2015-02-12 / Faith Community


‘Star Drek’ Fundraiser

Temple Shalom will hold the fundraiser Purim Shpiel, a fun performance used to celebrate the spring holiday of Purim, on Sunday, March 1. “Star Drek” will take guests along on the adventures of the crew of the Yentaprise, as they save the small Jewish colony on the planet Hebron from the evil clutches of the Klingon prime minister, Haman.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 children (12 and under). The kitchen will also offer Purim-themed refreshments, baked goods, and beverages. Reserve seats by sending in a check (payable to Temple Shalom) to: 233 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842. Include your name and phone number. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the preshow reception. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call 401-846-9002.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study

The Men’s Group at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will offer a light breakfast and fellowship on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the adult education room. Newcomers are welcome. This is a very informal group, and you can jump in anytime. Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Saturdays. Contact Paul Westrom at pwestrom@neit.edu for more information.

Lenten Concert: Organ and Voice

To mark the beginning of the season of Lent, St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host a free meditative Lenten concert on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The music of the evening will be offered by organist Prince Nyatanga. Nyatanga is a native of Zimbabwe and is in his junior year at the Eastman School of Music. In 2011 he was appointed organ scholar at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City, and he recently won first prize in the National Association of Negro Musicians organ competition. The organ music will be complemented with choral selections by singers from area parishes.

The Accidental Sisters

The Accidental Sisters, an a cappella vocal ensemble, will perform at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. The concert, the first in the group’s spring charitable concerts, will benefit the Jamestown Medical Fund. For more information, visit accidentalsisters.com.

Drum Circle at St. Columba’s

St. Columba’s Chapel will hold a drum circle workshop on Sunday, Feb. 15, in the recently renovated parish hall following the 10 a.m. service coffee hour. The program will be led by Sidy Maïga, a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa. Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Maïga is also well versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms. He has performed with a variety of different artists and is currently the drummer in residence for Boston’s Uhuru Africa. For more information, contact 401-847-5571 or stcolumbaschapel.org.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

St. John the Evangelist Church is hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Guild Hall. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, free for children. All are welcome to attend.

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.

Trinity Pancake Supper

Trinity Church will hold a Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hawes Room. Sign up at the church during Sunday coffee hour or email adminassistant@trinitynewport.org. You may also call the church at 401-846-0660. The cost is $7 adults and $5 children, with a maximum of $20 per family.

Shrove Tuesday

Emmanuel Church will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the library. Bring a dessert or a non-alcoholic beverage to share. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Lent at Calvary

Calvary United Methodist Church will have worship on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. A meal will follow the service. Throughout Lent all are welcome to meet at the church on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. for a community meal followed by a 30-minute study and devotion. Calvary is at 200 Turner Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, will offer Ash Wednesday worship at 7 p.m.

‘Ashes to Go’

For those who are 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.

UCC Ash Wednesday

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will hold a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

Solemn Ash Wednesday

St. John the Evangelist Church will hold a Solemn Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. The imposition of ashes will be accompanied by Allegri’s Miserere, performed by the choirs of St. John’s and Choir School of Newport County. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets on the Point.

Trinity Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, Trinity Church will offer the service of Holy Eucharist along with the imposition of ashes at both noon and 7 p.m. The noon service will be a simple spoken liturgy, while the 7 p.m. service will feature Trinity’s Choir.

Emmanuel Rummage Sale

The Tuesday Group of Emmanuel Church will hold a rummage sale in the library on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Quiet Day at St. John’s

Lent Quiet Day at the Church of St. John the Evangelist will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program, “Praying the Passion in Word and Image,” will be led by The Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas, who holds a Ph.D. in medieval art and architecture; his theological training was completed at Yale and Oxford. He will use images from the wealth of Christian iconography as a means of transformation rather than mere information. The first half of the day will be spent learning how to pray using images of the Biblical story. The second half of the day will be a slow pilgrimage through St. Mark’s telling of the Passion. For more information, email parishoffice@ saintjohns-newport.org.

UCC Lenten Adult Study

United Congregational Church will hold a six-week study program examining the changing face of Christianity and culture, as well as the implications of the “emergent church.” The sessions will meet Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning Feb. 24. UCC is at 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Sign up at the church or call 401-849-5444.

‘Forgiveness’ Lenten Series

Emmanuel Church will offer the Lenten program “Forgiveness: A Vital Spiritual Practice” on Wednesday evenings Feb. 18 - April 1. Each session will begin with a soup supper at 6:45 p.m. and the program will run until 8:15 p.m. The course will be based on material by The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Desmond Tutu, and individual experiences. No advance reading is required. To register, email admin@emmanuelnewport.org or call 401- 847-0675.

St. John’s Tuesday Series

St. John the Evangelist will begin its Tuesday Evening Lenten Series on Feb. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Guild Hall. The Lenten Series is designed so that neighbors, friends, members, and seekers can come find out more about this particular place on the Point and its “peculiar people.” The first presentation will examine what the Point was like in 1875, and what inspired people to build a church there. All are welcome to come for supper at 6 p.m. and stay for a presentation of the various peculiarities to be found at Washington and Willow streets.

Send upcoming Passover and Lenten programming announcements to news@newportthisweek.net.

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