Religion events from around the Washington area

July 4, 2014

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty.

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.

Sundays through Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m.: “Chapel in the Woods” returns to Glenn Dale United Methodist Church. Services will feature informal singing, prayers and a short homily. This year’s theme is “Serving With Joy.” In case of inclement weather, services will be in the church. The regular worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-390-6640.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: “Jewels of Light: Stained Glass.” A docent will lead a tour of the Washington National Cathedral’s varied styles of stained glass and tell how to read the stories, from creation to U.S. history, contained in them. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; $16, children, seniors, military and students. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The 21st Bach Festival of music by J.S. Bach,
C.P.E. Bach and their French contemporary, François Couperin. Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-1700. www.gracedc.org.

Monday (registration deadline): The 18th annual Children of the Gospel Vocal Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 14 through July 25. The program, sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, is open to those in grades four to 12, with a minimum age of 9. Breakfast and lunch provided. No experience required. Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave. NW. $90 nonrefundable application fee. Register at www.wpas.org/education/kids/spaa. Information: camps@washingtonperformingarts. org.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. Look at 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 through Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.: “Weird Animals” vacation Bible school welcomes children from age 3 to sixth grade. Activities include science gizmos, team-building games and singing. Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-434-2456. www.cliftonparkbaptistchurch.org.

Mondays through Sept. 1, 7 to 8 p.m.: Labyrinth walks accompanied by music will be held at the Deborah Carolyn Howell Memorial just outside the church. A Taizé service and healing rite follows at 7:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free. office.redeemer@verizon.net. 301-229-3770. www.redeemerbethesda.org.

Mondays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church UCC’s social hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, jessdoerrer@gmail.com. 877-792-8479.

Mondays, 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 .

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Organist and Bach Festival founder Lawrence Molinaro discusses “I’m Making It Up as I Go,” with selections from Johann Mattheson’s “Grosse General-Bass-Schule,” a treatise on keyboard improvisation. The program will also feature fantasias by C.P.E. Bach. Part of the 21st annual Bach Festival. Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100. www.gracedc.org .

Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28: Washington National Cathedral has extended summer hours — until 8 p.m. — on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exhibits “Though the Earth Be Moved,” a look at the impact of the 2011 earthquake on the cathedral, and “Gothic Resilience,” cathedral photographs by Colin Winterbottom, will be on view on the seventh floor observation gallery. All are welcome at the 5:30 p.m. choral evensong or evening prayer services. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Adults, $6; military, students, seniors and age 12 and younger, $3. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.: Senior Fit, an 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 the Web site. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee at 301-384-4394 or go to www.mystandrew.org.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.: Strength and Balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full-body strength and balance class that incorporates light weights and floor work with a mat, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Sessions go through Aug. 1. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Call for price. 202-364-7602.

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spirituality reflections” tour explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. The tours offer stories, silence, poetry and prayer. 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 .

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.: Bible study groups meet. All are welcome. Truro Anglican Church undercroft, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-273-1300.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Mayron Tsong, senior piano professor at the University of Maryland, performs works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. 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 art, plus a traditional English tea and 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.

Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Rising fourth and fifth graders will meet each week for Bible study and games. National Presbyterian Church, Youth House, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-0800.

Wednesday, 6 p.m.: “Smoke on the Water” benefit dinner and concert. All proceeds will benefit clean water initiatives in developing countries. After the dinner, musicians will perform world music, jazz, classical and pop. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Dinner, $12; in advance, $10; ages 5 to 12, $5; age 4 and younger, free. Free-will offering taken during the concert. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.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 .

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Organist Roland Maria Stangier, from Essen, Germany, performs works by J.S. Bach, and Mayron Tsong, senior piano professor at the University of Maryland, performs works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. Part of the 21st annual Bach Festival. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100. www.gracedc.org .

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Walk the labyrinth from 6 to 7:30 p.m., then attend a Taizé prayer service, with sung prayer and periods of silence. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail bkeseley@saintgeorgeschurch.org.

Thursday, noon: Volunteers are needed for one hour to help receive and condition flowers for Sunday mornings. No prior experience required; training provided. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Information: Nora Szeto at noraszeto@hotmail.com. 202-537-0800.

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.: College students are invited to a summer-long study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together,” a book about developing Christian community. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; discussion begins at 7 p.m. National Presbyterian Church, Youth House, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. Information: Hilda Gore, hgore@nationalpres.org. 202-537-7483.

Thursday, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.: “Jesuit Missions in the Early Modern World.” Thomas Cohen, associate professor of history at Catholic University, will examine the order’s overseas missions from 1549 to 1773. Smithsonian
S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Organist Julie Vidrick Evans performs six trio sonatas of J.S. Bach as part of the 21st annual Bach Festival. Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100. www.gracedc.org.

July 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The D.C. Holy Land Festival will celebrate the culture and life of Christians in the Holy Land with Middle Eastern food, exhibits, demonstrations of Arabic calligraphy, speakers and panel discussions with Palestinians and representatives of faith groups, vendors and tours of the Franciscan Monastery shrines, gardens and church. The monastery’s historic church will be open. Tours will be offered throughout the day. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 301-853-5340 or 202-526-6800. www.myfranciscan.org/holylandfestiva l .

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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