2016-08-18 / Faith Community


Music on the Lawn

St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St., will continue its Music on the Lawn series on Thurs., Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. Mike Warner and the Ubiquitones will perform music from Johnny Cash to The Clash, George Jones to the Ramones. Free admission, donations appreciated. BBQ dinner available for $5. 401-848-2561.

St. Mark’s Annual Summer Festival

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold its annual summer festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food will be prepared by the Knights of Columbus, with tables of hand-crafted items, baked goods, children’s toys, and a Luck of the Irish table. 401-423-1421.

William Ellery Channing Walking Tour

William Ellery Channing, a key figure in the Unitarian Church and influential in the Transcendental and abolition movements, was born in Newport in 1780. On this walking tour, visit sites from his life, learn about his ideas, and explore his family’s connections with Newport history. The tour is on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., and departs from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames St. Tickets range $5-$15. Reservations are recommended, as space is limited. For information or reservations, contact the Newport Historical Society at 401-841-8770.

Ordination Celebration

On Aug. 20, The Rev. Marsue Harris will celebrate the 35th anniversary of her ordination to the priesthood. Harris came to Rhode Island in 1982 to serve as Protestant Chaplain at the ACI. She has led 11 Rhode Island Episcopal churches, including St. George’s on Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, until its merger with St. Mary’s, Portsmouth, in 2007. For 18 years she wrote a column for the religion page of the Providence Journal. She preached at the ordination of the first woman priest in Brazil and traveled to Cuba in the 90s, taking humanitarian aid. She returned to Aquidneck Island a year ago as Priest in Charge at the Church of the Holy Cross, 1439 West Main Road, Middletown. The celebration will take place at the church on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m. 401-846-7076.

George Washington Letter Reading

The annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter, “To the Hebrew Congregation at Newport,” will take place on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m., at Touro Synagogue, 52 Spring St. The letter, which honors our freedoms, continues to be lauded and commemorated as possibly having the greatest impact on America and American Jewry. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For information and reservations, contact the Touro Synagogue Foundation, 401-847-4794 x207, or email meryle@tourosynagogue.org.

Summer Beach Worship

Portsmouth United Methodist Church is holding summer beach worship on Sundays through Aug. 28, from 8-8:40 a.m. at Third Beach across from the north lot (820 Third Beach Road, Middletown). Bring a beach chair and/or blanket and sunscreen. 401-683-4005.

Financial Peace University

On Tuesdays beginning Sept. 6, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church parishioner Michelle Freitas will offer a nine-class Financial Peace University course connecting God’s teachings about money with our own actions and beliefs. A 20-minute preview class will be offered, Sunday, Aug. 21, at 8:15 a.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. to learn about the program, which presents a common-sense approach to budgeting, saving, paying off debt and otherwise managing finances. RSVP to msfreitas02@cox.net for the Aug. 23 preview by Sunday, Aug. 21.

The Well Coffeehouse

The Well is a once-a-month Christian coffeehouse held at The Annex, 40 Marcus Wheatland Blvd., from 7-9 p.m. It features area musicians and performers from various walks of life and affiliations. All are welcome. The next coffeehouse will be on Friday, Aug. 26. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, email wellcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

St. Barnabas Yard Sale

St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, Sept. 3. 401-683- 1343.


Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will offer Compline on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. This ancient service, sung by members of the Trinity Choir, offers a rare opportunity for deep spiritual contemplation and meditation. Compline stems from the earliest traditions of the church, combining darkness and light, silence and sound, spoken word and beautiful music. 401- 846-0660.

Community Meal

United Baptist Church, 30 Spring St., will offer a community meal on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. Those wishing to help may contact the church office at 401-847-3210.

Back-to-School Music on the Lawn

On Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 61 Poplar St., will present the Toe Jam Puppet Band. This is a fully-interactive show encouraging children and parents to sing, dance and participate in all sorts of fun for all ages. All are welcome. 401-848- 2561.

DivorceCare for Adults and Kids

This ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 1. The 13- week program helps adults cope with the experience of their divorce through video, group discussion and personal study. It helps children through videos, stories, games and discussion. The first session is, “What’s Happening to Me?” Register at stpetersri@coxmail.com. All are welcome to attend.

Trinity’s ‘Mass on the Grass’

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will offer its last outdoor mass of the season on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. The 8 a.m. service will still be held in the church. 401-846-0660.

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