Religion events from around the Washington area

September 21, 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, 9 to 11 a.m.: The Rev. John Buchanan, pastor emeritus of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, discusses “Does Christianity Need the Church?” Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, moderates the program. Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. Free; child care available. 202-338-1644. www.gtownpres.org.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Cathedral Carillon Festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Kibbey Carillon. Carillon recitals, peal-bell ringing, presentations on the carillon repertoire, history and more. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.national
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Saturday, 10 a.m.: Faith Presbyterian Church will issue a call for peace and an end to gun violence in conjunction with the U.N. International Day of Peace. Nardyne Jefferies will deliver the keynote address. There will be worship, education, music, dance and light refreshments. Faith Presbyterian Church, 4161 South Capitol St. SW. 301-775-9205.

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

Saturday, 4 p.m.:The Imani and Pepe Gonzales Jazz Ensemble performs Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian jazz. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St. NE. Free. 202-723-5330.

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 .

Sunday, 9:15-10:45 a.m.: “Financial Peace University.” Radio host and financial author Dave Ramsey offers advice on achieving financial goals, eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving to charity in a nine-week program of 90-minute lectures on DVD. This is the last day to join. National Presbyterian Church, Church Room 105, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $99, includes textbook, workbook, audio recordings and other course materials. Holly Novak, hnovak@nationalpres.org. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Rexon Ryu, deputy to the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, discusses “The United Nations’ Role in American Foreign Policy and World Affairs.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Cathedral Missioner Patty Johnson hosts George Jones, chief executive of Bread for the City, and Alexandra Ashbrook, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, at a forum on hunger, including discussions of global hunger and hunger in the nation’s capital. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:55 a.m.: U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will deliver the 150th anniversary sermon. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4288. www.shilohbaptist.
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Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Gallery Har Shalom hosts an opening reception for “The Power of Color,” an exhibit of works by artists Ana Elisa Benavent, Jane Callen, Floris Flam and Richard Paul Weiblinger. Through Oct. 28. Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: The Rev. Lauran Bethell, global consultant for American Baptist Churches International Ministries, will speak on human trafficking at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. Continental breakfast. First Baptist Church of Silver Spring, 8415 Fenton St., Silver Spring. Free, free parking. 301-585-5454. www.fbcss.org.

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.: GriefShare, a support group, offers help to those who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend or who are coping with loss of any other kind. The Rev. Evangeline Taylor leads a 13-week program of two-hour video seminars, followed by group discussion and workbook study. National Presbyterian Church, Church Room 5, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $20 materials fee. Barb Dear, bdear@nationalpres.org, or 202-537-7540.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The Washington Bach Consort, led by J. Reilly Lewis, performs works by Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Tomaso Albinoni. With sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Robin Smith, tenor Jason Rylander and baritone Mark Duer. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $65. 202-429-2121. www.bachconsort.org.

Sunday, 3:30 p.m.: Carillonneur Edward Nassor plays a prelude to Evensong on the cathedral’s Kibbey Carillon during the 50th anniversary celebration of the carillon’s dedication. Festival includes carillon recitals, ringing of the peal bells, and presentations on the carillon repertoire and history. Special tours will explore the carillon, the Cathedral nave and damage from the 2011 earthquake. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Spirito Piano Duo — Mariko Hiller and Victoria Wyatt — performs works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Piazolla and Mussorgsky. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. 703-200-7489 or marikohiller@gmail.com.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Brian Mathias performs works by Gigout, Schumann, Widor, Paulus and Durufle. 5:15 p.m., 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.: Attend the worship service and stay for an ice cream social. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean. 703-356-3042. ipcmclean.org.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m.: A parish mission, “Praying With the Body of Christ,” will be led by the Rev. Gerard Stockhausen, S.J. St. Matthew’s Cathedral. 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free, donations accepted. 202-347-3215. www.stmatthewscathedral.org.

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.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical violinist Jocelyn Adelman and pianist Amanda Halstead perform works by Alexander Zemlinsky, Ernst Krenek and Olivier Messiaen, Jewish composers whose music was suppressed during the 1930s and ’40s. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Cathedral Crossroads, an evening of contemplative practice on the last Tuesday of the month. General offerings 6 to 8:45 pm. Special program: Randon Billings Noble will discuss how different writers describe the spiritual journey and invite participants to write pieces of their own. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bethlehem Chapel. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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.: Harvey Bale will lead an eight-week study of the New Testament’s “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.

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost $20; scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or www.viennapres.org or e-mail Passages@ViennaPres.org.

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.: The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will host a meet-and-greet with Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, the first Ethiopian-born woman to win the Israeli beauty pageant. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Free, donations welcome. 703-537-3036. www.jccnv.org.

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

Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

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, 6-7:30 p.m.: “Music on the Lawn” presents a jazz performance by alto saxophonist Marshall Keys and bass player Herman Burney. Take a picnic supper, a blanket or lawn chair, and a bottle of wine if you like. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. 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.:“American and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé,” a six-week discussion group. James E. Atwood’s book “America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé” will be used as a guide. 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.: Classical pipe organist Miller performs works by J.S. Bach, M. Enrico Bossi and Cesar Franck. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 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.

Next Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.:Annual end-of-summer fair. Music, arts and crafts, bake sale, raffles, moon bounce, face painting, cupcake decorating, secondhand clothing and housewares for sale, a raffle for a $250 cash prize, and food vendors. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. office@staugustinesdc.org.

Next Saturday, 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m.: The 333 steps of the Gloria in Excelsius (central) tower of Washington National Cathedral will be open for climbing to a height of 300 feet above the ground. At the top, visitors will be able to view the city from one of its highest points, listen to a demonstration by the Washington Ringing Society and learn about the 50-year-old Kibbey Carillon and several volunteer opportunities. Must be at least 4 feet tall; no backpacks. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20. Advance tickets: tix.cathedral.org. 202-537-6200.

Next Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.: All Nations Baptist Church has announced its 2013-2014 School of Biblical Knowledge season, September 28 through March 29, 2014. The Rev. Dr. James Coleman will lead the program. All Nations Baptist Church, 2001 North Capitol St. NE. $25, registration fee; age 65 and older, $10. 202-832-9591.

Next Saturday, 9:30-12:30 p.m.: Choir Director Stanley Engebretson leads “Sing Unto God,” a choral workshop that includes work on vocal technique, blending, singing favorite anthems, gospel tunes and hymns. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. Free, registration requested. 202-393-3700 or nyapc.singers@gmail.com.

Next Saturday, 5 p.m.: The Blessing of the Animals, to honor Saint Francis of Assisi. Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469.

Next Saturday, 5-7 p.m.: “An Autumn Gospel Gala,” featuring Jocelyn Battle Avery, Rose Patrick Smith, Linda Lawson Gray, Betty Powell, Pamela Hamilton Williams, Joshua Hamilton, Richard and Veronica Prince and Juanita Richardson. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. $25; 12 and younger, $15. 301-568-5964 or 301-390-0002.

Next Saturday, 2-7 p.m.: Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fall Festival. Fried oysters, sugar glazed ham, green beans, corn pudding, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes, apple sauce, biscuits with butter, coffee and tea, assorted cakes and pies. Also, a baked goods table, a silent auction, a “Church Street shop,” and door prizes. Trinity Episcopal Church, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. Admission, free. Dinner: $20; 12 and younger, $10; 5 and younger, free. 301-627-2636 or mboyd5077@comcast.net.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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