2015-05-14 / Faith Community


Choir School Concert

The Choir School of Newport County will present a spring concert on Saturday, May 16, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 5 Mann Ave., at 2 p.m. Singers from all three ensembles of the Choir School, St. John's and Trinity churches, guest soloists, percussion, electric bass, piano and organ will combine in a grand finale of Paul Halley's "Freedom Trilogy."

Handbell Concert

Calvary United Methodist Church’s Handbell Choir and Children’s Chimes will present a mini concert on Sunday, May 17, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Calvary Christian Preschool Playground Renovation Project. Calvary is located at 200 Turner Road in Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Bach’s 'Mass in B Minor'

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, directed by Edward Markward, will perform at St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Ave., Newport on May 17 at 3 p.m. Featured are sopranos Diana McVey and Dana Varga, mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips, tenor Richard Kennedy and baritone Aaron Engebreth. Tickets are $25 at the door for adults, $22 in advance; seniors $22; students $10 with ID. For more information, contact the RICCO office at 401-521-5670, info@ricco.org or visit ricco.org.

AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Channing Church will hold the 33rd Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. All are invited to this Rhode Island commemoration of the oldest and largest worldwide grassroots HIV/AIDS event. The program is hosted by AIDS Quilt RI/Anna’s Workshop and Channing Interweave. Music will be provided by Edwin Milham and John Prevedini. All are welcome. Channing is at 135 Pelham St. For more information, call 401-846- 0643.

Emmanuel Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, to discuss “Moloka'I” by Alan Brennert. All are welcome to attend (whether you've read the book or not). Emmanuel is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

‘Sad Psalms’ at St. Lucy’s

Jane Parrillo will offer an adult education program at St. Lucy’s Church on Wednesday, May 20, about praying the sad Psalms of Lament. Learn about the “extreme language” of these psalms and why they should be included in regular prayer. The talk will be held in the parish center, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Youth Group

As part of its outreach program, the Evangelical Friends Church of Newport invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in its youth group on Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401-847- 1490 or visit efcnewport.com.

New Book Club

Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown, has recently started an adult book club which will meet on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. in Crocker Hall. The current book selection is “Unglued–Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions,” by Lysa Terkeurst. For more information, call the church office at 401-847-6181.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

Knitters ranging in skills from expert to novice to “want-to-be knitters” gather to create prayer shawls on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to noon at United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Anyone interested in knitting is welcome to participate. Members of the congregation distribute the shawls to anyone in need of comfort. So far, more than 500 shawls have been made and distributed to individuals across the country, including servicemen and women, and to friends living abroad. Small white prayer shawls are made to wrap babies being baptized. For more information, call 401-849- 5444.

Cross Catholics Outreach

St. Barnabas Church will host Father Bernard Olszewski of Cross Catholics Outreach (formerly Cross International) May 16 and 17 to speak at all Masses on behalf of Cross Catholics Outreach. The organization was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America. St. Barnabas is at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-683-1643.

ECC Summer Camp Open

The Episcopal Conference Center (ECC) will hold an open house on Sunday, May 17, with tours 3:30- 5 p.m., Eucharist at 5 p.m., and a cookout at 6 p.m. For more information about camp schedules and registration, visit eccri.org or call 401-568-4055. Camps begin June 25. The camp and conference center are located at 872 Reservoir Road, Pascoag.

Vacation Bible School

Middletown Baptist Church will offer Vacation Bible School for children in grades K-6, July 27-31,from 9 a.m. - noon. The church is located at 1818 West Main Road, Middletown. For more information or registration, call 401-846-8382 or visit middletownbaptistchurch.com.

‘Hereford Variations’ Concert

The Church of St. John the Evangelist will hold an organ recital with composer Peter Berton, “Hereford Variations,” on Sunday, May 24, at 4 p.m., This set of 15 pieces takes listeners on an Eastertide journey, narrated by the priest and poet Thomas Traherne (1636-1674) as revealed in the modern stained glass windows of Hereford Cathedral, England. This is the last event of a 15-stop, 15-month tour debuting the Variations. Berton is organist and choirmaster of the church. Members of The Choir School of Newport County will perform during the concert. There is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the organ restoration fund. A reception will follow. St. John’s is at Washington and Willow streets.

Soup Supper Ministry

Newport’s St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church provides meals to those in need. Soup suppers are served every month on the fourth Tuesday and every other month on the first Thursday. The meals are always served at The United Baptist Church, 30 Spring St., Newport. To volunteer or for more information, call St. Peter’s at 401-846-9567.

MLK Seeks Volunteers

The Martin Luther King Center is looking for volunteers to serve breakfast, stock the food pantry, take on occasional handyman chores, and to pantry shop for homebound clients. Contact Nancy Harten at 401-846-4828 for details.

Lutheran World Relief in Nepal

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is at the Nepal earthquake epicenter, Lamjung District, assisting Nepal staff on the ground. Additional regional team members are on standby for deployment if needed. LWR has confirmed the safety and security of staff and local partners, and committed $500,000 toward immediate need for the distribution of locally-procured non-food items and a cash transfer program so families can purchase other necessary supplies. If you have not yet donated, consider making a gift to the Nepal Earthquake Fund by going to lwr.org.

St. Mary’s Breakfast

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, offers breakfast each Sunday from 9-10:15 a.m., between services. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

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