2014-11-06 / Faith Community


St. Columba’s Auction of Treasures

St. Columba’s Chapel will hold a live auction in the parish hall on Friday, Nov. 7, to raise funds for the restoration of the hall. Parishioners and friends of the church have donated items that include furniture, lamps, sterling silver, linens, antique toys, watercolors, oil paintings and vacation accommodations abroad and in the U.S. Of particular note: a rare early Louis Vuitton trunk, Fitzhugh demitasse with covers, limited edition Gorham china doll – “Christa and Jingle,” art deco amethyst compote, 18kt cross with pearls, and a pair of Victorian side chairs.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for an auction preview and a sale of costume jewelry, and attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine while getting a sneak peek. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. with Spencer Sacco serving as auctioneer. St. Columba’s is at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. For further information, call 401-847-5571.

St. Joseph’s Harvest Fair

St. Joseph’s annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., offering fun for the whole family. Admission is free and activities include a major raffle with cash prizes, a quilt raffle, silent auction, white elephant sale, theme baskets, Spanish items, handcrafts, a Christmas table, children’s activities and more. Homemade baked goods and lunch will be available. St. Joseph’s Church is at Broadway and Mann Ave. For more information, call 401-847- 0065.

Service of Remembrance

Join the Hospice Team at Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown for their annual Service of Remembrance. The service honors the memory of clients, family members, volunteers, and friends who have died during the past year and will be followed by an informal reception. For more information, call 401-682-2100 x1424.

Homeless Coalition Needs Volunteers

Zero: 2016 is a national program designed to help end homelessness among veterans and the chronically homeless. Rhode Island Registry Week is the first step in the local effort to identify and register the population to help find housing for all. The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless seeks volunteers to help with registration Nov. 10-12, from 6-9 p.m. each evening. Training will be provided. Visit rihomeless.org or call 401-721-5685 for more information.

Volunteer with the MLK Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport is in need of volunteers for several of its programs, including the Feed a Friend Food Pantry and Food2Friends. Days and times vary. Contact Nancy Harten at nharten@mlkccenter.org or 401-846-4828 x103 for more information.

‘Thoreau’ Talk at Channing

Dr. David Thorson, author of “Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science,” will present “Thoreau’s Nature Spirituality: Its Relevance for Modern Times,” in the parish hall of Channing Memorial Church on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. A former resident of Jamestown, Thorson is a professor at the University of Connecticut. His previous works include “Beyond Walden” and “Stone by Stone.” Profits from book sales will be donated to programs at Channing. The program is free. Call 401- 846-0643 or email office@channingchurch.org to reserve a seat.

Calvary Offers ‘The Wesleyan Way’

Calvary United Methodist Church is offering an adult series, “The Wesleyan Way: A Faith That Matters,” on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. beginning Nov. 9. John Wesley lived nearly 300 years ago, but the Christianity he taught and practiced still captures hearts and imaginations in the 21st century. This study is designed to help both seekers and believers to envision and practice discipleship as a way of life. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Happy Bookers

The next meeting of the United Congregational Church’s book group will be held on Monday, Nov. 24, in the Manchester Room at the church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Gather at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Pastor Joe Tripp will moderate. For more information, call 401-849-5444.

Emmanuel Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to discuss “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver at 6:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend (whether you’ve read the book or not). Gather in the Guild Room at Emmanuel, 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675 or email jordan551864@yahoo.com.

40th Anniversary Celebration

Community Baptist Church, 40 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a long weekend of activities Nov. 20-24. On Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. a video reception will be held in the church, and a music celebration will be held there on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. On Nov. 22, there will be a banquet celebration at the Mainstay Inn at 6 p.m., cost is $40. A special Sunday service will be held Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Deacon Willa L. Johnson at 401-683-3227, Mrs. Helen Imes at 401-846-7167, or Mrs. Victoria Johnson at 401-846-3967.

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