2015-02-19 / Faith Community


Channing Coffeehouse

The popular Rhode Island duo Cardboard Ox will appear at the Channing Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Playing mandolin and guitar, Tracie Potochnik and Steve Allain are known for their sweet and soulful harmonies, thoughtful musicianship, and delicately crafted, lyrical storytelling. The evening will begin with an open mic. Anyone wishing to perform is asked to sign up in advance at johnsburnham@gmail.com or 401-835-2686. The coffeehouse is in Channing Memorial Unitarian Church’s parish hall, directly behind the church at 135 Pelham St. Coffee and tea are provided and guests are asked to bring a dessert to share. Suggested donation is $5. For further information, visit channingmemorialchurch on Facebook, or cardboardoxmusic.com.

Stations of the Cross

St. Barnabas Church will hold special Stations of the Cross for children and families each Friday during Lent beginning Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Regular Stations of the Cross will also be offered every Friday at 6 p.m. St. Barnabas is at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

Lenten Concert

St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host a free meditative Lenten concert Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The music of the evening will be offered by organist Prince Nyatanga, a Zimbabwe native currently in his junior year at the Eastman School of Music. 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.

Trinity Lenten Series

Trinity Church will hold its second annual Lenten Speakers Series on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 25- March 25. The theme is “Feeding Mind, Body, and Spirit: Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies.” Speakers engaged in the life of the mind, those focused on issues of food and nutrition, and practitioners of mental, physical and spiritual disciplines will be featured. Maggie Martin, of Innerlight Yoga and Meditation Center, will present on Feb. 25. The evenings begin at 7 p.m. with a reception, and the program runs 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Jewish Film Series

The 11th annual Jewish Film Series continues 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. Discussion to follow film. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

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.

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 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 the program. St. John’s is at Washington and Willow streets.

Growing in Faith Together

St. Mary’s Catholic Church will hold Growing in Faith Together sessions on Sundays, March 1 and 8, beginning at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and concluding at noon in the parish center. The topic will be praying the Mass. Father Kris von Maluski will give a presentation to confirmation students, parents and other adult parishioners. Students in Grades 1 through 8 will be taught in their classrooms. Refreshments will be served.

‘Fruitful Living’

Pure Ministries will offer a nineweek course on “Fruitful Living: A Biblical View of Nutrition and Wellness,” taught by ordained minister Monique LeMaire and registered dietitian and nutritionist Varina Gunn, beginning Saturday, March 7. The classes will be held at the Pure Ministries office, 1697 East Main Road, Suite 3, in Portsmouth, each Saturday through May 2, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. There is a $10 donation per class. Call 401-619-2221 for more information or to sign up.

Women’s Retreat

The Women’s Spirituality Ministry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host a half-day retreat, “Shared Compassion: Women of Jerusalem,” on Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The program will utilize contemporary religious artist Janet McKenzie’s original work, “14 Stations of the Cross and the Resurrection,” to examine moving along life’s path. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

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. The first half of the day will be spent learning how to pray using images of the Biblical story. The second half will be a slow pilgrimage through St. Mark’s telling of the Passion. For more information, email parishoffice@saintjohns newport.org.

Lenten Mission at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s will offer a Parish Lenten Mission on March 9, 10, and 11 from 7-8 p.m. in the church. The theme is “So, Where Is God?” The program will be presented by Fr. Larry Esposito from Good Shepherd Parish in Linwood, Mass. Music will be by Ryan Tremblay, with guest Elizabeth Tremblay. The topics for each evening: Monday, “Something Was Missing”; Tuesday, “I’m Coming Back To You” (with the Sacrament of Reconciliation); and Wednesday, “Who Am I Without You.” A free will offering will be collected. All are welcome. St. Lucy’s is at 909 West Main Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

‘Come and See’ at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth is holding the 10:30 a.m. services in St. George’s Chapel instead of the main church during Lent. The service features 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. St. Mary’s is at 324 East Main Road. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

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