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Alexandria and Arlington religion notes

Friday, Dec. 7

Central UMC concert, soprano Angela Peterson and pianist Barbara Peterson Cackler perform holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 4201 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-527-8844 or

Sunday, Dec. 9

Historic Church adult forum, a discussion of the canticles in the Gospel of Luke. 10:15 a.m., Historic Christ Church, Meade Room, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450.

Messiah singalong, featuring soprano Courtney Kalbacker, alto Elizabeth Merrill, tenor Peter Scott Drackley, bass Jeffrey Grayson Gates and the Chandos Orchestra conducted by Louise C. Wilson performing Handel’s “Messiah” and Manfredini’s “Concerto in D.” 4 p.m., Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. Scores available for $8. 703-671-4057 or

NoVa Lights Chorale performs Handel’s “Messiah” oratorio. 4 p.m., Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Free. 703-346-3512 or

Christmas tree lighting and caroling, 5 p.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-538-7000 or

The Spirit of Taize, a Taize-style service of song, silence and prayer. 5 p.m., Convergence, Sanctuary, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260.

Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Bishop of Arlington, cathedral clergy, lay readers, cathedral choir, youth choir and handbell choir. 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. 703-524-2815 or

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Divine Mercy Cenacle, study of the Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of Saint Faustina. 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-836-4100.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Urban Abbey’s contemplative night, a labyrinth walk, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and a Taize service, 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or

Thursday, Dec. 13

Faith, Food and Fellowship features a noon service with music by J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; and “Buying and Selling at Auction,” discussed by Matthew Wilcox of Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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