Religion events from around the Washington area

April 11, 2014

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The United Methodist Men are holding an indoor/outdoor yard sale and boutique. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Heavener Hall, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. 301-933-7933.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon: Easter egg hunt for ages 2 to 12 and a bake sale. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-971-5151.

Saturday, 9 a.m.: “Breaths of Prayer” prayer breakfast. Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church, 15812 Good Hope Rd., Silver Spring. Free. Martha Forston, 301-847-1235 or Nathena Briscoe, 240-476-7605.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: “How Jesus Became God.” Bart D. Ehrman, an authority on the New Testament and early Christianity, explores how a low-born man from the backwaters of Galilee became God, what Jesus preached about his own identity, what historians can say about his resurrection and how early Christians developed their understanding of Jesus. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Saturday, 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, 3 to 6 p.m.: “Group of Four,” a large-format photography exhibit with works by George L. Smyth, Barry Schmetter, D.B. Stovall and Scott Davis. Also on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through May 4. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fellowship Hall, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-0400. www.rruuc.org.

Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m.: A community spaghetti supper with bread, salad, beverages and desserts will be held. Children are welcome. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free-will offering of $10 suggested. christchurchclinton@verizon.net. 301-868-1330.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: “Great Guitars.” Levine School of Music faculty members Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino will perform a variety of solos, duets, trios and quartets. A reception follows. The proceeds will benefit the school. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $25; students and age 17 and younger, $12. 202-347-2635.

Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Palm Sunday services will be held before and after a Triumphal Parade, commemorating Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, at 10 a.m. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. admin@franconiaumc.org. 703 971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Children will lead a procession and palming of the cross at both Passion/Palm Sunday worship services. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330. www.annandale-umc.org.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Martha’s Table ministry, which feeds homeless men, women and families 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, between Massachusetts Avenue and Woodley Street NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: Breakfast will be served. After the meal, at 9:20, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy will speak about crime in the county. Bethesda United Church of Christ, 10010 Fernwood Rd., Bethesda. Donations appreciated for the breakfast. 301-365-3387 or www.bethesdaucc.org.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.: Palm Sunday worship will include the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Healing. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m.:Easter baskets for infants and toddlers. Easter Basket Project benefits families of infants, 6 weeks to 12 months, and toddlers, 12 to 30 months, in the Bright Beginnings program. Wanted: Supplies such as diapers and baby wipes; toddler toys and board books; gift cards to grocery, drug or variety stores, denominations of $10 to $25; paper Metro farecards, denominations of $10 to $25; and new clothing. Items will be accepted through Wednesday. E-mail espencer@cathedral.org. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The last in a special Lenten sermon series. It is 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 the reader 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, 10:10 a.m.: A “Parade of the Palms” processional from the Perkins Chapel begins the Palm Sunday worship with Easter Cantata “He Lives” at 10:30 a.m., Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. E-mail glenndaleumc@verizon.net or 301-262-2299.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Director of Music Michael McCarthy leads a performance of J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion,” the story of Jesus’s suffering, death, burial and resurrection. McCarthy leads the Washington National Cathedral’s combined choirs and a baroque orchestra with soloists Elizabeth Cragg, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; and Sumner Thompson, bass; with Rufus Muller, as evangelist, and Brendan Curran, as Christus. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$85, free garage parking. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 4 p.m.: The Shiloh Baptist Church will sing at the 35th anniversary of the church. Damon T. Gray will direct the ensemble while organist Evelyn Simpson Curenton accompanies the choir. historic Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4288.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah.” Complimentary child care is provided for age 5 and younger when you call ahead and reserve space. 202-537-7553 or e-mail childcare@nationalpres.org. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-0800 or e-mail mdenham@nationalpres.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 on high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Monday, 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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.: Senior Fit, exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form available at the Info Center or by visiting www.mystandrew.org. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee, 301-384-4394.

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.: Three Notch’d Road Baroque Ensemble performs music for Holy Week by Dieterich Buxtehude. 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 or e-mail 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-Broad Creek, St. John’s Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, program director, 240-461-5330 or e-mail hwhelpers@stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Tuesdays 7 to 9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 14-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, passages@viennapres.org or www.viennapres.org.

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

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Thursday, 6 p.m.: Come for an Agape meal of bread, fruit and cheese and stay for the Maundy Thursday worship service and Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Road in Glenn Dale. 301-262-2299. glenndaleumc@verizon.net.

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Join in a traditional Jewish Seder meal followed by communion. All are welcome at this ecumenical congregation. United Christian Parish, 11508 N. Shore Dr., Reston. 703-620-3065. www.unitedchristianparish.org.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Traditional Maundy Thursday worship with a sacred meal, foot-washing and Holy Eucharist will be held. All are welcome. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. www.staugustinesdc.org.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: At the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus with his friends on the eve of his death, a Holy Eucharist with foot-washing will be held. Worshipers may wash one another’s feet after Jesus’s example. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: A service to commemorate Jesus’s Last Supper and the beginning of our sacrament, the Lord’s Supper will be held, reminding us of his new commandment to love one another as He had loved them. All are welcome. The church is handicapped accessible and is equipped with assisted listening devices. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. admin@franconiaumc.org. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Holy Communion and foot-washing will be held. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330. www.annandale-umc.org.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: A prayer vigil will be held in the church. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. glenndaleumc@verizon.net. 301-262-2299.

Friday, noon: The Liturgy of Good Friday will provide opportunity for deep contemplation of the crucifixion, marking the hours Jesus spent on the cross. The Three Hours Devotion will include meditations, music and prayer throughout with Communion administered from the Reserved Sacrament during the third hour. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Friday, noon to 3 p.m.: “Seven Last Words” worship service. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330. www.annandale-umc.org.

Friday, noon and 7 p.m.: At noon, Stations of the Cross and Stabat Mater Dolorosa by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi with David Ehrlich, piano reduction, bassoonist Dilyana Kirova, soprano Marje Palmiere and mezzo-soprano Joyce Bouvier. At 7 p.m., there will be a dramatic reading of the Passion adapted from St. John’s Gospel. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. www.staugustinesdc.org. 202-554-3222 or e-mail rector@staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: A worship service that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death on the cross at Calvary. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. admin@franconiaumc.org. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: “When It Was Evening: A Meditation for Good Friday.” A service of prayer, scripture, Taizé chant and meditation during the time of waiting at Jesus’s graveside, in quiet darkness. After the service, there will be meditation and healing ministers available for those who desire prayers for healing of mind, body or spirit. Clergy will also be available in Resurrection Chapel for the rite of reconciliation for those who desire to make a private confession. The crypt level will close at 8:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

April 19, 8 p.m.: The Great Vigil of Easter. Worshipers are encouraged to bring bells to announce the Resurrection. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

April 19, 9 p.m.: The Great Vigil of Easter. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. www.staugustinesdc.org. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org.

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