Religion events from around the Washington area

January 31

The hypothermia shelter at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Falls Church, is in need of volunteer help. From Feb. 23 to March 1, people with a variety of skills and talents will do what it takes to make shelter guests welcome and comfortable. Needs include preparing and serving meals, cleaning the facilities, acting as an overnight supervisor or providing companionship to guests through active listening. If you can share your artistic, musical, sewing or other talents, e-mail admin@htluther.org or call the church at 703-532-6617.

Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: An all-you-can-eat community pancake breakfast with regular pancakes and, in honor of Black History Month, corn cakes. Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s Educational Awards Fund and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. $6.50; 11 and younger, $2; family price, $18. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. 301-933-7933.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Carillon artists from the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs perform classical duets in the weekly carillon recital 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.:Music students perform choruses and a triple concerto with piano, violin and cello to mark the Chinese New Year. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., or Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: The book “The Word Is Very Near You” will be used to guide participants in three proven methods of praying with Scripture over five weeks. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free, registration requested: Randolph Charles, rcharles@epiphanydc.org or 202-347-2635, Ext. 12.

Sundays through Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Workshops in growing as a Jewish/Christian couple, led by Rabbi Harold White of Georgetown University and the Rev. Julia Jarvis, spiritual leaders of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Michael Kelly of St. Martin of Tours Parish. An additional session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. All other sessions will be held at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington. $250/series. E-mail Miranda@iffp.net or 301-770-6337.

Sundays, noon: “Building Your Own Theology” classes led by Peter Fontneau, director of religion. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free, registration requested. dre@dmuuc.org. 449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Sunday, 12:45-2 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish that will feed at least three times the number of people in your group and appropriate serving utensils and share great conversation with the cathedral congregation after the coffee hour. The kitchen will not be available for heating or refrigerating dishes or washing them after the meal. If you do not wish to prepare a dish, consider bringing something prepared at a grocery store or restaurant. If your dish includes possible allergens, please label them as tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy or dairy. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. Volunteers needed. Washington National Cathedral, 7th floor, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. RSVP: potlucks@cathedralcongregation.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 1 to 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 that serve 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 Mila Michael, knitting@
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Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m.: Cathedral tour: patriots at the cathedral, for ages 10 and older. Docents discuss depictions of patriots, statesmen and heroes from George Washington to the troops raising the flag at Iwo Jima. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Benjamin Straley performs works by Alexandre Guilmant, Louis Vierne, Maurice Duruflé, Percy Whitlock, Ad Wammes, Edward Elgar and J.S. Bach on the 10,650-pipe great organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: “But Now I See,” a night of music and inspiration by missionaries of the city’s North mission. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

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. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Monday, 7 p.m.:Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. Free. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

First Monday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Harbingers: A Seasonal Spirituality Gathering,” an exploration of how the landscape in which we live affects our inner landscapes. Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Information: crossroads@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Food addicts support group. All are welcome. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Friendship Terrace Game Room, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 202-363-4119.

Monday, 7-9 p.m.: “Soul Sisters: An Encounter with the Spiritual Wisdom and Pathways of the Women Mystics.” Attend as many sessions as you want. Washington National Cathedral, Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Crypt Level, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10/individual evening session; $40/all five evening classes. Registration required: Ellen Spencer, ESpencer@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spirituality reflections” tour of stories of faithful action and devotion depicted in 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.: Songs of Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Tenor Matthew Smith and pianist Joel Ayau perform. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 12:10 to 12:45 p.m.: Soloists from the church’s professional choir perform baroque music for Valentine’s Day. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. Free; wheelchair-accessible. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artwork — 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, allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Weekly Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.

Wednesdays through Feb. 26, 6:30-7:45 p.m.: Mental wellness: supporting children, teens and young adults, a discussion about mental health issues that can affect young people and their families. Feb. 5 topic: substance abuse. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

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

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Art and spirit coffeehouse will feature soprano and pianist Joyce Bouvier playing and singing love songs from the Great American Songbook. Coffee and dessert are followed by audience questions. 7 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Wednesdays, 7 and 7:30 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.: New Covenant class, a 10-week series designed for adults that gives an overview of the Episcopal Church’s worship, thought and practices. No class on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Historic Christ Church, Meade Room, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. The Rev. Heather VanDeventer, hvandeventer@ccalex.org. 703-549-1450.

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

Thursday, 6:45 p.m.: “Why Biblical stories still speak to us: new meanings from modern Midrash.” Rabbi Bruce Aft, adjunct professor of Judaism, University of Mary Washington and Marymount University, will examine how deeper investigations of sacred stories such as those of Adam and Eve; Abraham, Sarah and Isaac; Cain and Abel; and Isaac and Ishmael provide valuable insights into our own lives, our evolution as spiritual beings, and how we can make our relationships more meaningful. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

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

Friday, noon: Members of the Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by J.S. Bach, Laitman, Copland and Schubert. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Friday, 12:15 p.m.: Classical organist Hans Hielscher will perform works by European composers Denis Bédard, Enrico Pasini, Josef Rheinberger and Franz von Suppé. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Southwest church potluck and game night, for all ages. Bring a potluck dish for dinner, 6:30 p.m. Board and card games provided, but you may bring your own games to play, 7 p.m. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222. staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Syria in crisis. The Rev. Dr. Mary Mikhael, former president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, discusses the current status of Syrian refugees. United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr. Reston. Free. 703-620-3065. unitedchristianparish.org.

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

Next Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The Charles B. Walker Culture Club invites everyone to its annual Black History Month bazaar that features jewelry, cosmetics, ethnic clothing, handcrafted hats and scarfs, seated massage, memorabilia, guest authors, food tasting and much more. Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Ave. NW. 202-291-6558.

Saturday, 1 p.m.: Staff members will acquaint visitors with the free FamilySearch Web site that may help you organize and preserve your genealogy online. help you find online record collections where your ancestors might be found and help you solve your research problems.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. columbia@ldsmail.net or 443-539-6566.

Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m.: A community spaghetti supper will be served, including spaghetti, bread, salad, a beverage and dessert. Children are welcome. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free-will offering, $10 suggested. 301-868-1330 or christchurchclinton@verizon.net.

Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.: “The Big Band Tradition,” an evening of jazz, led by Steve Kaufman. Refreshments will be served. Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free-will offering to benefit a youth summer mission trip. 301-585-8010.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Choir of the Basilica and South Florida’s Seraphic Fire will perform Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. Reservations: http://montiverdi.eventbrite.com. 202-526-8300.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: A Japanese concert will be presented by Seiko Shimada and guest performers. For Japanese and non-Japanese speakers. The interactive program features Japanese folk, anime, pop, children’s songs and more. A tour of the center in Japanese will be held at 6 and 8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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