2014-12-04 / Faith Community


Coat Drive

The local Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Christmas clothing drive for the needy and homeless Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 10-12. Donations of new or used winter clothing in good condition will be accepted on those days from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus council hall front entrance, 7 Valley Road, Middletown. For more information call 401-846- 8800.

Celebrating Immaculate Conception

St. Mary’s Newport will hold Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Before the 5 p.m. Mass, world-renowned operatic soprano Blythe Walker will sing a half-hour recital of sacred music centered on Marian and Advent texts. For more information, call 401-847-0475.

‘Faith and Fear in the Ebola Crisis’

Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan, a deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Providence and professor of medicine at Brown University, will discuss his experience organizing medical aid in Liberia, the heart of the Ebola outbreak, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at Portsmouth Abbey. The program is hosted by the Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture. Reserve at institute@portsmouthabbey.org or 401-643-1255.

‘Singing for Shelter’

The seventh annual Singing for Shelter concert featuring local musicians will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the McKinney Cooperative Shelter and Lucy’s Hearth. Tickets are $15, and children will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 401-849- 4250 or email mgorman20@cox.net for tickets.

Choral Christmas Concert

Swanhurst Chorus will offer “A Little Bach: Cantatas for Christmas” at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. For tickets and information, visit swanhurst.org.

Silver Bells

The 50-member Jamestown Community Chorus presents “Silver Bells” on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. a holiday concert featuring seasonal favorites and numerous lesser known carols from the British Isles. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s eight-part “Heilig” (Holy), sung in German and English. The concert will conclude with a sing-along followed by the moving “Light One Candle” by former Peter Paul & Mary member, Peter Yarrow. Several selections will have percussion and other instrumental accompaniment.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors (65+) and children. Tickets are available at Baker’s Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware and the Secret Garden, at the door, or may be reserved at 423-1574 or jamestownchorus.com.

Emmanuel Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to discuss “AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War,” by Tom Mc- Nichol at 6 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 information, call 401-847-0675.

UCC Welcomes Confirmands

The United Congregational Church in Middletown recently welcomed seven young confirmands into membership. MacKenzie Lade, Teddy Thibeault, Justin Moore, Isla Sullivan, all of Middletown; Hannah West of Portsmouth; Noah Hanmer of Bristol; and Evie Coleman of Norfolk, Mass. and Newport participated in the rite of confirmation, conducted by Rev. R. Joseph Tripp and Megan Weymouth. The milestone followed two years of study, volunteer work, and church and community outreach by the teens.

CBC Christmas Fair

Central Baptist Church will host its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6., in conjunction with other holiday fairs in Jamestown. The yearly island tradition features all sorts of food items ranging from lobster rolls to baked goods. Handmade holiday decorations and gifts will be on sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon. St. James is at 99 Narragansett Ave. and the fair runs 9 a.m. – noon.

Blood Drive at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Road in Portsmouth, will host a blood drive on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. - noon. The bloodmobile will be parked in the lower lot.

Kenya Program Speaker at Trinity

Trinity Church’s Adult Forum series will welcome Fr. Zach Drennen, director of the Elewana Education Project in Kenya, on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. to speak about 21st century community development in Africa. The primary mission of the Education Project is to improve the performance of secondary schools in rural Kenya and help make secondary education more affordable for low-income families. They also run a project which links U.S. schools with partner schools in Kenya. Fr. Drennen will also be the guest preacher at the 8 and 10 a.m. services that Sunday. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Advent Reconciliation Service

St. Joseph’s Church will hold a service of Advent reconciliation on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. St Joseph’s is at Broadway and Mann Avenue.

Lessons and Carols

A joint Advent Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. The service begins in near-darkness and progresses in stages to full light, reflecting the Advent journey. The Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell and Fr. Nathan J. A. Humphrey will officiate, with music by the Emmanuel Church choir, the choir of St. John the Evangelist, and the choristers of The Newport Choir School. St. John is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets.

‘Blue Christmas’ Worship

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, will hold a Blue Christmas worship service on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. The service acknowledges that many are struggling and offers a message of hope. For more information, call 401-846- 9567.

Russian Ensemble at Emmanuel

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble will perform at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. with a program of Russian folk, secular, and sacred music. Tickets are $20. Call 401-847-0675.

Trinity Treasures

Trinity Church will hold a daylong celebration of local holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec, 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Honyman Hall. Festive music will fill the air, refreshments will be available, and area artists will offer a wide assortment of items in the marketplace.

Christmas Services

Local houses of worship are invited to submit holiday service information to news@newportthisweek.net by Monday, Dec. 15, for inclusion in the Dec. 18 edition.

Christmas Teas

Trinity Church will host its signature Silver Tea on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. in Honyman Hall. In addition to the traditional fare of finger sandwiches, sweets, and tea, the afternoon event will also feature baked goods, festive greens, and holiday treats for gift giving. Tickets are $10 at the door. The historic church will also be open for tours. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, St. Columba’s is offering a quiet Christmas Tea, and all are invited to enjoy an oasis of calm during this busy season. The tea will be held in the parish hall from 3-5 p.m. at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and may be purchased at the parish office or at the door. For more information, call 401-847- 5571.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Spanish community of St. Joseph’s Church and Fr. Raymond Malm will hold a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the 10 a.m. Mass. A gathering after Mass will include traditional Latin American food and dance, with folk groups from Mexico, Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela, and Peru performing. All are welcome. St. Joseph’s is at the corner of Mann Avenue and Broadway. For more information, call 847-0065.

Christmas Concert

The Jesus Saviour St. Vincent de Paul Society will present a Christmas concert featuring the Wakefield Concert Band at Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Society’s many programs for the poor. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

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