2013-10-31 / Faith Community


Annual Coat Drive

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is again sponsoring its annual coat drive. Check your closets for coats in good condition. Scarves, mittens, gloves and warm hats are also welcome. Coats for women, children and infants are needed and especially larger-sized coats for men. They can be brought to St. Paul’s anytime, but Sunday mornings are the best time at 12 Marlborough St., Newport. St. Paul’s has been a part of the statewide effort known as “Buy Nothing Day” during which donated coats are distributed to the needy on the day after Thanksgiving. St. Paul’s extends the giving time to include the entire winter. Coat racks are set up in the dining room where many meals a month are served as part of the Christian Action Center’s community Meal mission.

Treats for Troops

Bring your leftover unopened Halloween candy to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Sunday morning, Nov. 3. The candy will be shipped to U.S. troops overseas through “Operation Gratitude.” St. Peter’s is located at 525 Broadway, Newport. For more information, call the church at 401-846-9567.

Journeys of Hope

A dramatization of real stories of individuals going from homes to homelessness to hope will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Touro Synagogue’s community room in the Levi Gale House, located at 85 Touro St. (entrance around the corner on Division Street). Admission is free but donations will be gladly accepted at the door to support participating agencies that help homeless persons. Limited parking is available at the lot on School Street. For more information, contact Roland Chase at roland@rolandchase.com.

A Cappella Concert

St. Columba’s is hosting an a cappella concert on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 - 5 p.m. Music by The Narragansett Bay Chorus and the quartets Southeast Light and Trade Secret will be performed in the parish hall of St. Columba’s Chapel. 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. For directions, visit stcolumbas.org or call the office at 401-847-5571.

Homework Help Nights

Beginning Nov. 4, and on the following Mondays through Dec. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church will offer “Homework Help Nights” to grade and/or high school-aged students who want assistance with their school homework. Students are invited to bring projects and problems they are working on in school. A parent or legal guardian of each student is asked to remain on-site while the child is being helped with homework. All “helpers” have classroom experience and are from Emmanuel Church. The church is located at 40 Dearborn St., Newport. For more information, call the church at 401-847-0675.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

This month, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, St. Lucy’s church will show the movie “One Night with the King.” Featuring an all-star cast including Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies, this movie is a sweeping epic about a young Jewish girl born into poverty who becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia. It is an exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith, and destiny. The two-hour movie will begin at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Tables will be set up if you’d like to bring your supper or a snack. All are welcome. St. Lucy’s Catholic Church is located at 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church’s Adult Christian Formation discussions are offered each Sunday between the 8 and 10 a.m. services. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Rev. Mary Johnstone will discuss the Feast of All Saints, a continuation of an ancient tradition from the early church which honors important people of the Christian faith. 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.

The Role of Women in the Episcopal Church

The Diocesan Episcopal Church Women annual meeting and Fall United Thank Offering Ingathering will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The keynote speaker is Rev. Linda Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Rhode Island. The annual meeting will be followed by the United Thank Offering Ingathering and a Holy Eucharist celebrated by the Right Reverend Nicholas Knisely. Lunch will be catered, RSVPs requested by Nov. 1. A donation of $10 for lunch is requested. For directions, visit stcolumbaschapel.org. For more information and reservations, call Marjorie Reeves- Briden at 401-615-2334 or email jorimed@cox.net.

Country Bazaar

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding its annual old-fashioned country bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, white elephant items, baked goods, and silent auction items. St. Peter’s is located at 525 Broadway, Newport. For more information, call the church at 401-846-9567.

Crafters Wanted for St. Lucy’s Fair

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.

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.

‘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 continue on Tuesdays, Nov. 5 and 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Call the office at 401-849-5444 to register.

Channing Church Global Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church will present the third lecture in its Global Issues Forum series on Tuesday, Nov. 5 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 “The Latin American Experience: The Fight for Security, Prosperity, and Respect” by Laurence L. McCabe, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs and Director of the Latin American Studies Group, Naval War College.

McCabe will address current political, economic, and security issues related to Latin America, and will project possible future scenarios. For more information, contact the church at 401- 846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

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.

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.

Single Moms Support Group

Are you tired, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed by the day-to-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 held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Single mothers of all ages are welcome to enjoy a free meal and engage in community 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 a 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.

Emmanuel Church Men’s Group

The next breakfast meeting of the Emmanuel Church men’s group will be Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the home of Bobby Gaines in Middletown. The activities of the men’s group currently include preparing and hosting a bi-monthly neighborhood breakfast, sponsoring and organizing the Emmanuel Speakers Series, and participating in periodic parish cleanups and other “handyman” activities at the call of the Rector. For more information, call the church at 401-847-0675.

Vision Loss Support Group

Insight, a nonprofit organization that helps people living with vision loss learn how to be more independent, hosts a monthly educational group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the church hall at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone living with a visual impairment, as well as family members and friends.

Each meeting features a speaker who addresses a topic of interest to people living with vision loss. Veteran members of the group are always willing to offer advice and support to those who are newly affected by vision loss. For more information, contact Rick Andrade at 401-941-3322 or visit in-sight.org.

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.

Military Spouse Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church offers a support group for military spouses each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Spouse residents and those new to the area are welcome to meet at the church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Calvary Welcomes Sports Attire

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.

Emmanuel Lasagna Dinner

A lasagna dinner fundraiser for Emmanuel Church will be held on Friday, Nov. 22 from 5 - 8 p.m. Various items will be raffled during the evening and there will also be craft vendors at the event. The cost for the eat-in or take out dinner is $10 for adults, $5 per child or $20 for a family. A holiday fair fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport.

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 401-846-3234.

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.

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