2018-02-15 / Faith Community


Outreach Lenten Project

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will collect travel-sized personal care items for local shelters beginning on Saturday, Feb. 17. Bags, located at church entrances, have been labeled with a list of items. You may fill the bag with all or some of the items. One shelter is looking for full-sized items such as shampoo and conditioner. Place donated items in one of the containers at the church entrance by Easter Sunday, April 1. 401-423- 1421, stmarkjtn.org.

‘Renewal and New Beginnings’

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will present the third program in the six-week series "Renewal and New Beginnings" on Sunday, Feb. 18. The program will be held in Honyman Hall from 9-9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome. 401-846-0660.

Creative Journaling

St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, invites adults for creative journaling on Tuesdays, from Feb. 20 to March 13, at 11 a.m. Bring colored pencils. All are welcome. 401-846-9567.

Book Group

The Emmanuel Church book group meets the third Tuesday of the month in the church’s guild room, 42 Dearborn St., at 6 p.m. to discuss great works of literature. On Feb. 20, the group will discuss “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Fredrick Backman. All are welcome. For more information, contact Jordon at weddings@emmanuelnewport.org.

Spiritual Practices Sessions

St. John’s, 61 Poplar St., will offer “Beginning Our Year of Spiritual Renewal: The Joy and Discipline of Spiritual Practices” on Wednesdays in Lent, from Feb. 21 to March 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. Evening prayer and Low Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by a soup, bread and salad supper in the guild hall. Learn about spiritual practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine all year long. Sessions will be co-led on various dates by Rev. Humphrey, Rev. Lemery, and Mother Shoemaker. 401-848-2561.

Wednesday Lenten Series

The Wednesday Lenten series, “Loving Our Neighbors: You Did It to Me,” will be held on Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to March 28. Each evening of reflection, conversation and a soup supper will take place in the Emmanuel Church’s Guild Room, 42 Dearborn St., from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The series features a book entitled “The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge." 401-847-0675.

‘Expressing Your Moral Compass’

Rev. Bill Zelazny, minister of Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., will conduct a three-part series entitled “Expressing Your Moral Compass.” The series, open to the public, will take place in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to March 7. The class will explore the many dimensions of ethical behavior and will include readings, case studies and group discussions. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes, but each class is a stand-alone session that will investigate ethical issues. The cost is $5 for supplies and refreshments. Advanced registration is required, email name, email address and phone number to office@channingchurch.org.

Lenten Gatherings

The public is invited to Lenten gatherings entitled “Powerlessness, Surrender, Radical Forgiveness” at St. Paul’s Barber Hall, 12 Marlborough St. Sessions will take place Thursdays during Lent from Feb. 22 to March 29, 5:45-7 p.m. 401-846-0966.

Choral Evensong and Benediction

St. John’s Church, 61 Poplar St., will offer a choral evensong and benediction in honor of Absalom Jones for Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. Jones was born a slave in 1746 and bought his own freedom in 1784. He was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1802 and was a tireless opponent of slavery. Jones ministered to the black community until his death in 1818. This special evensong and reception is sponsored by the Center for Reconciliation, an initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island that “fosters interracial reconciliation through programs that educate, inspire and engage.” The service will be followed by a Q&A session on interracial reconciliation efforts in Newport and beyond. 401-848-2561.

‘Rest and Return’ Mini Retreat

Jennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, and Shelley Dungan, director of the Sacred Soul Center, will lead this mini retreat on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4-6 p.m. It will include guided prayer, silence, mindful movement, Holy Scripture and Communion. Suggested donation is $25 and scholarships are available. All are welcome. Register at 401-846-9700.

New Reverends at First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Paul and Rev. Kimberly Merrill have joined the First Presbyterian Church after the recent retirement of 25-year pastor, Rev. Dr. William J. Maxwell. The congregation also recently affiliated with a new denomination, the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). 401-847-1749.

Temple Shalom Java Café

This is the first in an ongoing series of conversations regarding community concerns, current events and social justice issues that will be held at Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Road, Middletown, on Sunday Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Guest presenters include Naomi and Norman Zucker, authors of the book, “The Guarded Gate: The Reality of American Refugee Policy.” Refreshments will be serve. To RSVP, please contact Karen Dannin at klmdri@aol.com, 401-619-5969, or Fran Mendell at franc2224@gmail.com.

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