Religion Events Calendar

December 29, 2012

Saturday 8 a.m. through Monday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m.: “And Heaven and Nature Sing,” an annual exhibit of nativity scenes by artists around the world. Washington National Cathedral, Crypt Level and South Transept, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2228 or www.cathedralchoralsociety.org.

Sunday 8 and 10 a.m.: A service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, will be held at Church of Our Savior, a Congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the Anglican Communion, 1700 Powder Mill Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-439-5900 or www.episcopalcos.org or churchoffice@episcopalcos.org.

Sunday 5:15 p.m.: Pipe organ classical recital by John Alexander, a concert of works by Olivier Messiaen, Jean Langlais, J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupre, Sigfrid Karg-Elert and Richard Purvis, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 9:30 p.m.: New Years Eve Watch Night Service with gospel music by the Cross and Crown Ensemble, preaching by Pastor Stephen L. Wright Sr., liturgical dance and dramatic presentation by the Music and Performing Arts Ministry and more, will be held at First Baptist Church of College Park, 5018 Lakeland Rd., College Park. Free-will offering. 301-474-3995.

Tuesday: Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs begins to offer same-gender marriage with non-traditional, traditional, religious and non-religious services offered to mixed-faith couples, Christian, humanist and other faiths, will be held at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. 301-449-4308 or www.dmuuc.org.

Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.: Bible study, an oasis of sharing and fellowship led by Rev. Sheila McJilton, will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Sixth and Main streets, Laurel. Free. 301-776-5151.

Wednesday-Friday and most weekdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Docent-led behind the scenes tour for age 11 and older to see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Wednesday 7 p.m.: St. Augustine’s Art and Spirit Coffeehouse: pastel and watercolor portrait painter Jill Cohen exhibit and discussion of techniques and insights with coffee and desserts followed by audience questions and answers, will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St., SW. Free, donations accepted. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Thursday 3 p.m.: Close-up tour of 20th Century American Gothic art and architecture, a docent-led exploration of its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, West-end Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Friday Noon: Friday Morning Music Club performance of works by Mozart and Poulenc, will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Friday 12:15 p.m.: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the Gian Carlo Menotti opera about a shepherd boy’s encounters with three kings headed for a manger, performed by Joan Phalen, Richard Dirksen, Doug Dykstra and James Shaffran, will be held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.

Friday 6:30 p.m.: Potluck supper – take a dish to share, followed by an evening of board and card games – use ours or bring your own, will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Next Saturday 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat eggnog and regular pancake community breakfast, proceeds going to St. Paul’s 2013 youth mission work trip to Rochester, N.Y. and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry, will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6; age 11 and younger, $2; family maximum, $17. 301-933-7933.

Next Saturday Noon-3 p.m.: A pot luck party and gift exchange, sponsored by Laurel Post Cana group, will be held at Resurrection Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Rd., Laurel. Take a unisex gift worth $10; reservations required by January 3: Lorraine Miller, 301-725-5284.

Next Saturday 6:30 p.m.: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the Gian Carlo Menotti opera about a shepherd boy’s encounters with three kings headed for a manger and a miracle, proceeds benefit the Bishop Walker School in Southeast Washington, performed by Joan Phalen, Richard Dirksen, Doug Dykstra and James Shaffran, will be held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Saturday-Sunday $15; children, $5; $25, family. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.

Next Saturday 8 p.m.: “Piano, Plus!” a concert by pianist Alexander Paley, sponsored by the Washington Conservatory, will be held at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free, donations appreciated. 301-320-2770 or www.washingtonconservatory.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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