2014-01-24 / Faith Community


Jewish Film Series to Begin

The 10th annual Jewish Film Series will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 26 with “The Golem” (1920), hosted by Touro Synagogue at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St., beginning at 4 p.m. This early silent film is about the legend of the Golem of Prague, a clay statue brought to life to protect Jews. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Martin, professor of theater at Roger Williams University.

Series films will be shown monthly. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Motown Icons Topic at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will begin a once-a-month series on Motown Prophets on Sunday, Jan. 26. Rev. Bill Taylor will explore how God is speaking through the baby boomers’ music as the congregation listens to beloved songs with an ear for biblical messages. The first artist featured will be Diana Ross. Services begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 401-846-0966.

‘The Way of St. James’ at St. Lucy’s

Last April, St. Lucy’s Church showed the movie “The Way,” the story about a man on a pilgrimage from France to Spain to pray at the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, a pilgrim journey on “El Camino Santiago,” traveled since the Middle Ages and known to have a profound effect on anyone who undertakes it. On Tuesday, Feb. 4 Lisa Gulino, Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Providence, will describe the experiences she had while making this monumental pilgrim journey last summer. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the St. Lucy’s parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

‘Unsung Pioneers of Integration’ at Emmanuel

In honor of Black History Month, Emmanuel Church will present “Unsung Pioneers of Integration: The African-American Army Engineers Who Helped Build the 1500-Mile Alaska Highway in World War II,” a talk by author and historian Heath Twichell on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Built in just seven months in 1942 over an unmapped stretch of the Canadian Rockies by 10,000 U.S. Army engineers (including 4,000 African American soldiers), the highway provided a secure emergency overland supply route to U.S. bases in Alaska threatened by Japanese attack during the darkest early days of the war.

Twichell, a retired army colonel, is the winner of the 1972 Allan Nevins Prize in American History and an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and War at the Naval War College. His talk is based on a chapter of his book, “Northwest Epic: The Building of the Alaska Highway,” which tells the story of his father’s experiences as a white officer commanding the Black 95th Engineer Regiment in the segregated army of WWII - and of the regiment’s remarkable accomplishments against great odds, both environmental and man-made.

The free lecture is part of the Emmanuel Speaker Series and will be held at the church, 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847- 0675.

UCC offers Feb. Camp

If you are looking for something for the kids to do during February vacation, consider the United Congregational Church’s Camp Chill Out, four days of fun-filled winter activities and games at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Camp runs Tuesday- Friday, Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. – noon and costs $40 per child. Call 401-849- 5444 to sign up.

St. Mary’s Seeks Donations

St. Mary’s Episcopal Thrift Shop welcomes gently-used household items and clothing. Donations may be made during shop hours: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month, 9-11 a.m. St. Mary’s is at 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth.

Meditation at Calvary

Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown offers a weekly quiet meditation service on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-6:45 p.m. All are welcome.

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. 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.

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