“Blessing of the Animals,” an event that honors St. Francis of Assisi, who loved birds and animals, will be held at the following churches. Bring your leashed dog or cat or other pet in a carrier.
Saturday Sept. 28, 5 p.m.: Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.: St. Thomas’ Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.: Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-3383.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.: Christ Episcopal Church, in an outdoor grove at 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. www.christchurchclinton.org or 301-449-5758. Stuffed animals are also welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the corner lawn at 6th and M streets SW. www.staugustinesdc.org or 202-554-3222.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.: Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, on the church porch, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. www.htluther.org or 703-532-6617.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market is open for the season. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or stthomascroom.org/ ourlocalbounty.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: An annual end-of-summer fair with music, arts and crafts, bake sale, raffles, moon bounce, face painting, cupcake decorating, secondhand clothing and housewares for sale and food vendors. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m.: The 333 steps of the Gloria in Excelsius (central) tower of Washington National Cathedral will be open for climbing to a height of 300 feet. Visitors will be able to view the city from one of its highest points, listen to a demonstration of the peal bells by the Washington Ringing Society, and learn about the 50-year-old Kibbey Carillon and several volunteer opportunities. Must be at least 4 feet; no backpacks. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20. Advance tickets: https://tix.cathedral.org/. 202-537-6200.
Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.: All Nations Baptist Church has announced its 2013-2014 School of Biblical Knowledge season, Sept. 28 through March 29, 2014. The Rev. James Coleman will lead the program. All Nations Baptist Church, 2001 N. Capitol St. NE. $25, registration fee; age 65 and older, $10. 202-832-9591.
Saturday, 9:30-12:30 p.m.: Choir director Stanley Engebretson leads “Sing Unto God,” a choral workshop that includes working on vocal technique, blending, singing favorite anthems, gospel tunes and hymns. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. Free. Registration requested. 202-393-3700 or email@example.com.
Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 2-7 p.m.: Trinity Episcopal Church will hold its Fall Festival. Fried oysters, sugar-glazed ham, green beans, corn pudding, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes, apple sauce, biscuits, coffee, tea and assorted cakes and pies will be available. A baked goods table, a silent auction, a “Church Street shop” and door prizes are also featured. Trinity Episcopal Church, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. Admission, free. Dinner: $20; age 12 and younger, $10; age 5 and younger, free. 301-627-2636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 4 p.m.: The Imani and Pepe Gonzales Jazz Ensemble will perform Afro Cuban/Afro Brazilian jazz. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE. Free. 202-723-5330.
Saturday, 5-7 p.m.: “An Autumn Gospel Gala,” featuring Jocelyn Battle Avery, Rose Patrick Smith, Linda Lawson Gray, Betty Powell, Pamela Hamilton Williams, Joshua Hamilton, Richard and Veronica Prince and Juanita Richardson. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. $25; age 12 and younger, $15. 301-568-5964 or 301-390-0002.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: “The Power of Spirituals: In Word and Song,” performed by soloists and choirs from the Silver Spring United Methodist Cooperative Parish (Woodside/Marvin), Christ Congregational Church UCC, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Colesville UMC Gospel Choir and Good Shepherd UMC. Child care provided. Woodside United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free-will offering benefits Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build. 301-587-1215. www.woodsideumc.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Barton Gellman, Time Magazine contributing editor at large, on “The Tension between Security and Liberty.” Part 2, discusses “The United Nations’ Role in American Foreign Policy and World Affairs.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Washington National Cathedral will host a commissioning service to recognize the ongoing worship, spiritual formation, service, stewardship and hospitality of its volunteer ministers. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: The U.S. Navy Band’s Brass Quintet performs works by J. S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Kevin McKee and others. A reception and photography show follow. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.: “Memories, Mythologies, Symbols and Archetypes,” featuring artworks with multiple processes created by Sarah B. Peck, is closing Monday at 4 p.m. On Sunday, a reception will be held for final viewings. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fellowship Room, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-0400 or www.rruuc.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Trinity Chamber Orchestra and soprano Nancy Peery Marriott, directed by Richard Fazio, will perform Joseph Santo’s “Life in Truth,” featuring words from Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel’s speech to the joint session of Congress on Feb. 21, 1990, following the collapse of the Communist regime and the Velvet Revolution. The program also includes works by Dvorak, Janacek and others. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda. 301-926-0936. www.trinitychamberorchestra.org.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Jazz percussionist Tom Teasley will illustrate how modern percussion derives from ancient traditions of Africa, India, the Middle East and beyond. Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. Donations appreciated. Annick Kanter, 301-520-8921.
Monday, 7:30 p.m.: The U.S. Army Concert Band, the Cathedral Choral Society and tenor soloist Matthew Heil will perform “The Power of the Human Spirit,” a musical tribute to Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic president, playwright, essayist, poet and dissident. The program includes works by Czech composers Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak and Petr Eben. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free, tickets required. www.eventbrite.com/event/7916601769/eorg.
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. Climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Bring a camera. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a Spirituality Reflections tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Holy Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a Pilgrimage Medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: J. Reilly Lewis leads the Washington Bach Consort and organ soloist Grace Kim in a program of classical music by J.S. Bach. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967. www.church-redeemer.org.
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.
Tuesdays through Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Harvey Bale will lead an eight-week study of the New Testament’s “Letter to the Hebrews” and the mystery surrounding its writer. Bring a Bible. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, registration required. Call Ellen Spencer, 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing separation or divorce. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost $20; scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or www.viennapres.org or e-mail Passages@ViennaPres.org
Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.
Wednesday, 12:10-12:45 p.m.: The U.S. Army Chorus performs. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Art and Spirit Coffeehouse,” with Southwest resident and film critic Gene Seymour, will be discussing “2013 in Movies: What’s Out Now? What’s Been Out? What’s Coming Soon?” Coffee and desserts followed by audience questions and answers. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free, donations welcome. www.staugustinesdc.org. 202-554-3222 or email@example.com.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.
Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: New members are invited to join the Annandale United Methodist Church adult choir. Church membership not required. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Visit www.annandale-umc.org/our-services/music-ministries or contact Pat Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or www.wesleydc.org.
Thursday, 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Jewels of Light: Stained Glass” tour, for ages 10 and older. A docent leads an introductory tour of the building’s stained-glass windows and explains the stories they depict from Creation to stories from American history. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Nave level, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Thursdays through Oct. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: A six-week discussion group using James E. Atwood’s book “America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé” as a guide. Missioner Patty Johnson will facilitate. Washington National Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, registration required. Ellen Spencer, 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study in the library of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Pipe organist Richard Fitzgerald performs his improvisational works. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to cook donated food for the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Volunteers may donate food items, cook desserts or other food, or prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 North Henry St., Alexandria. Michele Smith, 703-778-4937 or e-mail email@example.com
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish to share. Game night follows at 7 p.m. with board and card games to take with you or use at the church. All ages welcome. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 7 p.m.: Small groups are forming based on the Homebuilders series Bible study, developed to help couples build their marriages and families according to God’s design. Each group’s study focuses on real-life topics, practical application and biblical truth. Lake Ridge Baptist Church, 12450 Clipper Dr., Woodbridge. Free. Frank Johnson, email@example.com
Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” is director Michele Josue’s documentary film exploration of the life of the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyo. Interviews with family members and friends give some insight into this life and the community’s devastating loss. Remarks by his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, close the evening. Other weekend events remembering and honoring Shepard and all who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are listed on the Web site. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $16; free student tickets available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Glenn Dale United Methodist Church will host its fall flea market, offering sales of household items, toys, plants and more, including a baked-goods table. Coffee, tea, muffins and doughnuts for early shoppers, and hot dogs, Sloppy Joe sandwiches and more at noon. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Admission, free; table rentals, $20. Joy Pierson, 301-390-6640.
Next Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring buckwheat and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Andrew (an agricultural gleaning program in Southwest Virginia) and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.
Next Saturday 9 a.m.-noon: Labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer, will be held. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or www.HistoricChristChurch.org.
Next Saturday, 1:30-5 pm: Davies community fish fry and mic returns. An all-you-can-eat meal of fried fish will be served from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An open mike for the performance of poetry, prose, music and more, 1:30-5 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, fish fry, $10; open mike, free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Next Saturday 2-5 p.m.: Crab feast with shrimp, chicken and kid-friendly food also on the menu. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. $45; in advance, $40; age 12 and younger, $20. 301-627-8469.
Next Saturday, 8 p.m.: Capital Hearings a cappella ensemble performs “Opening Statement,” a concert of works by Thomas Tallis, George Gershwin and Eric Whitacre through Irving Berlin, George Harrison and the Decemberists, and featuring a premiere of “City Trees” by Joseph Gregorio. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. $15; in advance, $12. 202-630-6067.
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