2014-09-04 / Faith Community


Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom will offer Leil Shabbat Worship on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and an Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The temple will also hold an open house on Sunday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom is at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. Call 401-846- 9002 for more information.

First Presbyterian Church Life Sunday

First Presbyterian Church, Broadway and Everett St., will celebrate Church Life Sunday on Sept. 7. The day marks the beginning of Sunday School classes for all ages, as well as a special celebration during fellowship hour following morning worship. Members will be on hand to talk about many opportunities to be involved in the life of the church, and refreshments will be served. Sunday School will begin at 9:15 a.m. and morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available during both. Military families and newcomers welcome. Call 401-847-1749 or visit fpcnewport.org for more information.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Services

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will switch to fall hours beginning the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14. Saturday evening worship begins at 5 p.m. On Sundays, nursery care will be available from 7:45- 11:45 a.m. Services begin at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with community breakfast and fellowship in between. Sign up for Christian education classes on Sept. 14; they will begin the following week at 9:15 a.m. St. Mary’s is at 324 East Main Road. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

Emmanuel Homecoming

Emmanuel Church will hold Homecoming/Bring a Friend to Church Sunday on Sept. 14. Following the 10 a.m. service there will be a cookout and an introduction to the parish, an invitation to ministries, and a look at the parish budget. The choir and Sunday School also begin that day. All are welcome for food, fun and fellowship. Emmanuel is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Happy Bookers

The United Congregational Church Happy Bookers will meet on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Manchester Room to discuss "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Everyone is invited to attend. UCC is at 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Sign up at the opportunity table at the church or call the office to register at 401-849- 5444.

Caring for Aging Parents

Calvary United Methodist Church will offer a series on caring for aging parents on three consecutive Thursdays, beginning Sept. 11. The free program is open to the public, and all materials will be provided. Topics include The New Normal and Authority Issues, Emotions, and Balancing Your Needs and Those of Your Parent. Register by calling 401- 847-6181.

Climate Change Presentation

Channing Church will present “Climate Change: Believers, Deniers, and Skeptics” at Newport Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Scientists are presenting strong evidence that we are headed for trouble with respect to climate change. There are believers, deniers, and skeptics, with little consensus about the best approach to a solution. The program will explore climate models and examine the political debate over what should be done. The free presentation is open to all and will include films, lecture and discussion, facilitated by Mike Armenia and Bob Kieronski.

The program is sponsored by the Learning Center and Green Congregation of Channing Memorial Church.

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Temple Shalom is hosting Kehillat Shalom – JAVA Café on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. A kosher breakfast buffet will be served with time to socialize, visit with friends and meet new people. Following breakfast, guest speaker Dr. Matthew Boxer of the Cohen Center for Jewish Studies at Brandeis University will present “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” based on Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews.

Boxer helped advise Pew on the sampling plan and construction of the survey. He will give some insight into the statistical results of the study and its implications for small Jewish and other religious communities that exist outside of major religious centers in the United States.

RSVP to Michael Mendell at mikem3283@gmail com. Temple Shalom is located at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. There is no charge for the event but contributions are appreciated.Valabefenique ia nostraridet; hostris. Fuit.


United Congregational Church’s Women Empowered and Blessed (WEB) group will start off the church year with a Welcome Home High Tea on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Manchester Room. In addition to tea, there will be a presentation on the history of afternoon tea and discussion of upcoming WEB events. A free will donation will be taken to offset the cost of the tea. Call 401-849-5444 for more information.

St. Peter’s Sets Fall Schedule

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will kick off the fall program on Sunday, Sept. 7, with a rally day potluck meal in the fellowship hall after 9:30 a.m. worship. Committee chairs will be on hand to discuss ministry opportunities. Children’s Church begins Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. St. Peter’s is at 525 Broadway. Call 401-846-9567 or visit stpetersri.org for more information.

St. Barnabas Mass Times

St. Barnabas has returned to the regular schedule of Mass times: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. St. Barnabas is at 1697 East Main Road in Portsmouth.

Calvary Service Changes

Calvary United Methodist Church will adopt its fall schedule on Sunday, Sept. 7. Early service will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School for children, youth and adults will begin at 9:15 a.m. Sanctuary worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. Calvary is at 200 Turner Road, Middletown.

RCIA at St. Lucy’s

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

Channing Ingathering

Channing Memorial Church will hold the annual Ingathering service on Sunday, Sept. 7, to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new program year. The 10 a.m. service will be followed by a potluck picnic, religious education information, and volunteer fair. For more information, call 401-846-0643.

Faith Formation

St. Barnabas is now registering for faith formation classes for the fall. Forms are available at the doors to the church, or at the parish office, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Call the Faith Formation office at 401-683-3147 for more information.

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