Religion events from around the Washington area

July 25

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.tthomascroom.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.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: “Blessed, Honored, Pioneer.” All are welcome at this celebration of the pioneer heritage and legacy of the Mormon migration, the story of the great westward trek, presented in word and music by the Oakton, Va., Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sundays through August 31, 8 and 10 a.m.: The National Cathedral’s worship service times are making a summer-only change. The first service, with Holy Eucharist, Rite 1, remains at 8 a.m. but is moving to Bethlehem Chapel, on the lower level. The 9 and 11:15 a.m. services will become one service at 10 a.m., with the Eucharist, guest musicians and the traditional coffee hour following. Two of those guests will be choirs of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Chestnut Hill) in Philadelphia and the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. Washington National Cathedral, 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 inclement weather, services will be in the church. The regular worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-390-6640.

Sundays, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.: Bible study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew, the primary source for Gospel readings at Sunday worship this lectionary year, The historic, religious, cultural and political situations of the community in which Matthew lived will be discussed. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Free. 301-884-3451.

Sunday, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.: Handel’s “Saul,” parts 1 and 2, will be performed during the worship services as part of an annual choir festival. St. Johns Episcopal Church, 4112 34th St., Mount Rainier. Free-will offering. stjohnepiscopal@comcast.net.
301-927-1156.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Gospel worship service with jazz performed by Bobby Felder and Friends. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE. Free. plymouthcongregational
@yahoo.com
. 202-723-5330.

Sunday, 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Annual used book and bake sale. Proceeds benefit the church’s downtown ministries, including meals for the poor and the Tuesday concert series. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.
202-347-2635.

Sunday, 2 p.m.; Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Gargoyle tour. A slide show of whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques is followed by an outdoor tour. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. Washington National Cathedral, Main Entrance Welcome Desk, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; 12 and younger, $6. Reservations recommended. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Ministry of Evangelism Annual Day. Special guest James Terrell, pastor of Second Baptist Church, will bring his choir and congregation to help in the celebration. First Baptist Church, 5018 Lakeland Rd., College Park. 301-474-3995.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Organist Gabriel Dessauer will perform. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free-will offering. muslit@bnsic.org. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com/music.

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 above. 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, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Vacation Bible school. “Galactic Quest” helps us discover how much God loves us and to determine his plan is for our lives. Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-543-1344. www.chcsda.org.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch class. Participants must bring a completed “assumption of risk and waiver of liability” to the first class. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. Reservations: judy@aldersgate.net or 703-765-6555, ext. 626. aldersgate.net.

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

Mondays, 7 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, jessdoerrer@gmail.com. 877-792-8479.

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 through Sept. 1, 7 to 8 p.m.: Labyrinth walks accompanied by recorded or live contemplative music at Deborah Carolyn Howell Memorial, just outside the church. Come when you can; leave when you must. 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.

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 ages 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, 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 group meets. All are welcome. Truro Anglican Church undercroft, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-273-1300.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Schola Epiphaniensis, a professional choral ensemble, performs J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat.” Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.: Vacation Bible school. First Baptist Church, 5018 Lakeland Rd., College Park. Free. 301-474-3995.

Tuesdays through August 5, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.: Enjoy pizza and soda then watch a screening and discussion of the series “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God.” Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church. Free. admin@htluther.org. 703-532-6617. www.htluther.org.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Zumba classes. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class, or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Lisa Martoni, 240-925-4153.

Tuesdays through August 5, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.: Enjoy pizza and soda, then watch a screening and discussion of the series “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God.” Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. admin@htluther.org. 703-532-6617. www.htluther.org.

Tuesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Laughter Yoga. Learn how breathing, clapping and movement can relax you and boost your creativity, reduce stress and strengthen the immune system by tapping into feelings of health and well being. A brief silent meditation ends the session. Walk the labyrinth starting at 6 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Questions: arlingtontonlaughteryoga@yahoo.com. 703-966-4128 or www.nationalcathedral.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, 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, 6 p.m.: 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 .

Wednesdays through July 30, 7 p.m.: Bible study on the Psalms. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.

Wednesdays through July 30, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program for women led by Lisa Martoni. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. $6 per class. 301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Call for details. 301-301-884-3451.

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.

Friday through August 3, 9:20 a.m.: International convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Delegates from various nations will speak about missionary work and other topics. Two bible-based theatrical productions will be presented. Fed Ex Field, 1600 Fed Ex Way, Landover. Free. 301-276-6000. www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions/.

August 2, 10 a.m. to noon: Lincoln’s war on slavery. The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia’s John O’Brien and John Elliff will discuss the president’s actions during the critical year leading up to the constitutional abolition of slavery in 1865. Plan on viewing the Lincoln pew and stained glass window in the church sanctuary, the Emancipation document and Gurley portrait in the Lincoln Parlor and the Lincoln letters and desk set in the John Quincy Adams Room. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. Free. 703-360-1265.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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