Washington National Cathedral and Covenant Baptist Church/United Church of Christ are partnering their Thanksgiving efforts again to provide dinners for families in Wards 7 and 8. The Poor Roberts Foundation will provide all of the needed turkeys. The rest of the community is invited to provide the rest of the Thanksgiving meal. Suggested non-perishable items for each basket include two cans of beans, two cans of corn, two cans of sweet potatoes or candied yams, two cans of cranberry sauce, two boxes of instant mashed potatoes, two boxes of stuffing mix, and two cans or packages of gravy, and non-perishable desserts such as cake mix and icing. Items should be put in reusable bags with handles as many of the recipients are elderly or have a long walk home or rides on multiple buses. Drop off your bags Sunday between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on South Road across from Church House at the west end of the Cathedral. Please confirm by sending an e-mail to baskets@cathedralcongregation.
org. Include your telephone number if you are able to help deliver the baskets to Covenant Baptist Church/UCC on Sunday. www.nationalcathedral.org. 202-537-6200.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Spiritual Retreat: “Peace I leave with you . . . do not be afraid.” Adult leader Rev. Karen E. Curry and youth leader Rev. Maxine V. Brown, both from Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, will examine how to find and nurture peace amid personal challenges and global unrest. Virginia Theological Seminary, Addison Academic Center, Auditorium, 3737 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $40; children, $15. 202-582-7740.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hearts and Holly Craft Bazaar. Handmade treats and treasures, artisan crafts, homemade jams and savories, quilts and textile arts, ornaments and unique wood pieces, vintage items and Santa’s Workshop for children’s shopping. BBQ lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-384-4394.
Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: A Jewish chanting and meditation service: Shir Shabbat. Children will have the chance to attend a service designed for them to connect to the spiritual aspect of Judaism through songs and stories geared toward them. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-531-5115. www.beth-shalom.net.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Many gift vendors, children’s activities, silent auction, food, white elephants, nearly new clothes and jewelry. Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-652-8700.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Annual Holiday Shop. More than 50 artists and crafters will display and sell their creations. Fine household collectibles will be available in Betty’s Boutique. Vintage, estate and costume jewelry and home-baked sweets will also be sold. Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. 703-765-5950. http://mvuc.org/.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Annual Christmas Craft Show. Shoppers will see a wide assortment of handmade creations for stocking stuffers, craft supplies, cards and gift bags, seasonal decor, kitchen accessories, baby and children’s items, scarves, hats, jewelry, pillows and linens, ceramics, fresh baked pies and cakes and more. Soup and sandwich lunches will also be sold. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Admission, free. 703-281-4411. www.oaktonbrethren.org.
Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital. Edward M. Nassor will perform music of praise and thanksgiving, including Dutch composer Piet Post’s “Theme and Variations on ‘We Gather Together.’ ” Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.:“Our Local Bounty Harvest Bounty.” Fresh produce, cheese, wine, floral arrangements, pottery, soaps, entertainment and a Croom potluck. Stock up on goodies for your feast or buy some locally crafted holiday gifts. St. Thomas’ Parish, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Jazz vocalist, Rochelle Rice and classical soprano, Marlissa Hudson present “The Conversation: Stories of Hope, Heart and Wholeness,” with jazz pianist Allyn Johnson, drummer ELe [cq] , bass player Elliot Seppa and Invoke, a folk/rock/bluegrass and classical string quartet. The performance will feature the vocalists chronicling their lives with musical selections from classical art song to opera to spirituals to jazz and celebrating the variety of musical genres and the unusual places they intersect. All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW. $20; students, $10. www.all-souls.org.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Ruah, a multicultural celebration of Thanksgiving, a gathering that celebrates the collective spirit of life, love and diversity. Ron Warren, an Echota Cherokee musician and composer of music for Native flute, Matt Meyer, a percussionist specializing in Cuban and Brazilian music, Lakshmi Swaminathan and the Natananjali Dancers from southern India and Rachel Moore, Cedar Lane’s alto soloist, will perform. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free, donations welcome. 301-493-8300, Ext. 214. www.cedarlane.org .
Sundays, 8:45 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Celebration of retiring rector, the Rev. Pierce Klemmt. The 20-year Christ Church veteran will preach his final sermon to celebrate his and his family’s ministry to the historic church of President George Washington and other historic figures. A reception, an unveiling of his portrait and a viewing of a celebration follow the worship service. Rev. Klemmt and his wife, Tuke, plan to remain in Alexandria after their retirement from Christ Church. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free-will offering. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Shushannah Walshe, Deputy Political Director for ABC News, consultant for the HBO Aaron Sorkin show, The Newsroom and co-author of the book, “Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar,” will share her views of the current 2014 election and her behind-the-scenes experience covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. A question-and-answer session follows. Coffee and bagels will be served. Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. $10, students, $5. Reservations: email@example.com. 410-693-4468. www.knesethisrael.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Author Bennett Muraskin will read from his book “Humanist Readings in Jewish Folklore,” drawing on stories from Talmud, Midrash, Hasidic and other sources that reflect values of mutual respect, equality, social justice and questioning authority. Sponsored by Machar. Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-686-1881.
Sunday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.: Alan Cooperman, Pew Center Director of Religion Research, and former journalist, will be the featured Adult Forum speaker. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766. www.stjohns-dc.org .
Sunday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Learn about Buddhism and what the practice of it may do for you. Crofton Library, Room B, 1681 Riedel Rd., Crofton. Free. email@example.com. 443-302-9199.
Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.: “Faith in Action” Sunday. District residents are invited to sign up for affordable health insurance. Trained experts will assist with the enrollment and renewal process, answer questions and provide information about the online marketplace. Attendees are also invited to attend a special worship service featuring the sounds of Howard University Gospel Choir, saxophonist Brian Lenair and others artists. Health screenings will be available. Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St. NW. Free. 855-532-5465. www.DCHealthLink.com.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: Pianist Ji Yoon (Jiji) Park will perform works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and Kapustin. A reception follows the concert. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-462-6734. www.ChurchoftheHolyCityDC.org.
Sunday, 5 to 7 p.m.: Community Thanksgiving Potluck. Bring your favorite dish to share and the church will provide the turkey and gravy. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org or 703- 971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.
Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Jens Korndörfer will perform works by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Félix Aléxandre Guilmant, Louis Vierne and Camille Saint-Saëns 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 www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Youth in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to join others as they set up the church’s Thanksgiving food distribution., a very important activity as they help hundreds of local families obtain the items they need to be able to celebrate a joyful Thanksgiving together. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. email@example.com. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Monday, 10 a.m.: Cathedral Creche Exhibition, the annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Open daily through Jan. 6. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays, 10 a.m.:Wellness yoga. 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. No tours on Thanksgiving Day. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays, noon: Brown Bag and Bible. Rev. Dr. 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. www.byfaithhopelove.com/GTL.
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.
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.
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.
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.: Classical pianist Mitchell Bush will perform works by Debussy, Mozart and Liszt. 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. www.mystandrew.org.
Tuesday, 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 1 corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages are welcome to participate in the preparation and/or the Friday deliveries. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. email@example.com. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Several Annandale churches are offering a joint Annandale community ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service. The offering from the service will be given to support the ministry of Annandale Christian Community for Action. John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free-will offering. 703-256-3644.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 .
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Thanksgiving Interfaith Service. Local congregations and their choirs invite all to praise God’s generous care of humanity and find common ground with our neighbors. An offering to benefit Doctors Without Borders and Shepherd’s Table will be collected. A reception will follow the service. Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free-will offering. Parking available in the church lots at Connecticut Avenue and Prospect Street or at Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave. 301-949-2900.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Giving Thanks for Our Neighbors. Olney Community’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, a joint effort by various faith communities of the greater Olney area. Please bring a nonperishable food item to support Olney HELP. B’nai Shalom of Olney, 18401 Burtfield Dr., Olney. Free. 301-774-0879. www.bnaishalomofolney.org/.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.: 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, 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, 7:30 p.m.: Thanksgiving community service. Participants will include leaders of local Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations and elected officials including State Senator Janet Howell, VA Delegate Ken Plum and Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins. A social time will follow the service. United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston. 703-620-3065.
Thursday, 10 a.m.: Thanksgiving Day worship service. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Free-will offering. 301-365-5733.
Thursday, 10 a.m.: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christ Church, an Episcopal Church in Alexandria, will again join with Beth El Hebrew Congregation at Beth El for an interfaith Thanksgiving service and provide a preacher to deliver the day’s special message. Come to Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 18401 Burtfield Dr., Olney. email@example.com. 703-549-1450.
November 29, 7:30 p.m.: A Chanticleer Christmas. A festive occasion of Christmas songs including American and European carols and spirituals. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $40; students, $25. Free parking at the Hyde Addison School parking lot directly across from the church on O Street. 202-338-1796. www.stjohnsgeorgetown.org .
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