The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew is now accepting registrations for Vacation Bible School that will run from Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27. Children age 3 to those in grade 5 are welcome to “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is one-of-a-kind.” The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $40, first child in a family; $35, each additional child. Online payments: http://www.mystandrew.org. 301-384-4394.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: A multicultural community flea market will include bargains, unique items, good food, a “share a prayer” booth, Yarn Ministry creations, Cub and Boy Scout table and more. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-292-4497.
Saturday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Michael Cusato, former director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, will discuss “From Conversion to Conciliation: The Mission of Francis of Assisi and His Followers in a Hallowed Land.” Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.com .
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The annual Biker Blessing will be followed by food, live music, table tennis, a wheelie machine, moon bounce, giveaways and photographs of riders and their bikes. Crossover Church, 5340 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Free. 301-927-5620. www.crossoverchurch.tv .
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Help alleviate hunger by participating in the annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk and food drive, an activity of Church World Service. Line up your sponsoring donors before the day of the event, then start walking from wherever you are in the city and meet up with teams from across the District at Franklin Square, between K and I and 13th and 14th streets NW. Bring canned goods for the Capital Food Bank. Registration required. www.cropwalk.org .
Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m.: Monsignor James Watkins invites everyone to come to a Shaw neighborhood block party and celebration of the parish’s 150th anniversary. There will be food and beverages, snow cones, cotton candy, craft vendors, clowns, face painting, a puppet show and other children’s activities, live music and entertainment. Immaculate Conception Church, Eighth and N streets NW. Free. 202-332-8888. www.immaculateconceptionchurchdc.org
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.: The art of wellness - a health and healing Fair. Explore allopathic and complimentary healing systems from more than 40 vendors, and attend lectures, workshops and book signings. Get a massage, attend a yoga class, speak with a personal coach and more. Bring your pets for a blessing in a meditation garden. Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. $10. 571-359-7144 http://www.unityoffairfax.org
Saturday, 1:15 p.m.: Ride your bike with “Bishop Mariann.” The group of riders, led by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, will leave St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church at 1:15 p.m. or meet at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. The tour of the Mall monuments continues after a stop for a blessing of the bikes at the Lincoln Memorial. After a few more stops, the group will ride back to St. Dunstan’s. The church is at 5450 Massachussetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. Information: Fred Smoak, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.: Strawberry Festival. Live music, games for kids, artists and crafters, strawberry shortcake with “the works,” ice cream and strawberry pies. Mike’s barbecue with all the trimmings will be served. Christ Episcopal Church, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. 301-884-3451.
Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.: The Episcopal Church Women invite everyone to a Spring Tea. Chocolate fondue, fresh fruits and vegetable trays, quiche, tea sandwiches and sweets and a variety of teas will be served. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall/Salon, 5901 36th Ave., Hyattsville. $15; age 11 and younger, $5. 301-559-8686 or email@example.com .
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Bring a dish to share with others at the Community International Dinner, a potluck supper. International entertainment, drinks and paper goods will be supplied by the church. Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Free-will offering. 703-560-5288 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Everyone is invited to a community potluck dinner. International entertainment, beverages and paper goods will be supplied. Proceeds will go to the church’s mission projects. Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Free-will offering. email@example.com. 703-560-5288.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Vocalists Bernadette and Winston Charles will perform inspirational, classical and gospel music. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C., Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.
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, www.nationalcathedral.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.: The Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen, director of the Master of Theological Studies Program, professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, will preach on whether the Bible and science are contradictory. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-256-8330.
Sunday, 9 and 11:15 a.m.: Youth Sunday, when the youth of the parish run the worship services, including the Holy Eucharist. All ages are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. Information: email@example.com. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Change the World: Community Festival, a morning of worship followed by hands-on mission projects for the whole family. Dress casually and plan to be part of prayer, packaging meals, making cards or little dresses, packing kits for disaster relief, packing bags for hungry children and more. Moon bounce for the children, hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pky., Burke. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-250-6100. www.burkeumc.org.
Sunday, 9:55 a.m.: Are there signs of hope for LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-BiSexual-Transgender) ministry? Sr. Janine Gramick, a Roman Catholic nun, will lead a discussion at the adult forum. St. George’s Episcopal Church’s, Sydnor Hall, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Free. 540-373-4133. www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Ven. Sharron Dinnie and visitors from the Kwasa Centre, Springs, South Africa, will address the congregation. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Georgetown Lutheran Church will celebrate its 245th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of its current sanctuary building with a festive service led by Bishop Richard Graham of the D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A German-themed dinner will follow. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free-will offering. 202-337-9070.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Debby Brennan, Machar’s Jewish Cultural School Director, will discuss the organization’s education curriculum and goals of a Jewish education. A Lag B’Omer picnic follows. Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Free. email@example.com. 202-686-1881.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: A knitting and crocheting workshop will be on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, which serves homeless children and their families. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail Mila Michael, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.: The annual spring luncheon will be served. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. $45 per person, reservations required. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.com.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: “Creation Sings.” The Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda Choir will perform its spring choral concert with accompaniment provided by piano, organ, strings, trumpet and other instruments. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the music ministry of the church. A reception will follow. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-652-5160. www.heartmindsoul.com .
Sunday, 3 p.m.: The St. George Chamber Orchestra will celebrate its fourth anniversary with music by Kazik, Mozart, Sibelius and Strauss. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. $10; students and children, free. email@example.com. 540-373-4133.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform works by Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and others. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-200-7489. www.odeonchambermusicseries.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Cathedral Choral Society will perform two rarely programmed cantatas: “Calm Sea,” and “Prosperous Voyage,” Beethoven’s 1814 homage to Goethe, and Mozart’s “Davidde pentitente,” composed for a 1785 benefit for widows and orphans. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, written during the Napoleonic wars, completes the program. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets: from $25. 202-537-2228 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Choir and Orchestra will perform Handel’s four “Coronation Anthems,” commissioned by King George I of England for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727, and Handel’s Concerto for Organ in F Major, Op. 4. Meet the musicians at the reception that follows. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free-will offering. 202-363-2202. www.chevychasepc.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Lyric tenor Jesse Holt, Jr. will perform classical, operetta and sacred music by Schubert, Lehar, Sir Arthur Sullivan and Handel in English, Italian, German and Latin. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Donations requested. 301-229-3383.
Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.: Southwest Community open house and reception will feature a brief program that highlights the temporary relocation of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, plans for continuing its community programs and services, and drawings of its new church building, with expanded space for community events. Share your stories of your relationship with the church. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. email@example.com. 202-554-3222. www.staugustinesdc.org.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: Clearspring Bluegrass Band will perform traditional bluegrass music and original works. Stay and meet the musicians at a reception with food and drink. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-253-2130. www.stannesdamascus.org.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: Great vespers will be celebrated by Antiochian Orthodox clergy and faithful. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.com.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Brother Lance Walker, the director of public and international affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington D.C., will discuss “Why I Believe.” Come early and view the current exhibit “ Witnesses of Christ,” three paintings that illustrate the testimonies of those who were close to the Savior during His life. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: Biblical archaeology forum. biblical scholar Mark Smith and field archaeologist and author Elizabeth Bloch-Smith will explore the origins of monotheism as practiced in ancient Israel as they examine material evidence and analyze critical texts to support their explosive theory. B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $10; college students, $5; high school students, free. Information: email@example.com. 301-881-6550.
Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. Look at gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Mondays through June 16, 7 to 9 p.m.: Wisdom and the Book of Ecclesiastes. Cathedral congregation member Harvey Bale will facilitate a discussion of the wisdom found in Ecclesiastes. There will be no class on May 26. Sayre House, on South Road NW, just past Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; registration required. firstname.lastname@example.org . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Monday, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org .
Most 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. www.dmuuc.org .
Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: Gen Kelsang Varahi, an ordained Buddhist nun, will teach “A New You” in a series exploring meditations and teachings to help people feel more connected to the world around them and to make them able to fulfill their potential for goodness. The hour classes will include teaching, guided meditation and a question-and-answer session. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Friendship Terrace (3rd floor lounge), 4201 Butterworth Pl. NW. 202-986-2257. www.meditation-dc.org .
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.: Senior Fit, exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form available at the Info Center or by visiting the Web site. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee, 301-384-4394 or www.mystandrew.org.
Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spirituality reflections” tour explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend 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.: The Washington Chorus, led by Julian Wachner, features the Frederick Hartt 100th anniversary memorial concert. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m.: Zumba classes. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. $6 per class or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Lisa Martoni, 240-925-4153.
Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Anne Brockett and Ruth Trocolli, from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, will discuss “Cemeteries We Have Loved, Lost and Rediscovered.” A reception with wine and cheese follows. Congressional Cemetery, historic 1903 Chapel, 1801 E St. SE. Suggested donation, $5. Register: email@example.com. 202-543-0539.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Weekly Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org .
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Arena Stage’s Mentor and Jefferson Middle School Ensembles Speak Out. The two short plays will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Coffee and desserts will be served. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St., SW. Donations welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-554-3222. www.staugustinesdc.org.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: A Georgetown University PhD student in theology will lead a discussion on Old Testament parody and subversive messaging with “Jonah, the Laughable Prophet.” Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. 202-338-1644. www.gtownpres.org.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tour. A docent will show slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques then continue with an outdoor tour of them. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Members of Franconia United Methodist Church and non-member volunteers need help preparing and assembling nutritious bagged meals for homeless people living in the woods, their personal vehicles and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages are welcome to participate in the Thursday preparation and/or the next day Friday deliveries. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. email@example.com. 703-971-5151. http://www.franconiaumc.org.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will lead a discussion of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” a novel set in Italy during World War I and based on the author’s wartime experiences. The book scheduled for the June 26 discussion is “NW,” by Zadie Smith. Bratenahl House, 3525 Woodley Rd. NW. Free, registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Washington National Cathedral. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Edward Alan Moore, assisted by Marvin Mills, will perform works by Aaron David Miller, Bruce Neswick, Johann Strauss II and Marvin Mills. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Friday, 5 p.m.: Blessing of the Bikes, a part of the cathedral’s developing “Veterans Initiative.” The Right Rev. Jay Magness, bishop suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, precentor, and the Rev. Dr. Wally Jensen, executive officer of the Office of the Bishop to Armed Services and Federal Ministries of the Episcopal Church will gather with members of Rolling Thunder chapters from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey on Walker Court for a brief ceremony and blessings of the bikes between 5 and 7 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Bell ringers from North America, the British Isles and Australia will gather throughout the weekend and Monday to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral’s ten peal bells and of the Gloria in Excelsis tower. There will be ringing of the bells including two full peals, each lasting more than three hours, several quarter-peals, and ringing before and after Sunday’s service of Choral Evensong. The ringing may be heard from anywhere on the cathedral grounds. At 11 a.m. Saturday, there will be a panel discussion, “Fifty Years Ago,” and a peal from 1:15 to 5 p.m. See the “Events Calendar” on the website for complete activity schedule. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Friday, 8 p.m.: “The Jewish View: The Devil wears Prada: Updating modesty for the 21st Century.” Rabbi Susan Grossman will lead a dynamic discussion on how ancient Jewish wisdom can shape our views on how we navigate the not so occasional tensions between looking good and feeling good, and how we bridge the values of modesty, self-respect and respect for others with 21st Century dress mores. Refreshments will be served. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-531-5115. www.beth-shalom.net .
— Compiled by Gerri Marmer
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