2014-05-08 / Faith Community


St. Joseph’s Benefit Breakfast

St. Joseph’s Church will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. to raise funds to support the Haitian Mountain School, located in a remote area of southern Haiti. The parish has supported this new school for three years, following its 25-year history of helping education efforts in Portau Prince. For more information, call 401-525-6735.

Cello Concert at St. Columba’s

Cellist Benjamin Larsen will return to St. Columba’s for a second solo appearance on Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The varied program will include works ranging from J.S. Bach to newer composers John Corigliano, Edwin Finckel and Reena Esmail. The suggested donation is $20. St. Columba’s Chapel is at 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown and is handicapped accessible. For additional information, call 401-847-5571.


The Aquidneck Island CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, May 31. All walkers/runners start off together at 9 a.m. from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The 4 and 5-mile routes will go through downtown Newport and return to the MLK. Twenty-five percent of funds raised will go to support Community Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s Church, both of which offer a soup kitchen every week. The remaining 75 percent will go to support Church World Services’ hunger projects.

The registration “fee” is a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. Sponsor envelopes are available at the Community Baptist Church, 50 Marcus Wheatland Blvd. For more information, call 888-297- 2767, contact your house of worship, or visit cwsglobal.org.

UCC Happy Bookers

The next meeting of the United Congregational Church book group, The Happy Bookers, will be on Monday, May 12. The book to be discussed is Malcolm Gladwell’s “David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Meet in the Manchester Room at the church, 524 Valley Rd, Middletown, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Call 401-849-5444 for more information.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

St. Lucy’s will show the film “Restless Is the Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine” on Tuesday, May 13, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. The new movie tells the story of St. Augustine of Hippo, from the reckless days of his youth to his embrace of religion and pious philosophy. The film runs 133 minutes. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Channing Choir Sunday

Channing Church will present Choir Sunday on May 18. The choir will lead the entire service with music and readings, and this special worship service begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 401-846-0643.

New Service at Emmanuel

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will offer a different type of worship service on Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m. The service will be held in the All Saints Chapel and will include chants and prayers. Following the worship, dinner will be served in the Guild Room. For more information, contact the church at 401-847-0675.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Individuals seeking baptism or who have a desire to become Catholics or complete the process of communion and/or confirmation are invited to join the RCIA program at St. Mary’s Newport. People wishing to explore the faith are welcome. Contact the religious education office at 401-846-6057.

Trinity Forum

The Trinity Church Sunday Forum resumes at Honyman Hall on May 11 at 9 a.m. with Director of Music Director Stephan Griffin presenting a program on the Evensong service. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Baby Needs Drive

The Community Action Committee at St. Lucy’s Church will collect diapers of all sizes, wipes, and coupons starting at Mother’s Day weekend services, May 10 and 11, and running until June 8. The supplies will be distributed to St. Lucy’s Food Pantry, Lucy’s Hearth, and other local area organizations in need. Monetary donations may also be made by placing them in an envelope marked “Diaper Donation” in the collection basket during Mass. For more information, call 401-847- 6153.

St. Mary’s Portsmouth

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth offers weekday study and fellowship in the parish house, 324 East Main Rd. Wednesday afternoon Bible study begins at 3 p.m. and the Thursday morning study begins at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome. Call the church office at 401-846- 9700-for more information.

Apostles’ Creed Series

Emmanuel Church continues with “I Believe – What?” a series of discussions on the Apostles’ Creed on Wednesdays through May, from 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Guild Room. If you have ever wondered about some of the things Christians confess when saying the Creed as part of the baptism or confirmation service or why certain things are affirmed and not others or what the Creed means today, this discussion is for you. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

St. Barnabas Festival Country Western Hoedown

St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, will hold a Country Western Hoedown on Saturday, May 17, in the parish hall. The event begins at 6 p.m. and features a buffet dinner, country dancing, a pie-eating contest, and lots of fun. The cost is $17 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling Mary Silveria at 401-683-0752 or in the parish office.

Helping Hungry Neighbors

In addition to the nutritious meals served by the houses of worship, Newport has two food pantries that provide free food to those dealing with hunger. Both organizations face significant challenges in meeting the needs of the community. Consider donating non-perishable food items or funds to support the efforts at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 401-846-4828, and the Salvation Army, 401-846-3234.

Donations for St. Paul’s Thrift Shop

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop has a continuing need for donations of salable furniture and quality household items in good condition. All donations are tax deductible and support the job skills training program of St. Paul’s Thrift Shop and Church Community Housing Corporation. To donate or schedule a pickup, call the store at 401-847-8441.

Zen at Channing

Channing Memorial Church offers Zen meditation Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St. This practice teaches how to clear the mind, understand the true self, and live with clarity and compassion. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Bring cushions and/or a blanket. For more information, contact Jamie Caster at 401-619-0791 or hosoi71@yahoo.com.

Chanting at Emmanuel

Emmanuel Church’s chanting group meets on Saturdays at 9 a.m. in the All Saints Chapel, 42 Dearborn St. Chanting improves receptivity and focus, raises energy levels, and helps listening skills. For information, call 401-847-0675.

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