2013-11-07 / Faith Community


Newport Community Youth Choir

The new Newport Community Youth Choir is beginning rehearsals on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Hawes Room at Trinity Church. The primary goal of NCYC is to enhance the lives of young people in the community through participation in a top-quality choral music program. Membership is open to all students in grades 2-6. The choir will rehearse weekly on Wednesday afternoons and is scheduled to debut at Christmas on the Hill with the choir of Trinity Church. To register your child or for more information, contact Stephan Griffin at musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

Women in the Bible at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s Church’s adult education session on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will focus on several of the women of the Old Testament. Who were they? What did they do that made them famous? What can they teach us today? Stop by the parish library, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to find out. The discussion will be led by Jane Parrillo. All are invited. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

St. Peter’s Bazaar

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold an old-fashioned country bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The bazaar will feature handmade crafts, white elephant items, soup ingredients, baked goods, and a silent auction. St. Peter’s is at 525 Broadway.

Winter Coat Exchange

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will once again be joining the statewide project to distribute coats to the needy as part of the winter coat exchange to be held on Buy Nothing Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29, between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Coats are now being collected and will continue to be distributed throughout the winter months as supply allows. Donated coats should be clean, with no buttons missing, and with working zippers. Warm hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves are also welcome. As soon as coats begin arriving at St. Paul’s they will be made available. Anyone who needs a warm winter coat is welcome to take one prior to the distribution date.

Drop off contributions at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on Sunday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon, and Tuesday through Thursday mornings between 9:30 and noon. Donations may be left in the kitchen area of the church.

Thanksgiving Baskets

St. Lucy’s will be participating in the annual effort to provide a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal for all. Collections will be taken to the Salvation Army on Friday morning, Nov. 22. Non-perishable items may be placed in the connector. Fresh and defrosted turkeys may be brought to the parish center on Friday, Nov. 22 any time up to 10 a.m. Monetary donations (checks made payable to St. Lucy’s) or gift certificates to a grocery store marked “Thanksgiving Food Donation” may be put in the collection basket or left at the rectory.

Lasagna Dinner

Emmanuel Church will kick off the annual holiday fair weekend on Friday, Nov. 22 with a lasagna dinner and preview night, from 5-8 p.m., at 42 Dearborn St. Guests are invited to enjoy an eat-in or takeout lasagna dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and are welcome to preview the holiday fair vendors. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for a family. The fair will get underway on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature local crafts, silent auction, bake sale, children’s activities and more. Contact the parish office for more information at 401-847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Channing Exploration

Those interested in exploring membership in Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church are invited to join Reverend Jay Deacon and the Membership Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 13 to learn about the Unitarian Universalist faith, Channing Memorial Church, and what it means to be a member. The meeting will take place in the parish hall. Call the church office to register at 401-846-0643.

Homework Help

Emmanuel Church offers Homework Help Nights every Monday from 6-8 p.m. for students who seek assistance with their schoolwork. Students are invited to bring projects and problems they are working on in school. At least one parent or legal guardian of each student is asked to remain on the Emmanuel campus during the time the child is receiving help with homework. All teachers have in-classroom experience and are from Emmanuel Church. For more information, call 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.

Remembering Transgender Victims

A service observing the national Transgender Day of Remembrance will be offered by Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. Transgendered people are subjected to an exceptionally high level of hate crimes, including fatal attacks. Preliminary data show that 78 transgendered persons were murdered during the first four months of 2013.

The congregation will mark the day with the reading of names of some of those who lost their lives this year, along with music, reflections, and the reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish by Rev. Dr. F. Jay Deacon.

All are welcome at the service, which follows Channing’s normal 10 a.m. worship at the church, 135 Pelham St. For further information, contact Rex LeBeau at 401-595- 9068 or rex88296@yahoo.com.

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.

Peace and Quiet at St. Columba’s

Enjoy a quiet morning hosted by St. Columba’s Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. The public is invited to come when they can, stay as long as they like, and leave when they have to. All are welcome to be nurtured in the beautiful surroundings of the chapel, parish hall and grounds. An assortment of books and readings will be available for inspiration, or come with your own books, journals and reflections. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available. A special welcome will be offered at 9 a.m. in the chapel and a Eucharist will be offered at 11 a.m.

St. Columba’s Chapel is located at 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown and is handicapped accessible. For directions, call 401-847- 5571 or visit stcolumbaschapel.org.

LGBT Caregivers Support

Child and Family Services holds an LGBT Caregivers Support Group at Calvary United Methodist Church on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 10-11 a.m.

The group is open to all who are dealing with the unique issues associated with these circumstances. Calvary is located at 200 Turner Rd., Middletown. For meeting schedule or directions, call 401-847-6181.

Toothbrush and Chapstick Drive

Calvary United Methodist Church is collecting dental health products for distribution at community meals. New, individually wrapped toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, and travel-size toothpaste and mouthwash are sought. Products may be left in the box on the shelf located just outside the church office at 200 Turner Rd., Middletown. Both adult and childsize brushes are needed. Soft bristles are preferred. No multipacks; individual brushes are requested. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

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