Coming Events Walker Chapel United Methodist Church will host Oktoberfest, a yard sale to benefit charity, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Items for sale include books, clothing, crafts, jewelry, tools and toys. The church is at 4102 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. For more information, call 703-538-5200.

The seminar, "Jesus: Teller of Parables" will be presented from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Rock Spring Congregational UCC, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Workshops include "Rediscovering How to Read a Parable" and "Parables and the Kingdom." Registration is $50. For more information, call 877-523-3545 or visit

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies will sponsor "The Beams are Creaking," a dramatization of the life of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 9 at the First Baptist Church of Clarendon. There will be a special performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, followed by a panel discussion by Leland Center faculty. The church is at 1210 N. Highland St., Arlington. For more information, call 703-593-7642, or visit

St. George's Episcopal Church, at 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, will sponsor a Neighborhood Welcome Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. The event will feature games, a pig roast, live musical entertainment and a moon bounce. Admission is $5; free for children 11 and younger. For more information, call 703-525-8286.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will present a free organ recital by Jane Bourdow at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. The church is at 8009 Fort Hunt Rd. in Alexandria. For more information, call 703-765-4342.

-- Compiled by Miya Wiseman

Churches and other religious institutions are encouraged to contribute news about clerical appointments, bazaars, seminars and other special events. Send items to Alexandria Arlington Extra, Religion News, 526 King St., Suite 515, Alexandria, Va. 22314; by fax to 703-518-3001; or by e-mail to The column runs the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. All items should be sent in at least 10 days before publication and should be as succinct as possible. Call Miya Wiseman at 703-837-1664 for more information.