2013-09-26 / Faith Community


Touro High Holiday Services

Touro Synagogue will observe Simchat Torah on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., with Torah parade and ice cream immediately following the service; Friday, Sept. 27, 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 28, regular Shabbat services, 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 401-847- 4794 or cji@tourosynagogue.org.

Call for Food

The Salvation Army is requesting donations of food to help keep the food pantry open during this transition period before the holiday drives begin. Canned goods, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations to purchase food supplies are urgently needed. For more information, contact Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church will continue its adult forum on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in Honyman Hall, with “Beyond the Dirty Pages,” a study of the Book of Common Prayer. This week, attendees will be challenged on their knowledge of the Episcopal faith with the “Catechism Game.” All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

UCC Book Group

The United Congregational Church of Middletown welcomes author Elizabeth Atkinson to its monthly book group meeting on Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Atkinson will lead a discussion of her novel, “I, Emma Freke.” All are welcome. United Congregational Church is located at 524 Valley Rd. next to the John Clarke Retirement Center. Call 401-849-5444 to signup for the event.

Rock & Roll Benefit

St. Lucy’s will host a Rock & Roll night on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the parish center, 909 West Main Rd. Middletown. Enjoy a night of fun and great food, as well as dancing and prizes, for a donation of $25. All proceeds benefit St. Lucy’s and support the medical mission trip to the Philippines by Rhode Island-based Lingkod Timog. Volunteers on the mission trip pay their own expenses to provide medical, surgical and dental care to tribal people in remote villages. Donations pay for medicine, supplies and hospital services. For more information, call 401-619-5336.

Dr. John Clarke Tribute

In honor of the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island Charter of 1663, two events honoring Dr. John Clarke, the author of the document that granted liberty of conscience to the colonists, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6. The short documentary, “A Lively Experiment: Dr. John Clarke, Co-founder of Rhode Island,” will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theatre. The screening is free, courtesy of the United Baptist Church, the John Clarke Memorial and the John Clarke Trust. Following the film at 3 p.m., there will be a wreath laying at the gravesite of Dr. Clarke on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Jr. Boulevard. All are welcome.

Feast of St. Francis

Emmanuel Church will welcome all creatures great and small to the Feast of St. Francis at the start of the 10 a.m. service on Oct. 6. All are invited to bring one leashed or caged pet to church for a blessing. All animals will gather in the library at 9:50 a.m. to be a part of the procession into church.

Annual Pet Blessing

The annual pet blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, will be held on Oct. 6 at noon at the gazebo in King Park. Father Michael Malone will preside. All pets must be properly restrained and accompanied by at least one adult. No exotic animals, please. For more information, go to staugustinnewport.org or call Pat Healey at 401-588-1263.

Movie Night

St. Lucy’s Church will show the film “Fireproof” on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The movie stars Kirk Cameron as a heroic fire captain whose marriage is about to go up in smoke. The two hour film will be shown in the parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, at 6 p.m. and is free. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic supper or snacks. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Global Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church will present the Channing Global Issues Forum, a series of talks on democracy, human rights, politics, security and conservation to be held in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library. The series is free and open to the public.

The first presentation will be “Emerging Africa: Problems and Prospects,” on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will provide an introduction to Africa focusing on its history, geography, people, politics, economy, and current issues. Speaker Dr. Jake Smith has served as chairman of the Conservation Council of Nations, a Washingtonbased non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote a long-term approach to natural resource management worldwide.

‘Zealot’ Study

The United Congregational Church will offer a four week adult study of The New York Times best seller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” by Reza Aslan. The study will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, beginning Oct. 22 at the church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Call the office at 401-849- 5444 to register.

Emmanuel Speaker Series

The Fall Emmanuel Speaker Series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with “The Fate of the Coast,” by science writer and former science editor of The New York Times, Cornelia Dean. Dean will discuss the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities worldwide, but with particular emphasis on the implications for the residents of Newport and Rhode Island. All are welcome to attend this free event at the church, 42 Dearborn St. Call 401-847-0675.

Emmanuel Seek Musicians

If you are you musically inclined, then the music department at Emmanuel Church needs you. Singers meet Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. to run music for the 10 a.m. service. If you are not a singer, consider joining the handbell choir. The handbell choir meets Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. No experience is needed. Email xwilkinson@hotmail.com for more details.

Warm Up Wednesdays Resume

St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., is once again hosting Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m., with fellowship, reading material, games and refreshments available. All are welcome.

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