Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Stephen Ministry introductory workshop. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers. Participants will also develop caregiving skills they can use right away. Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Rd., Ellicott City. $15 per person; $50, group of four or more from the same congregation. 314-428-2600 or

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Annual rummage sale with great items for children, women, men and household, linens, decorative items, books, furniture, desktop computers, TVs, large appliances, tools, small electronics, sporting goods and more at bargain prices. Also, interesting jewelry and collectible pieces. It is not too late to bring your own treasures to donate. Helpers welcome prior to and on the sale day. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission, free. 202-232-2995 or

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 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 about noon. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Admission, free; table rentals, $20. Joy Pierson, 301-390-6640.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: “Hundred Dollar Holiday.” The Environmental Advocacy Group hosts author Bill McKibben in a discussion of his book and his case for making the Christmas holiday less consumer-oriented by considering recycling, restoring and reusing to reset our focus. Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Register: 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 10 a.m.: Church school literacy program. Children from age 6 to 12 are invited to participate in an interactive book reading events with local Christian authors. The program aims to instill the value and joy of reading to impact overall educational and spiritual development in a positive way. The first book in the program is Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Each child will get a copy of their own. Snacks will be served. New Hope AME Church, 12310 Washington Square, Waldorf. Free. 301-870-6460.

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The 2014 Coat Drive has begun. Bring new and used coats in good condition to the church on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 7 p.m. The coats and a warm cup of soup will be distributed to those in need Oct. 25. New Hope AME Church of Waldorf, 12310 Washington Square, Waldorf. 301-870-6460.

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

Saturday, 4 p.m.: “An Afternoon of Just Music.” The program will include steel pan renditions of spiritual and Latin jazz music, piano and violin selections from other artists, and several vocal pieces. Advent Lutheran Church, 2222 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington. Free-will offering. 703-521-7010.

Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m.: A Fall Dance fundraiser will be held. All Saints Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd., Manassas. $20. or 703-909-6454.

Saturday, 6 p.m. to Sunday, 9 a.m.: Junior High Lock-In. A fun event. Bring your friends. Dinner and breakfast will be served. Christ Church, Fowler House, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.: “Dance with the Stars,” an auction for local missions. Loud and silent auctions, live dance demonstrations and refreshments will raise funds to help fight homelessness, hunger and poverty in the local community. Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd., Oakton. Admission, free. 703-955-0387.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: An inspirational All Saints’ Sunday choral Evensong will feature a performance of music by Charles Villiers Stanford, William Harris, Thomas Tomkins and Stanley Marchant led by organist and choirmaster Grant Hellmers. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Old Town, 228 S. Pitt St., Alexandria. Bring nonperishable foods for St. Paul’s Lazarus Ministry. 703-549-3312.

Sunday, 8 and 11 a.m.: Celebrate the 129th anniversary of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Senior pastor Dr. Lucius M. Dalton will preach at both worship services. “Let the Church Say Amen” will be performed at 3 p.m. Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1636 East Capitol St. NE. Free. 202-544-5588.

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

Sunday, 9:45 a.m.: Homecoming celebration. A festive worship service with a chance to renew old acquaintances, celebrate family and participate in fellowship with the church’s various ministries. Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free-will offering. 703-549-1334.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Stop by the coffee hour to meet families with young children and learn about the Cathedral’s new ministry: Fledgling Families with Young Children. Families with children age 5 and older are invited to use the nursery for meaningful caregiving during the worship service. Co-organizers Kelly Morrison and Jared Hughes will discuss some upcoming monthly activities. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 11 a.m.: The Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary, will be the guest preacher and speak about the changing role of church in society. Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Rd., Potomac. Free-will offering. 301-299-6007.

Sunday, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.: Homecoming celebration. Pastor Albert P. Jackson will be the featured speaker at the morning worship; Rev. DR. Anthony E. Moore, Pastor, Carolina Missionary Baptist Church, Ft. Washington, will speak at the afternoon service. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 909 Queen St., Alexandria. Free-will offering. 703-683-1473.

Sunday, 12:45 p.m.: A portion of the 10,000 tulip bulbs planted each year on the monastery grounds will be blessed following the noon mass. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-562-6800, Ext. 374.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: “Here I Stand . . . Singing Before the Lord.” A choral concert of praise and thanksgiving will be held to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. St. Michael’s Truth Lutheran Church, 700 St. Michael’s Dr., Mitchellville. Free. 301-249-6222.

Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m.: This year’s Fall Fun Fest will offer a chili cook-off, cobbler cook-off, Trunk or Treat, moon bounce, games, pumpkin decorating, face painting and refreshments. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free with a donation of nonperishable canned or packaged foods. 703-256-8330.

Sunday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: The annual Fall Festival will feature a family-friendly costume tradition for children accompanied by an adult. There will be games, prizes and food inside the church. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703 971-5151.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Annual Lutheran Reformation Service, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA. Former Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, will be the featured speaker. Reformation Sunday is observed in October, recalling Martin Luther’s posting of 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free-will offering. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Classical Fairfax, a vocal quartet, will perform “Musical Feast,” songs from “La Boheme,” “West Side Story” and more. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. 703-200-7489.

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: The U.S. Army Band’s Army Strings ensemble will perform. Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. Free-will offering. 703-591-3120.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The Vienna Boys Choir will perform works by Couperin, Monteverdi, Purcell, Kodaly, Humperdink, Richard Rodgers and many more. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $40; students, $25. Free parking: Hyde Addison School across from the church. 202-338-1796.

Sundays through Nov. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.: Coping, a six-week recovery program is offered to separated, divorced and widowed individuals. The course is designed to help people move ahead with their lives after the trauma of losing a spouse. St. Phillips Catholic Church, 7500 St. Phillips Ct., Falls Church. $5 per session. Questions: Gerri Ellenberger, 703-670-4845 or Mike Bermudez, 703-577-8204 or

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.

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, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Chris DeYoung, a co-director of the Health Insurance Counseling Project, will discuss what is covered by Medicare, what changes can be made during the Open Enrollment period, the Medicap choices and more at the monthly Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, third floor Youth Lounge, 1328 16th St. NW. $10. Reservations: Linda Harsh, 202-234-2567 or

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a mat. 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, or 703-765-6555, Ext. 626.

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. 301-384-4394.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144.

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, 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.

Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.: Families with children in the fifth grade and younger are invited to a morning Fall Open House. Applications from National Presbyterian Church families to the 3-year-old and Pre-Kindergarten classes will receive priority consideration. National Presbyterian Church School, 4121 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. Admissions Director Katy Harvey, or 202-537-7508.

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

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 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

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: The Almava Trio with pianist Sook-kyung Cho, violinist Stani Dimitrova and cellist Sara Cortinas will perform works by Schumann and Brahms. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m.:Senior Bible study led by Jack Hessler. The group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. A docent will lead a 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, or

Tuesday, 6 to 8:45 p.m.: Grieving mindfully. The Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson will lead a conversation on loss and hope with sharing, a film screening and storytelling from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come early and walk the labyrinth from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

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, 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

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 or call 703-938-9050.

Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: “Found in Translation: How Words Inform.” Learn about the fundamentals and resources of translating and understanding biblical texts without knowing Hebrew or Greek. Every Tuesday through Nov. 18. Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Rd. Alexandria. $60. 703-461-1753.

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, 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, 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: 301-384-4394.

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. 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.

Wednesdays, 7:15 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.

Wednesday, 8 p.m.: “Rise Up Singing!” The National Broadway Chorus will perform music ranging from gospel to Broadway in choral and solo settings. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25; online, $20. Tickets: 202-271-6680.

Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. Call for details. 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, 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, 10 a.m.: Bible study. Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-949-2900.

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

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Julie Vidrick Evans will perform Halloween-themed works by J.S. Bach (his well-known Toccata and Fugue in D minor) and works by Louis Vierne, Seth Bingham, Charles Gounod and Léon Boëllmann. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 2 to 7:30 p.m.: American Red Cross Blood Drive. Come in costume if you wish. There will be scary stories appropriate for age 11 and older. Snacks and drinks will be available. Concord-St. Andrew’s Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3383.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Organ pipes for Halloween. A coven of goblin organists (distinguished artists on all other days of the year) will perform haunting melodies on the newly completed 6,000-pipe Austin Organ Company instrument. Costumes are encouraged. Surprises should be expected. Everyone will receive a sweet treat to take with them. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th St. NW. Free. 202-383-2206.

Friday, 8 to 9:30 p.m.: Come in costume to a delightfully haunted Shabbat as the building is transformed into a haunted synagogue. Costumed spirits will join Rabbi Grossman as she recounts hair-raising tales of ghosts and ghouls from the Jewish folk traditions of Eastern Europe. There will be plenty of candy and refreshments served after the services. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-531-5115.

Nov. 1, 8-11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring a special flavor and the 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.

Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The Women’s Annual Bazaar will offer gently used items for sale. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900.

Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: The Rev. Nigel Mumford , Vice President of the International Order of St. Luke American Board of Directors, will lead the annual day of healing. All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Cir. NW, Chevy Chase. 301-654-2488.

Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The annual Harvest Festival features a BBQ, baked goods, hand crafted items, “white elephant” household goods, live music, children’s activities and more. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1132 North Ivanhoe St., Arlington. Free, bring a nonperishable food donation for charity. 703-241-2474.

Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Come to a Slavic Food Festival. Popular Eastern European foods, a bake sale that includes kolachi and other homemade sweet treats, and a raffle. St. Gregory of Nyssa Byzantine Catholic Church, 12420 Old Gunpowder Road Spur, Beltsville. Free admission and parking. 301-552-2434 or

Nov. 1, 10:15 a.m. to noon: Mindfulness Gathering thru a Jewish Lens will be offered by Rabbi Mark Novak. A tea follows. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Geneva Room, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free. 202-362-3270.

Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: 35th annual Swedish Bazaar, hosted by Drott Lodge No. 168 Vasa Order of America. There will be a Swedish smorgasbord with more than just meatballs, live music and a Swedish marketplace of imported gifts and foods, and homemade baked goods. St. James’ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Admission, free. 202-558-0175.

Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Simple Gifts Folk Concert. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, will perform on 10 different instruments from fiddle to hammered dulcimer. Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. $22; in advance, $20 or $66 for 4 tickets. 703-385-3520 or

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.: The Windsbach Boys Choir will perform a program comprised mostly of German a cappella sacred and secular music written by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Schütz and German folk songs. The Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $20-$30. 703-683-6040.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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