Pilgrim Lutheran Church will hold the first of 10 "Beginning Christianity" courses from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today. Tomorrow, the church will host a performance by members of the Washington National Opera Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. 5500 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-2800 or www.pilgrimbethesda.org.

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church will host the woodwind quintet "Quintessence," with pianist David Chapman, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Free. 301-937-3666.

United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley will host South Africa based music group Thula Sizwe at 7 p.m. Saturday. The group, of Zulu heritage, has toured around the world. 13421 Clopper Rd., Germantown. Free. 301-540-3449.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church will hold its fall fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The fair will include a moon bounce, food and a yard sale. 11612 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-1273.

Hughes United Methodist Church will hold a Funfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring face-painting, a dunk tank, a moon bounce, Latin and Irish dancers, a puppet show, clowns, food and music. The church will hold a Sonfest, including an outdoor worship service, followed by lunch, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. 301-949-8383.

St. Rose of Lima Parish will hold its annual fiesta, including food, children's games, pony rides, a flea market and entertainment, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. An outdoor bilingual Mass will begin at 5 p.m. 11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-7545.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church will host theater organist David Britt, a silent-movie accompanist, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. An ice cream social follows. 5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-2960, Ext. 16.

Members of churches in the Wheaton area will march from the First Baptist Church of Wheaton to Mid-County United Ministries to deliver packaged and canned goods for the needy, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 10914 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, and the destination is at 2424 Reedie Dr., Room 127, Wheaton. 301-949-6585.

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church will open its 2005 concert series with a violin and piano performance at 4 p.m. Sunday. 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW, Washington. Free. 202-363-2202, Ext. 33.

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church's new pastor, the Rev. Kirby Lawrence Hill, will hold his first service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Hill has a degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and a bachelor's in psychology from Baylor University in Houston. 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. 240-462-2825.

Congregation Har Shalom's Education Committee will offer a class called "Holidays With Non-Jewish Relatives," to discuss ways to include non-Jewish family members in festivities, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. $10. The congregation will offer bingo for seniors from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free, 65 and older. 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. 301-299-7087.

The Board of Jewish Education will hold public lectures about the Book of Jonah at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Ring House Auditorium, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. Free. 301-816-5009.

Trinity Lutheran Church will host Jill Schumann, CEO of Lutheran Service in America, who will speak about responses to disaster and suffering at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 11200 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda. Free. 301-881-7275.

Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, a frequent speaker on Jewish issues, joined the staff of the Aish Center for Jewish Learning in North Bethesda on Sept. 15. Palatnik, a Chicago native, received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Israel. 11418 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda. 301-881-9010, Ext. 12.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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