2015-02-05 / Faith Community


Mardi Gras Potluck

St. Mary’s Portsmouth will hold a Mardi Gras potluck dinner on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the chapel at 324 East Main Road. People of all ages are welcome to wear a mask or costume and come to eat, dance, and play games to celebrate an early Mardi Gras. Bring a dish to share; dinner rolls and beverages will be provided. For more information, email info@smcportsmouth.org or call 401-846-9700 x102.

Temple Family Series

Temple Shalom’s Family Education program will present “End of Life Issues” on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer will lead the discussion. For more information, call 401-846-9002. Temple Shalom is at 223 Valley Road, Middletown.

Lenten Series

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will offer the Lenten program “Stop, Pray, Work, Play, and Love,” an adult Christian formation opportunity, Sunday mornings Feb. 15–March 22. The six-week series was developed by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastic community, and uses short videos and opportunities for guided personal reflection to help examine our relationship to time. People can participate daily online and via email and/or weekly during the Sunday education hour. For more information, call 401-846-9700 or visit the adult education page of smcportsmouth.org.

Cluny Convent Open House

The Cluny Sisters at Javouhey House invite members of the public interested in the convent to visit them informally at 78 Carroll Ave. on Sunday, Feb. 8, between 2 and 4 p.m. Learn more about the Cluny Sisters and their service in the church, tour the convent, and share a cup of tea.

Lenten Fish Dinners at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a series of Lenten fish dinners in the church hall, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth on Fridays, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20, from 5-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, youth 5-12 are $6, and children under 5 are free. Dinner includes clam chowder, baked fish, potatoes, cole slaw, bread, beverage, and cake. Proceeds will benefit St. Anthony and St. Barnabas churches and the Portsmouth Multi- Purpose Senior Center. Tickets are available at the St. Barnabas office.

‘Ashes to Go’

For those unable to attend an Ash Wednesday service, Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell, of Emmanuel Church, and Rev. Barbara A. Reifschneider, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, will offer “Ashes to Go” at Seamen’s Church Institute on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 8-9 a.m. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Jewish Film Series

The 11th annual Jewish Film Series will continue on Sunday, Feb. 22, with “The Grand Role” (2005), hosted by Newport Havurah at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., at 1:30 p.m. Struggling actor Maurice (Stéphane Freiss) gets his big break when an American director (Peter Coyote) casts him as the lead in a Yiddish film adaptation of “The Merchant of Venice.” But when the part is soon offered to another actor instead, Maurice faces the dramatic challenge of a lifetime. Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) costars in this bittersweet romance from France. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Martin, professor of theater at Roger Williams University. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Fat Tuesday Supper

United Congregational Church will host a Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper youth fundraiser on Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in Farnum Hall, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Call 401- 849-5444 for more information or to sign up. All are welcome.

UCC offers Feb. Camp

If you are looking for something for the kids in grades K-6 to do during February vacation, consider the United Congregational Church’s Camp Chill Out, three days of funfilled winter activities and games at 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. Camp runs Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 17-19, 8 a.m.-noon. Contact the church for more information at 401-849-5444.

Insight Support

Insight, a nonprofit organization that helps people living with vision loss learn how to be more independent, hosts a monthly educational group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the church hall at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone living with a visual impairment, as well as family members and friends. For more information, contact Rick Andrade at 401-941-3322 or visit in-sight.org.

‘Come and See’ at St. Mary’s

On Sundays in Lent, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will hold 10:30 a.m. services in the St. George’s Chapel instead of the main church. The service will feature contemporary music, led by the Portsmouth ensemble Daystar Music Ministry, and a fresh and inviting approach to worship designed to engage people of all ages. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

Musica Dolce Concert

A trio of Musica Dolce musicians will perform at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. Pianist Paul Rosenbloom, violinist Gigi Turgeon and cellist Elizabeth Reardon will play works by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Haydn. St. Matthew’s is at 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown.

World Sound Healing Day

Newport Community Chanting Group will observe the 13th annual World Sound Healing Day on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Emmanuel Church, from 9-10:30 a.m. The observance will feature international sound healing practitioner and educator Rosie Warburton. The session will open with Kirtan, call and response chanting, and end by joining a worldwide five-minute “ah” chant. All are welcome. Emmanuel is at 42 Dearborn St.

Shrove Tuesday

Emmanuel Church will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the library. Emmanuel parishioners are encouraged to bring to the pancake supper a dessert or a non-alcoholic beverage. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

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