2014-03-07 / Faith Community


Channing Global Issues Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Church will present the final event in its Global Issues Forum at the Newport Public Library on 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. The free program is open to the public. For information, contact 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Emmanuel Book Group

The next meeting of the Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 18 in the Guild Room at 6 p.m. The group will discuss “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” by Betty Smith. Newcomers are always welcome to join. Contact the parish office at 401-847-0675 or at jordan551864@yahoo.com for more information.

Annual Army Luncheon

The Salvation Army will hold its annual luncheon on Saturday, March 8 at noon at the headquarters, 51 Memorial Blvd. The keynote speaker will be J. Clement Cicilline, former president and CEO of Newport County Community Mental Health Center. Reserve at 401-846- 3234 or denise.howard@use.salvationarmy.org.

Founder’s Day Worship

Community Baptist Church will present its Marion J. Brown Founder’s Day service in celebration of 61 years of ministering to the sick and shut-in members of the community on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. Rev. Dr. Sammy Vaughan, of St. James Baptist in Woonsocket, will preach, and his choir will join with Community Baptist’s for the service.

Trinity Lenten Forum

Trinity Church will host a fiveweek speakers’ series on “The Interaction of Life and Faith” as part of their Lenten programming. The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, will kick off the series on Wednesday, March 12, sharing his personal story.

Each Wednesday through April 9 another guest speaker will discuss their individual faith journey. The evenings will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments, and the program will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome. Call 401-846-0660 for more information or to register.

Zen at Channing

Channing Church offers Zen meditation every Monday evening in the parish hall at 7 p.m. The practice teaches how to clear the mind, understand the true self, and live with clarity and compassion. No experience necessary. Bring cushions and/or a blanket.

Minister at Author Series

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host Rev. James Keller as part of the continuing series of local author readings at the Jamestown Library on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The retired Presbyterian minister will read a selection from his memoir, “Three Islands in My Life and Ministry,” and speak about the process of writing the book and getting it published.

Masses Honor St. Patrick

Before the parade steps off on Saturday, March 15, St. Joseph’s Church, at Broadway and Mann Avenue, will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m.

St. Mary’s will also hold a Mass in honor of St. Patrick on Sunday, March 16 at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Francis A. O’Loughlin, pastor at Jesus Saviour Parish and Chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Dennis Collins Division I, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

An Evening of Music

Newport String Project will perform Dvorak Bagatelles Op. 47 and Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in the sanctuary of Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Project directors EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin, on violins, will play with guest artists Megan Koch, cello, and Aaron Jackson, piano. Admission is by donation.

Exploring Membership at Channing

Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 135 Pelham St., invites all to seek a serious spiritual alternative for the modern world in a three-Wednesday series beginning March 12 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. At the first meeting, Rev. Jay Deacon will share the inspiring story of the Unitarian Universalist religious movement. The public is welcome. Register at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org

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 lead this study.

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. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 401- 683-1343.

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 by 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.

Insight Support

Insight, a nonprofit organization that helps people living with vision loss learn how to be more independent, hosts a monthly educational group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 11 in the church hall at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone living with a visual impairment, as well as family members and friends.

Each meeting features a speaker who addresses a topic of interest to people living with vision loss. Veteran members of the group are always willing to offer advice and support to those who are newly affected by vision loss. For more information, contact Rick Andrade at 401-941-3322 or visit in-sight.org.

Guest Preacher Series

Saint John the Evangelist on The Point, will host, a series of guest preachers during lent who are all current or retired Episcopal bishops. The Bishops’ Preaching Series begins on Sunday, March 9, with The Right Reverend Dorsey Henderson, Bishop of Upper South Carolina. He retired in 2009 after 14 years of service as Bishop for his Diocese.

The theme of the series is “Edification: Building up the Church.” The series will run through April 13, Palm Sunday. Each of the visiting bishops will preach at the Low Mass at 8 a.m., which this week includes the Decalogue and Penitential Rite, and at the Solemn Mass at 10 a.m., which includes a Litany in Procession. They will also conduct a special Sunday Forum between the Masses.

For more information, contact the church office at 401-848-2561.

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.

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