Application deadline: Feb. 1. Young Organists Competition, co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, scheduled for May 17 at the monastery. Three organists will be selected from a taped preliminary round to compete for cash prizes. Official rules and entry forms available at or by calling 202-526-6800.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital. Edward M. Nassor will perform Preludio No. 1 in G Major by the Flemish composer Mathias van den Gheyn. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m.: Community spaghetti supper with Bob’s famous sauce, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. The Thrift Shop will be open. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Suggested donation, $10; ages 12 and younger, free. 301-868-1330.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Chords of Courage benefit concert of folk and acoustic music. Performers include founder Caron Dale and Kevin Dudley, Laura Baron, Bain Ennis and Matt Kohut, members of the band R.S.V.P. and guest Allison Silberberg, Alexandria vice mayor and author of “Visionaries in Our Midst: Ordinary People Who Are Changing Our World.” Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $18; in advance, $15. 703-380-3151.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber music concert for brass and organ. Trumpeters Phil Snedecor and Steve Hendrickson and organist Russell Weismann will perform works by Manfredini, Corelli, Stamm and Loelliet. A reception follows. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, ext. 374.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: “Road to Canterbury: Music of Medieval England.” The Folger Consort with Lionheart vocal ensemble performs music from the Chaucer era on period instruments. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert presentation. Washington National Cathedral, Front , Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30 to $50. 202-537-6200 or

Sundays through Feb. 1: SOUPer Bowl of Caring Food Drive Kick Off. The church’s youth groups will launch a food drive as part of a national youth-driven effort to raise awareness of hunger and poverty issues. Food and money collected will benefit the church’s Outreach Ministries and Lazarus Ministry Client Choice Food Pantry. To donate money, make check payable to Christ Church and write “SOUPer Bowl of Caring” in the memo line. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450.

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 and 11:15 a.m.: Holy Eucharist and the Baptism of Our Lord will be celebrated. The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope will preach. Day-care is available. Washington National Cathedral, nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free-will offering. 202-537-6200 or

Sundays through Feb. 15, 9 a.m.: Intergenerational Biblical Study of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Youths in the sixth grade and higher will read King’s famous letter and discuss race, racism and justice in the light of Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-7766.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Sing with Cathedral Voices. Washington National Cathedral’s volunteer adult choir invites amateur singers to schedule short, informal auditions. The group sings at the 9 a.m. Sunday service and rehearses every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. It provides choral music for Advent Lessons and Carols, Bethlehem simulcast Christmas service and the Easter Vigil. Washington National Cathedral, rear of the nave near the coffee and refreshments table, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Adult forum. Andrew Card, former Cabinet member and head of President George W. Bush’s White House Iraq Group, leads a discussion. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Chewy the Camel will visit the church and join with the congregation in the singing of songs that welcome the three kings for Epiphany. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Church of the Covenant, 2666 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-524-4115.

Sunday, 12:45 to 2 p.m.: Congregation potluck luncheon. Bring a dish that will feed at least three times the number of people in your group and appropriate serving utensils. The kitchen will not be available for heating or refrigerating dishes or washing them after the meal. If you do not wish to prepare a dish, consider bringing something prepared at a grocery store or restaurant. Surnames from A to H should bring salads and veggies; I to M, desserts; N to Z, main dishes. If your dish includes possible allergens, please label them. Water, coffee, tea, plates, cups and silverware will be provided. Volunteers welcome. Washington National Cathedral, 7th floor, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Concert of classical music. Cellist Ismar Gomes and pianist Wan-Chi Su will perform works by Britten, Foss, Prokofiev and Beethoven. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. 703-200-7489.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Suspicious Cheese Lords concert. The ensemble, the former choir-in-residence at the Franciscan Monastery, will perform works on a Christmas-Epiphany theme entitled “Glad Tidings of a Newborn King. Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4538.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: Music for the Masses. The District Eight, one of Washington’s newest professional choral ensembles, will perform contrasting, unaccompanied masses: the U.S. premiere of a 1997 setting by Australian composer Brooke Shelley, and Josef Rheinberger’s Mass in E flat for Double Choir. Reception will follow. Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free-will offering. 301-229-3770.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Janet Yieh will perform works by Jean Langlais, César Franck, J.S. Bach, William Bolcom and Joseph Jongen on a 10,647-pipe organ. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Solemn Vespers to conclude the Christmas season. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be presented in conjunction with the Washington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Reception will follow. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, ext. 374.

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

Mondays, noon: “Brown Bag and Bible.” The Rev. 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.

Monday, 7 p.m.: “Nordic Nocturne: Light from Darkness.” Cathedra Choir and the Norwegian Embassy present music celebrating the life of Knut Nystedt, one of Norway’s foremost composers. A new commission by the Anglo-Norwegian composer Andrew Smith will premiere. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch class. Participants must bring a completed “assumption of risk and waiver of liability” to the first class. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. Reservations: Judy,, or 703-765-6555, ext. 626.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Yoga class. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Monday night services have a less formal atmosphere and a smaller setting. Holy Communion. Refreshments after the worship. Child-care available. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. or 301-384-4394.

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.

Mondays, 7 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten leads 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.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:45 a.m.: “Seeing Deeper,” a unique opportunity for photographers. Capture rare glimpses of the National Cathedral main floor after its chairs have been removed and of the recently cleaned west rose window and nave ceiling. Some scaffolding and safety netting remain. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m.: Senior Fit, an exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. The required physician-consent form is 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

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical music concert. Saxophonist Noah Getz and percussionist Manny Arcinega will perform a contemplation of pushing boundaries in music by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and Motown. 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. 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, 7 p.m.: “Heartbeat of God: Sacred Drumming.” Drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan helps participants discover their own rhythms and connect to the rhythms of others and teaches the basics of how to play the drum. No experience necessary. Drums and percussion will be provided, or bring your own. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays through April 28, 7 p.m.: “Disciple: Into the Word, Into the World.” Matthew Welsch facilitates the second part of a four-phase Bible study program. Familiarity with Scripture or involvement in Bible study is recommended. Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral Library, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Register: 202-537-6200 or Free.

Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring children in grades 3 through 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, at 240-461-5330 or

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: “Claiming Our Future: Women and Men Religious in Conversation With John Pavlik, OFM Cap. celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life.” Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, ext. 374.

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 to 8:30 p.m.: Rabbi Susan Grossman will speak about “Parting of the Ways: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two.” Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $20. 410-531-5115.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. A docent-led tour examining the cathedral and 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, or

Wednesdays, 1:45 to 4:15 p.m.: Church of the Covenant, Arlington, is offering an after-school program for local elementary school students who attend schools with early release on Wednesdays. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to take part in the Backyard, a program with a Christian curriculum that offers games, crafts and Bible stories. 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, 5:45 p.m.: Fellowship dinner and program. At 6:30 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown Jr. will share highlights from a recent trip to Korea. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Dinner: $8; ages 8 and younger, $3; family maximum $25. Register with Joyce Kitzmiller, 703-256-8330.

Wednesday, 6 to 8:15 p.m.: Walk the labyrinth from 6 to 7:30 p.m., then attend a Taize prayer service at 7:30 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286.

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, advanced and intermediate level. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Learning to meditate. January’s focus is on the basics of Buddhist meditation. Each class includes two guided meditations, a teaching and time for questions and answers. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Rd. NW. $12 per session. 202-986-2257.

Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program led by Lisa Martoni for woman of all shapes and sizes. Combines Pilates and dance. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. $6 per class, or $30 for 6 classes. 301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Bible study. A reading and discussion of the appointed Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Open to the public. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. IHOP, 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown. or 240-631-2800.

Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. For details, call 301-301-884-3451.

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, 11 a.m.: Gentle yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555.

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

Friday, noon: The Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of liturgical studies/sacramental theology at Catholic University, presents “Mary as Woman, Mother and Idea in the Byzantine Tradition.” The lecture is co-sponsored by the university. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. Free. 202-783-5000.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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