Application deadline: Feb. 1. Young Organists Competition, co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, scheduled for May 17 at the monastery. Three organists will be selected from a taped preliminary round to compete for cash prizes. Official rules and entry forms available at or by calling 202-526-6800.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital. Edward M. Nassor will perform Preludio No. 2 in G Major by the Flemish composer Mathias van den Gheyn. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sundays through Feb. 1: SOUPer Bowl of Caring Food Drive Kick Off. The church’s youth groups will launch a food drive as part of a national youth-driven effort to raise awareness of hunger and poverty issues. Food and money collected will benefit the church’s Outreach Ministries and Lazarus Ministry Client Choice Food Pantry. To donate money, make check payable to Christ Church and write “SOUPer Bowl of Caring” in the memo line. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Martha’s Table ministry helps feed homeless men, women and families via McKenna’s Wagon, a soup kitchen. Volunteers can drop off sandwiches and fruit at Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. or

Sundays, 8:45 a.m., and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.

Sundays through Feb. 15, 9 a.m.: Intergenerational biblical study of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Youths in the sixth grade and higher will read King’s famous letter and discuss race, racism and justice in the light of Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-7766.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Adult forum. Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, who served in Bill Clinton’s White House, will discuss “Reflections of a Former White House Chief of Staff.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Meet the Pastoral Care Team: the Rev. Preston B. Hannibal, priest associate for pastoral care, and members of our various pastoral care ministries. To sign up or to learn more email Washington National Cathedral, Rear Nave at the coffee reception area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or Free.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Service with Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister. The guest speaker is Pittsburgh-based hip hop artist Jasiri X, a recent traveler to Ferguson, MO, and Palestine. Other speakers include representatives from the Palestinian community and anti police brutality groups. A reception will follow the service. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St. NE. Free. 202-723-5330.

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: “Out and About Potluck Brunch.” A social and educational network for people interested in making the church welcoming and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, potential members and visitors. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. or 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop. Join needlers to create items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn will be provided. Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, or 202-537-6200.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Montgomery County Interfaith Leaders, Heritage Signature Chorale and other musical groups join for “Let Freedom Ring: An Interfaith, Multicultural Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.” Sacred chants and prayers of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist faiths and excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches will be featured. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-493-8300.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Stephen Czarkowski will conduct the Apollo Orchestra and organist Julie Vidrick Evans in a performance of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and Barber’s Toccata Festiva. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free. 202-363-2202.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Evening Prayer for Christian Unity. Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen, interim dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA, will preach. A reception follows the worship service. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Katherine Meloan will perform works by Eugene Gigout, Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa, Marcel Dupré, J.S. Bach and Joseph Jongen on the 10,647-pipe Ernest M. Skinner and Son organ. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: “Cathedral Sings!” Music Director J. Reilly Lewis will lead a musical reading of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” with accompaniment by organist Todd Fickley. Perfect for a sing-along by singers of all abilities. Bring your score or borrow one of theirs. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, includes score rental. 202-537-2228 or

Monday, 9 a.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast, “Rise Up, You’ve Been Commissioned.” The guest speaker will be the Rev. Adriane Blair Wise of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1600 Morris Rd. SE. $35. Tayloria Jordan, 301-702-0012, or Donna Saffron, 202-251-6610.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or

Monday, Noon: Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, birthday party and canned food drive. Performers will include Slam Poetry, Northwestern High School’s Gospel Choir, Natyabhoomi School of Indian Dance, Bishop McNamara High School’s Traditional African Drumming and Dance troupe and the Peoples Church Rhythmic Choir. The theme of the program is truth, peace and justice. Peoples Church United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-829-5511.

Mondays, noon: “Brown Bag and Bible.” The Rev. Janice Mynchenberg will lead a weekly study of the Gospel of Mark with the help of a commentary by N.T. Wright. Bring your lunch. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-337-9070.

Monday, 2 p.m.: “King: All God’s Children.” Honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Performances by the Howard University Gospel Choir, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, vocalist Francese Brooks and dancer Mahkai Carroll, Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Choir, spoken word artist Tika Wallace, Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and emcees Tierra Burke, Tony Donaldson and Micha Green from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free when you donate a new children’s book or non-perishable food item. 202-537-6200 or

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch class. Participants must bring a completed “assumption of risk and waiver of liability” to the first class. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. Reservations: Judy,, or 703-765-6555, ext. 626.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Yoga class. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Monday night services have a less formal atmosphere and a smaller setting. Holy Communion. Refreshments after the worship. Child-care available. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. or 301-384-4394.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308.

Mondays, 7 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, 877-792-8479.

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: A Benedictine group will meet for contemplative prayer, reading and discussion of Joan Chittister’s “Monastery of the Heart.” The group meets on the third Monday of every month from September through June. The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3770.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m.: Senior Fit, an exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician-consent form is available at the information center or by visiting the Web site. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee at 301-384-4394 or go to

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: “Spiritual Reflections” tour. A one-hour docent-led tour explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. Tours include stories, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. Tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. Questions: 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Bunch Fellowship Potluck. Come for food, fellowship and a topical presentation on the third Tuesday of each month. St. Nicholas Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-631-2800.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Beau Soir Ensemble concert. Flutist Carrie Rose, violist Jennifer Ries and harpist Michelle Myers Lundy will perform works by Leclair and Ibert. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring children in grades 3 through 8 for free after-school tutoring, advice and homework help. The program is certified by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington under its mandatory Safeguarding God’s Children training. St. John’s Church, Broadcreek, Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, program director, at 240-461-5330 or

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Zumba classes. $6 per class, or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. Lisa Martoni, or 240-925-4153.

Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Rabbi Susan Grossman will speak about “Parting of the Ways: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two.” Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $20. 410-531-5115.

Wednesdays, 1:45 to 4:15 p.m.: Church of the Covenant, Arlington, is offering an after-school program for local elementary school students who attend schools with early release on Wednesdays. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to take part in the Backyard, a program with a Christian curriculum that offers games, crafts and Bible stories. Program continues through June and follows the academic calendar. Church of the Covenant, 2666 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. Emma Horn, 703-524-4115.

Wednesdays, 2 p.m.: Tai chi classes. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. Free. 202-726-2080.

Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m.: Fellowship dinner and program. At 6:30 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown Jr. will share highlights from a trip to Korea. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Dinner: $8; ages 8 and younger, $3; family maximum $25. Register with Joyce Kitzmiller, 703-256-8330.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Tai chi classes, advanced and intermediate level. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Learning to meditate. January’s focus is on the basics of Buddhist meditation. Each class includes two guided meditations, a teaching and time for questions and answers. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Rd. NW. $12 per session. 202-986-2257.

Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program led by Lisa Martoni for woman of all shapes and sizes. Combines Pilates and dance. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. $6 per class, or $30 for 6 classes. 301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Bible study. A reading and discussion of the Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Open to the public. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. IHOP, 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown. or 240-631-2800.

Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. For details, call 301-301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, 877-792-8479.

Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Music and movement classes are offered for ages 5 and younger with a parent or adult caregiver. Sponsored by Music Together Montgomery. The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3770.

Thursdays, 11 a.m.: Gentle yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555.

Thursdays, noon: Yoga classes. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: “Looking for God in Washington, D.C.: A Priest and a Rabbi Search Together.” The Very Rev. Gary Hall and Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel will teach Session 2: The God of Jewish and Christian Prayer. Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel, the lower level, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, reservations required:, 202-537-6200 or

Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Winter open house. Parents of prospective students for grades preschool through grade 8 are invited to learn about Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School’s focus on academics, small class sizes, technology, Spanish, performing arts, sacred studies, athletics, summer camp and before-and-after care. Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, Lower School campus (grades 1-4) at 13106 Annapolis Rd., Bowie; and preschool, kindergarten and grades 5-8 at 11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-5355.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Arts at Midday will feature soprano Meagan Brus, clarinetist Eric Umble and pianist Sophia Vastek, known as the New York-based ensemble sTem. They will perform newly commissioned arrangement of “Erwartung,” a short opera from Arnold Schoenberg’s early, pre-atonal works, a psychological monodrama that follows a woman’s ramblings as she wanders in an eerie forest. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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