now open at the intersection of Silverbrook and Hooes Road.  To learn more, click on:  http://www.durgatemple.org

  • The Fairfax Baptist Temple & Academy is being built at the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway and Burke Lake Road.

  • Woman at the Well, a free, interdenominational Bible study fellowship, meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St. For information on joining the group, call (703) 878-1025. 

  • The Catholic Church that serves the Crosspointe area: St. Raymond Roman Catholic Church, Father Sal Parish residence: 8900 Triple Ridge Rd., Fairfax Station.  The phone number is (703) 690-6650. The Church holds weekend Masses at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept. on Backlick Rd.

  • HELPING Others in Northern Virginia
    compiled by Mike McDowell of the Washington Post
    Thursday, November 25, 1999; Page V04

    Following is a list of some Northern Virginia organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items:

    Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, 703-746-0440, NOVAM needs volunteers for the holiday season to help provide services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The organization seeks volunteers to set up and serve food at the client holiday party Dec. 6. In addition, donated gifts are needed for the adopt-a-family program. For information, contact Beth Felling at Ext. 15.

    Northern Virginia Family Service, 703-533-2548, Volunteers are needed to adopt a family or donate children's toys. For adopted families, new gifts and clothing are needed for children and food for the family. Drop off new toys or gifts for children at 100 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Falls Church.

    Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, 703-836-2176, The bureau has compiled a listing of holiday volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups for the holiday season. Volunteers are needed for a range of activities, such as delivering food to the homebound, assisting with a toy drive, adopting a family or gift wrapping to help local organizations raise funds. To receive an updated copy of the list, call the bureau or visit its Web site, http://home.dn.net/avb.

    Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, 703-525-7177, Volunteers are needed to wrap and deliver presents and food baskets to people living in homeless shelters and transitional housing in Alexandria and Arlington between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23. Unaccompanied volunteers must be at least age 16.

    Volunteers also are needed for the holiday hook-up program, in which individuals or groups buy and deliver presents from wish lists provided by homeless or formerly homeless families.

    The coalition also accepts donations of new toys, nonperishable food, frozen turkeys and supermarket gift certificates. Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week at 3103 N. Ninth Rd., Arlington.

    For more information, contact Paul Heimer, e-mail aahomeless@aol.com or visit the Web site, www.aachhomeless.org.

    Alexandria Community Network Preschool, 703-836-0214, The preschool seeks donations of winter coats, hats and gloves for people of all ages. They also need equipment for home day-care providers, such as car seats, high chairs and bookcases.

    Other needs include volunteers to help children use the computer and hardcover preschool picture books, children's dictionaries and tape players for the family literacy program. Those wanting to give gifts can best help the school by buying items that can remain in the classroom and be used by all the students.

    Ecumenical Community Helping Others, 703-569-9160, ECHO seeks donations of new umbrellas, movie videos, hand tools, cloth diapers, men's and women's winter gloves, electronic hand-held games for ages 8 to 14 and gift certificates for clothing stores, restaurants and shoe stores.

    Campagna Center, 703-549-0111, The center needs clothes for teenagers and always seeks canned goods, toys for younger children and books. Drop off donations at 418 S. Washington St. in Alexandria during normal business hours weekdays. Volunteers are also needed for Campagna Kids, a before- and after-school child care service; Head Start, a national preschool program; Write to Read, a program that tutors disadvantaged children in reading; and This Way House, a shelter that has provided counseling and refuge for more than 1,300 runaway youths in crisis situations.

    Community Holiday Coalition, 703-771-5718, The coalition seeks donations of toys, food and clothing for infants, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens for its Christmas store. Volunteers also are needed to receive, sort and distribute donations. For more information, contact Karen Velez.

    Community Partners for Children (formerly Ho Ho Ho), 703-683-1012, Community Partners for Children seeks help for its ninth annual Christmas Toy Donation Drive through Dec. 10. In addition to volunteers for distribution day, Dec. 11, the organization needs books, clothes and new and unused toys and games such as basketballs, puzzles, crayons, coloring books and gifts for older teenagers. Also needed for the office are 12 money aprons, a laser printer and a heavy-duty hole punch.

    Carpenter's Shelter, 703-548-7500, The shelter needs monetary donations, blankets, adult hats and gloves, towels, washcloths and toiletries. The shelter--at 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria--also seeks volunteers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For other shelter needs and a gift list, call Melissa Hillier.

    Hopkins House, 703-549-4232, Hopkins House, 1224 Princess St., Alexandria, needs volunteers to adopt an individual or family affected by HIV/AIDS. Donations of toys, clothing and cash are needed. Individuals, businesses, social groups and houses of worship are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Jackie Young.

    Clock Tower Thrift Shops

    Centreville: 703-803-3337

    Falls Church: 703-237-1910

    Sterling: 703-406-2640

    Donations of new or like-new toys, household items, books, cosmetics and sporting goods are needed. Winter clothing--including coats, gloves, sweaters, boots and hats--also are needed. Volunteers are needed to tag donated items.  Clock Tower operates three shops in Northern Virginia. To volunteer or donate, call Sandra Wells in Centreville, 6031 Centreville Crest Lane; Paula Buresh in Falls Church, 2860 Annandale Road; or Marion Anderson in Sterling, 46950 Community Plaza on Route 7.

    Christ House, 703-549-8644, Christ House seeks volunteers to serve Christmas dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. at 131 S. West St., Alexandria. It also needs donations of nonperishable food, toys and clothing.

    Homestretch, 703-573-0359, Homestretch needs individuals, families, businesses and churches to adopt a family for the holidays and purchase gifts and a holiday meal. Financial donations also are needed for the Teen Club December event and for a holiday shopping spree in which children ages 5 to 15 buy presents for their families. Adult volunteers are needed to help homeless children shop and wrap gifts for their families at 8 a.m. Dec. 11. To adopt a family or for more information, call the agency. Donations may be sent to Homestretch at P.O. Box 141, Falls Church, Va. 22040.

    The Hispanic Committee of Virginia, 703-671-5666, The committee seeks monetary donations and new toys for clients and their families. For more information or to make a donation, call Jennifer Cohen at Ext. 116.

    United Community Ministries, 703-768-7106, Sponsors are needed to adopt a family for the holidays. Families need toys, clothes and some household items. Volunteers also are needed Dec. 11 to 23 to help answer phones, accept donations and set up and maintain the gift sharing program. UCM also seeks cash contributions and nonperishable food.

    Shelter House, 703-538-6457, Shelter House, a nonprofit shelter for homeless families in Fairfax County, needs volunteers to work with children in the evenings and in the food pantry on weekends. Donations of over-the-counter medications, toiletries and alarm clocks are needed. For information, contact Jamie Dziak.

    Urban Alternative, 703-845-1198, Urban Alternative needs donations of baby clothes, winter coats for children and adults, toys for children 1 to 18 months old, gifts for adolescents, nonperishable food, books and materials for art and handicraft projects. Computer products such as nonperforated printer paper, disks and computer books are also needed.

    Volunteers are needed all year to assist in after-school children's activities and teach computer use. Donations can be taken to 860 S. Greenbrier St., Apt. G-4, Arlington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For additional information, contact Leni Gonzalez, or e-mail melga315@aol.com.

    Alexandria Department of Human Services, 703-838-0915, Volunteers are needed to assist in the adopt-a-family, adopt-a-senior and Santa Claus for foster children programs. Volunteers purchase gifts for families or individuals and deliver them to recipients the week of Dec. 13 or to the department for distribution by social workers.

    Volunteers also are needed to help receive and sort bundles of wrapped gifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the week of Dec. 13 at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. For more information, contact Suzanne Kratzok, volunteer services coordinator.

    Community Foundation of Alexandria, 703-998-6045, Volunteers are needed for computer instruction for the foundation, which assists senior citizens, from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers should be familiar with Windows 95/98 and WordPerfect 8/Microsoft Word 97. A computer network administrator is needed for the holidays and next year to manage the foundation's computer network.

    Personal computers also are needed. They should be at least a 486 and can be delivered to 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Ralph Thompson.

    Lamb Center, 703-691-3178, Daytime drop-in center for the homeless needs men's and children's winter coats, hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags. Also needed are laundry detergent, coffee creamer, powdered soft drink mix, paper towels and disposable diapers. Donations may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 9766 Lee Hwy. For more information, call Steve Schlossberg or Barbara D'Annibale.

    Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, 703-237-4900, The Arlington agency needs wrapping paper, ribbons and bows for its holiday toy drive. Wrapping paper should have a holiday theme or be a solid color. Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 5232 Lee Highway. Deliveries should be made to the agency's receptionist. For more information, contact Rachel Schwartz at Ext. 4923.

    Lorton Community Action Center, 703-339-5161, e-mail lcacvol@aol.com.

  • Here is a listing of Churches in our area:    

            Abundant Life Christian Church
            9245 Backlick Road, Newington

            Burning Bush Seventh Day Adventist Church 
            9310 Richmond Hwy, Lorton
            Pastor Jesse Simpkins

            Cranford United Methodist Church
            9912 Old Colchester Rd, Mason Neck

            First Baptist Church Of Lorton
            7714-A Midway Pl, Lorton

            Gunston Baptist Church
            10226 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck

            Pohick Church - Episcopal
            9301 Richmond Hwy, Lorton

            Pohick Episcopal Church
            9301 Richmond Hwy, Lorton

            Rock Church Of Northern Virginia
            8197-J Backlick Rd, Newnton

            Silverbrook United Methodist Church 
            8616 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton

            Shiloh Baptist Church
            10704 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck

            Sword of the Spirit Deliverance Ministries @ Gunston Elem. S. Gym. 
            10100 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck
            Pastor Anthony Johnson

            Pohick Bay Church -Colin Peveral
            8354-A Terminal Rd

            Accotink United Methodist Church
            Backlick Rd, Accotink

            Assembly of God Mission of Lorton
            8904 Waldren Way, Washington Square

            Christ United Methodist Church
            8285 Glen Eagles Ln, Crosspointe

            Congregacion La Cena Del Senor
            8197-J Backlick Rd, Newton

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