2014-08-07 / Faith Community


Gospel Music Fest

Graceway Community Church will host the Come Alive Gospel Music Fest on Saturday, Aug. 23, at King Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All are welcome to bring a picnic and blanket or chair, and enjoy musicians and worship teams. Donations of nonperishable food items for area food banks are requested. For more information, call 401-846-1552.

Lobster Rolls at CBC

Jamestown’s Central Baptist Church will host its annual dinner featuring fresh lobster rolls, clam cakes, and chowder on Friday, Aug. 15. Dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until supplies are gone; diners may either eat in or take out. The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave. Call 401-423- 1651 for more information.

St. Columba’s Concert

A chamber music concert, “Transcriptions and Abstractions,” will be held at St. Columba’s Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Julie Castor on violin and Benjamin Larsen on cello, and works will include a transcription of Mozart’s Duo for violin and viola, K. 423; selections from Glière’s Duets, Opus 39; and Kodaly’s Duo for violin and cello, Opus 7. The suggested donation is $20. The musicians are graduates of the Manhattan School of Music and are based in New York City, where they are active as both teachers and freelance musicians. St. Columba’s is at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. For more information call 401-847-5571.

St. Mark’s Summer Festival

St. Mark Church will hold its annual summer festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food will be prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus. The event will feature children’s games and scribble art, baked goods, gifts, jewelry, and handcrafted items. “Luck of the Irish Draw” prizes include Jamestown Chamber Bucks, Jamestown/ Newport Ferry tickets, and a Bailey’s Irish Cream basket. Raffle prizes include cash, an iPad Air, Oyster Bay wine basket, a restaurant gift certificate tree and many more items. The church is located at 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Call 401-423-1421 for more information.

Community Garden Harvest

The St. Mary’s Episcopal community garden group delivered more than 20 pounds of produce to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center last week. Harvesting and weeding are ongoing and volunteers are always welcome. The plan is to harvest every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at around 9 a.m., as long as weather permits. Come and join the fun in the garden at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Call 401-846-9700 for more information.

Wedding Anniversary Celebration

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment of the Diocese of Providence is sponsoring the eighth annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. Married couples who are celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th and over wedding anniversaries in 2014 will be honored at this celebration. Couples who would like to attend may register through their parish. The registration deadline for those who would like to have their names listed in the Mass program booklet is Friday, Aug. 22. The Wedding Anniversary Celebration will include Mass, renewal of marriage vows, a personalized certificate for each couple, and a reception for the couples and their families. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be the main Celebrant.

Episcopal Regatta

St. Columba’s Chapel will host the fourth annual Episcopal Get Together J22 Regatta on Friday, Aug. 22, at Sail Newport. J22 skippers need to complete a pre-event checkout with Sail Newport, schedule at 401- 849-8385, prior to race day. The cost is $80, payable to Sail Newport at time of checkout.

Sailors, cheering family members, parishioners and friends are welcome to join the post-race potluck cookout under the Sail Newport Tent for $5. St. Columba’s will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. Bring a dish to share, along with lawn chairs or blankets, but please leave the dogs at home.

Gather at Sail Newport at 4:30 p.m. The first race sequence begins at 5 p.m. There will be three races, with courses laid out between Rose Island and Goat Island. Registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 19. Visit stcolumbaschapel.org to register.

Blood Drive at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a Rhode Island Blood Center drive on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the church hall, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. This is a community event and all are welcome to participate.

St. Lucy’s RCIA

St. Lucy’s Church will offer Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes for those interested in becoming Catholic beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10. Email Jane at jjparrillo@yahoo.com for more information.

Shabbat at Temple Shalom

Summer worship services will be conducted at Temple Shalom on Friday, Aug. 15, by Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a dairy potluck dinner following the service. Temple Shalom is at 223 Valleyt Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-846-9002.

Washington Letter Reading

Touro Synagogue will hold the 67th annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter, “To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport,” Sunday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Brown University President Christina Hull Paxson.

The program, organized under the auspices of the Touro Synagogue Foundation and Congregation Jeshuat Israel, celebrates George Washington’s 1790 letter, written during his first visit to Rhode Island as President of the United States. In the document, Washington affirmed the new national government’s absolute commitment to the free exercise of religion, which he regarded as an “inherent natural right.” The federal government, he stated, “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

Seating is limited and by reservation only. Email meryle@tourosynagogue.org for more information.

Mass on the Grass

Trinity Church will hold outdoor worship on Sunday, Aug. 17, overlooking Queen Anne Square. The 10 a.m. service will be held on the lawn, but the 8 a.m. worship will be held in the church. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

St. John’s Summer Fair

The Church of St. John the Evangelist will host its annual summer fair on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with fun activities for all - from ages 3 to 133. The event will feature face painting and a bouncy house for children, and the white elephant sale will include sports equipment, jewelry, and items for the home. There will also be a cookout and baked goods sale. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets on The Point.

Calvary Worship at the Beach

Calvary United Methodist Church’s early Sunday morning worship is held at Third Beach, Middletown, at 8 a.m., weather permitting. The half hour informal service will be through August. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, services will be held in the chapel, 200 Turner Road, Middletown.

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