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Historic Christ Church, the parish home of George Washington, recently celebrated its first same-gender blessing, with the Rev. Ann Gillespie, senior associate rector, officiating. Melissa Capers and Brunilda Hernandez, who do volunteer work at the Episcopal church, have been together as a couple since 1999, and there have been several events to celebrate that commitment, including a ceremony in October 2002, authorized by then-Virginia Bishop Peter James Lee, at St. Clement’s in Alexandria. Bishop Shannon Johnston granted permission for the Christ Church blessing April 21, and he offered his “thanksgiving for Christ Church’s leadership in our diocese as we continue to move forward in this new aspect of our liturgical life.”

Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Yard sale, with proceeds to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and FISH of Howard County. Rain or shine. Christ Lutheran Church, 12570 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. 301-854-2100 or

Saturday, noon-4 p.m.: The Spring Festival will feature a petting zoo, moon bounce, obstacle course, RC race course, games for all ages, crafts, prizes and refreshments. Fellowship Baptist Church, 5936 Rolling Rd., Springfield. Free. 703-569-5151 or

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Composer, pianist and storyteller Joseph M. Martin performs sacred and secular works of his own composition with the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church Chancel and Handbell Choirs. Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free-will offering. 301-948-9418 or

Sunday, 8:30-11:15 a.m.: The Martha’s Table ministry helps feed homeless men, women and families via the McKenna’s Wagon soup kitchen. Volunteers can deliver fruit and sandwiches to Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or or

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.: The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, visits the congregation, preaches and joins a celebration of the life and works of the late Supreme Court justice and former congregant Thurgood Marshall. A potluck luncheon and vestry meeting follow. Take a dish to share. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free-will offering. 202-554-3222 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Forum. The speaker is Robert Wilken, distinguished fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Virginia,. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Garrison Doles presents “The Song Chapel,” a program of original songs and stories with his guitar accompaniment. Christ Crossman United Methodist Church, 384 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-532-4026 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Rabbi Harold White, a member of the theology department faculty at Georgetown University and former Navy chaplain, discusses Jewish-Christian theological dialogue in the Washington area. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or .

Sunday, 11 a.m.: Dumbarton United Methodist Church hosts members of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, a historically African American church that was part of Dumbarton until 1816, for a combined Pentecost service. A coffee hour follows. A contribution of finger foods will be appreciated. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Free. 202-333-7212 or

Sunday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.: An annual women’s and men’s ministry celebration. Associate minister Jo Ann Pumphrey delivers a spiritual message at the morning worship; Pastor Daryl Bell of King Emmanuel Baptist Church delivers the afternoon message. First Baptist Church of College Park, 5018 Lakeland Rd., College Park. Free-will offering. 301-474-3995.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: A knitting and crocheting workshop will make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn provided. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings and Singing Sergeants ensembles perform. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke. Free. 202-767-5658.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Chevy Chase Chancel Choir and Orchestra performs J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” a master work for five soloists, five-part choir and orchestra. A reception with the musicians follows. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free, donations accepted. 202-363-2202 or

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The Washington Chorus and singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore perform “Comin’ Up Shoutin’,” a program of old and new African American music. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $15-$65. 202-342-6221 or

Sunday, 5 p.m.: A celebration of famed contralto Marian Anderson and Negro spirituals. Soprano Ellyn Lomack Crawford and pianist Michael Crabill perform music by Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, Legar and Gershwin, followed by spirituals arranged by McIntyre, Johnson, Moore, McLin and others. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Free-will offering. 703-525-8286 or

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Classical organist Richard Spotts performs Charles Tournemire’s “L’Orgue Mystique.” Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Congregation Kol Shalom, a conservative synagogue, celebrates the fifth anniversary of Rabbi Philip Pohl with a dinner and tributes to his leadership and teaching. Congregation Kol Shalom, 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. 410-266-6006 or

Sunday, 7 p.m.: “Creation Sings,” a choral concert of traditional and contemporary works by Aaron Copland, Glenn Koponen and others, will be performed by the Christ Lutheran Church Choir, organist and pianist Ji-Na Kim and flutist Lalanath DeSilva, led by Richard Czypinski, the church’s minister of music. A light reception follows. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free-will offering. 301-652-5160 or

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical organist Richard Spotts performs works from “L’Orgue Mystique,” written by Charles Tournemire. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Washington National Cathedral tour and tea. Docents lead an hour-long tour, discussing the Gothic building’s highlights, followed by a traditional English tea. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or

Tuesday through Sunday, May 26: The Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church will hold its Philadelphia-Baltimore Annual Conference. Pastoral appointments to specific churches will be announced; Bible studies and worship services will be conducted. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown are among those expected to speak at the Wednesday night ecumenical service. Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., Rockville.

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 26, 2 p.m.: Washington National Cathedral gargoyle tour. A docent will show slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Bring binoculars and a camera. Meet at the welcome desk, adjacent to the underground parking elevators. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; ages 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or

Friday 12:15 p.m.: Organist Christopher Lynch performs. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday 7:30 p.m.: Southwest Chamber Music Players in concert with mezzo Allison Hughes, flutist Mary Norris, horn player Brad Tatum and pianists Yee-Ming Soong and David Ehrlich. Works by Handel, Gluck, Gaubert, Mahler, Brahms, Strauss, Saint-Saens and others. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-484-6354.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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