2014-04-24 / Faith Community

FAITH COMMUNITY

Israeli Independence Day Concert

Congregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue will celebrate Israeli Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, with a free public concert by Heifetz on Tour on Tuesday, May 6, at the synagogue, 85 Touro St., at 7 p.m.

Yom Ha’atzmaut centers around the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel by the Jewish leadership, led by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, on May 14, 1948.

This concert is presented by the Jamestown Arts Center in partnership with the Heifetz International Music Institute. A reception will follow in the Levi Gale House across the street from Touro Synagogue. For more information or reservations, contact Susan Woythaler at 401-846-2125 or susanlark@cox.net or visit tourosynagogue.org.

Feinstein Challenge at St. Mary’s

All donations to help St. Mary’s Parish in Newport meet the Alan Shawn Feinstein Hunger Challenge must be received by April 30. Donation checks should be made payable to St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program and placed in the collection basket. The more collected by St. Mary’s, the greater the match awarded to support the program.

Women in the Bible

As part of the adult education program at St. Lucy’s Church, Jane Parrillo will give two presentations on Tuesday, April 29, on the women in the New Testament whose names are never revealed but whose stories have been told and re-told through the centuries: the Samaritan Woman, the Bleeding Woman, the Canaanite Woman, the Stooped Woman, and the Woman at the Banquet. The talks will be offered at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish library, 909 West Main Rd. All are welcome.

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, April 27, at 5 p.m. The Mass will focus on recovery from alcoholism and addiction, as well as mental distress and anxiety.

Women’s Spring Retreat

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will hold a mini-retreat for women on Tuesday, April 29, from 6-8:30 p.m. The retreat will utilize silence and shared reflection to examine the images of resurrection. For more details or to sign up, call Linda Drummond at 401-529-4370. The retreat will be held in the parish hall, 324 East Main Rd.

‘Godspell’

A junior version of the musical “Godspell” will be performed by the All Saints Academy Drama Club on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Middle School, Jepson Lane, Portsmouth. This modern story of the final days of Jesus Christ features the popular songs “Day by Day” and “Light of the World.” Tickets are $7 and are available in advance by calling 401-848- 4300 or at the door.

‘The Little Mermaid, Junior’

The students at St. Philomena School will offer the children’s musical “The Little Mermaid, Junior” May 2-4 in the school auditorium, 324 Corey’s Lane, Portsmouth. Evening performances are Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m., and matinees are Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of FCJ mission in the Philippines. For more information call 401-683-0268 or visit saintphilomena.org.

Apostles’ Creed Series

Emmanuel Church will offer “I Believe - What?” a series of discussions on the Apostles’ Creed on Wednesdays, May 7- May 28 from 6:45 p.m.- 8 p.m. in the Guild Room. If you have ever wondered about some of the things Christians confess when saying the Creed as part of the Baptism or Confirmation service or why certain things are affirmed and not others or what the Creed means today, this discussion is for you.

The exploration is especially recommended for those being baptized, confirmed, received and reaffirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, when the Bishop makes a visit to Emmanuel. The presenter will be Dr. Elizabeth Windsor, Christian Formation Specialist for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and Director of Christian Education at Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury, Mass. For information, call 401-847-0675.

The Transcendentalist Spirit

Channing Church’s series on the Transcendentalist movement continues with Rev. Jay Deacon on Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, and 20 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St., with a final session on Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Transcendentalist movement was the most significant American contribution to religious and spiritual thought, and the course will examine how religion can serve either as a lock on the past or as an engine for the evolution of consciousness. Registration is $10. Sign up by contacting the church office at 401-846- 0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Homework Help

Emmanuel Church will offer homework help on Monday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. 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 assistance with homework. All teachers have classroom experience and are from Emmanuel Church. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

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