2014-09-11 / Faith Community


St. Columba’s Chapel will present “Misgivings,” an evening of “divine” comedy on Thursday, Sept. 18. Standup comic Dave Kane, a native Rhode Islander, appears as Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings, who riffs on growing up Catholic in a PG- 13 evening of interactive fun. Kane’s act includes a collection, a raffle, and even a Bingo game. Don’t miss the night of belly laughs, blessings, and blarney. Doors to the parish hall open at 6:15 p.m. for dessert and coffee, and the show begins at 7 p.m. St. Columba’s is at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $20, payable at the door, and proceeds will benefit the parish hall restoration project. Call 401-847-5571 or email kw@stcolumbaschapel.org for reservations.

‘A Portrait of Jewish Americans’

Temple Shalom will host 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 the Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews.

Boxer advised Pew on the sampling plan and construction of the survey. He will offer 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 welcome.

‘An Investment in Love’

Have you ever wondered how to keep your family from fighting after you die? Find out how at the workshop, “An Investment in Love,” Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Calvary United Methodist Church, from 6:30-8 p.m. Free information will be provided about how to cover the costs of funeral homes services, what types of services the Christian church uses to celebrate life, and how insurance policies help with the funding of the funeral home. Calvary is at 200 Turner Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Bereavement Support

The Office of Life and Family will offer the Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support Program at St. Lucy’s Church from 7-8 p.m. in the parish center each Thursday from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. The program is free. For registration and information, contact Peter Magnotta at 401- 421-7833 x217.

‘Following Jesus’ at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will offer a new faith formation class for adults, “Following Jesus: Four Practices for Stepping Forward in Faith,” to be held from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Sundays in the chapel. Rector Jennifer Pedrick and a team of lay leaders will lead the study. The learning will be both instructional and participatory and requires no prior practice or experience. Registration begins Sept. 14 and the series starts on Sept. 21 with “Practicing Prayer: Listen up, Listen in, Listening for God.” St. Mary’s is at 324 East Main Road. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

‘Sundays at 5’

Unwind at the end of the weekend at Emmanuel Church in a new worship service, “Sundays at 5” beginning Sept. 14. Find a welcoming community where you can pray, sing, meditate, or be in silence. Nothing is required but a desire to be present, and all ages are welcome. The weekly service includes vocal and instrumental music, prayers, Scripture readings from many traditions, reflections and peace. A simple supper follows the 45-minute service. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

‘Voice of an Angel’ Concert

St. Joseph’s Church will present a concert, “Voice of an Angel,” with soprano Stephanie Tierno in the gallery and sanctuary of the church on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. She will present music by Schubert, Puccini, Mascagni, Bernstein, Webber, and operatic and musical theatre selections. Admission is $15, $10 for students. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 401-847-0065 or 401-339-6165. St. Joseph is at Broadway and Mann Ave.

St. Barnabas Youth Choir

The St. Barnabas Youth Choir is a great way for youngsters to make new friends and share talents with the community. The choir sings throughout the school year for Family and Holy Day Masses and is open to students in grades 1-8. Students in grades 9-12 who would like to help as choir mentors and instrumentalists are encouraged to join as well. Rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 15, in the church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, and run from 4:30-5:50 p.m. Call 401-682- 1155 to register your child/teen for the chorus or for more information.

New Pastor to Be Installed at St. Peter’s

Pr. Barbara Reifschneider will be officially installed as the 13th pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

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 registration for church school. Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, Sept. 21, and there will be a Blessing of the Backpacks that day as well. All are welcome. Emmanuel is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

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.

Constantine Finehouse in Concert

Celebrated Russian-born pianist Constantine Finehouse is teaming with Swedish-American cellist Sebastian Bäverstam for a concert in Jamestown at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m.

Finehouse has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. He serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and is currently recording Bolcom’s complete piano solo works for Naxos Records.

Finehouse’s partnership with Bäverstam began 12 years ago at the conservatory where Bäverstam was a student. Since then the duo has played over 100 recitals together and released their first CD featuring works by Brahms, Schemmer, and Shostakovich in 2010.

Finehouse and Bäverstam work closely with various 21st century composers and incorporate their new works into vibrant chamber music concerts. In November, they will appear together at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Houses of worship are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages by emailing news@newportthisweek.net.

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