2013-10-17 / Faith Community


Queen’s Chaplain at St. John’s

The Vicar of Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, at Washington and Willow streets, has announced that The Reverend Canon Jeremy Matthew Haselock, Chaplain to Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, and Vice Dean and Precentor of Norwich Cathedral, will be the guest preacher on Sunday, Oct. 20, at both the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses for the Feast of Saint Luke. All are invited to attend one of the services and to welcome Canon Haselock back to Newport at a coffee hour following worship. For more information, please call the church office at 401-848-2561.

Recital at St. Mary’s

Cody Mead, new director of music at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Spring St., will play an organ recital at the church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. The recital is open to the public, and will include both sacred and secular compositions. A freewill offering will be taken to support St. Mary’s music ministries.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church’s Adult Christian Formation discussions are offered each Sunday between the 8 and 10 a.m. services. On Oct. 20, Wayne Porter will present “The Collects of the Episcopal Church,” addressing the definition and the purpose of these sonnet-like prayers used in various forms of liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, will offer a program on “Confession: All May, Some Should, None Must” on Oct. 27.

The programs will be held in Honyman Hall from 9-9:45 a.m. All are welcome for coffee and conversation. For more information, call the church office at 401-846-0660.

‘Aglow’ Discussion

One New Man Community will present Dot Cutter on “The Cross and the Crescent” at 7 Central St. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Cutter serves as the Aglow International Southern New England Islamic Education and Awareness Coordinator. The presentation is free. For more information, call Esther Boucher at 401-846-1688.

Calvary Hawaiian Potluck

Calvary United Methodist Church will hold a tropical-themed potluck dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Get out the Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts, and enjoy fellowship and fun. There will be a presentation on malaria for adults and activities for children. The potluck dinner will be held in Dunfey Hall at the church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown. Call 401-847-6181 for more information.

Pumpkins, Pastries & Panache

Women Empowered and Blessed (WEB) of the United Congregational Church in Middletown will host a special evening on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Michael Bell, who has spent over 30 years researching folklore and vampire practices in New England. Wearing of Halloween hats or wigs or masks is encouraged to add to the festivities.

St. Clare Harvest Festival

The St. Clare Harvest Festival and Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 309 Spring St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The festival includes white elephants, activities, crafts, refreshments and raffle baskets. All proceeds benefit the residents of St. Clare’s. For more information, call 401-849-3204 x123.

St. Lucy’s Potluck

St. Lucy’s Harvest Potluck Supper will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Call 401-847-6153 for more information.

‘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 Rd., Middletown. Call the office at 401-849- 5444 to register.

Temple Shalom and UCC

The public is invited to an open partnership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the United Congregational Church in Middletown. The evening offers a unique opportunity of learning and sharing together. This is the first meeting of the new church year. UCC is at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown.

Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Program

The Salvation Army will take applications for Thanksgiving food boxes for families on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the headquarters, 51 Memorial Blvd. The boxes will be distributed Nov. 26, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Applicants must provide a photo ID with current address, Social Security or medical cards for family members, and proof of income. Call 401-846-3234 for more information.

Churches to Ring Bells

Churches throughout Newport will participate in “Ring the Bells to Stop Domestic Violence” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. Bells will ring six times in remembrance of the six domestic violence-related deaths that occurred in Rhode Island in 2012.

Norumbega Harmony Concert

The Newport Historical Society will present the Norumbega Harmony Singers as part of its Spectacle of Toleration project on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Trinity Church at 7 p.m. The singing group’s repertoire consists of music from the colonial and Revolutionary era of New England, as well as music from the Sacred Harp and American folk hymn traditions. The concert is free.

Haunted Graveyard Tour

St. Columba’s youth group will host the annual Haunted Graveyard Tour on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:15 p.m. for the brave of heart who wish to stroll through the cemetery in the pitch black. Younger family members may prefer enjoying Halloween crafts, activities and refreshments in the bright light of St. Columba’s parish hall.

Admission is $5 or $20 maximum per family. Proceeds benefit youth outreach programming. St. Columba’s Chapel is located at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-5571 or visit stcolumbaschapel.org.

Halloween Party at Emmanuel

Emmanuel Church will hold an Open Doors Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4-6 p.m. for parents and children in the church library, 42 Dearborn St. All are welcome to attend and costumes are encouraged. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the office at 401-847-0675.

Trinity Fall Series

Trinity Church continues with its six-week series on “Just Eating: Practicing our Faith at the Table,” on Wednesdays through Nov. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. What we eat and where it comes from reflect our values. The series will bring together local farmers, food writers, chefs, and others who are thinking critically about the food systems. Share food and fellowship, combining eating and learning, each week. Call 401-846-0660 to register.

Channing Church Global Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church will present the second lecture in its Global Issues Forum series on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public.

The presentation will be “Fractured Nations: How Religion Makes and Breaks National Identity in the Middle East,” by Dr. Eleanor Abdella Doumato. The outcomes of the Arab Spring remind us that Middle Eastern populations are deeply divided by religious and ethnic orientations, and that these divisions militate against the common ground necessary for democracy to succeed. The forum examines the religious identity being taught to schoolchildren and the connection between public school curricula and the spread of intercommunal rivalry and global religious violence.

Doumato is an author, historian and consultant specializing in gender and Islamic education in the Gulf region. A past president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies from 2009-2012, she served on the Scientific Advisory Panel for a comparative study of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks sponsored by the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land and the U.S. State Department.

Crafters Wanted for St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s annual Craft and Vendor Fair will be Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Interested crafters and vendors should email jjparrillo@yahoo.com. Tables are $25 and space is limited, so reserve early.

Sports Attire OK

Calvary United Methodist Church, at 200 Turner Rd. in Middletown, right across from the athletic fields at Gaudet, welcomes early bird athletes to a come-as-you-are service at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Jeans, sweats, and uniforms are welcome, but no cleats please.

Donations for St. Paul’s Thrift Shop

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop has a continuing need for donations of salable furniture and quality household items in good condition. All donations are tax deductible and support the job skills training program of St. Paul’s Thrift Shop and Church Community Housing Corporation. If you would like to donate, call the store at 401-847-8441 to schedule a pickup.

Touro Exhibit at Redwood

Redwood Library is hosting an exhibit documenting the rich history of Touro Synagogue in celebration of the synagogue’s 250th anniversary. The exhibit will run through Chanukah.

Women’s Fellowship

The Salvation Army hosts a weekly women’s fellowship group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at 51 Memorial Blvd. The fellowship events include game nights, tea parties, movie nights and Bible studies. All are welcome and asked to bring a potluck dish. For more information, call Lt. Helen Johnson at 846-3234.

Warm Up Wednesdays

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m. What began as a venue for people to literally come in from the cold has evolved into a social gathering for many seeking fellowship. All are welcome for friendship, games, reading and refreshments.

Single Moms Support Group

Are you tired, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed by the dayto day challenges of being a single mom? Evangelical Friends Church is offering a support group for single mothers on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 6-8 p.m. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Single mothers of all ages are welcome to enjoy a free meal and engage with other single mothers. Child care will be provided. The group will meet at the EFC, 70 Bliss Mine Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-924-3329.

LGBTQ Caregivers Support

Calvary United Methodist Church hosts an LGBTQ caregivers support group on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The group meets at the church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown and is open to all who are dealing with the unique issues associated with these circumstances. For more information, contact the church at 401-847-6181.

Memory Loss Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church hosts a support group for those with memory loss or early stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 6. Connect with others on the same path, receive information on available services, and discuss concerns in a caring environment. The support group for diseased persons will be led by Donna Buehler, and the caregivers group will be led by Pastor Amy from 1-2 p.m. All welcome.

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