2014-02-28 / Faith Community


Channing Global Issues Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Church will present the last two events in its Global Issues Forum at the Newport Public Library on March 4 and March 11. Both lectures will focus on critical and growing parts of the world.

On Tuesday, March 4, Dr. Thomas Howard will present “India as an Emerging Economic and Political Power” at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Howard received a Ph.D. in geography from University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India for two years, and in 2011 he was selected as a summer scholar for a National Endowment for the Humanities institute.

The following Tuesday, March 11, Dr. Henry Rosemont Jr. will discuss “China: Competition or Cooperation?” at 6:30 p.m., examining if the U.S. and China can move toward policies based on cooperation under the new leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. Dr. Rosemont is a Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and since 2002 he has been a Visiting Professor and Scholar of Religious Studies at Brown University. Among his many books are “A Chinese Mirror” and, most recently, “A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects.”

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Yoga at St. Columba’s

Shelley Dungan of Healing Touch Yoga will offer a free gentle yoga class at St. Columba’s parish hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, on Wednesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Shelley at 860-965-9995.

The Crucifix

St. Lucy’s Parish, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, will host a presentation by Jane and John Parrillo on the history of the crucifix in Christian art on Tuesday, March 4, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. All are invited to begin the Lenten journey by reflecting on the primary symbol of the Christian faith – the cross. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Trinity Adult Forum

Trinity Church continues with its Adult Forum series on Sunday, March 2, 9-9:45 a.m. in Honyman Hall. Erin Myers, a parishioner and a member of Infinity Volunteers, a non-sectarian organization of high school students who work together to fund and undertake humanitarian projects to benefit the lives of the impoverished, will present a program about her mission trip to Pueblo Modelo, Guatemala. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

St. Mary’s Soup & Study

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd. in Portsmouth, will offer a Lenten Soup & Study series from March 12 - April 9. They will meet on Wednesday evenings for a simple Lenten supper of soup and bread at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:45 p.m. short Bible study and a viewing of the stories behind “Five Hymns that Changed the World.” Sign up online to facilitate food planning at smcportsmouth.org. The Rev. Marilyn Mason will facilitate this study.

Fat Tuesday Supper

United Congregational Church will host a Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper youth fundraiser on Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in Farnum Hall, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Call 401-849-5444 for more information or to sign up. All are welcome.

Emmanuel Lenten Series

Emmanuel Church will begin its Lenten study on “Embracing Spiritual Awakening” on Wednesday, March 5, from 6:45-8 p.m. The series will continue on Wednesday evenings through Lent and is open to all. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. Teenagers and adults who desire to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church at Bishop Knisley’s visitation on June 1 are asked to participate fully in this weekly class. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Ash Wednesday at UCC

United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, will honor Ash Wednesday, March 5 with a special half-hour service at 7 p.m.

Lenten Fish Dinners at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a series of Lenten fish dinners in the church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth on Fridays, March 7, 28 and April 11 from 5-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, youth under 12 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. Dinner includes clam chowder, baked fish, potatoes, Coleslaw, bread, beverage, and cake. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 401- 683-1343.

Ash Wednesday at St. Mary’s Newport

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, on Spring St., will hold Ash Wednesday Masses on March 5 at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ashes will be imposed following the homily. During Lent, Masses will be held Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday at Trinity

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will offer Ash Wednesday services at noon (spoken) and 7 p.m. (with choir).

Funds for St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program

St. Mary’s Parish in Newport is participating in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Hunger Challenge program. Feinstein will divide $1 million among nonprofit hunger fighting agencies nationwide, using it as a spur to help them raise funds during March and April.

Qualifying donations must be received between March 1 and April 30. The amount received in donations will determine the amount granted by the Feinstein Foundation; the more donated, the greater the challenge grant award. Donation checks should be made payable to St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program and placed in the collection basket.

Craft Fair at St. Lucy’s

A craft fair to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Parish Center, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Many vendors will be featured with plenty of gift items for all occasions. Lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Information will be available on the Relay. For more info or to rent a table, contact Kerry Seibert at 401- 855-0885 or mzkerry@aol.com.

Concert at Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom will hold its annual spring concert on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ‘Dreamin’ will feature Cantor Fred Scheff and friends performing Broadway and pop tunes. Scheff recently played Jean Valjean in Ocean State Theatre’s production of “Les Misérables.” Tickets are $36 and may be reserved by calling 401-885-6073 until Friday, March 7. Tickets will also be available at the door. Temple Shalom is at 223 Valley Rd., Middletown.

Warm Up Wednesdays

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m. Neighbors are welcome to come in from the cold for friendship, games, reading, and refreshments.

Call for Food

The Salvation Army is requesting donations of food to help keep the food pantry open. Canned goods, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations to purchase food supplies are urgently needed. For more information, contact Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

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