2014-01-03 / Faith Community


Epiphany Mass

Saint John the Evangelist will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with a Solemn High Mass at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. For more information, call 401-848-2561.

Happy Bookers to Meet

The next meeting of the United Congregational Church Happy Bookers group will be on Monday, Jan. 27 at the church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, at 7 p.m. The book discussed will be “Light Between Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman. The moderator will be Jan Gunzelman. Call 401-849-5444 for more information or to sign up.

Stress Reduction

The United Congregational Church Women Empowered and Blessed group will hold a Qi-Gong meditation class on Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Manchester Room at 7 p.m. The instructor is Jesse Harding, a fifth degree black belt master instructor, who also is certified in Tai Chi and Taoist yoga. The United Congregational Church is at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Call 401-849-5444.

Bishop on Star of Bethlehem

The English Speaking Union invites members and guests to hear the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Episcopal Bishop of R.I., speak about “The Star of Bethlehem” on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Officers’ Club on the Newport Naval Station. Knisely, a former professor of physics and astronomy, will address the relationship between theology and science. Reserve by Friday, Jan. 3 to Jan Slee at janslee@cox.net or 401-845-2528. The cost is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres.

Retreat on the Priesthood

Bishop Tobin invites high school seniors, college, and post-college aged men who are discerning a call to the priesthood to a retreat on the priesthood at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence on Jan. 10- 11 from 7 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Fr. Carl Fisette, Director of Vocations, at 401- 331-1316 for more information.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church will continue with its Adult Forum series on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. in Honyman Hall. Rev. Paul Koumrian will present “The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Epiphany,” discussing the Feast of Epiphany, which celebrates the visit of the Magi and the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Vision Loss Support

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, Jan. 14 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.

Warm Up Wednesdays to Resume in January

Warm Up Wednesdays will welcome neighbors again beginning Jan. 15 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St.

Chanting at Emmanuel

A chanting group meets every Saturday at 9 a.m. at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., in the All Saints Chapel. Chanting improves receptivity and focus, raises energy levels, and helps you be a better listener. Donations are accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. All are welcome. For information, call the 401-847-0675.

Newport Community Youth Choir

The recently-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. To register your child or for more information, contact Stephan Griffin at musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study Group of Trinity Church will start its study of Genesis on Jan. 7. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Seamen’s Church Institute on Tuesdays and welcomes any men who would like to join in collegial and participatory study. For more information, contact Paul Taylor at panddtaylor@verizon.net or 401-849-4905, or Brook Richards at brookrichards140@gmail.com or 401-871-3229.

Centering Prayer

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, offers a biweekly centering prayer group Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846- 5478 or email ppdavis44@gmail.com.

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.

Houses of worship are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages by emailing news@newportthisweek.net.

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