2017-11-30 / Faith Community


Learning About the Sabbath

Learn about the traditions of the Shabbat morning service at Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Road, Middletown, on Monday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dairy or vegetarian lunch and a beverage. Attendees are encouraged to attend a Shabbat morning service for beginners on Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., at the temple. For more information and to RSVP, contact Rabbi Loel Weiss at lmwe@verizon.net or Michael Mendell at mikem3283@gmail.com. The next Friday evening service, Kabbalat Shabbat, welcoming the Sabbath, will be on Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Cantor Fred Scheff will lead services.

Support for Newport Housing Hotline

Newport Housing Hotline is a small, nonprofit agency that provides assistance to people experiencing a housing emergency.

• Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., is taking donations for coats, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves through November. 401- 847-0675.

• Evangelical Friends Church, 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown, has knapsacks and toiletries, and needs new hats to go in the knapsacks. Drop hats in the box in the fellowship hall by Dec. 3. 401-847- 1490.

Caroling and Crafting

Emmanuel Church, Emmanuel Day School and the Newport County Youth Choir welcome everyone to an afternoon of free family fun on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at 42 Dearborn St. There will be caroling, crafting, dancing, hot chocolate and popcorn. 401-847- 0675.

Poetry Series

At Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, the Rev. Alan Neale will continue the series titled “The Poetry of Rowan Williams: A Spiritual Journey in Word and Image.” The group will read a selection of his poems, note their spiritual references and discuss their meaning and relevance to our spiritual journey. Upcoming programs will be held in Honyman Hall on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 9-9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome. 401-846-0660.

Nativity of Christ Puppet Show

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, invites the community to its Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, Dec. 6-8, at 7 p.m. Dozens of volunteer puppeteers of all ages will tell the story of Jesus’ birth through life-sized puppets and live choral music. A special offering will be received and shared with a family in the community in need of support. 401-849-5444.

Advent Meditation Concert

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold an Advent meditation concert featuring harp performances on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. A reception in the church hall will take place after each performance. A free will offering will be accepted. 401-423-1421, stmarkjtn.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’

The What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company will present its own unique and modern interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at 7 p.m. in St. John’s guild hall, 61 Poplar St. The Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County will provide entertainment at intermission. Tickets are $20/$15 for students and are available at saintjohns newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts

Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., invites people of all ages to enjoy hot cocoa and homemade cookies, and to make a holiday ornament in the church hall. The church sanctuary will be open for self-guided tours. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec 9, from 1-3 p.m. 401-846-0643.

Donations for the R.I. State Hospital

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, is taking donations to help support people who need comfort and cheer in the R.I. State Hospital. Some suggestions are crosswords, word find and adult coloring books, sugar-free gum, body wash and slippers with backs for both men and women, winter gloves and hats for men, and music CDs from the 1960s to 1980s. Do not drop off glass items, sharp objects or candy. Gifts must be new and do not need to be wrapped. If you would rather donate money, make a check out to United Congregational Church and indicate “Slater Collection” in the memo area. Drop off gifts at the church office before Sunday, Dec. 10. 401-849-5444.

Advent Evening of Taizé Prayer

Taizé prayer is an ecumenical form of prayer meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, will hold an Advent evening of Taizé prayer on Monday, Dec. 4, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 401-847-6153.

Emotional Support for the Holidays

• St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, will hold “Surviving the Holidays” as part of its DivorceCare program, but the workshop is open to everyone for whom tragedy, divorce and loss make the holidays a difficult time. The program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. St. Peter’s will also offer Blue Christmas worship on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. It is tailored to those who are experiencing loss. 401-846-9567.

• St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, will offer a special Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support Group session titled “Coping with the Holidays” on Monday, Dec. 11 and 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. It is most appropriate for adults at least three weeks beyond their loss. 401-847-6183.

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