2015-11-19 / Faith Community

Faith Community Bulletin Board

Thanksgiving Food Drive

CrossPoint Church, 14 Rhode Island Ave., is conducting a food drive through Sunday, Nov. 22. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., or call the office to set up a more convenient time to drop off items or to have them picked up if needed. The church will accept all non-perishable, non-expired food items, including turkeys, fresh vegetables and gift cards. The goal is to provide 50 families with a basket for Thanksgiving Day. For more information, call 401-846-3064.

Soup's On Coat Drive

Emmanuel Church is seeking donations of new or gently-used clean coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for guests at Soup's On community meals. Items will be collected through the week of Nov. 22 for distribution on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Items may be dropped off at the church office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, and after service hours on Sunday, Nov. 29. For more information, contact the church office at 401-847-0675.

Survival Kits for the Homeless

Confirmation I and II students at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 12 William St., will be assembling packages of essentials to be given to needy people at hot meal programs in December. Items needed are small, personal/travel sized shampoos, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, combs, tissues, bandages and moist towelettes. Boxes will remain in the breezeway until Nov. 30. For more information, contact 401-847-0475.


St. Peter’s Lutheran Church hosts the DivorceCare ministry on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The meetings help adults cope with the experience of their divorce through video, group discussion and personal study that reinforce the weekly topics. On Friday, Nov. 20, the topic will be “Facing the Loss of Intimacy”; on Friday, Nov. 27, the topic is “Forgiveness is the Key to Healing.” All are welcome to attend. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at 525 Broadway. For more information, contact stpetersri@coxmail.com.

Women’s Discussion Group

Living an authentic life is the focus of a women’s group that will discuss the issues facing women today: how to work, love, and play when no one has time to enjoy the things in life that matter to them the most. The group will meet in the St. Barnabas Church library, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Friday, Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. From 5:30-6:15 p.m., Mary Brakenhoff from Tenth Gate Yoga will share pranayama (breathing) and yoga/ meditation techniques to help relieve stress and maintain balance. From 6:15-7:15 p.m., concepts from the books “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time,” by Bridget Shulte, and “Seven Whispers,” by Christina Baldwin, will be discussed. For more information, contact Catherine Alexander, RN, DNP at mobilemedicaltraining@gmail.com or 202-716-0925; or Rhonda Landers at rlanders@cox.net.

Dairy Potluck

Temple Shalom will hold a dairy potluck on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Temple Shalom is located at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. For more information, contact 401-846- 9002.

Healing Mass

On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., all are welcome to attend an interparish Mass of Healing at St. Augustin’s Church to celebrate the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick. Volunteers are needed: drivers to transport people, ushers to help people get settled within the church, assistants to help the priests as they move within the church to give the sacraments. St. Augustin’s Church is located at 2 Eastnor Road. For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at 401-847- 0475.

100th Anniversary Gala

On Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 6:30 p.m., St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church will hold its 100th Anniversary Gala at the Viking Hotel located at 1 Bellevue Ave. There is a $100 donation for this Greek dinner dance. For more information, call the church office at 401- 846-0555.

Portuguese Night Dinner Dance

On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 6:30- 10 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, located at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, will hold its annual Portuguese Night Dinner Dance prepared by men in the parish. Music will be provided by the Silvertones. Tickets are $18. Call Mary Silveria at 401-683-0752 for tickets or to reserve a table.

Aztec Two-Step Concert at St. John’s

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the folk rock duo Aztec Two-Step will perform at St. John’s Guild Hall at 61 Poplar St.. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 401-848- 2561.

‘The Golden Age of Piano’

On Sunday, Nov. 22, the Jamestown Community Piano Association will present “The Golden Age of Piano,” a program of piano music that would have been heard between 1890 and 1940 in salons, bars, and bordellos, as well as proper living rooms and formal concert halls. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. For more information, call 401-423-0515.

Remembering Victims of Anti-Transgender Violence

A service observing the national Transgender Day of Remembrance will be offered by Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Transgendered people are subjected to an exceptionally high level of hate crimes, including fatal attacks. Preliminary data show that at least 74 transgendered persons were murdered in 2015.

Believing in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” in the words of the Unitarian Universalist statement of principles, the congregation will mark the day with the reading out of names of some of those who lost their lives this year, read by Rep. David Cicilline, along with music, reflections, and the reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish by Rev. Dr. F. Jay Deacon.

All are welcome to the service, which follows Channing’s normal 10 a.m. worship at the church, 135 Pelham St. For more information, contact Rex LeBeau at 401-595- 9068 or email interweave@channingchurch.org.

‘Merchants of Doubt’ Screening

On Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway, members of a local green coalition that includes Channing Memorial Church's Green Congregation Committee, Emmanuel Church's Environmental Committee, and Citizens' Climate Lobby RI, will screen “Merchants of Doubt.” The presentation is one in a series of fall events under the aegis of 350.org's international “Power through Paris" campaign to demonstrate public support for the U.N. Climate Talks scheduled for Paris in December. For more information, contact Emmanuel Church at 401-847-0675.

Seamen’s Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Seamen’s Church Institute will be holding its annual Thanksgiving community meal on Thursday, Nov. 26, with a cadre of volunteers preparing and serve the meal to patrons. Monetary donations are always appreciated; contact or mail donations to Rebbecca Pierce, c/o Seamen’s Church Institute, Market Square, Newport.

Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner

On Thursday, Nov. 26, noon-3 p.m., Portsmouth United Methodist Church will hold a complimentary Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. The community is cordially invited to share food and fellowship. Reservations are not required. The church is located at 2237 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For more information, contact 401- 683-4005.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Temple Shalom

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m., join clergy and laity from houses of worship across the island in giving thanks at the 41st annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to be held at Temple Shalom at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. Various choirs will participate. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Rabbi’s Caring Cart. For more information, call 401-846-9002.

Handel’s 'Messiah'

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, composed of nearly 90 singers and an orchestra, will present Handel’s "Messiah." The two-hour-long concert, conducted by Edward Markward, will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Ave. General admission is $30; $27 in advance, $24 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. For more information, contact 401-521-5670 or visit ricco.org.

Candlelit Compline on the First Sunday of Advent

The service of Compline stems from early prayer traditions of the ancient church. Traditionally, it is the last of the daily monastic services, sung as a final prayer before going to sleep. The candlelit liturgy, sung by the Trinity choir, offers a rare opportunity for deep spiritual contemplation and meditation. The service will be held at Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact 401-846-0660.

Singing for Shelter

Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., will hold its eighth annual Singing for Shelter concert Thursday, Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m., to benefit Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Tickets are $15; children are free when accompanied by an adult. The tickets are available at both Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter, and may also be obtained by contacting Mark and Anne Gorman at 401- 849-4250 or MGorman20@cox.net. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. There will be a raffle for a new Luna electric guitar valued at $700, donated by Music World in Raynham, Mass. Raffle tickets will be sold the night of the concert for $5 each or three tickets for $10. For more information, email info@lucyshearth.org.

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