2015-06-11 / Faith Community


‘Haitian Hoopla’

The Rhode Island Conference- United Church of Christ Haiti Task Force will hold its ninth annual “Haitian Hoopla” fundraiser on Sunday, June 21, at Greenvale Vineyards to benefit health and education programs in Haiti.

The program will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and feature live music by area musicians, gourmet food by Chef Jacques Sorci from the New York Palace, and special guest storyteller Valerie Tutson. All proceeds will benefit education, health and wellness programs in Haiti, as well as orphan relief programs.

“Members of the Task Force have been visiting Haiti for the past 26 years, working in about 12 communities and with three orphanages,” said Janet Igo, event chair. The organization provides school sponsorships for children, vocational training scholarships for young adults, and health care.

For more information, call 401- 724-7700. Tickets are $65, two for $120, and may be purchased at richaititaskforce.org or by mail at UCC (attention: Janet Igo), 524 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842. Checks should be made payable to “UCC.”

Soup Kitchen Benefit

St. Mary’s Church will present “Return to Camelot” each Tuesday afternoon throughout the summer, offering a remembrance of the Kennedy wedding that took place in the church on Sept. 12, 1953. All proceeds will benefit the St. Mary’s soup kitchen and musical programming.

“Camelot” will feature vintage film clips, photographs, and recollections of the wedding day by Jackie’s stepbrother, Yusha Auchincloss, taped exclusively for St. Mary’s, and musical director Cody Mead will perform selections from the wedding and reception. The performance begins at 3 p.m. and runs 45 minutes. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at returntocamelot.org.

Summer Singers Wanted

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth is looking for singers of all ages and experience levels for an informal summer choir. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. service. If interested in participating for one or more weeks, email Marilyn Hambly at mlhambly@cox.net.

Night with the Gulls

The Newport Gulls will host St. Joseph's Night on Wednesday, June 24, to benefit the church’s youth programs. The championship Gulls will take on the North Adams SteepleCats at 6:35 p.m. at Cardines Field. General admission tickets are $4 and should be purchased at St. Joseph's Rectory, Broadway and Mann Avenue. Call 401-847-0065 for more information.

‘Mary, Mother of God’ Talk at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s adult education program will address the often controversial phrase “Mary, Mother of God” on Wednesday, June 17. Where did these words come from? Why were they considered so dangerous that bishops battled over using them? How did they change church history? Jane Parillo will discuss the story and the history behind the words at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. All are welcome. Call 401-847-6153.

Organ Recital Series

The popular “Bach and Friends at Quarter Till” weekend organ recital series at the church of St. John the Evangelist will again be offered throughout the summer, beginning June 13. Take a 15-minute break to enjoy an organ meditation of music by Bach and another composer, played on the church’s 1894 Hook and Hastings organ. Watch Peter S. Berton’s hands as he plays, via video monitor. The program will be offered Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and Sundays at 2:45, 5:45 and 8:45 p.m. A donation of 25 cents is requested to benefit the organ restoration fund.

Saint John the Evangelist is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. Call 401-848-2561 for additional information.

CBC Festival

Jamestown’s Central Baptist Church will hold its annual June Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with food and treasures to suit every taste. Shoppers will find an indoor flea market with garden and book centers; marine and sporting goods areas; white elephant and vintage sections; and a spot just for children.

Diners will enjoy clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs and strawberry shortcake, as well as a variety of baked goods. The festival will also include a raffle and a silent auction with tickets, gift certificates and pieces of art and jewelry. The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave. For more information, call 401-423-1651.

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