Religion events from around the Washington area

October 4, 2013

“Blessing of the Animals,” an event that honors St. Francis of Assisi, who loved birds and other creatures, will take place at the following churches. Bring pets on a leash or in a carrier:

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Christ Episcopal Church, in an outdoor grove at 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. www.christchurchclinton.org or 301-449-5758. Stuffed animals are also welcome.

Saturday, 4 p.m.: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the corner lawn at 6th and M streets SW. www.staugustinesdc.org or 202-554-3222.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown. www.saintnicks.com. 240-631-2800. Stuffed animals, photos of departed pets, and horses and their riders are also welcome.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Church of the Epiphany, in the Garden, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.

●Sunday, 2 p.m.: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. www.htluther.org or 703-532-6617.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. www.myfranciscan.
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. 202-526-6800.

Sunday 2:30 p.m.: Washington National Cathedral, West End front steps, Wisconsin and Massachu-setts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Historic Christ Church, churchyard, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450. All animals welcome. Retired collars, leashes and photos may be blessed. Donations of towels, blankets and comforters for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria are appreciated.

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1334 29th St. NW. 202-234-0148.

Other events

Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Glenn Dale United Methodist Church will host its fall flea market, offering sales of household items, toys, plants and more, including a baked-goods table. Coffee, tea, muffins and doughnuts for early shoppers; hot dogs, Sloppy Joe sandwiches and more at noon. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Admission, free; table rentals, $20. Joy Pierson, 301-390-6640.

Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring buckwheat and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Andrew (an agricultural gleaning program in Southwest Virginia) and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

Saturday 9 a.m.-noon: A labyrinth walk — a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer — will take place. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or www.historicchristchurch.org.

Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.: All Nations Baptist Church has announced its 2013-14 School of Biblical Knowledge season through March 29. The Rev. James Coleman will lead the program. All Nations Baptist Church, 2001 N. Capitol St. NE. $25, registration fee; age 65 and older, $10. 202-832-9591.

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

Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.: An all-you-can-eat meal of fried fish will be served from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and an open mike for the performance of poetry, prose, music and more will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, fish fry, $10; open mike, free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Saturday 2-5 p.m.: Crab feast with shrimp, chicken and kid-friendly food . St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. $45; in advance, $40; 12 and younger, $20. 301-627-8469.

Saturday, 3 p.m.: An annual by premier gospel groups including Germantown’s Trinity United Methodist Church, the Garbo Singers, Who So Ever Will, Chosen Vessels, West Montgomery Charge UM Men, Dunston Family, Tree of Life and Geraldine Payton Brown. Proceeds benefit the Warren Historic Site, an African American heritage site in Maryland, and others. Trinity United Methodist Church, 13700 Schaeffer Rd., Germantown. $10; children, free. 301-972-7263. www.warrenhistoric
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Saturday, 3-7 p.m.: The Washington Fisk Alumni Association will host its Jubilee Day jazz dinner concert with the Bobby Felder and Friends Jazz Ensemble. A buffet-style dinner will be served. Proceeds benefit its scholarship fund. Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. $50. Sam Williams, 301-439-7029 or sam.slwilliams@verizon.net; or Sheree McManus, 301-847-9633 or shereemcmanus@gmail.com.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: Capital Hearings a cappella ensemble performs “Opening Statement,” a concert of works by Thomas Tallis, George Gershwin and Eric Whitacre through Irving Berlin, George Harrison and the Decemberists, and includes a premiere of “City Trees” by Joseph Gregorio. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. $15; in advance, $12. 202-630-6067.

Sunday, 9:30-11 a.m. and Wednesday 5-6:30 p.m.: For those 4 and older, flu shots are available at Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $30 or Medicare B. Reservations: e-mail jkitzmiller@annandale-umc.org or call 703-256-8330.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, will talk about “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, 10:10 a.m.: Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and guest panelists Judy Shepard, Jane Clementi and Joshua Deese discuss the legacies of Matthew Shepard, a gay murder victim, and Tyler Clementi, a college student and bullying victim who jumped to his death. Also explored will be ways that people of faith can stand with LGBT youth. Broadcast live on the Internet. Washington National Cathedral, front nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:45 a.m.: A celebration of 197 years of faithful service with Rev. Johnsie W. Cogman, Pastor. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1334 29th St. NW. 202-234-0148.

Sunday, 12:30-3 p.m.: Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda holds its annual Fall Festival. There will be live music, food, games, prizes and ministry information. Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. E-mail Richard Czypinski at richard@heartmindsoul.com. 301-652-5160.

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 1:30 p.m.: “Jewels of Light: Stained Glass” tour, for age 10 and older. A docent leads an introductory tour of the building’s stained-glass windows and explains the stories they depict, from Creation to stories from American history. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, nave level, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 1:30-8:30 p.m.: St. Mary’s of Piscataway is hosting its “Common Ground” event, sponsored by the Maryland Indian Tourism Association. There will be Indian dancers, Native American food and great family fun. St. Mary’s of Piscataway Catholic Church, Main Soccer Field, 13401 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, donations appreciated. 301-292-0827.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Ron Freeman Chorale performs works by masters of the baroque. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Free-will offering. 202-526-6800 or www.myfranciscan.com .

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Pipe organist Tom Bell performs works by Arthur Bliss, Jehan Alain, J.S. Bach, Malcolm Williamson and Matthew Sergeant. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Action on Climate Change: A Moral Imperative.” The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light co-sponsor a discussion of Northern Virginia community leaders who share how religious and ethical traditions form their moral responses to climate change. Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington. Suggested donation, $5. RSVP: program@gwipl.org. 703-582-3870.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, for age 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.

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: J. Reilly Lewis leads the Washington Bach Consort and organ soloist Grace Kim in a program of classical music by J.S. Bach. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday and 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.

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 at 202-537-6200 or go to www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing 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.

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

Wednesday, 12:10-12:45 p.m.: The U.S. Army Chorus performs. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Art and Spirit Coffeehouse,” with Southwest Washington resident and film critic Gene Seymour, will be discussing “2013 in Movies: What’s Out Now? What’s Been Out? What’s Coming Soon?” Coffee and desserts followed by audience questions and answers. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free, donations welcome. www.staugustinesdc.org. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org.

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

Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: New members are invited to join the Annandale United Methodist Church adult choir. Church membership not required. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Visit www.annandale-umc.org/our-services/music-ministries or contact Pat Vaughn at pvaughn@annandale-umc.org or call 703-256-8330.

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

Thursday, 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Jewels of Light: Stained Glass” tour, for ages 10 and older. A docent leads an introductory tour of the building’s stained-glass windows and explains the stories they depict from Creation to stories from American history. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Nave level, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursdays through Oct. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: A six-week discussion group using James E. Atwood’s book “America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé” 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.: Pipe organist Richard Fitzgerald performs his improvisational works. 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, serve or clean up after meals for residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. 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, 6:30 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish to share. Game night follows at 7 p.m. with board and card games to take with you or use at the church. All ages welcome. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or rector@staugustinesdc.org.

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.: “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” is director Michele Josue’s documentary film exploration of the life of the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyo. Remarks by Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, close the evening. Other weekend events remembering and honoring Shepard and all who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are listed on the Web site. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $16; free student tickets available by e-mailing tickets@cathedral.org . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Glenn Dale United Methodist Church will host its fall flea market, offering sales of household items, toys, plants and more, including a baked-goods table. Coffee, tea, muffins and doughnuts for early shoppers, and hot dogs, Sloppy Joe sandwiches and more at noon. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Admission, free; table rentals, $20. Joy Pierson, 301-390-6640.

Oct. 12, 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring buckwheat and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Andrew (an agricultural gleaning program in Southwest Virginia) and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-noon: A labyrinth walk — a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer — will be held. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or www.HistoricChristChurch.org.

Oct. 12, 1:30-5 pm: Davies community fish fry and mic returns. An all-you-can-eat meal of fried fish will be served from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An open mike for the performance of poetry, prose, music and more, 1:30-5 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, fish fry, $10; open mike, free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Oct. 12, 2-5 p.m.: Crab feast with shrimp, chicken and kid-friendly food also on the menu. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. $45; in advance, $40; age 12 and younger, $20. 301-627-8469.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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