2013-11-14 / Faith Community


(Photo by Jack Kelly) (Photo by Jack Kelly) UCC Welcomes New Members

The Rev. R. Joseph Tripp, pastor of The United Congregational Church of Newport in Middletown, presided over ceremonies admitting eleven new members into fellowship during the regular service on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Joining the church were Barbara Causey-Costa, Karen Dill, Christopher and Kelli Kidd, Arlene Siderski, Joy and Edward Stoltenberg, Judi and Tom Walsh, and Carolyn and Michael Wiest. Following the service, each new member received a fresh pineapple as a symbol of hospitality.

Seamen’s Coat Drive

Seamen’s Church Institute is hosting a coat drive during the month of November and seeks men’s and women’s coats, sweaters, turtlenecks, hats, mittens, scarves, and boots. The need is greater than ever. Contact 401-847-4260 for more information.

Mitten Tree

Calvary United Methodist Church will be collecting new scarves, gloves, hats, and mittens to help neighbors in need beginning Sunday, Nov. 24. A “tree” will be set up in Crocker Hall at the church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown, and all are invited to decorate it with these much needed items. Consider teens and adults when purchasing pieces for the mitten tree. Donations will be dispersed at community meals during the winter months.

St. Peter’s Crafters

The next monthly gathering of crafters at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will take place on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6:30-9 p.m. in the narthex. The community is welcome to bring a project-in-progress or learn a new craft, and enjoy conversation, fun and companionship of fellow crafters. For more information, call 401-225-7902. St. Peter’s is at 525 Broadway.

Seamen’s Thanksgiving Dinner

The Seaman’s Church Institute will host its annual community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Salvation Army Toy Assistance Program

The Salvation Army will take applications for Christmas toys (for those ages 0-12 only) on Friday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday Nov. 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the headquarters, 51 Memorial Blvd. Toys will be distributed Dec. 18, 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.

Stockings for Soldiers

Trinity Church is again participating in Stockings for Soldiers and requests donations of small items to be sent to members of the armed forces. Toiletries, tissues, candy, pocket games, toothbrushes, small combs, CDs, DVDs, stockings, paper, pens, and donations to purchase items for this effort are welcome. Contributions may be delivered to the Trinity office Monday-Friday or brought to the church on Sunday mornings. Donations must be in by Sunday, Nov. 24. Contact project coordinator Anne Oliver at 401-619-0742 for more details.

Advent Wreath Workshop

Trinity Church will hold an Advent wreath workshop and potluck supper on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Hawes Room. Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 1. Advance registration for the workshop is required. The cost is $20 per wreath. Martin Van Hof of Island Garden Shop will supply the greens and trimmings to make wreaths and provide step-by-step instruction. Sign up at coffee hour on Sunday, or contact 401-847-6553 or mariebeebe@cox.net for additional information.

Thanksgiving Baskets

St. Lucy’s is participating in the annual effort to provide Thanksgiving meals 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.

Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving

The 39th annual communitywide Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Rd., Middletown at 7:30 p.m. Clergy and laity from houses of worship across the island will participate, as will various choirs. Join with family, neighbors and friends in giving thanks. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the emergency fund of the Aquidneck Island Clergy Association. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to local food pantries.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Trinity Church will hold a Thanksgiving Eve celebration of Holy Eucharist with choir on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving Day Service

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will celebrate the holiday with worship on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. The service of Holy Eucharist will include organ music by Waylon Whitley, oboe accompaniment by Xander Wilkinson, and Thanksgiving hymns. The sermon will be “counting your blessings, name them one by one.” All are welcome to this annual event.

St Mary’s Youth Music

Cody Mead, St. Mary’s Catholic Church director of liturgical music, invites all parish youth to participate in a Christmas Eve singing group. Four rehearsals will be held immediately following the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The group will sing at the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. For more information, contact cw.mead@yahoo.com or 401-847-0475.

Newport Community Youth Choir

The newly-formed Newport Community Youth Choir is rehearsing on Wednesday afternoons, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Hawes Room at Trinity Church. Membership is open to all students in grades 2-6. The choir will debut at Christmas on the Hill with the choir of Trinity Church on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. To register your child or for more information, contact Stephan Griffin at musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

‘The Mass’ at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, will hold an Adult Faith Formation series on “The Mass” in December. How well do you really know the reasons behind and development of what is celebrated today as the Mass? When was the last time you actually gave it much thought? Join together with others for a reminder on the basics with Fr. Peter. The series will be held in the church on Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 401-683-1343.

Peace at St. Columba’s

All are invited to spend a quiet morning at St. Columba’s Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and noon, and enjoy the chapel, parish hall and grounds. Come when you can, stay as long as you like, and leave when you have to. Refreshments will be served. A special welcome will be held at 9 a.m. and a Eucharist will be offered at 11 a.m. St. Columba’s is at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-5571.

Remembering Transgender Victims

A service observing the national Transgender Day of Remembrance will be offered by Channing Memorial 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. The congregation will mark the day with the reading of names 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 at 135 Pelham St. For more 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.

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. Contact the parish office for more information at 401- 847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Touro Rededication

In honor of its 250th anniversary, Touro Synagogue will hold a rededication of the synagogue on Sunday, Dec. 1, the fourth day of Hanukah. The synagogue was originally dedicated during Hanukkah in 1763.

“It is almost 250 years to the day,” said Rabbi Marc Mandel, Touro’s spiritual leader. Mandel is coordinating the event with Cliff Guller, chairman of the program committee.

“Cliff and I studied the diaries of Ezra Stiles, and, thanks to Stiles, we know exactly what took place at the original dedication in 1763,” said the rabbi. Stiles, a minister who lived in Newport, was a close friend of the leaders of Touro Synagogue; he later became president of Yale University.

The keynote speaker at the rededication will be Morris Offit. Offit is a vice chair of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Board of Trustees and also chairs the UJC Center for Jewish Philanthropy. He is the immediate past president of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York and has been a generous supporter of the Touro Synagogue Foundation.

“We hope people from all over Rhode Island will join us for this spiritual event,” said Guller. “Touro Synagogue has a glorious history, but the focus of this event is the future of the Jewish people and what we need to do to insure Jewish continuity.”

A Hanukkah party will follow the rededication. Admission to the program is free, but reservations are required. Reserve at rsvp@tourosynagogue.org.

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.

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