Religion events from around the Washington area

November 15, 2013

Washington National Cathedral and Covenant Baptist Church/United Church of Christ will be partnering their Thanksgiving efforts again this year to provide dinners for families in Wards 7 and 8. The Poor Roberts Foundation will provide all of the needed turkeys. The rest of the community is invited to provide the rest of the Thanksgiving meal. Suggested non-perishable items for each basket include 2 cans of beans, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of sweet potatoes or candied yams, 1 can cranberry sauce, a box of instant mashed potatoes, a box of stuffing mix, a can or package of gravy and a non-perishable such as cake mix and icing. Items should be placed in recyclable shopping bags with handles as many of the recipients are elderly and have a long walk home or rides on multiple buses. Drop off your bags on Sunday, Nov. 24, between 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. on South Road across from Church House at the west end of the Cathedral. Please confirm your promised foods to Canon Missioner Patty Johnson, PJohnson@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200.

Saturday, 10 a.m.: All are invited to Minyan Oneg Shabbat, a mindful experience with song, story, meditation, Torah and lots of joy. There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. 202-362-3270.

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, 7 p.m.: Jewish country music singer Stacy Beyer will perform in honor of the installation of Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith, the conservative congregation’s third full-time rabbi. Goldsmith had been the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Ala. Her new position also encompasses a preschool, religious school, adult education, social groups and community service opportunities. Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. 703-860-4515, Ext. 101. www.bethemeth.org.

Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.: The Metropolitan Players will perform “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on a novel by Harper Lee, the story of a 1935 rape trial as told by the young girl whose father was the defense lawyer. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $10; students, $5. 202-363-4900.

Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.: The St. George’s Players perform the comedy “The Complete History of America (Abridged),” covering 600 years of history in 6,000 seconds, including who really discovered America, how fast did Paul Revere ride through the towns and how many politicians it takes to screw in a light bulb. Intended for PG-rated audiences. St. George’s Episcopal/Anglican Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Rd., Glenn Dale. $15; seniors, $8. 301-262-3285. www.stgeo.org.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Martha’s Table ministry, which helps feed homeless people through its McKenna’s Wagon soup kitchen, collects sandwiches and fruit from volunteers. Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. marthastable@cathedralcongregation.org or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Temple Micah will hold its annual Hanukkah gift fair and craft sale offering jewelry, ceramics, hand-knit items and glassware. Several artisans will do demonstrations. Dates and olives from Israel will be available. The Great Loudini will perform magic from 10 to 11 a.m. Hanukkah fare includes jelly doughnuts and other traditional treats. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-342-9175.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Thomas J. Putnam, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, will discuss “President Kennedy’s Domestic Legacy Fifty years After the Assassination.” 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.: South African theologian and well-known Bonhoeffer scholar Charles de Gruchy discusses his book, “Led into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death,” with Cathedral Dean Gary Hall. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: “Adopted – For the Life of Me,” a documentary film, will be screened. A discussion with adoption reformers follows. Mishkan Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Rd., Greenbelt. Free, donations appreciated. 301-892-0402.

Sunday, noon to 1 p.m.: All are welcome at a seminar to help handle grief during the holiday season. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave. NW. 202-667-3409. www.flavbc.org.

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. 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, 3 p.m.: Bible Way Temple invites you to the celebration of its 32nd year. Special guests include gospel music recording artist Jeremiah Murphy and the Psalmists. Murphy and his group perform gospel music and Negro spirituals and piano solos. Bible Way Temple, 1100 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-789-0700.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra with soprano Arianna Zukerman performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and other Mahler works. Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. 202-319-5416.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Petronel Malan will perform works by Schumann, Mozart and Liszt. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. 703-200-7489 or marikohiller@gmail.com.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Violinist Amy Beth Horman and pianist Brad Clark perform works by Brahms, Telemann, Kreisler and Beethoven. Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free-will offering. 301-949-2900. www.warnermemorial.org.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: Organist Samuel Springer performs works by Charles Ives, George Gershwin and others. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Free. csaumc@gmail.com. 301-229-3383.

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 and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Mondays through Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: Julie Collins, an experienced spiritual director and teacher, will facilitate the discussion of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s book that explores the very practical spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. The workshop seeks to introduce participants to the mystical knowledge of St. Ignatius and explore its implications for their own spiritual journey through spiritual exercises that may lead to discovering an intimate, daily connection to God and a pathway to holy decision-making. Washington National Cathedral, Sayre House, South Road off Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, registration required. 202-537-6200. espencer@cathedral.org or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 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.: Three Notch’d Road Baroque Ensemble performs “Handel and the Biblical Influence: Solomon, Joshua, Saul, Belshazzar.” Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday-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.

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

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) will celebrate its 35th anniversary and honor its executive director, the Rev. Clark Lobenstine, upon his retirement from 35 years of leadership and dedication. An interfaith concert and presentations by representatives of different faith communities, including Hindu and Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant and Sikh. The concert ends with a Combined Choir performance to which all have been invited. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. Reserved seating, $35; general admission, $20; seniors and students, $10. ifc@ifcmw.org. 202-234-6300. www.ifcmw.org.

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

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. susangoekler@gmail.com or www.dmuuc.org. 301-449-4308.

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-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Oakton Church of the Brethren’s 20th annual Christmas craft show will offer a wide variety of handmade items including stocking stuffers; cards and gift bags; seasonal decor; kitchen accessories; baby and children’s items; craft supplies, a soup and sandwich lunch; and a bake sale with fresh baked pies, cakes and much more. Proceeds benefit the church’s projects. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Admission, free. 703-281-4411. www.oaktonbrethren.org.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Chuyoung Suter performs works by Durufle, Locklair, J.S. Bach and others. 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.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: “Billions Behind Bars: The Exploding Price of Incarceration,” part two of the film series on criminal justice reform, will be shown. Bring your dinner. A discussion follows. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10215 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Free. administrator@accotinkuuc.org. 703-503-4579. www.accotinkuuc.org.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hearts and holly craft bazaar will feature handmade treats and treasures, artisan crafts, homemade jams and savories, quilts and textile arts, ornaments and unique wood pieces, vintage items and a Santa’s workshop where kids may shop. A BBQ lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: You are invited to the annual Christmas bazaar with live a cappella Ukrainian caroling. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine,4250 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-526-3737. www.ucns-holyfamily.org.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 to 7 p.m.: “Our Local Bounty” farmers market will hold a Harvest Festival with all of the vendors from the summer market participating, plus a few new ones. There will be music and a potluck dinner. The church encourages everyone to buy local, eat local and give local for the holidays. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: “Jazz@Wesley” features the Sharon Thomas Experience performing in a smoke- and alcohol-free zone. Sweet and savory items will be available for purchase with complimentary coffee and tea. Bring your children. Bring a nonperishable foot item or slightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations will be given to Friendship Place. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10; seniors, $7; age 12 and younger, free. info@wesleydc.org. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Congregation Kneseth Israel invites everyone to come to its gala event, “The Hilltop Club,” recalling the 1940s nightclub and supper club era. Live music written by Cole Porter and Ira and George Gershwin and performed by the Sean Lane Trio and the KI Singers led by baritone soloist Shouvik Mondle. Butlered vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, selected wines and martinis will start off the evening and follow with Mediterranean specialties reminiscent of El Morocco, carving stations harkening to the Brown Derby, and a taste of South American cuisine from the Latin Quarter. A silent auction will be available. Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis. $100. 410-263-3924. www.knesethisrael.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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