Washington area religion events

February 28

Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast with orange whole-wheat and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit Red Bird Missionary Conference in Eastern Kentucky and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for ages 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Annual rummage sale, featuring furniture, clothing, housewares, books, toys and more. Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. 301-320-4538. www.lfparish.org.

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, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.: Catholic University students will perform Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell.” Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $20; seniors and students, $10; ages 9 and younger, free. 202-319-5416. http://music.cua.edu.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Gigi Bradford, chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Board and a member of the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Board of Governors, discusses “Lectio Divina: Reading with the Heart.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Salute the Cathedral Scholars and the program that has hosted select high-achieving students from D.C. public high schools participating in rigorous academics at St. Albans School. During each Sunday in March, you will hear about students of the Class of 2014. They will talk about their experiences and the care packages given by the congregation. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.: World Mission Sunday honors Christ Church’s relationships around the world, with special focus on civil war-torn South Sudan, Honduras, the medical team at Mengo Hospital in Uganda and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. The guest preacher will be Richard Parkins, retired director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Parishioner Russ Randle will provide an update on South Sudan. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: The music of Duke Ellington, Keith Hampton and Will Todd will be performed, and the Latin Mass text that will be sung by the St. John’s Choir, accompanied by the Dan Dufford Trio. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Author Gregory Orfalea discusses his book “Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California.” Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Pius X Library, 3630 Quesada St. NW. 202-449-3974.

Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Art reception for “Seeing It in Black and White,” with pen and ink on paper creations by Shanthi Chandrasekar, prints by Deron DeCesare, photographs by Marge Wasson, polymer clay by Fran Abrams and glass jewelry by Lisa St. Martin. through April 28. Congregation Har Shalom, Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Sunday, 12:45-2 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish that will feed at least three times the number of people in your group and appropriate serving utensils and share great conversation with the cathedral congregation following the coffee hour. The kitchen will not be available for heating or refrigerating dishes or washing them after the meal. If you do not wish to prepare a dish, consider bringing something prepared at a grocery store or restaurant. If your dish includes possible allergens, please label them as tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy or dairy. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. Volunteers needed. Washington National Cathedral, 7th floor Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. RSVP: potlucks@cathedralcongregation.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m.: “Women in glass and stone.” A docent leads visitors, age 10 and older, on an in-depth tour of the depictions of women carved in stone and represented on glass. Washington National Cathedral, Welcome Desk at Main Visitor Entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; seniors, military, students and children, $16, reservations recommended. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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 Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: “An Ordinary Hero,” the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, an Arlington resident and, at age 19 in 1961, a Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist. A panel discussion follows with other local riders. Co-sponsored by Women of Reform Judaism Beth El Hebrew Congregation and the Brandeis National Committee, Northern Virginia Chapter. Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Parking available. $20; students with ID, free. Parking available. Michele Milden, 703-820-7794 or Rhoda Baker, 703-639-8863.

Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: The first of six sessions on Israel begins with “Israel-Palestine: Deep Background,” an address by Rev. Dr. Walter Owensby. Other sessions are slated for Sundays through April 6. United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston. The United Christian Parish is an ecumenical congregation uniting four denominations: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. 703-620-3065. www.unitedchristianparish.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Kennedy String Quartet, Kinderkonzert, will engage its young audience of age 4 and older with musical contrasts, from the technical to the emotional. Then, listen to excerpts from the masters, Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky and get up close with the instruments in a “petting zoo.” Explore simple musical opposites such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow, then listen to excerpts of the masters Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $30; age 15 and younger, free with free parking at the Hyde Addison School parking lot across the street. RSVP: 202-338-1796.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: “Perpetual Light.” Washington Master Chorale will perform a meditation on death and eternity, with a centerpiece work, Maurice Durufle’s 1948 masterpiece, Requiem Op. 9 for organ and chorus. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $25-$50, orchestra seating; $20, balcony; $10, student balcony seating. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Violinist James Stern and pianist Audrey Andrist perform compositions by Leos Janacek, Josef Suk, Olivier Messiaen and Beethoven. Paint Branch Unitarian Univesalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Free, donations appreciated. 301-937-3666. www.PBUUC.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Violinist James Stern and pianist Audrey Andrist perform. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Free, donations appreciated. 301-937-3666 or www.PBUUC.org.

Sundays, 5:30-8 p.m.: “Rebuilding,” for separated, divorced and widowed persons who wish to move on with their lives. The nine-week program concludes on April 27 and includes discussions on anger, guilt/rejection/shame, fear, grief, self-worth, trust and relationships. Registration ends after the March 2 session. St. Martin De Porres Center, 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria. $50. facilitator@copingrebuilding. 703-596-2673. http://www.copingrebuilding.com.

Most Weekdays 10:30 a.m.: Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from high and with a camera, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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.

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Food addicts support group. All are welcome. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Friendship Terrace Game Room, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 202-363-4119.

Monday, 7-8:30 p.m.: Harbingers: A Seasonal Spirituality gathering. Following Celtic tradition, we will explore how the landscape in which we live impacts the inner landscape of our being. Through reading and reflection, conversation and silence we’ll discover how being aware of the harbingers that indicate the turning of the seasons opens us up to a greater awareness of the holy in our lives. Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. E-mail crossroads@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Monday, 8 p.m.: The University of Maryland and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop collaborate to present Lukas Foss’s 1944 cantata, “The Prairie.” This piece is the prize-winning setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem “Cornhuskers.” It is presented under the direction of C. Paul Heins and will be presented as his dissertation project for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spiritual 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, Noon and 7 p.m.: The annual Shrove Tuesday-Mardi Gras Pancake Supper festivities have returned. Ash Wednesday services will be held at noon with Evening Prayer at 7 p.m., followed by “Simple Lenten Supper” at 6:30 p.m. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. egraves@hers.com or 202-554-3222.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: J. Reilly Lewis leads the Washington Bach Consort and organist Jeremy Filsell. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, 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.

Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.: Observe Shrove Tuesday by having a meal of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce and a beverage. There will also be a bake sale, raffle and thrift shop for bargain shopping. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. $10; seniors and ages
6-12, $8; age 5 and younger, free; ask about the family discount. christchurchclinton@verizon.net. 301-868-1330.

Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.: The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America invite the community to have an all-you-can-eat pancake supper with sausages, fruit and beverages. Proceeds will go to the North County Emergency Outreach Network, with matching funds from Thrivent Financial. The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. $6; ages 6-10, $3; age 5 and younger, free. 410-766-8778.

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Come to a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and Mardi Gras celebration. Proceeds will benefit the HOST Program, a partnership of St. George’s Church and A-SPAN, that provides a place indoors for the homeless to eat supper and have access to case workers and social services. St. George’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. $5; ages 2-12, $3; families, $15. info@saintgeorgeschurch.org or 703-525-8286.

Tuesday, 6-7 a.m.: Celebrate Shrove Tuesday at the church’s pancake supper. Proceeds will benefit the youth group activities. St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown. 240-631-2800.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades 1 to 8 for free after school tutoring, advice and homework help. The program is certified by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington under its mandatory “Safeguarding God’s Children” training. St. John’s Church, Broadcreek, St. John’s Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, Program Director, 240-461-5330 or hwhelpers@stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 14-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost, $20, scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or Passages@ViennaPres.org or www.viennapres.org.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.: After the 7:00 a.m. service, “Ashes to Go,” a slightly irreverent name for a most solemn religious tradition, will make its second annual journey to the Virginia Square Metro Plaza and the Clarendon Metro Plaza to make the imposition of ashes possible for those whose busy schedules may make a stop at the church itself difficult. Ashes will be available again during the evening commute prior to the 7:30 p.m. service at the church. Those wishing ashes do not have to be a member of a particular faith. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915
N. Oakland St., Arlington. Free. info@saintgeorgeschurch.org or 703-525-8286. www.saintgeorgeschurch.org.

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

Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m.: Mental wellness: supporting children, teens and young adults, a discussion about mental health issues that can affect and challenge young people and their families, and gain insights that can help. Feb. 26 topic: Best Practices. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

Friday, 12:15-1 p.m.: Richard Gowers, an organ scholar from Kings College, Cambridge, England, will perform a program of works by Mozart and J.S. Bach. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Southwest church potluck and game night, for all ages, bring games to play with family or friends. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner to share. 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222, rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Dr. Kathleen Staudt, a poet, theologian and spiritual director, and Dr. Raymond Glover, poet, theologian and spiritual director, will lead a Lenten day of reflection, a time of prayer, meditation, reflection and quiet that draws on both the words and the music of both new and familiar hymns of the season. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free; lunch, $15. Questions: Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci, 202-363-4119, Ext. 243 or pantoci@columba.org.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Stephen Caracciolo will lead the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and singers who wish to participate in a workshop and concert (at 4 p.m.) of compositions by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Poulenc and Caracciolo. First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. Interested singers and instrumentalists: peterbaum@cox.net or http://fmmc-chorale-director.weebly.com/. 202-333-2075.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: HooShir A Cappella, Indiana University’s premier co-ed a cappella group with Jewish roots, and Potomac Fever, a 13-voice a cappella close harmony pop ensemble from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC will perform. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $29; age 65 and older, $24; students and groups of 10 or more, $19. boxoffice@jccnv.org. 703-537-3000. www.jccnvarts.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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