2014-07-17 / Faith Community


Emmanuel to Examine End of Life Issues

Emmanuel Church will hold an evening on “Making Choices for the End of Life” on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., examining issues ranging from decisions about care at the end of life to financial and funeral arrangements. The evening will begin with an introduction by the Rev. Anita Schell on preparing for a good death, followed by a showing of the short documentary “The Last Campaign of Booth Gardner.”

Gardner, a two-term governor of Washington State in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, was a popular politician in the Pacific Northwest, energetic and intensely focused. After he retired from office, Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He decided to put his considerable focus behind a statewide “Death with Dignity” initiative which would allow a terminally ill patient with less than six months to live the ability to take charge of their dying process. The film is a fair-minded and gripping portrait of a man late in his career, bowed but not broken. Discussion facilitated by the Rector will follow the film. All are invited to attend. For more information contact the church office at 401-847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Weeders Wanted

St. Mary’s Community Garden (located to the south side of the thrift shop, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth) is up and running for the season, growing fresh vegetables for several local charities, including the Martin Luther King Center, Lucy’s Hearth, and the Salvation Army. Volunteers are sought to help weed the garden. Hours are flexible but all help is welcome. No experience required. Call 401-846-9700 for more information.

Mission Speaker

St. Barnabas Church will have a missionary speaker on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, at all Masses. James McElroy will discuss Hands Together, a Catholic mission outreach working in Haiti to help the poorest of the poor. Hands Together runs free schools, medical clinics, and nutrition programs providing daily school meals and helping people who struggle to survive. St. Barnabas is at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

Food Bank Benefit

Channing Memorial Church will host the “Songwriters in the Round” concert to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Allysen Callery, Mark Cutler, Bob Kendall, and Ken Shane will perform. Suggested donation is $15. Channing is at 135 Pelham St.

Boys Choir Concert

Trinity Church will present the Maryland State Boychoir in concert on Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. The 55-member choir will come to Newport from a recent tour to the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Iceland. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Jesus Saviour Bazaar

Jesus Saviour Church will hold its annual summer bazaar on the church’s Vernon Avenue grounds Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26, from 7-11 p.m. each evening. The bazaar will feature bingo, games, white elephants, malassadas, and nightly dinner specials. A raffle drawing for cash will be held every night at 11 p.m.

Meditation of Music

Take a 15-minute break during your weekends this summer to enjoy an organ meditation of music at Saint John the Evangelist by Bach and another composer, played on the church’s Hook and Hastings organ. Watch Peter S. Berton’s hands as he plays, via video, at 8:45 and 11:45 a.m. and 2:45, 5:45, and 8:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Labor Day. A donation of 25 cents is requested to benefit the organ restoration fund.

Saint John the Evangelist is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. Call 401-848-2561 for additional information.

Community Chanting Group

The summer community chanting group will meet at Emmanuel Church, All Saints Chapel, 42 Dearborn St., on Saturdays, July 19, Aug. 16, and Sept. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. Chanting is a form of meditation and improves receptivity and focus, raises energy levels, and helps listening skills. The group is open to all persons that want to learn the benefit of sound healing. Donations accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. Free parking is available in the church lot on Dearborn Street. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

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