2014-02-14 / Faith Community


‘This Is My Story’

In observance of Black History Month, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church will present “This is My Story: A Celebration of African American Heritage” on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. All are welcome and a free will offering will be taken. Mt. Zion is at 33 Van Zandt Ave. For more information, call 401-849-3569.

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.

Emmanuel to Form Book Club

An organizational meeting regarding Emmanuel Church’s newly formed book club will be held in the Guild Room at the church, 42 Dearborn St, on Tuesday, Feb.18 at 6 p.m. Meetings for the club will be held the third Tuesday of every month with a new novel discussed at each session. All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the organizational meeting but have questions, call 401-847-0675.

Touro Synagogue Tours

Touro Synagogue is open for tours each Sunday through the Loeb Visitors Center, 50 Spring St. The center is open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and synagogue tours depart at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. The synagogue will also be open on Monday, Feb. 17, from 12-2 p.m. and families are invited to meet “George Washington.”

Crucifixion Art

John and Jane Parrillo will offer a talk in the St. Lucy’s parish library on the development of crucifixion art from the early church through the Renaissance and beyond on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Why did the early church hesitate to portray Christ crucified? What happened over the centuries that made the portrayal of the crucifixion in paintings, sculpture, frescos and other media change? This presentation will include slides of many famous works of art over the centuries. All adults are welcome. St. Lucy’s is at 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Trinity Recovery Meetings

Due to the closing of the Carr- Rice building, Trinity Church’s weekly recovery meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous will move to Honyman Hall effective immediately. The Trinity AA meeting is one of the longest continually-operating meetings in the state of Rhode Island, gathering at the church for over 60 years. AA meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and NA on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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