2015-11-25 / Faith Community

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The Laundry Fund

The McKinney Cooperative Shelter launders bed linens and towels every day and needs money to buy commercial washing machines. Each machine costs $750, which is way over the shelter's budget. Those wishing to help the shelter and the men and women it serves can make a donation toward the purchase of two commercial machines. Send a check to McKinney Cooperative Shelter, 15 Meeting St. In the memo area write "Laundry Fund." Donations are 100 percent tax deductible. For more information about McKinney, call the main office at 401-846-6385.

Diaper Donations Sought

The Changing Table is a diaper bank to help families in our community. Although diapers and wipes are sometimes available at local food pantries, the need surpasses the availability. Packets of diapers are available at the United Baptist Church at 30 Spring St. or through service providers who work directly with families who need them. For information on how you can help, call 401-847- 3210 or e-mail thechangingtable@gmail.com.

Warm Up Wednesdays

Warm Up Wednesdays are held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop in to enjoy conversation and fellowship or to simply find a quiet corner for rest and relaxation. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea are served, as well as a variety of refreshments. Newspapers, magazines, board games, puzzles and playing cards are always available. Use the front door entrance at 12 Marlborough St. The next Warm Up Wednesday is on Nov. 25.


St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 525 Broadway holds DivorceCare on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to help adults cope with divorce. On Friday, Nov. 27, the topic is “Forgiveness is the Key to Healing.” All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact stpetersri@coxmail.com.

‘Hope and Cope’ Meeting

The East Bay Hope and Cope group will meet Sunday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. This group is for anyone interested in Roman Catholic spirituality in relation to recovery from addiction, alcoholism, and related mental distress. For more information, email deaconjohn@jsilvia.com.

Candlelit Compline

This 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, the first Sunday of Advent, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Rare Earth Minerals Discussion

The Learning Center at Channing Church presents “Rare Earths– Why We Should Care,” the third in a series of conversations on energyrelated topics. Electrical engineer Bob Kieronski will present a short talk, share a video clip, and offer some thoughts about the related gap in U.S. security and manufacturing prowess. A question and answer session will follow. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the second floor of Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. The supper is at 6:15 p.m.; the program is at 7 p.m. The $18 fee will include the program, pizza, salad, soft drink, tax and tip. Register in advance at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

‘Fill the Bus’ Campaign

Assist Aquidneck Island families by helping to stuff school buses with items such as nonperishable foods; hats, gloves and mittens; toiletries; laundry detergent; linens; toiletries; gift cards and toys. Buses will be parked at the Stop and Shop and BJs on West Main Road and at Gaudet Middle School on Aquidneck Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Singing for Shelter

The annual Singing for Shelter concert will be Thursday, Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m., at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., to benefit Lucy’s Hearth and the McKinney Shelter. Tickets are $15; children are free when accompanied by an adult.

Swanhurst Concert

On Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., Swanhurst Chorus will present “Tis the Season: A Traditional Christmas,” featuring old and new carols. The concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. For tickets or additional information, contact 401-682-1630 or visit swanhurst.org.

Women’s Candlelight Retreat

Women are invited, in the spirit of Advent, to share in “The Coming of an Angel” for an evening of quiet reflection. The retreat will take place at the chapel at St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. A donation will be appreciated. For more information, contact christinecassels@gmail.com. To register, call the church office at 401-846-9700 x100 or visit smcportsmouth.org.

Music at Emmanuel

The Aurea Ensemble presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas. Enjoy a festive reading along with chamber music and carols. The concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. General admission is $30. For more information or to buy tickets, contact 401-331-9543 or visit aureaensemble.org.

Clothing Drive

The Knights of Columbus will be holding a clothing drive for the needy and homeless. Drop off new or gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s winter wear at 7 Valley Road, Middletown, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, call 401-846-8800.

Houses of worship are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages by emailing news@newportthisweek.net.

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