St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street, Choir School, a primarily after-school endeavor that allows boys and girls to sing and receive music training at no cost and at a professional level, is looking to recruit new singers. No prior training is needed. Interested singers from other parishes are welcome. Contact Robert McCormick at

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Douglas Massenburg has been installed as the ninth rector in the 140-year history of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Massenburg was ordained to the priesthood in December 2010. He received his master of divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.; holds a PhD in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and has an MBA in business management and accounting from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Along with his wife, Yvonne, the family has two sons, Raymond and Malcolm. The church is located at 1514 15th St. NW. 202-667-4394.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Darnestown Presbyterian Church women host their annual bazaar and cafe with handmade gifts, jewelry, baked goods, collectibles, Christmas items, paper goods, soaps, antiques and more. Silent auction. Lunch available. Proceeds support mission giving and church youth and women’s programs. Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd., Darnestown. 301-948-9127.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Give the gift of life. Red Cross blood drive. Pre-register at using sponsor code 05314829 or look for it under Zip code 20016 and date Nov. 9. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-617-4863.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.:Catholic University of America will host a discussion of the death penalty: “Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty,” with a keynote address by Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” and other speakers addressing “Practical Arguments on the Death Penalty” and “Moral/Theological Aspects of the Death Penalty.” Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Byron Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5600.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon: “The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation,” led by Stephen R. Haynes, professor of religion, Rhodes College, Memphis. Co-sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Haverkamp Room, 2701 Cameron Mills Dr., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-4766.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.: There will be a Palestinian craft sale including ceramics, jewelry, olive wood and embroidered items. A portion of the proceeds will go to American Near East refugee aid and a Bethlehem University scholarship fund. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Admission, free. 301-229-7766.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: A Christmas craft bazaar will feature more than 30 crafters and art vendors selling their wares plus the church selling nuts and books and a youth bake sale. Proceeds go to the church’s missions projects. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike. 703-256-8330.

Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.: Trinity Episcopal Church invites everyone to its annual fall dinner featuring fried oysters, Southern Maryland stuffed ham, spiced steamed shrimp, fried chicken and sides. Dinner will be served “family style.” Drive-through carryout service available. Bake and gift shops open. Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Rd., St. Mary’s City. $24; ages 6-12, $8; age 5 and younger, free. 301-862-4597 or e-mail

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.:Weekly carillon recital performed by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m.: Community spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert and a chance to browse the thrift shop until 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Suggested donation, $10; children, free. 301-868-1330 or

Saturday, 4 to 6:30 p.m.: An all-you-can-eat smorgasbord meal with traditional turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked ham, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potatoes, corn, sauerkraut and kielbasa, green beans, casseroles, vegetables, fruit and Jell-O salads, deviled eggs, rolls, beverages and homemade desserts; white elephant sale; and handmade Christmas decorations, fresh Georgia pecans and more. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, Good Luck and Springfield roads, Glenn Dale. $10; $5, age 6-12; free, age 5 and younger. 301-262-2299.

Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m.: Line-dance social, refreshments available. St. Thomas More Church, Cedar Room, 4275 Fourth St. SE. $10. Laura, 301-899-8099.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: The National Philharmonic — led by Piotr Gajewski, 12 professional soloists and the National Philharmonic Chorale — performs Janice Hamer and Mary Azrael’s opera “Lost Childhood” to honor the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “Night of Broken Glass.” The opera is based on the memoir of Holocaust survivor Yehuda Nir. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100 or

Sunday, 8:30 a.m.: Jennifer Wiseman, an astronomer and director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will speak on “Wonders of an Amazing Universe” during a church breakfast and deliver a sermon titled “A Universe Inspiring Praise” at the 10 a.m. service. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Breakfast: $6; age 9 and younger, free, registration required: 202-229-3383.

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

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Educator, entrepreneur and author Charles Heller will discuss his book “Prague: My Long Journey Home,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, recalling his personal account of his journey of persecution, struggle and survival in Nazi and Communist controlled Czechoslovakia, and his eventual escape from tyranny to freedom in America. A bagel brunch will be served. Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. $8. 410-263-3924.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Tiffany Montavon leads a walk through the Bishop’s Garden and discusses how the Autumn season changes it. Washington National Cathedral, meet in the Narthex at the West End, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, reservations requested: 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral iconography tour, led by a docent, focuses on the sculpture, stained glass and needlework that pay tribute to many significant events in the 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. $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The U.S. Marine Corps will celebrate its 238th birthday at its annual service of evensong. The Right Rev. James B. Magness, Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries, will welcome worshipers, and Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben will be the guest speaker. Come at 3 p.m. for a prelude performed by the President’s Own, the Brass Ensemble of the United States Marine Band. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Capital Reeds, a woodwind trio, will perform a program of classical works by Villa-Lobos and others. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. $15. 703-281-4230.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Choirs from First Baptist Church, Iglesia Bautista Emanuel and Eglise Baptiste de la Foi, a Haitian congregation, and a handbell choir will perform a multicultural concert that includes a hymn sing. All are welcome. First Baptist Church, 8415 Fenton St., Silver Spring. Admission and parking free. 301-585-5454 or

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. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Monday, 1 p.m.: Come to Pilgrim Church to remember and honor all veterans. Mike Durst will preach. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd. Wheaton. 301-942-7188.

Monday, 5:15 p.m.: Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” talks about her witnessing of the execution of an inmate to whom she had been ministering, discusses “Dead Man Walking — The Journey Continues,” following the 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Crypt Church. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300 or

Tuesday, 9 a.m.: Join representatives from American Legion Post 1976 as they present a Veterans Day program and place American flags on the grave sites of 35 veterans buried in the church cemetery. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Percussionist and guitarist Manny Arciniega, vocalist Margaret Wasaff and banjoist Anders Fahey fuse the genres of sacred singing with folk, blues and percussive elements from around the world. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — 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

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.: All are welcome at a fellowship dinner provided by the Youth Praise Band. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Reservations due by Tuesday: Joyce Kitzmiller, or 703-256-8330. $8; age 11 and younger, $3; $25 family maximum. 703-256-8330 or

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. or 301-449-4308.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Art and spirit coffeehouse with classical cellist Alison Decker and pianist Elspeth Fager performing a variety of classical, jazz and world music; coffee and desserts follow with a question-and-answer session. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-554-3222 or or

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performs a program of music from the choir’s homeland and works by Arvo Part, Brahms, Tobias and Schnittke. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $30; students, $25. 202-338-1796 or

Thursday, 6 p.m.: Ellen T. Harris, a scholar of the 18th-century composer George Frederic Handel, will discuss “How Did Handel’s Audiences Hear His Operas?: Mary Delany and Floridante,” about the relationship of Handel’s operas to the pressing political and social concerns of the day. A reception follows. Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5600.

Thursday-Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Music director Raymond Wise will lead a series of vocal workshops with lectures, rehearsals, networking events and a performance. Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Ave. NW. $50. Workshop registration: or 202-533-1875.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Decca recording artist and Franciscan friar Alessandro Brustenghi, the “singing friar of Assisi,” will perform live. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free-will offering to support the works of the Holy Land Franciscans. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374 or

Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Bible study will feature the book of Acts and be led by the Rev. Jessie Lowry. Pilgrim Church United Christian Church, 2200 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Free. 301-942-7188.

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Charles Miller performs Charles-Marie Widor’s Allegro, from Organ Symphony No. 6; “Ye Sweet Retreat,” by William Boyce; “Now Thank We All Our God,” by J.S. Bach; Scherzo by Peeters; “Londonderry Air,” arranged by Robert Hebble; and Charles-Marie Widor’s Toccata, from Organ Symphony No. 5. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 2 p.m.: “50 Years Later: The State of Racism in America.” Join Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, for a simulcast of an Episcopal Church forum hosted by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori live from the Diocese of Mississippi. A panel discussion will be moderated by PBS commentator Ray Suarez. Panelists include the Right Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist; and William Winter, former governor of Mississippi. Budde and Hall will then lead a local discussion. A light reception follows. Participation in the simulcast in Perry Auditorium is limited, and reservations are required. The live webcast will be available at Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, reservations required. 202-537-6200 or

Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.:Volunteers are needed to cook donated food for the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Volunteers may donate food items, cook desserts or some other food, or prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria. Megan McCullough, 703-778-4937 or e-mail

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.: The Metropolitan Players will perform “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the novel by Harper Lee, the story of a 1935 rape trial as told by the young girl whose father was the defense lawyer. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $10; students, $5. 202-363-4900.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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