Washington area religion events

January 4, 2013

Saturday 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat eggnog and regular pancake community breakfast, with proceeds going to St. Paul’s 2013 youth mission work trip to Rochester, N.Y., and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6; age 11 and younger, $2; family maximum, $17. 301-933-7933.

Saturday noon-3 p.m.: A pot luck party and gift exchange, sponsored by Laurel Post Cana group. Resurrection Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Rd., Laurel. Bring a unisex gift worth $10; reservations required by Jan. 3. Lorraine Miller, 301-725-5284.

Saturday 8 p.m.: “Piano, Plus!” a concert by pianist Alexander Paley, sponsored by the Washington Conservatory. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free, donations appreciated. 301-320-2770 or www.washingtonconservatory.org.

Sunday 10 a.m.: “The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year,” everyone welcome. Washington National Cathedral, N-4 Conference Room, North Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact Michelle Kannan and Lindy Bunch, 20s&30sgroup@cathedralcongregation.org, for fee information. 202-537-6200.

Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Art reception for “Taking It Outside,” with paintings by Melissa Miller and Barbara French Pace, photographs by Marc Weinberg and ceramics by Shelley Stevens and Shelley Stevens, through Feb. 25. Congregation Har Shalom, Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: “The Three Kings Fiesta,” a bilingual presentation of song, dance and storytelling, with a procession of live animals that begins at 1 p.m. at Park Road and 14th Street NW. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free tickets distributed from 10 to noon; bring a small gift for a child. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.

Sunday 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop with fellow needlers — for distribution to those in need — with instruction, needles and yarn provided. Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday 1:30 p.m.: “20th Century American Gothic,” a docent-led tour exploring the Gothic style and its characteristics, purposes and building methods. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 3 p.m.: Organ dedication recital performed by Princeton University organist Eric Plutz performing works by J. S. Bach, Near, Whitlock, Pierne, Hollins and Saint-Saens on the newly restored 1968 Aeolian-Skinner organ. With reception. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free, suggested donation, $50. 202-347-2635.

Sunday 5:15 p.m.: Pipe organ recital by Jangoo Chapkhana, with works by Charles Villiers Stanford, Emma Lou Diemer and Kenneth Leighton. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 6:30 p.m.: The Brethren, a professional Christian male ensemble, will perform in concert. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $15; in advance, $10. 703-256-8330 or www.brethrengroup.com.

Tuesday 12:10 p.m.: A performance of classical works by violinist Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susay Gray. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Wednesday 8 a.m.-noon: Visiting day for prospective students, who may shadow current Middle School students for a half-day of classes in grades 6 to 8. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Middle School, 4401 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free, reservations required. 703-212-2706 or www.sssas.org/admission or JKunz@sssas.org.

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 misbister@cathedral.org.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: A Taize prayer service, with songs that have few words followed by periods of peaceful silence; labyrinth open from 6-7:30 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail musicandarts@saintgeorgeschurch.org.

Thursday 4-6 p.m.: Community spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert and a chance to browse the thrift shop until 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Suggested donation, $10; children, free. 301-868-1330 or christchurchclinton@verizon.net.

Thursday 6:30-8 p.m.: “Time for a Shift . . . Fiscal or Spiritual?” a panel discussion addressing a radical shift in our thinking. Meditation Museum, 8236 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Register at www.MeditationMuseum.org. 301-588-0144.

Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m.: “Folger Consort: Paris, Music for the City of Light,” the Consort and Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, perform grand ceremonial pieces and sublime motets for choir, organ and orchestra by Lully, Charpentier, Couperin and others. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30-$50. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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