Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: the fifth annual Fall Festival with crafts, collectibles, food, raffle, pumpkins and games for children, will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-592-3282.

Saturday 2:30 p.m.: A blessing of the animals, will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Front Lawn, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-582-7740.

Saturday 3-7 p.m.: The Washington Fisk Alumni Association’s Jubilee Day Celebration with Bobby Felder and Friends Jazz Ensemble in a dinner concert that helps raise scholarship funds, will be held at People’s Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. $50, tax deductible. 301-404-4681.

Saturday 4 p.m.: A blessing of the animals, leashed or crated, live or stuffed, by Rev. Martha Clark, with treats for the pets and their human caretakers, will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Corner Lawn, Sixth and M streets SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Saturday 6 p.m.:Contemporary gospel performances by Minnie Smith, the Clarke Family Ensemble and Brandon Camphor & Oneway, with pre-concert activities, refreshments and fellowship on the church lawn from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 160 U St. NW. Free. 202-269-1907 or

Sunday: Pianist, organist and music scholar Jeremy Filsell joins the staff at the Church of the Epiphany as director of music, choir conductor, leader of the church’s liturgical music ministry and administer of the Tuesday concert series. The Oxford University organ scholar and graduate in piano performance at the Royal College of Music in London was awarded his Ph.D. at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research into aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupre. Filsell has served as principal organist at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral and lecturer in organ studies at the Catholic University of America. Filsell’s first appearance at Epiphany will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: The 68th Annual Homecoming with Holy Eucharist, sermon by Rev. Joseph Deck, of Reid Temple AME Church, on ‘ Living in Community:

Sharing the Load,’ and a gala reception following, will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Front Lawn, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. Free-will offering. 202-582-7740.

Sunday 10 a.m.: ‘ The Parties Versus the People,’ a discussion of a book that advocates for less partisanship and ideological rancor in Washington, led by Mickey Edwards, former Republican Member of Congress from Oklahoma, will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

Sunday 10:10 a.m.: ‘If God is Green, Is Green Always Godly?,’ a discussion of the book that gives a humorous and no nonsense approach to

stewardship of the earth by its author, farmer and writer Joel Salatin, will be held in person, and at broadcast live on the Internet, at Washington National

Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday 2 p.m.: A blessing of the animals with the gift of a special memento, a pet adoption fair hosted by local rescue organizations, a worship

service, at 5 p.m., with a celebration of the Eucharist and a wine-and-cheese reception, will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, 6701

Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Free. 301-654-7767.

Sunday 2 p.m.: A blessing of all the animals, real or stuffed, with treats for the pets and their human beings and a St. Francis medal for each

animal, will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, Front Lawn, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796.

Sunday 4 p.m.: A blessing of the animals, leashed or caged, with charms available for each pet with proceeds benefitting the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary,

will be held at All Hallows Parish South River, 864 West Central Ave., Davidsonville, Md. Free. 410-798-0808 or email

Sunday 4 p.m.: A classical piano recital of works by J. S. Bach, Scarlatti, Brahms and Liszt, with an artist’s reception, performed by Tim Woolsey,

will be held at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-363-2202.

Sunday 4:30-6:30 p.m.: A musical tribute and prayer vigil, presided over by Dr. Andrew Harewood, pastor and former U.S. Army chaplain, with the

Delaware State University Choir and local artists, to remember the victims, their families and friends hurt by the ‘Sniper’ shootings ten years ago, will be held at Fourth Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1611 Fourth NW. Free. 202-797-9255.

Sunday 5 p.m.: A celebration of the church’s 31st anniversary with guest preacher Rev. Reynold Carr of Prince George’s Baptist Association, will be

held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11443 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free-will offering. 301-490-5149.

Sunday 5:15 p.m.: A pipe organ recital of works by J. S. Bach, Healey Willan, Maurice Durufle and Jean Langlais performed by Benjamin Straley, will

be held at Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesday 12:10 p.m.: A concert of French and Spanish guitar music from the 1920s and 1930s performed by guitarist Douglas Rogers and pianist Alex

Peh, will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday and Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: A traditional English tea with sandwiches and scones follows a docent-led tour concentrating on the building’s stained glass and scenic views from the seventh floor, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, West Front area, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993 or

Wednesday 6-7 p.m.: Centering prayer and a walking the labyrinth program to learn how to slow down, be still and find God in the silence, will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635.

Wednesday 7 p.m.: ‘The African Origins of Christianity,’ a lecture by Sam El-Amin, will be held at Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: A Taize prayer service with songs that have few words followed by periods of peaceful silence, will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington, Va. Free. 703-525-8286 or email

Next Saturday 8 or 11 a.m.: A bicycle ride with Bishop Mariann, part of the Diocese of Washington’s ‘Fall Fitness Challenge,’ with varying lengths to match the rider’s skills, will be held at St. Peter’s Parish, 20100 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, Md. (at 8 a.m.) and St. Dunstan’s Parish, 5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda (at 11 a.m.) and ending at Grace Church Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Meal at picnic, $10. Childcare at St. Dunstan’s, free.

Next Saturday 1 p.m.: A Gospel Extravaganza featuring guest psalmist Minister Stephen Hurd, with donations benefitting the Embry A.M.E. Church’s Vision 2012 building fund, will be held at University of Maryland Memorial Chapel, 1101 Memorial Chapel, College Park, Md. $25. 301-474-7503 or email

Next Saturday 1 p.m.: Harvest Tea with homemade treats and a selection of teas, a display of ladies hats and a hat contest for those in attendance, with funds going to the community outreach of the women of the church, will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Sixth and Main streets, Laurel, Md. $20. 301-776-5151.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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