2016-09-22 / Faith Community


Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.: St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. People are invited to bring pets or stuffed animals for a blessing at any of the services. Use cages and leashes as needed to ensure the safety of both pets and people. 401-846-9700.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at noon: Gazebo at King Park, corner of Clinton St. and Wellington Ave. Father Tom O’Neill of St. Clare Home and St. Lucy’s Church will arrive at 12:30 p.m. to preside. All pets must be properly restrained and accompanied by at least one adult. No exotic animals. For more information, contact Pat Healey. 401-619-2459.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:50 p.m.: Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. The procession and blessing will begin at 5 p.m., with the gathering of all beings, one per person, on the front lawn at 4:50 p.m. No advance registration of pets is required. All types of animals are welcome. All pets must be either leashed or caged or stuffed. Free parking in the Emmanuel Church lot. All are welcome to attend. Church office: 401-847-0675.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway. The blessing will be held rain or shine, and all are welcome to attend. Church office: 401-846-9567.

‘Sacred Nourishment’ Class

Through a partnership between St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, “Sacred Eating” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-7:30 p.m., in St. Mary’s parish house, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. The aim is to bring connection, intuition, pleasure and peace back into daily eating habits. The cost is $40. Register online at smcportsmouth.org. 401-846-9700, ext. 105.

Mental Health Presentation

On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., the United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will host a potluck dinner with a speaker from the Rhode Island National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This grassroots organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. The speaker will provide background on the current state of affairs in Rhode Island related to mental illness and educate attendees on the services provided by NAMI. The presentation will last about 20-30 minutes and allow time for questions and answers. 401-849-5444.

Choral Evensong

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., St. John the Evangelist will offer a choral evensong and the benediction for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. This service of music features the professional choristers of the Choir School of Newport County and the St. John’s adult choir, with organ music. Parking lot is at 25 Willow St. Church office: 401- 848-2561.

Narragansett Bay Chorus

The Narragansett Bay Chorus, a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, known as one of the largest male singing organizations in the region, will perform on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at St. Columba’s Parish Hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $20 and are available at the church office or online at stcolumbaschapel.org.

‘Listening to Your Inner Voice’ Seminar

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Channing Church parish hall, 135 Pelham St., will continue its seminar, “Listening to Your Inner Voice.” This seminar, conducted by Ken Gaus, is a continuation of the “Why Meditate” course given in the spring, although it is not necessary to have taken the previous one to attend this one. Ken will explore the idea of connecting to your inner voice. Discussion will include such subjects as intuition/ gut feeling, “coincidences” and dreams. Registration is $5. Contact the church office, 401-846-0643, to register.

Plimoth Pilgrim Talk

“They Knew They Were Pilgrims” will be presented by The Learning Center of Channing Church on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. Hilary Goodnow, public historian at Plimoth Plantation, will re-enact portions of the life of Mary Warren, daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren. She will tell exciting tales about the family’s new life in 17th-century New England and also share reflections of her childhood in England and her dreams for the future of Plymouth Colony. Goodnow will also answer modern questions about the 17th century, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Patuxet. She will speak about why living history still matters today. The program is free and open to the public and is suitable for families.

Dance Ministry

A dance ministry combining singing, poetry, flag pageantry, and dance will be presented Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. The event is open to the public and will benefit the Arroyo/Morales family. For more information, contact Min. V. Friend at 401-847-1707 or setfreedance@gmail.com.

St. Joseph’s Concert

Vocalist Stephanie Tierno will be in concert at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. With her accompanist, Denis Tetrault, she will perform selections by Rossini, Schubert, Dolly Parton, Andrew Llyod Webber and more. Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, call 401-847-9248.

‘A Twelve Step Ladder to Freedom’

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at Trinity Church, the Rev. Alan Neale will begin a nine week series reviewing Christian Scripture and AA’s Twelve Steps. The first program will be an introduction to the series entitled “Legal Pad to Written Word.” The program will be held in Honyman Hall from 9 – 9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome to attend. 401-846-0660.

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