Salem United Methodist Church of Brookeville is holding a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will homemade crafts, antiques, trunks, "trash and treasure" items, baked goods and more. The church is at 12 High St. For more information, call 301-774-7772.


Church Women United, an organization that encourages Christian women to witness their faith, is hosting World Community Day, beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. This year's theme is "God's Passionate Love: Holy Laughter, Holy Tears."

The day's events are designed to give participants an opportunity to experience God's love anew through the laughter, tears and joy of daily life. Biblical references to God's humanity will be examined, and mimes and clowns will perform. A luncheon will follow the service. The cost is $6.

The event will take place at Concord-St. Andrews United Methodist Church, at the corner of River and Goldsboro roads. For more information, call 301-530-0794.


Global Mission Church of Silver Spring is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a two-day concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The concert will feature soloists, pianist Tong Il Han and a mass choir under the direction of Chai Dong Chung, former music director and chief conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances will include Beethoven's Mass in C Major (Op. 86) and Choral Fantasia (Op. 80). Admission is free.

The church is at 13421 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-460-1656.


Woodside United Methodist Church is holding a fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sale items will include furniture, clothing, Christmas novelties, tools, plants, attic treasures, books, toys and baked goods. There also will be a silent auction and a country store. The church is at 8900 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-587-1215.


St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg is opening an alternative Christmas shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Craftspeople from Appalachia and from developing countries who are members of SERRV (Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocation) will have home decorations, baskets, nativity sets, tree ornaments, candles, toys and jewelry for sale. SERRV helps to provide needed income to artisans and their families through cooperatives all over the world.

There also will be lithograph prints by Kay McCrohan for sale. Proceeds from the lithographs will go to the St. Rose Action Fund. Proceeds from the crafts will be returned to the cooperatives producing them. The church is at 11701 Clopper Rd. For more information, call 301-948-7545. To order a free SERRV catalogue, call 800-423-0071.


Hughes United Methodist Church of Wheaton is holding its 26th annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In addition to antiques and homemade crafts, there will be a silent auction, musical entertainment, an art show and exhibit, and various activities for all age groups. Lunch will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The church is at 10700 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-949-8383.


The nursery school of B'nai Shalom in Olney will hold its Sixth Annual Fall Boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Vendors will sell jewelry, toys, clothes, holiday items, home accessories and more. There also will be door prizes and a silent auction. Admission is free. The school is at 18401 Burtfield Dr. For more information, call 301-774-0268.


Bethesda Presbyterian Church's recital series continues at 7 p.m. Sunday with performances by soprano Hai-Bo Bai, tenor Hong-fa Chu and pianist Muriel Hom. A variety of songs, opera arias and duets from Strauss, Bizet, Puccini and others will be performed.

Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit Bethesda Cares, a nonprofit organization for needy residents, and Opera International, an organization that seeks to bring world-class opera to the community. The recital is at the church, 7611 Clarendon Rd. For more information, call 301-365-3479.


St. Nicholas Church continues its tradition of celebrating All Souls Day with the "Commemoration of the Faithful Departed" at 5 p.m. Sunday. Departed loved ones will be remembered during the service, and special prayers given. Fellowship and Christian education will follow. A nursery will be available.

The church meets at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, at Darnestown and Turkey Foot roads. For more information, call 301-548-9680.


Temple Emanuel's Women of Reform Judaism/Sisterhood will hold its semiannual rummage sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Items will include clothes, books, household goods and toys. The sale will be in the temple's Social Hall, at 10101 Connecticut Ave., in Kensington. For more information, call 301-564-9086.


Transfiguration Episcopal Church of Silver Spring is celebrating three anniversaries with a gala anniversary dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The event has been dubbed "The 40-30-20 Celebration" in honor of the church's 40th anniversary, the 30th anniversary of parish rector Richard Kukowski's ordination and the 20th anniversary of his service at the church.

The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Paul Abernathy of St. Mark's in Capitol Hill. The retired Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Washington, also will participate. The cost is $25 and includes dinner and dancing after the program. The gala will take place at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center, in Greenbelt. For more information, call 301-384-6264.


Episcopal Senior Ministries is sponsoring a series of forums on community resources for seniors, their families, congregations and communities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Speakers will include representatives from Offices on Aging, Holy Cross's Parish Nursing Program and the Alzheimer's Association. Registration is free and includes an informational packet. Refreshments will be served.

The event will take place at Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., in Silver Spring. To register or for more information, call 202-414-6315.


Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Silver Spring is hosting another program in a series that deals with daily application of the Bible from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Nov. 12. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Dr. Leonard E. Miller, a wireless consultant and technical author, will discuss the topic "The Wireless Revolution: Lifestyle Stewardship Required." The church is at 410 Granville Dr. For more information, call 301-587-6637.


Congregation Har Shalom of Potomac is hosting the Fifth Annual Harry and Lillian Hookman Scholar's Weekend Nov. 12-14. The weekend's theme will be "Hebrews, Heroes, and Hellenists: Viewing Jewish History Through Rabbinic Eyes."

Avigdor Shinan, chairman of the Department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will speak on "Jacob and Esau: Jews and Christians in the Midrash" at 8:45 p.m. Nov. 12. He also will discuss "Isaac and Ishmael: Jews and Muslims in the Midrash" at the Shabbat service at 11:30 a.m. and "Jews and Romans in the Stories of the Rabbis" at 8 p.m. Nov. 13. The weekend concludes with his speech on "Rabbis and Roman Ladies in Rabbinic Literature" at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Admission is free.

All but one of the lectures will be at the synagogue, 11510 Falls Rd. For the location of Saturday's 8 p.m. lecture and more information, call 301-299-7087, Ext. 5.


Rockville United Church will hold a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13. There will be an assortment of handcrafted and handpainted items and baked goods. A country store will sell preserves and sauces. There also will be antiques, collectibles and Christmas ornaments. Lunch will be sold at the church's cafe. The church is at 355 Linthicum St. For more information, call 301-424-6733.


St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood will hold its annual holiday craft bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13. A selection of handmade crafts and holiday decorations, including stained glass ornaments, angels, poinsettias and an assortment of one-of-a-kind items will be available.

The bazaar also will feature activities for children, a pre-owned jewelry table, holiday raffles and a silent auction. The grand raffle prize is $1,000. The church is at 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd. For more information, call 301-840-1407.


The music committee of River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda and the Racial Justice Task Force will sponsor Reg Jackson and Friends, featuring the Washington Saxophone Quartet, flutist Janese Sampson and pianist Carol Yampolsky in a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Proceeds will be used to provide college scholarships for minority students.

Admission is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children under 16. The concert will take place at the church, 6301 River Rd. For more information, call 301-320-3479.


The Washington Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood will hold a holiday boutique and silent auction from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16. All profits raised by the synagogue will support local, national and international charities.

The event will take place at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Rd., in Potomac. For more information, call 301-469-8944.

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