Daily, 10 a.m.: Cathedral Creche Exhibition, an 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.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Weeknights, 6 to 9 p.m.: Buy a tree and feed 120 people. This year’s goal is 50,000 meals. Payment by cash or check. Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd., Oakton. 703-620-2594.
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, 7:30 p.m.: A Chanticleer Christmas. Christmas songs, including American and European carols and spirituals. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. $40; students, $25. Free parking at Hyde Addison School parking lot across from the church on O Street. 202-338-1796. www.stjohnsgeorgetown.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, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Advent Wreath Workshop. Come to make your very own Advent wreath to take home. This is a family-friendly event, but all are welcome. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-549-1450. www.historicchristchurch.org.
Sunday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Family Advent celebration. The family-oriented program will include crafts and more. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pky., Burke. Free. 703-250-6100. www.burkeumc.org.
Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Advent Workshop. A kid-sized worship time with the children’s choirs singing, followed by craft-making and a pizza dinner. National Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary and Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW $5, pizza; worship, free. Reservations requested. 202-537-0800.
Sunday, 5 to 6 p.m.: Hanging of the Greens worship service. Help prepare the sanctuary for Advent with cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus’ death and ivy representing the resurrection. The church is handicapped-accessible and equipped with assisted listening devices.Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. email@example.com or 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.
Mondays, 10 a.m.: Wellness yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555. 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.: 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.
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.
Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spiritual reflections” tour. A one-hour docent-led tour that explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. Tours include story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. Tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. Questions: Pilgrimages@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Washington Bach Consort will perform with organist Gi Young Kim. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. A docent will lead a tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — 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 or email@example.com.
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 8:30 p.m.: Scholar and author Rabbi Susan Grossman will speak about “Parting of the Ways: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two.” No previous knowledge is necessary. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $20. 410-531-5115. www.beth-shalom.net.
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing 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 .
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.
Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.: St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools Madrigal Singers will perform music for the season under the baton of Ben Hutto. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.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.
Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.: Wednesday Night Together fellowship dinner and Advent worship. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $8; ages 8 and younger, $3; family maximum, $25. Reservations required by noon Monday. 703-256-8330.
Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Choral evensong will be sung by Schola Epiphaniensis with music by Thomas Weelkes and Orlando Gibbons. An Advent party follows. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
Wednesday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.: “Be Strong, Take Heart: Entering Advent,” a Taizé chant led by Tiffany Montavon in Bethlehem Chapel and in quiet spaces of the cathedral to cultivate a deeper sense of the sacred. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20. Reservations required by Monday. email@example.com. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Harpist Jaime Schermer and flutist Gail Hambleton of the Pax Dei Trio will perform sacred and secular holiday favorites. Holden evening prayer with Emmanuel’s Sanctuary Choir follows at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2119. elcvienna.org/wp/celebrate-advent-at-emmanuel.
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.: Candlelight Advent worship services. Wednesday: “The Incarnation.” Sponsored by Glenn Dale United Methodist Church at Historic Perkins Chapel (1861-1965), 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Holiday jazz and evening prayer, an age-old tradition with a new twist. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.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, 8:15 p.m.: Sephardic music and poetry Rabbi Steve Glazer discusses Piyyut, liturgical poetry, and examines poems by several poets. 8:15 p.m., Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Register: www.jewishstudycenter.org. 202-332-1221. $15-$20.
Wednesday, 8:15 p.m.: Do Jews take interest? Economist Thomas Timberg discusses the explicit prohibition of taking interest on loans in the Bible and Koran and its pervasiveness in modern economic life. 8:15 p.m., Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Register: www.jewishstudycenter.org. 202-332-1221. $15-$20.
Wednesday, 8:15 p.m.: Untangling the Psalms Amy Schwartz, president of the Jewish Study Center, discusses the 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms. 8:15 p.m., Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Register: www.jewishstudycenter.org. 202-332-1221. $15-$20.
Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Bible study. Anyone may attend a reading and discussion of the appointed Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. IHOP (International House of Pancakes), 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown. firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-631-2800.
Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Call for details. 301-301-884-3451.
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, email@example.com. 877-792-8479.
Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Music and movement classes 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. www.warnermemorial.org.
Thursday and Friday, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.: “Seasons of Light.” A multicultural program for ages 5 to 10 about winter holidays celebrated around the world, including Christmas, Ramadan, Dewali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa and the First Nations’ tradition of the winter solstice. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW; and Dec. 10 at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Dec. 11 at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. Additional shows through Dec. 19 are listed on the Web site. $8; ages 2 to 16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.: Gentle yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555. aldersgate.net.
Thursdays, noon: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.
Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.: “Christmas in Art.” David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. The lecture will be repeated on Dec. 9, 10, 12, 16 and 17. National Gallery of Art, West Building main floor, rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Thursday, 3 p.m.: “Angels High and Low.” Cathedral close-up tour for ages 10 and older. Docents will examine depictions of angels in the statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other media. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; seniors, military, students and ages 10 and 11, $16. Reservations suggested. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org.
Thursday, 5 p.m.: Peter Brown, Princeton University scholar of late antiquity, will lecture on “Alms, Work and the Holy Poor: Early Christian Monasticism between Syria and Egypt.” This program is the first in an annual series sponsored by the Georgetown Theology Department. A reception will follow. ICC Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-758-5989. theology.georgetown.edu/events.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: “Faith and Fiction” book club will discuss Jodi Picoult’s “Sing You Home.” The group meets the first Thursday of each month and is led by the Rev. Janice Mynchenberg of Georgetown Lutheran Church, who has a master’s degree in comparative literature. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. Rev. Janice Mynchenberg, 202-337-9070.
Friday, noon: The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Ginastera, Poulenc, Sor, Barrios and Willis. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Adrian de Groot will perform compositions by South German Baroque composers, including Johann Kaspar Kerll, Johann Valentin Rathgeber, Joseph Nicolaus Torner, Franz Anton Maichelbeck, Carlmann Kolb and Joseph Lederer. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Winterfest. More than 75 crafters and vendors will display their wares. Silent auction, Santa’s treasure chest, food, Secret Santa shop, breakfast with Santa and more. Church of the Resurrection, Greencastle Road and Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-236-5200. www.resurrectionadw.org.
Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.: “Jingle Jazz.” An evening of live music featuring the Big Band sounds of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s will also include dinner. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Couples, $25; singles, $15. 240-472-1838.
Friday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.: Hunger Games Shabbat. Includes an optional dinner, interactive youth activity, lecture by Anna Katz of Grassroots on Hunger in Howard County, and “The Rabbi’s Guide to ‘Hunger Games’: What ‘Hunger Games’ Teaches Us About Jewish Values and What Jewish Values Teach Us About ‘Hunger Games.’ ” Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Dinner: $10; children, $7; family of four or more, $30. 410-531-5115. Register: www.beth-shalom.net.
Friday, 7 to 7:30 p.m.: A candlelight evening prayer service in the style of Taizé. Will include reflective music and chants, readings and a time of silence for prayer. Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-538-4886. www.rockspringucc.org.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.:: Smithsonian Associates Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform Billy Strayhorn’s rearrangement of music from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky and the less familiar “Queen’s Suite,” composed by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II in 1959. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE., in conjunction with the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Catholic University, will present its Annual Christmas Concert. It benefits the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m.: “The Gift.” Jubilee Christian Center presents the story of a soldier and family at the end of World War II. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-383-1170. www.jccag.org.
Dec. 6, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast. Proceeds benefit 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. www.stpaulsk.org.
Dec. 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: A visit with Santa with crafts, snacks and more. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. email@example.com. 703-532-6617. www.htluther.org.
Dec. 6, 10 a.m.: Virginia M. Spencer and the Rev. Laura W. Smith will lead a revival. Gideon Baptist Church, 901 W. Ingraham St. NW. Free. Linda, 240-603-2531 or 202-723-1243. www.revivalcrusadeintl.org.
Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shop the Shepherd Christmas Showcase. More than 30 vendors will offer gifts and crafts, including jewelry, toys, handbags, home decor, kitchenware, skin care products and Christmas decorations. With a raffle, cafe and bake shop. Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. Admission, free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-323-5400.
Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: International French bazaar with French and African food, crafts, books, toys, flea market and silent auction. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission, free. 301-320-3955.
Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Christmas bazaar. Dinners, silent auction and vendor tables. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 160 U St. NW. 202-387-6421.
Dec. 6, 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.
Dec. 6, 1:30 to 5 p.m.: Davies community chili chow, blues jam and open mike. A bowl of chili, con carne or vegetarian, with sides and beverages will be available for $10. Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark is the feature performer at the jam. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Concert, free, but donations are welcome. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: The Westmoreland Festival Choir, Orchestra and soloists will present the world premiere of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez’s “The Imaginary City,” a five-movement cantata inspired by the story of Palestinian violist Ramzi Aburedwan. Aburedwan will perform the viola solos in the piece. Free-will offering will be given to Al Kamandjati, a series of music schools in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free parking in a lot north of the church. 301-229-7766. www.WestmorelandUCC.org.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: Duke Ellington Society members meet to listen to and discuss his music. Non-members welcome. Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. Free. 202-723-4408.
Dec. 6, 8 p.m.: Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau will lead a holiday concert by National Philharmonic Singers and Takoma Ensemble, featuring music by Whitacre, Rutter, Holst, Corelli and others. A carol sing will be a part of the evening. Free-will offering will go to Community Ministries of Rockville. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 S. Washington St., Rockville. 301-424-8040.
Dec. 6, 8 p.m.: Jewish Folks Arts Festival and pre-Hanukkah concert dedicated to human rights and celebrating Jewish art, music and culture and dedicated to human rights. Features storyteller Noa Baum, the Fabrangen Fiddlers, Jessi Roemer and members of Ezuz, cantor Larry Eschler and cantorial soloist Joshana Erenberg. Portion of proceeds will support immigrant rights organizations and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel. Temple Beth Ami Congregation, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. Reservations: email@example.com. 301-349-2799. www.jewishfolkartsfestival.com.
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