2018-09-13 / Faith Community


Prayer Meeting

Portsmouth United Methodist Church, 2732 East Main Road, will host a prayer meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7-8 pm. Open to the public, the event is part of the “40 Days of Love” campaign sponsored by togetheratag.org and local churches in Rhode Island. To learn more, visit pumcri.org or call 401- 683-4005.

Bereavement Support Group

St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, hosts a bereavement support group for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group meets in the parish center on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. Upcoming meetings are on Sept. 13 and 27. To register, call Peter Magnotta at 401- 421-7833, ext. 217.

EFC Sponsors AmpSurf New England

Friends Evangelical Church will sponsor AmpSurf New England’s adaptive surfing clinic at Sachuest Beach, Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, on Saturday, Sept. 15. The clinic is free for anyone with a disability. To participate or volunteer, register at ampsurf.org. For additional information contact event organizer, Justin Speegle, at dude- Onsurf@gmail.com. Participants should contact surf@ampsurf.com in advance so that efforts can be made to accommodate their disability.

Five Point Tea

The Queen Ester Chapter #2, 69th will host a Five Point Tea celebration on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Community Baptist Church Annex, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. Newport. This guest speaker is Jo Eva Gaines. This event is free and is open to the public.

‘Little Dresses for Africa’

No sewing experience is necessary to help with the “Little Dresses for Africa,” a mission to provide relief to children of Africa, by distributing home-made dresses to little girls, primarily in African villages, but also other countries in crisis. Those interested in helping will gather at the Central Baptist Church, Clarke Hall, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown on Monday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. The group will continue to meet on the first and third Mondays of each month. For questions, contact Peggy Burse at 401-423-3656.

Yom Kippur

Temple Shalom welcomes all to pray and reflect on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. No tickets or payment required. The Kol Nidre Service is at 6:15 p.m. Servicemen and women are especially invited. Rabbi Talia Stein and Cantor Fred Scheff will lead the opening prayer service of this solemn day.

Services will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m. There will be an afternoon break for meditation and reflection. Services resume at 4:30 p.m. The Torah and Book of Jonah will be read. Yizkor, memorial service, will be recited. N’ilah, the concluding service of the holiday will follow. The shofar will announce the end of the fast. All are cordially invited to break the fast following services. The temple is located at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. For questions or more information call 401-846-9002 or visit templeshalomrhodeisland.org.

Hospice Volunteer Training

Hospice volunteers are important members of the hospice interdisciplinary team, providing compassionate care to people with life-limiting illnesses. Call Joy Benson, hospice volunteer coordinator, 401-682-2100, x 1616 or 401-256-3372 to learn more or to schedule an interview. The next volunteer training will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and run for six consecutive Tuesdays, ending on Oct. 23. Classes are from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Portsmouth.

Prayer Shawl Group

The prayer shawl group will reconvene at Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall, Queen Anne Square, on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1-3 p.m. The purpose of this group is to bring supplies and knit or crochet prayer shawls for those who would like one and baptismal blankets for the newly baptized. There is no pressure to attend every week. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20. Contact Pam Alexander at 401- 835-6103 or rkalexander1@cox.net.

St. Mark Fall Festival

St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold its fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. There will be raffles, a farmers’ market, games, food, live music and a beer garden. 401-423-1421, stmarkjtn.org.

Community Theater to Perform

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Portsmouth Community Theater will perform “Stories from the Churchyard” at St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. It is a dramatic presentation based on the life stories of some of the residents of St. Mary’s Cemetery. The play was researched by Gloria Schmidt, written by Cindy Killavey, and features actors from the theater and parishioners of St. Mary's Church. Admission is by donation. At 6 p.m. a potluck dinner will be held in the parish hall for those attending the show; bring a dish to share. To RSVP for the potluck, email Judy Hall at woofer64@yahoo.com. Everyone is also welcome to attend the 5 p.m. worship service. For more information contact Killavey at 401-847-5148 or visit smcportsmouth.org.

Emmanuel Church Speaker Series

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will present “Searching for the Righteous Path: An Immigrant American Muslim’s Journey,” by Dr. Ehsun Mirza. It will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. 401- 847-0675, emmanuelnewport.org.

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