2014-11-13 / Faith Community


Remembering Transgender Victims

A service observing the national Transgender Day of Remembrance will be offered by Channing Memorial Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Transgendered people are subjected to an exceptionally high level of hate crimes, including fatal attacks. The congregation will mark the day with the reading of names of those who lost their lives this year, along with music, reflections, and the reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish by Rev. Dr. F. Jay Deacon. All are welcome at the service at 135 Pelham St. For more information, contact Rex LeBeau at 401- 595-9068 or rex88296@yahoo.com.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

St. Lucy’s will show the film “God’s Not Dead” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the parish center, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Buddhism Classes

A program examining the philosophy and practice of Buddhism is being offered on Mondays through Dec. 15 by Jeffrey Allen, translator to Kensur Rinpoche, former abbot to the Dalai Lama. Classes begin at 7 p.m. and are held at 150 Forest Ave., Middletown. Suggested donation is $15 per class. To register and for more information, contact Kim Fuller at kbfphoto@cox.net.

Stocking for Soldiers

Parishioners at Trinity Church are gathering items to stuff stockings for military men and women serving overseas. Needed are toiletries, tissues, candy, pocket games, toothbrushes, small combs, CDs, and DVDs. Donations to purchase items are also welcome. Contributions may be delivered to the church office in Honyman Hall weekdays, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., or brought to coffee hour after church on Sundays. For more information, contact coordinator A. Oliver at 401-619-0742.

Communication Workshop

St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth is offering a three-day workshop on compassionate communication from Nov. 21-23. The program utilizes the four-step model of nonviolent communication founded by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. It also incorporates many principles and skills in effective living and relationship building. Skills will be built through didactic and interactive exercises. The workshop will take place in the church’s parish house, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Hours are Friday, Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Partial scholarships are available.

For program or scholarship information, contact Larry Dean at 617- 413-5288 or larryddean@earthlink.net. Register at cnvc.org/trainingcal/ view?training_ id=3346.

Thanksgiving Baskets

St. Lucy’s Church is participating in efforts to provide Thanksgiving meals for neighbors in need. Collections will be taken to the Salvation Army on Friday afternoon, Nov. 21. Items sought include turkey, dressing, vegetables, pie fillings, cranberry sauce and juice, fresh fruit, nuts, roll mix, onions, potatoes, and pie crusts. The food the parish collects will be used for the meal that the Salvation Army will cook the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Non-perishable items may be placed in the connector at the church at any time. Fresh and defrosted frozen turkeys may be brought to the parish center on Friday, Nov. 21, any time before 5 p.m. Monetary donations (checks payable to St. Lucy) or gift certificates to a grocery store may be put in the collection basket or left at the rectory. Please specify “Thanksgiving Food Donations” on your gifts.

Survival Kits for Homeless

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Confirmation I and II students will be assembling packages of essentials to be given to needy people at hot meal programs in December. All are welcome to donate to the project. Small, personal or travel size shampoos, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, combs, tissues, band aids and moist towelettes are needed. There will be boxes in the breezeway through Nov. 30.

Women’s Day of Recollection

There will be a Day of Recollection for Women held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University. The event will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the topic is “An Advent Journey with Pope Francis.” It will be led by Sr. Eugenia Brady, Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny. Bring a bag lunch. A free will donation will be taken. There will not be a Mass but confessions will be heard. For more information, call 401-864-1576.

Choral Evensong

Music on the Point will present a choral evensong for the 120th Feast of Dedication of St. John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. This contemplative 45-minute service will feature the choristers of The Choir School of Newport County and St. John’s singers, with organ music.

The church is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. The current building was donated by Sarah Titus Zabriskie in memory of her mother, Sarah Jane Zabriskie, and was consecrated by the Bishop of Rhode Island in November 1894. A free-will offering will be received.

Thanksgiving Service

The 40th annual Communitywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Road, Middletown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. All are welcome.

United Thank Offering Ingathering

Episcopal Church Women of Rhode Island are invited to the United Thank Offering Ingathering on Thursday, Nov. 20, at St. Matthew’s, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. The program runs from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and will feature The Venerable Janice Grinnell, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Rhode Island as keynote speaker. Distinguished Women Award recognitions will be presented, and the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Knisely.

Tickets are $10 to cover lunch, and reservations are requested by Nov. 17. For more information, call 401-615-2334. Mail checks payable to ECW-Diocese of R.I. to Marjorie Reeves-Briden, 1780 Nooseneck Hill Rd., #22, Coventry RI 02816.

Lasagna Dinner

Emmanuel Church will kick off the annual holiday fair weekend on Friday, Nov. 21, with a lasagna dinner and preview night, from 5-8 p.m., at 42 Dearborn St. Guests are invited to enjoy an eat-in or takeout lasagna dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and are welcome to preview the holiday fair vendors. Contact the parish office for more information at 401-847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Candy Cane Bazaar

Calvary United Methodist Church will hold its annual Candy Cane Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a bake shop, re-gifting table, children’s shop, silent auction, and book room. Local crafters will also be selling their handiwork, and lunch will be available. There are still spaces left for crafters. Contact Betty at calvary_ pa@verizon.net or 401-847-6181 for more information. Calvary is located at 200 Turner Road, Middletown.

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