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 this specific blessing and 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.”
To schedule a same-gender blessing, call Cindy Wright, administrative assistant for worship, at 703-778-4936 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: The New York City Children’s Chorus will perform during the worship service. All are welcome. Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. 202-338-1644.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.: Classical cellist Charlie Powers, a member of the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, performs and discusses J. S. Bach’s Suite No. 5 for solo cello. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-0400 or www.rruuc.org.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: A knitting and crocheting workshop. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 2 p.m., and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tour. A docent shows 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; age 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Paul Carr, from Birmingham, England, performs works by Eugene Gigout, J. S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saens, Jean Sibelius, Joseph Jongen and Naji Hakim. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows; climb many stairs to view the city from on high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org. Not available on Memorial Day.
I THINK THIS ONE WAS THIS PAST WEEK-JH Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Pulse Chamber Music, performs on clarinet, violin, viola, piano, recorders, baroque vioin and harpsichord. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour: “Service and Sacrifice,” for 10 and older. Docents discuss iconography in the sculpture, stained glass and needlework that recall significant events in our nation’s history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 6-8:45 p.m.: “Cathedral Crossroads,” a program to tap into inner-healing ability and promote mind-body wellness through contemplative practice and labyrinth walking. Licensed clinical social worker Meredith McEver leads the program. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. Docents lead an hour-long tour and discuss the Gothic building’s highlights in architecture, art and other media. Followed by a traditional English tea. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or www.allhallowsguild.org/what/tourtea_about.html.
Friday, 12:15-1 p.m.: Organist Anthony Rispo performs works by J. S. Bach, Charles-Marie Widor and Joseph Jongen. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Next Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast with blueberry and regular pancakes. Proceeds to benefit St. Paul’s library and St. Paul’s hunger ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6; $2 for age 11 and younger; $17 family maximum. 301-933-7933.
Next Saturday, noon-5 p.m.: The 28th annual Strawberry Festival. Homemade strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, chips, soda and ice cream. Pony rides, moon bounce, early jazz and gypsy music by the Polka Dots trio, traditional Irish music and jigs by Celtic Duo’s Pat Egan and Tabby Finch. Christ Church, Lucketts, 14861 New Valley Church Rd., Leesburg. Admission is free. 703-771-2196 or www.christchurchlucketts.cfsites.org.
Next Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Flea market with food and bake sale. Rain or shine. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. 703-281-4411 or www.oaktonbrethren.org.
— Compiled by Gerri Marmer
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