St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church of Bethesda has installed a new rector, the Rev. Jeffrey B. MacKnight, effective Dec. 1.

MacKnight, 40, is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and has served parishes in Nebraska, New Jersey and Maryland. He served, most recently, as rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Parish in Laurel and is editor of "Leaven," a publication for Episcopal clergy.

He is married and has two children. The family will move into St. Dunstan's rectory on March 1. The church is at 5450 Massachusetts Ave.



Ashton United Methodist Church in Ashton is sponsoring a praise and worship concert featuring David Parker from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $13 per person. The concert will take place at Blake High School, 300 Norwood Rd., in Silver Spring. For tickets or more information, call 301-774-7100.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg is hosting a concert by organist Marvin Mills at 8 p.m. Saturday. Mills has toured the Washington area, performing organ selections ranging from Bach to more contemporary music. A goodwill offering will be taken to cover expenses. The church is at 16420 S. Westland Dr. For more information, call 301-977-1887.


An ecumenical celebration for Christian unity is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockville. The event, coordinated by the Social Concerns Group of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Garrett Park, is part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and will include members from area churches, music and refreshments. Trinity Lutheran Church is at 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. For more information, call 301-946-8520.


Beth Messiah Congregation of Rockville will sponsor a concert by pianist-composer Alyosha Ryabinov at 7 p.m. Jan. 29. The music will be classical in style, composed on biblical themes and Jewish music. A goodwill offering will be taken. The concert will take place at Halpine Church, 5906 Halpine Rd., Rockville. For more information, call 301-977-0156.

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