Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: A craft festival with handmade items, video games, clowns, face painting and more. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 5203 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. 301-894-9100.
Saturday, 8-11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. 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) “Potato Project,” 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. Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: “Faith is Service: A Social Justice Conversation.” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), public policy scholar Diana Negroponte, Karen Clifton, coordinator for Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Washington, and Jean Johnson, Marie Madre de los Pobres Committee, discuss how they are living their faith through specific dimensions of social justice: spirituality, advocacy and direct service. There will be a 25th anniversary commemoration of the Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador and the lessons learned from the church’s 25-year journey with Maria Madre do los Pobres, its sister parish in El Salvador. Light refreshments will be served. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N St. NW. Free. 202-337-2840.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Books and DVDs at bargain prices will be offered for sale. Proceeds will be given to shelters and food banks with matching funds provided by Thrivent Financial. Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-589-4001 or Robyn Frank, 301-490-5898. www.calvarysilverspring.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church’s “End of Summer Fair” will feature a bake sale, fish fry, hot dogs, children’s face-painting and cupcake decorating, and hand-crocheted afghans, scarves, and beaded bracelets. Volunteers are needed and should call Elaine Graves, 202-863-0256, to sign up. While the new church is being built, the event will be held on the outside of these two locations: Christ United Methodist Church, 900 Fourth St. SW, and at Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. 202-554-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.: Blessing of the Animals. Requests have been made for dogs to be leashed and for other animals to be contained. If your animal is too large to attend or is deceased, a photograph of the pet may receive a blessing at these churches :
St. George’s Episcopal Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Rd., Glenn Dale. 10 a.m. to noon, 301-262-3285 or e-mail Kris White at email@example.com .
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 202-582-7740. www.sttimothysofdc.org.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 2:30 p.m., 202-526-6800, Ext. 374, or www.myfranciscan.com.
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. 4 p.m., 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.
Christ Crossman United Methodist Church, front parking lot, 384 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 4 p.m., 703-532-4026.
Saturdays, 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, 4:30 p.m.: Folk singer, guitarist and storyteller Andrew McKnight will perform masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a one-man program sketched with shades of Appalachia, slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems and rustic folk. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-253-2130. www.stannesdamascus.org.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Dead Man’s Run, a 5K race for adults and children. Outrun the Grim Reaper and other haunts in the 207-year-old Congressional Cemetery as the funeral bell tolls at dusk. Children’s run starts at 6:05 p.m. Features spooky music, post-race beer tent and prizes for best costume or team costume. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. $40; children, $10. email@example.com. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org/dead-mans-run-2.
Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.: There will be a ’70s-themed celebration with dancing to ’70s music and attendees in ’70s attire. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. $10. 202-582-7740. www.sttimothysofdc.org. [NEW]
Saturday, 7 p.m.: There will be a program of music by Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington and a discussion of his life. Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. Free. 202-723-4408.
Sundays 8:45 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.
Sundays, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.: Bible study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew, the primary source for Gospel readings at Sunday worship this lectionary year. The historic, religious, cultural and political situations of the community in which Matthew lived will be discussed. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Free. 301-884-3451.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Meet the Samaritan Ministry Team. The cathedral’s parish representatives will give visitors information on the powerful results-oriented Next Step Program that helps improve the lives of real people in our community — one step at a time. Volunteer possibilities exist for upcoming programs. Washington National Cathedral, Rear Nave coffee table, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: World Communion observance. Anna McGuire, a sophomore student at Walt Whitman High School, will speak about her work with Girl Up, a United Nations program that connects American high school girls with women and girls in need around the world. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. 301-229-7766 or www.westmorelanducc.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday will be celebrated. Visit the T-shirt memorial to the lost that memorializes victims of gun violence. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. Free-will offering. 301-593-1180.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: A Red Mass will be held for Supreme Court justices, judges and government officials with the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, bishop of Arlington, celebrating. The worship seeks to invoke God’s blessing and guidance these government officials, diplomats and attorneys on the day before the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term begins. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free-will offering. 202-347-3215.
Sunday through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: At 10 a.m. Sunday, volunteers from the church membership, Alexandria and the D.C. metropolitan area will help unload thousands of pounds of pumpkins from two 18-wheeler trucks coming from a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico to create the 21st annual Pumpkin Patch at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill. Immanuel and more than 1,300 other churches of various denominations throughout the country provide more than 300 jobs on the reservation. The proceeds of the Pumpkin Patch go to charity, including many Alexandria causes such as ALIVE, Carpenter’s Shelter, Community Lodgings and Child and Family Network Centers, plus several international programs. This 21-year tradition welcomes your business with gourds, mini-pumpkins, seasonal baked goods, soups and apple crisps. Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-370-6555.
Sunday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.: Blessing of the Animals will be offered at the following churches. Requests have been made for dogs to be leashed and for other animals to be contained. If your animal is too large to attend or is deceased, a photograph of the pet will receive a blessing.
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown, 10 a.m., 240-631-2800, www.saintnicks.com.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, 2 p.m., 703-356-3312. www.umtrinity.org.
Washington National Cathedral, West Steps, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, 2:30 p.m., 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, 3 p.m., 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, 4 p.m., 703-525-8286. http://saintgeorgeschurch.org.
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington, 5 p.m., 703-538-4886. www.rockspringucc.org.
Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. 301 593-1180.
Sundays, 12:30 p.m.: GriefShare classes for those experiencing loss and grief will begin with a video screening and discussion led by the Rev. Evangeline Taylor. National Presbyterian Church, Administration Building Room 108, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-0800.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop. Join fellow 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-537-6200.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Close-up Tour: “20th Century American Gothic.” A docent will lead a tour and discuss the building’s unique characteristics, purposes and building methods, and tells why the 107-year-old structure was built in the Gothic style. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; $16, children, seniors, military and students. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Washington Master Chorale will perform a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Come early for a pre-concert conversation at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Concert. 4 p.m., National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $10-$50. 202-537-0800. www.washingtonmasterchorale.org.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: Evensong and 20s/30s Vision Group Dinner. Those in their 20s and 30s will gather for dinner at Austin Grill following the worship. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free-will offering. email@example.com. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: A celebration of 33 years of God’s grace will be held to honor Byron Day, senior pastor. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11443 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free-will offering. 301-490-5149.
Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Classical organist Piotr Rachon performs works by Jan z Lublina, Jakub Sowa, Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Padre Davide da Bergamo, G. Aldrovandini, Maurice Durufle and Louis Vierne on the 10,650-pipe organ. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m.: “Yoga in the Yard.” Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555. http://aldersgate.net.
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 www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays, 7 p.m.: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a met. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5-$10. 301-942-7188.
Mondays, 7 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch class. Participants must bring a completed “assumption of risk and waiver of liability” agreement to the first class. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. Reservations: Judy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-765-6555, Ext. 626. aldersgate.net.
Monday, 7 p.m.: Monday night worship services: a less formal atmosphere in a somewhat smaller setting at a more convenient or comfortable day and time. Included are the celebration of Holy Communion, refreshments after worship and child care. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. email@example.com. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Mondays, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org.
Mondays, 7 p.m., and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 877-792-8479.
Monday, 7 p.m.: A course in miracles that helps one “undo the past in the present and thus release the future.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
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 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 www.mystandrew.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Washington Bach Consort will perform with organist Jeremy Filsell. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Zumba classes. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class, or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Lisa Martoni, email@example.com or 240-925-4153.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades 1 to 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, 240-461-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, starts Tuesday evening. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost, $20, scholarships available. Register at Passages@ViennaPres.org or call 703-938-9050. www.viennapres.org.
Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.: Total body workout for active seniors is led by Carolyn Gichner. Bring a mat and light weights. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Vestry, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Call for prorated fees. 202-364-7602.
Wednesdays, 1:45 to 4:15 p.m.: Church of the Covenant, Arlington, is offering a safe, free and fun after-school program for local elementary school students who attend schools with early release Wednesdays. Those in grades K-5 are invited to be part of The Backyard, a program that offers games, crafts and Bible stories in ways that use a Christian curriculum. The program continues through June 2015 and follows the academic calendar. Church of the Covenant, 2666 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required. Emma Horn, email@example.com. 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.
Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.: Come for a fellowship dinner and stay for a hymns of faith sing-along. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $8; age 8 and younger, $3. 703-256-8330. www.annandale-umc.org.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: “Common Ground,” a weekly gathering for brief, informal worship followed by a variety of classes and Bible studies. Fall session will continue through Nov. 5. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. Free. Register: www.mystandrew.org. 301-384-4394.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org .
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Tai-chi classes. Certified instructor will teach the movement discipline that may strengthen the mind and body. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Wednesdays through Dec. 3, 7 p.m.: “The Artist’s Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,” a 12-week course that meets in small groups. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Wednesdays through Nov. 12, 7 to 8:45 p.m.: Covenant class. This 10-week series is designed for adult seekers. It provides them with an overview of the Episcopal Church’s worship, thought and practices. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. email@example.com. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program for women led by Lisa Martoni. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class. 301-884-3451.
Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. Call for details. 301-301-884-3451.
Thursdays, 9:30a.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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 877-792-8479.
Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Music and movement classes are offered for age 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, 10 a.m.: Bible study. Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-949-2900. www.warnermemorial.org.
Thursdays, noon: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a met. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5-$10. 301-942-7188.
Thursdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.: The Rev. Michael Durst will lead a series of religion and science discussions. The topic for Oct. 9: The Implications of the Theory of Evolution; and for Oct. 23: How to Address Constructively Differing Religious Views of Evolution. The lively discussion on the possible implications of modern science, combined with fellowship and food, may bring religious understanding. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Donations welcome. email@example.com or 301-942-7188.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical organist Samantha Koch will perform works by Dorothy Papadakos, Léon Boëllmann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor and Jean Langlais. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Friday, 8 p.m.: The Boston-based recorder trio, Three Part Fugue, will perform Recorder kaleidoscope, a concert celebrating the full spectrum of the recorder’s sizes and sonorities. The program includes Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. $25; students, $10. 703-525-8286. www.capitolearlymusic.org.
Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Community flea market, fish fry, bake sale and scout open house with demonstrations of camping skills by the Scouts with visitor game participation. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Admission, free. 301-292-4497.
Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s annual Fall Festival features crafts, collectibles, food, a raffle, pumpkins and games for children. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-593-3282.
Oct. 11, 1 to 5 p.m.: Historic Christ Church will host its Fall Faire dinner, with ham, oysters, crab balls, parsley potatoes, cole slaw, apple sauce and roll, tea and water. Rain or shine. Historic Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Ham and oyster dinner, $11-$28. Pre-payment available through Paypal. 301-884-3451 or e-mail email@example.com.
Oct. 11, 4 to 6 p.m.: Community spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Suggested donation, $10; children, free. 301-868-1330 or www.christchurchclinton.org.
Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “Colonial Williamsburg — Bruton Parish” concert featuring a harpsichord and flutes performing musical compositions from the 18th century to today. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free-will offering will be given to the church’s music ministry. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: The Mormon Choir of Washington D.C., the Washington D.C. Temple Orchestra and mezzo soprano Heather Craw will perform “Music from the Opera,” an evening of excerpts from opera favorites including Bizet’s “Carmen,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and Saint-Saens’s “Delilah.” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.
— Compiled by
For more religion events, visit washingtonpost.com/religion. Send submissions with event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable telephone number at least one week before our Saturday publication day to Religion Events, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.