Religion events from around the Washington area

March 14

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: 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, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: An Irish dinner with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, salad, desserts and beverages will be held for the benefit of church projects. There will also be basket raffles. Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. $12; ages 6-12, $6; ages 5 and younger, free. 410-766-8778.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Chinese dance concert, led by teacher and choreographer Chien Jung Kuo. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Martha’s Table ministry helps feed homeless men, women and families via McKenna’s Wagon, a soup kitchen. Volunteers can drop off sandwiches and fruit at Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org or marthastable@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sundays through April 13, 10 a.m.: Special Lenten sermon series based on Adam Hamilton’s book “24 Hours That Changed the World,” about his travels in the Holy Land and other places. The book helps readers experience the final day of Jesus’s life and understand its significance. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-5225.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Dr. Nancy James, who has published articles about the archbishops of Canterbury, will share stories about Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), some courageous, some humorous. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Very Rev. John Hall, dean of Westminster Abbey, will be the guest preacher. Child-care is available. A coffee hour follows. Ascension and St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Parking is available at the Horizon House parking lot, behind the church, between 9:45 and 10:10 a.m. 202-347-8161. www.asa-dc.org.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Lenten Bible study. Cathedral clergy invite you to bring a Bible to follow along with an address on the day’s scripture readings, Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11 and John 4:5-42. Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Salute the Cathedral Scholars and the program that has hosted select high-achieving students from D.C. public high schools engaged in rigorous academics at St. Albans School. During each Sunday in March, students of the Class of 2014 will talk about their experiences and the care packages given by the congregation. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 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, which serves 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@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: The second of six sessions on Israel begins with “Israel-Palestine: Deep Background,” an address by the Rev. Walter Owensby. Other sessions are slated for Sundays through April 6. United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston. 703-620-3065. www.unitedchristianparish.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: J. Reilly Lewis will lead the Washington Bach Consort in a performance of J. S. Bach’s “St. John Passion.” Soloists Rob Petillo, tenor, Richard Giarusso, bass, Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Smith, tenor, and Steven Combs, baritone. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $65. 202-429-2121. www.bachconsort.org.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Christine Clewell performs “Heroes and Martyrs from World War II,” works by Jehan Alain, Frank Ferko, Ben Steinberg, Felix Mendelssohn, Hugo Distler, William Bolcom, Olivier Messiaen and Petr Eben 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 www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: James C. and Aleta Von Stetten, missionaries who have served in Africa, discuss “Why I Believe.” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Choral evensong. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free; donations appreciated. 301-248-4290. www.stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Most Weekdays, 10:30 a.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 high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Mondays through April 14, 5 to 9 p.m.: Tax preparation assistance. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation for seniors and low- to moderate-income taxpayers, including Spanish speakers. Colesville Presbyterian Church, 12800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-777-2577, weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Most Mondays, 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.

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

Mondays through June 16, 7 p.m.: “Twelve Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Today.” Learn from Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Hannah and other women of old about how to draw near to God and grow through struggles, insecurities, triumphs and failures. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spiritual reflections” tour that looks at stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in Washington National Cathedral’s glass and stone. The tours offer stories, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Flutist Karen Johnson and pianist Carlos Rodriguez perform. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the Washington National Cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a 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 to 8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades one to eight for free tutoring, advice and homework help. St. John’s Church, Broadcreek, St. John’s Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, program director, 240-461-5330 or hwhelpers@stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 14-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing separation or divorce, at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost, $20; scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or Passages@ViennaPres.org or www.viennapres.org.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Garden tour. A docent-led tour of some of the 30 acres of garden on the 59-acre close, its history, Gothic architecture and design by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. — plus a traditional English tea and a 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.

Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.: A Lenten Reflection Series follows the regular 5:15 p.m. Mass. Msgr. Peter Vaghi, Pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, will present “Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments and Works of Charity.” Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com/lent.

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

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Everyone is welcome at the Wednesday night open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Thursday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.: Catholic University of America’s Voice Division presents Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $20; seniors and non-Catholic University students, $10. 202-319-5416. music.cua.edu.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Baltimore-based storyteller Jon Spelman will spin some of his favorite stories, from folk tales to personal stories. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.

Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to cook donated food for the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Volunteers may donate food items, cook desserts or some other food, or prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria. Call Megan McCullough, 703-778-4937, or e-mail mmccullough@ccalex.org.

March 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: A book sale, including include DVDs, CDs and books on tape. Coffee and baked goods will be available for purchase. Benefits the United Methodist Women’s support of women and children in need. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.

March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.: A Lenten concert, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: From Crucifixion to Resurrection.” District 8 (formerly the Countertop Ensemble) performs the works of Victoria Taverner, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc and Guiseppe Verdi. Reception follows. St. Barnabas’s Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. 703-941-2922. www.st-barnabaschurch.org.

March 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Jazz@Wesley presents jazz in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. Sweet and savory foods available; coffee and tea, free. Donations of a nonperishable food item or slightly used coat are welcome. Wesley UMC Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10; seniors, $7; ages 12 and younger, free. info@wesleydc.org. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org or www.instantseats.com.

March 22, 7 p.m.: The Washington D.C. Temple Orchestra will perform. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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