Religion events around the Washington area

September 13, 2013

Saturdays through Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market is open for the season. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty.

Saturday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.: The Washington Ukrainian Festival 2013 has dancers, singers, bandura, arts and crafts for all ages, Ukrainian food and drinks (cash bar). Ikrainian Zabava/Dance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets, $15. St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 15100 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-384-9192 or www.standrewuoc.org.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Cathedral carillonneur Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Martha’s Table ministry helps feed homeless men, women and families via McKenna’s Wagon, a soup kitchen. Volunteers can drop off sandwiches and fruit at Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org or marthastable@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Retired general Michael V. Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, discusses “The Tension Between Security and Liberty.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Visit the cathedral’s Congregation Table during coffee hour and learn what it takes to be a volunteer tutor to a child, young person or adult for one or two hours a week. Tutors in English as a second language, basic reading and math skills are needed. Some volunteers tutor one-on-one; others work in organizational settings such as the Rosemount Center and various schools. Washington National Cathedral, south side of the rear nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.: Sunday school for young worshippers resumes. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Lay leader Key Smith delivers a sermon titled “What God Built, Angels Preserve!” An old-fashioned lunch follows. Perkins Chapel, 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free-will offering. 301-262-2299.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Classes resume for children and youth. They include lessons in connection, creativity, making smart life choices and spiritual growth. Those from different backgrounds and lifestyles are welcome. Davies Memorial, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Free; donations appreciated. Pete Fontneau, 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Sunday, noon: Prayers will be offered for the support of Moldova and the programs supported there. National Presbyterian Church, Church Room 105, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Guitarist Michael Raitzyk’s Challah Day ensemble performs improvisational Jewish soul music. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free. 202-262-7571 or www.eastriverjazz.net.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tour features a docent showing slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Take binoculars and a camera. Meet at the welcome desk, adjacent to the underground parking elevators. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sundays through Nov. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.: “Financial Peace University” with facilitator Bill Cultice. Radio host and financial author Dave Ramsey teaches how to achieve financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving to charity in a nine-week program of 90-minute lectures on DVD. Learn to make a plan for your money and reorient your life. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke. $85 per person or couple; includes textbook, workbook, audio recordings and other course materials. bumc@burkeumc.org or 703-250-6100.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Organist and choirmaster Lawrence P. Schreiber will perform an inaugural concert to celebrate the church’s new organ, custom-built by the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Conn. Works include those by J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck, Mulet, Durufle and Malcolm Archer. First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free-will offering. 202-387-2206.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Cellist Barbara Brown and pianist David Chapman will perform classical works by Beethoven, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Free. 301-937-3666 or www.pbuuc.org.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Classical organist Pierre Zevort performs works by Louis Marchand, Louis Vierne and Pierre Cochereau. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 5:30 p.m.: A faith-sharing get-together will feature music performed by a guitarist and pianist and a sermon, repeated from the morning worship service. Informal attire. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean. Free. 703-356-3042. pcmclean.org.

Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: There will be a screening of “A Place at the Table,” followed by a panel discussion of hunger in our community with panelists from the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Bread for the World and the Arlington Department of Human Services. Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Admission by cash donation or food. 703-528-0937 or www.BethelUCC-VA.org.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: The Cathedral Choral Society is scheduling appointments for those who wish to audition. Successful candidates may expect to learn improved vocal technique from the extensive vocal warm-ups and mini-vocal workshops that are a regular part of the preparation, interpretation of the music by discovering what lies beneath the notes, and more. Singer information form: www.cathedralchoralsociety.org/CCS_AUDITION_FORM.pdf. Other information at www.cathedralchoralsociety.org. 202-537-5527.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows. Climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Bring a camera. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Anyone with an interest in visiting South Africa with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington is invited to attend this meeting about a possible trip within the next year. Church House, on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Congregation representative Juanita White, 202-537-6200.

Monday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Register for ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes held on Mondays. The first evening includes registration and language assessment for proper placement as a beginner, intermediate or advanced student. Classes continue through Dec. 16. Southview Community Church, 2620 Reston Pkwy., Herndon. $20 registration fee. 703-860-8800. www.southview.org.

Monday, 7:15 p.m.: Archimandrite Joseph Lee, abbot of the Holy Cross Monastery, leads a discussion of Vatican II’s “Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite.” Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 14th and Quincy streets NE. Free. 202-526-6800. www.myfranciscan.com.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: The Air Force Band’s chamber players perform a program of classical music. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967. www.church-redeemer.org.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Tuesdays through Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Congregation member Harvey Bale will lead an eight-week study of an epistle of the New Testament, the “Letter to the Hebrews,” and the mystery surrounding its writer. Bring a Bible. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, registration required. Call Ellen Spencer, 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: The weekly Bible discussion and study group begins its long-term focus with the Gospel of Mark from the Scholars Version translation of the Gospels. A brown bag lunch follows. Program continues weekly through May 22. Sponsored by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. During construction, held at Lutheran Reformation Church, Fireside Room, 212 East Capitol St. NE. $25. 202-546-4964.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesdays through Nov. 20, 7 p.m.: Covenant class is offered over a 10-week period. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or www.wesleydc.org.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.: Birder Sheila Cochran leads a walk in the restored Olmsted Woods and discusses the native ground cover, shrubs and trees that attract bird and other wildlife. Bring binoculars. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m.: The “No More Names” bus tour returns to the city from its 25-state effort and invites you to a rally to urge Congress to support common-sense gun laws. A news conference with the Rev. Kim Baker, Washington Cathedral canon pastor, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others starts at 10:30; a reading of the names of some of the more than 8,000 victims of gun violence since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings starts at 11:30 a.m. U.S. Capitol grounds, near First Street and Constitution Avenue NE. Free. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: “Music on the Lawn” features a performance of swinging jazz by the Larry Brown Quartet. Take a picnic supper, a blanket or lawn chair and a bottle of wine, if you wish. Grounds open at 5:30. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org.

Thursdays through Oct. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: “America and its Guns: A Theological Exposé,” a six-week discussion group about our country’s violent culture and how the nation’s faith community may be a healing source. James E. Atwood’s book “American and its Guns: A Theological Exposé” will be used as a guide through this interactive dialogue. Missioner Patty Johnson will facilitate. Washington National Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, registration required. Ellen Spencer, 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study in the library of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: “Arts@Midday” features classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff in a performance of works by Albeniz, Granados, Reis, Cardosa and others. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist John Cannon performs works by J. S. Bach, Max Reger, Andrew Clarke, Ennio Morricone and Erkki Melartin. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to cook donated food for the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Volunteers may donate food items, cook desserts or some other food, or prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 North Henry St., Alexandria. Michele Smith, 703-778-4937 or e-mail msmith@ccalex.org.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio, author and director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University, speaks about “The Emergent Christ and Franciscan Spirituality.” Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 14th and Quincy streets NE. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The Apollo Chamber Orchestra and soprano Alison Buchanan perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Ah, Perfido, Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder and more. Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4538. www.lfparish.org.

Next Saturday, 8 a.m.: The Women’s Ministry of Bride of Christ Church Ministries will host a women’s prayer convocation with the theme of “Warriors on the Battlefield.” Breakfast and lunch will be served. The Tabernacle, 3500 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. $40, registration required. www.brideofchristcm.org. 301-883-2121.

Next Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m.: The Men’s Group annual fish fry will offer filets and Jamaican-style bone-in fish, chicken dinner and sandwiches. Several side dishes and desserts also available. Boy Scout Troop 1444 will offer car washes in the afternoon. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Dinners, $12; sandwiches, $6. 301-384-6264 or www.transfig.org.

Next Saturday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Family-friendly “Jazz@Wesley.” Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. $10; seniors, $7; ages 11 and younger, free. 202-966-5144, info@wesleydc.org or www.instantseats.com .

Next Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m.: The Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, pastor emeritus or Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, discusses “Does Christianity Need the Church?” Susan Page, Washington bureau chief at USA Today, moderates the program. Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. Free; child care available. 202-338-1644. www.gtownpres.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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