2013-10-24 / Faith Community


Free Flu Shots

The Board of Deacons at United Congregational Church Middletown is hosting a free flu shot clinic Monday, Oct. 28 in Farnum Hall from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Injections will be administered by members of the Visiting Nurses Association, they ask that participants bring their insurance cards so they can recoup some of their expenses by billing your insurance company at no cost to you. Shots are free to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. United Congregational is at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Call 401-849-5444 for more information.

Halloween Organ Recital

Salve Regina University organist Matthew Kelly will perform works in the spirit of Halloween, concluding with Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” a Halloween classic, Thursday, Oct. 24, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., 401- 341-2227.

Destiny Africa Children’s Choir Special Performance

The Destiny Africa Children’s Choir will perform at the Community Baptist Church on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Experience an uplifting, exciting and vibrant show by beautiful and talented performers from Uganda. The performance will feature a lively mix of contemporary and traditional African songs, drumming and dances. Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. Newport. Free will offering.

Vatican Analyst Talk on Francis 1

John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, will discuss “Behind the Headlines: Pope Francis and His New Vision for the Catholic Church” when he presents a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. on the campus of Salve Regina University.

Free and open to the public. Allen’s lecture will be presented in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.

A Cappella Concert

St. Columba’s is hosting an a cappella concert on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 - 5 p.m. Music will be performed by The Narragansett Bay Chorus and the quartets Southeast Light and Trade Secret in the Parish Hall of St. Columba’s Chapel.

The Narragansett Bay Chorus is part of the Providence Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the largest male singing organization in the world. The three groups perform nationally and have won numerous awards in competitions. Trade Secret is currently one of the top five seniors quartets.

A reception will follow the performance. Admission is $20 and can be purchased in advance at the church or paid at the door. St. Columba’s Chapel is located at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Free parking is available across the street in the church parking lot. For directions, visit stcolumbas.org or call the office at 401-847-5571.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church’s Adult Christian Formation discussions are offered each Sunday between the 8 and 10 a.m. services. On Oct. 27, 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.”

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.

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.

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 eras of New England, as well as music from the Sacred Harp and American folk-hymn traditions. The concert is free.

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.

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.

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. Call 401-846-0660 to register.

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 R. I. in 2012.

St. Joseph’s Fair

St. Joseph’s Annual Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the parish hall at the corner of Mann Avenue and Broadway. This annual fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Church guarantees fun, food and prizes for the whole family. Featured activities and tables include a major raffle with cash prizes, a quilt raffle, silent auction, white elephant sale, Hispanic table, theme baskets table, handcrafted and Christmas items, and children’s activities. There will be a food court for lunch and a baked goods table. Event runs from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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, call 401-847-6181.

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.

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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