2014-02-07 / Faith Community


Choral Evensong at Trinity

The Trinity Choir will sing Choral Evensong to celebrate the end of the Epiphany season on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. This reflective service of prayers and music by candlelight will feature choral works of Tallis, Bruckner, Noble, and Christiansen.

The New England regional Association of Anglican Musicians will be in Newport for a meeting and will attend this event.

Spaghetti Dinner Rescheduled

St. Barnabas’s spaghetti dinner, originally set for Feb 1, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 in the church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth 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 at all weekend Masses and in the parish office.

WEB to Host Doll Talk

United Congregational Church’s Women Empowered and Blessed (WEB) group will host Linda Edward on “Pathways to Empowerment, Women and Dolls” on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7-9 p.m. The group will explore the many ways women have used the world of doll making and collecting to find avenues of selfexpression, income, support for social concerns, and personal growth. All are welcome. UCC is at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Refreshments will be served. Call 401-849-5444 for more information.

Jewish Film Series

The 10th annual Jewish Film Series will continue on Sunday, Feb. 23 with “Annie Hall” (1977), hosted by Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Rd., Middletown at 1 p.m. This film established Woody Allen as a major director and brought Jewish life in New York to the center of popular culture. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Martin, professor of theater at Roger Williams University. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Potluck at UCC

The next monthly Pot Luck Fellowship at Middletown’s United Congregational Church will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Farnum Hall, 524 Valley Rd. Call 401-849-5444 for more information or to sign up.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church continues with its Adult Forum series, “Exploring End of Life,” on Sunday, Feb. 9, 9-9:45 a.m. in Honyman Hall. The monthlong program examines four key areas: Christian teaching on death and funeral planning, working with a funeral home and cemetery, end of life care options, and legal questions regarding care and estate planning. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Happy Bookers to Meet

The next meeting of the United Congregational Church Happy Bookers group will be on Monday, Feb. 24 at the church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, at 7 p.m. The book discussed will be Ruta Sepetys’ “Between Shades of Gray,” a story about Stalin’s ethnic cleansing of the Baltic region. The moderator will be Florence Archambault. Call 401-849-5444 for more information or to sign up.

Homework Help

Emmanuel Church offers Homework Help Nights on Mondays 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.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

St. Lucy’s Church will show “John Paul I,” on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The feature film examines the life of the beloved man who was pope for only 33 days and bridged the epic papacies of Paul IV and John Paul II. Pope John Paul I, a man of peasant origins and a devoted parish priest with a great love for orphans, the poor, and the outcasts, is remembered for his infectious smile, his warm personality, and his humble pastoral style. The two-hour movie will begin at 6 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. All are welcome.

Emmanuel Meeting

Emmanuel Church held its 162nd annual meeting on Jan. 26, with over 70 people gathering for lunch and to discuss the business of the church. Parish leaders offered reflections on the ministries of the past year, and the 2014 budget was reviewed.

Challenges were made to the congregation about identifying more community partners, as well as increasing the number of leaders in the congregation. Maggie Martin was elected senior warden and Ellen Vadney treasurer. Sarah Atkins and Brett Bartholomaus were put on the Vestry for three-year terms, and Nancy Allan was chosen to serve a one-year position.

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