2014-01-17 / Faith Community


Channing to Show ‘Two Who Dared’

The Learning Center of Channing Memorial Church will screen “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War” on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 135 Pelham St. in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.

“Two Who Dared” is the neverbefore told story of Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, who committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees in World War II.

They left their two young children in the care of their congregation in Wellesley, Mass., and traveled to Czechoslovakia at the onset of WWII. Over the course of two missions, in Prague (1939) and in southern France (1940), the Sharps and their underground confederates played a vital role in saving hundreds from persecution. The film is told from the point of view of the Sharps, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and includes interviews with rescued children and noted Holocaust scholars.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion and Skype session with the producer. The film has garnered numerous film festival awards, and PBS will air the film nationally later this year. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 401- 846-0643.

Epiphany Hymn Festival

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth will offer an Epiphany Hymn Festival, “O Radiant Light,” on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. The program will offer the opportunity for reflection through hymns and carols, scripture, poetry, and prayer. All are welcome to join the St. Mary’s Choir, under the direction of organist/ music director Ted Platt, for an evening of music and contemplation. For more information, call 401-846- 9700.

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.

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast to support Troop 1 Boy Scouts of Portsmouth on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the St. Barnabas church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth following the 8 a.m. Mass until noon. Adults are $7, kids 6-12 are $5, and those under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the breakfast or in advance at the parish office.

Life Skills Classes

The Salvation Army will offer a series of life skills workshops beginning on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at 51 Memorial Blvd. The first class will be on job skills. All are welcome to participate in this free class. There is no registration required and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 401-846-3234.

UCC Potluck

United Congregational Church will hold a Yankee Swap Potluck dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Farnum Hall, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Bring a hot dish and a small gift to swap. Call 401-849-5444 for more information or to sign up.

St. Mary’s Calls New Rector

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth has announced that the Reverend Jennifer Pedrick has accepted the call to be their next Rector; she will begin her ministry at the church on April 1. Pedrick has served as Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford since 2002, and prior to that she was Assistant to the Rector at St. Mary’s.

St. Barnabas to Hold Recovery Mass

In cooperation with the Diocesan St. Matthias Recovery Ministry, the next quarterly Recovery Mass on the East Bay will be at St. Barnabas, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. The Mass will focus on recovery from alcoholism and addiction, as well as mental distress and anxiety.

Spaghetti Dinner

St. Barnabas will host a spaghetti dinner in the church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $8, youth ages 6-12 are $4, and children 5 and under are free. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, salad, bread, and beverage. Tickets will be on sale next weekend, Jan. 18 and 19, at all weekend Masses or in the parish office.

MLK Service at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will offer a special speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend service on Sunday, Jan. 19. Ben Ellecome, coordinator of the Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, will address the congregation on “The Universe Is on the Side of Justice.” Services begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 401- 846-0966.

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