Washington area religion events

December 13, 2013

Daily through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.: “Cathedral Creche Exhibition: What Child is This?” an annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Christmas Service Day: One thousand volunteers of all ages are needed to spread out across the Washington area to prepare food for the homeless, visit senior citizens, decorate and host Christmas parties at shelters, serve meals to those in need, donate blood, do maintenance and repairs at community centers, wrap gifts and help children experience the magic of the holiday season. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-776-7700.

Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon: Breakfast with Santa. Proceeds benefit Community Support Systems. Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. $5; seniors, free; 11 and younger, $2. 301-627-8469. www.stthomascroom.org.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Advent Quiet Day with Brother Jonathan Maury. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Registration fee, $35, includes lunch. Phil Lyons, philipblyons@aol.com. 703-549-1450.

Saturday, noon and Saturday-Sunday, 4 pm: “The Joy of Christmas” concert is performed at noon Saturday in an abbreviated family version by the Cathedral Choral Society, organist Todd Fickley and carillonist Edward Nassor. Christmas carols will be sung by the performers and congregation. The full program will be performed at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Noon Saturday, $25; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $31-$73. 202-537-2228 or www.cathedralchoralsociety.org.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital of Advent music by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday-Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.: “Stroll the Streets of Ancient Bethlehem,” a reenactment of a walk through ancient Bethlehem’s narrow passageways as they were during the time of Jesus’s birth. Meet the citizens, make way for Roman soldiers, see tax collectors demanding payment and more. Continuous tours feature a Nativity scene with live animals and period reenactors, children’s crafts, Christmas music and refreshments. Parkwood Baptist Church, 8726 Braddock Rd., Annandale. Free. 703-978-8160 or www.bwalk.org.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: A performance of Glenn Burleigh’s Christmas Cantata, “Born To Die.” Bethesda Baptist Church, 1808 Capitol Ave. NE. Free-will offering. 202-635-2883.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: Community Christmas Carol Singalong directed by music director Pat Henry. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-333-3642.

Saturday, 7 and 8p.m.: A performance by the Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez will conduct the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” Part 1. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free-will offering to benefit Shaw Community Ministries. 301-229-7766 or www.westmorelanducc.org.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performs a program that invites the audience to participate in Israeli folk dancing led by congregants. Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. $18; family ticket for two adults and children, $25. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/event/9282172227. 410-263-3924.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The C Street Brass, a chamber ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University, will perform “A C Street Holiday” concert featuring Christmas carols and special arrangements for brass including highlights from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” “Amazing Grace” and Billy Joel’s “Lullaby.” Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20; seniors and students, $15. 301-365-2850. www.bradleyhillschurch.org.

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. Free. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org or marthastable@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Lloyd A. “Tony” Lewis, the Molly A. Downs professor emeritus of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, will discuss the Gospel of Matthew. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: A program of Christmas music. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-262-2299.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: “Sustainability and Nuclear Energy,” a program that includes a slide presentation, demonstrations and two videos including “Pandora’s Promise.” Come at 9:30 a.m. for a coffee hour. Mishkan Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Rd., Greenbelt. 301-474-4223.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: Music Minister C.J. Redden-Liotta will direct a performance of Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” by the Chancel Choir, guest soloists from George Mason University and guest instrumentalists on marimba, harp and guitar. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. Free. 703-281-4400 or www.vbc-va.org.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: All are invited to “Camel Lot,” a child’s Christmas musical. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-383-1170. www.jccag.org.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: A sparkling celebration of Christmas with readings, contemporary carols, spirituals and calypso tunes. will Cherrydale United Methodist Church. 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Free. 703-527-2621.

Sunday, 1-3 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 that serve 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 knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: The Dashboard Divas will perform their swinging holiday program, “We Need a Little Christmas,” to benefit the church’s Our Daily Bread fund. Good cheer and cookies will follow. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Suggested donation, $10. 703-281-4230. www.uucf.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Come and celebrate the life and moral witness of Nelson Mandela at a special worship service hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The 60-voice Georgetown Chorale, led by Richard Giarusso, will perform its annual holiday concert, “A French Christmas,” with excerpts from Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Oratorio de Noël,” Hector Berlioz’s “L’enfance du Christ,” and seasonal music and carols by Pierre Villette, Arthur Honegger and others. Organist Andrew Jonathan Welch and a string ensemble from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore provide instrumental accompaniment. Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. $25; in advance by online purchase, $20: www.georgetownchorale.org. 202-832-3210.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: A Christmas Festival of lessons and carols, with biblical readings, refreshments and child care. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-971-5151.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Musical groups will perform Christmas carols and Kirke Mechem’s “The Seven Joys of Christmas” for choir and harp. A reception to meet the artists follows. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free-will offering. 301-363-2202. www.chevychasepc.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent vespers are held each Sunday through Christmas by the Choir of the Basilica in the Upper Church. A Mass follows at 4:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. 202-526-8300.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: “Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” The choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown parish, will present the beloved holiday service of readings and music in candlelight, in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge, England. The program features music arranged by John Rutter and David Willcocks and traditional Christmas carols for all to sing along with organist Samuel Carabetta. A wine and cheese reception follows in Blake Hall. Early seating suggested. Child care available. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. www.stjohnsgeorgetown.org.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The traditional service of Nine lessons and Carols. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. Free. 202-333-6677. www.christchurchgeorgetown.org.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The children of Christ Church will share the story of Jesus’s birth at the annual Christmas Pageant and Yuletide Feast. All Sunday school students may participate in the pageant. Information about costumes, roles and arrival times may be found on the Web site. Dinner and dessert in the auditorium follow. A cookie exchange will bring the festivities to a close. Child care available in the nursery from 4 to 7 p.m. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free, but bring a plate of cookies for the exchange. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: A dinner of turkey and ham, with all the trimmings, plus desserts and beverages. A program of Christmas music follows at 6:30 p.m. Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. $10; age 11 and younger, free. 410-766-8778.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: A holiday twilight concert of solos from Handel’s “Messiah” and a singalong of other traditional Christmas music, featuring students of Morgan State University. A reception follows in the social hall. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3383. www.csachurch.org.

Sunday and Monday, 6, 7, 8 p.m.: A performance by violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and vocalist Alexandria Sharpe. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: A festival of lessons and carols, led by the Schola Cantorum and Cathedral lectors in the nave, and Christmas caroling in the Great Hall. Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free. 202-587-5141. www.stmatthewscathedral.org.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.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. $15. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Julie Collins, spiritual director and teacher, will facilitate the discussion of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” a book by the Rev. James Martin that explores the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola. The workshop seeks to introduce participants to the mystical knowledge of St. Ignatius and explore its implications for their own spiritual journey. Washington National Cathedral, Sayre House, South Road off Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, registration required. 202-537-6200. espencer@cathedral.orgor nationalcathedral.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. dmuuc.org .

Tuesday, 10 a.m.: Everyone is invited to participate in an Advent Bible study. The topic is “God’s Gift of Love.” Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 S-pringfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that highlights stories of faithful action and devotion depicted in the building’s glass and stone. The tour includes an invitation to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tour is not conducted on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: The Epiphany Episcopal Church Choir performs a program of Christmas and other seasonal offerings, including a rare performance of Benjamin Britten’s Cantata “A Boy was Born” (1933). Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.:“Christmas in Art.” David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the museum’s permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. National Gallery of Art, West Building Main Floor, Rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6706.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: “Angels High and Low,” a docent-led tour of the statues, carvings and needlework of the cathedral, its history and architecture — 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, allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org .

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: A performance by pianist Paul Cardall. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.: Advent jazz and evening prayer. Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Dinner (optional), $10; jazz, free. 301-384-4394. mystandrew.org .

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: A performance by the vocal quartet Voices Four. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “God’s Gift of Love,” a candlelight Advent worship service. Historic Perkins Chapel (1861-1965), 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-262-2299.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Holiday jazz for Advent plus evening prayer. Come at 6:15 p.m. for an early dinner. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Jazz, free; optional dinner, $10. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. susangoekler@gmail.com or dmuuc.org. 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: A Blue Christmas Service designed for those who have a difficult time with the holidays will be held in a safe place to acknowledge the grief, stress, loneliness and anxiety of the season along with the presence of God. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Free. dumbartonpastor@yahoo.com 202-333-7212. www.dumbartonumc.org.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or wesleydc.org.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: A performance by the Britton Family, vocalists and instrumentalists. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: A Blue Christmas Service for those who struggle with the holiday season will be held in a place of comfort. St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free. 703-941-2922.

Friday, noon: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Scott Pender, Sharon Guertin Shafer, Mark Simon, Leslie Bennett and Ron Dicus. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

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, 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 North Henry St., Alexandria. Megan McCullough, 703-778-4937 or e-mail mmccullough@ccalex.org.

Friday-Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.: Christmas Living Nativity, a cooperative project by five Route 355 churches in Gaithersburg: Epworth and Grace United Methodist churches, Gaithersburg Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Lutheran and St. Martin of Tours Catholic churches. Costumed actors, readers and musicians will host this outdoor, multi-lingual living recreation of the Christmas manger scene in Bethlehem. Large tents provide shelter from the weather. Father Meyer Field across from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 201 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. christmas@goserve.net. 301-869-1780. www.goserve.net.

Friday, 7 p.m.: A performance by Capitol Carillon, a bell choir. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Next Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.: Children of all ages who want to be a part of the afternoon’s Christmas Pageant must attend the morning rehearsal for them to portray shepherds, angels and baby animals that afternoon. Parents will be treated to a light breakfast and coffee at 8:45 a.m. The children must report back to the church at 4 p.m. The pageant starts at 5 p.m. Light, healthy snacks will be available. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Next Saturday, 10 a.m.: Live webcast of a Christmas service with the people of Bethlehem, prayers, readings and hymns alternating between Washington, D.C., and Palestine. Celebrate the birth of Jesus with people of different lands, languages and ethnic backgrounds. Washington National Cathedral, nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Next Saturday, 7 p.m.: A performance by Hit Singles, a male vocal quartet. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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