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The Westerly Sun

Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — The monthly men’s breakfast will be held on Saturday at 8 a.m. All men and boys are welcome.

Join the congregation this Sunday. Sunday school classes are held at 9 a.m., and worship is at 10:30. “Love + Grace = Forgiveness” will be Pastor Cal Lord’s message. Junior Church is held during the worship service for younger children and child care is available. The church is handicapped accessible.

Adult Sunday school classes include:

• Baptist Identity and Beliefs — The class will explore the historical origin of the body of believers called Baptists and their impact and contributions to the religious and civic life of our nation. Baptist beliefs and convictions to be studied include Liberty of Conscience, Believer’s Baptism, Religious Freedom, Autonomy of the Local Church, Priesthood of all Believers, Missions & Associations, and the Supremacy of the Bible.

• Start Becoming a Good Samaritan — The DVD curriculum explores the critical needs facing our world and helps Christians understand how they can become good Samaritans.

• Guarding Your Child’s Heart — A course aimed at helping parents as they prepare their kids to face the world.

The Christian Book Club meets Sunday night once a month at 6 p.m. This Sunday’s selection is “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn.

A men’s Bible study is held each Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the church parlor. Led by Roy Springer Jr., the group is currently studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. All men are welcome.

The Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) meets on Thursdays at Avondale Chapel for a study of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Fellowship “Hour” starts at 8 a.m., with Bible study from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No previous Bible study expertise is necessary to participate in this timely study of God’s Word. All are welcome.

The Middle School Youth Group meets regularly on the first and third Fridays of the month at 6 p.m. Truth Trackers for pre-K to elementary ages will meet on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m. starting Friday, Oct. 25.

The church is located at 16 Elm St. For more information, visit www.cbcwesterly.org or call the church office at 401-596-4929.

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship begins with the Saturday evening service at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I), 9 a.m. (Rite II Choral Eucharist), and 11 a.m. (Rite II Contemporary service). The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated on Wednesday at 7 and 10 a.m., with Bible study led by the Rev. Christine Purcell, rector, following the 10 a.m. service. If you missed a Sunday, Mother Christine’s recent sermons may be accessed on the parish website, christchurchwesterly.org.

Do you enjoy knitting? The Knitters Group is always happy to greet new members. Please join in St. Stephen’s room on the third Monday of each month at noon for knitting or crocheting.

On Sunday, in observance of the Feast of St. Francis, a special service of the Blessing of the Animals will be offered in the church at 2 p.m., followed by refreshments on the lawn. Bring your dog, cat, bird, gerbil, etc. All are welcome!

SERVE! Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps locally, regionally and globally. It is best known for its ongoing commitment to armed forces overseas, as well as disaster relief in our own country. Donations of any travel-size items/hotel toiletries may be left in the parish office at any time. The church is also always accepting used cellphones for Cellphones for Soldiers.

The Living Supplies Closet for those in need will be open on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Closet, located in the basement of Christ Church, provides local residents with the opportunity to obtain items that cannot be purchased with government assistance. These are items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, and paper products. Donations of items (particularly Comet, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, tissues, dish soap, laundry soap, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, foil, toothbrushes for adults and children, toothpaste, shaving cream and sanitary pads) or cash are always needed.

The church is located at 7 Elm St. For more information, contact the parish office at 401-596-0197, at christ-church@verizon.net, or visit the website, christchurchwesterly.org.

The Church At Westerly

WESTERLY — The message this Sunday is “Temptation Is Not Fatal!” The study is part of the church’s series called the “God Story,” which is a chronological telling of the Bible’s stories. Sunday’s installment recounts the temptations of Jesus and His refusal to give in. The Bible is clear that Jesus remained sinless His entire life. People today are tempted in the same way, and although everyone eventually sins, we can learn how to use Jesus’ strategies against temptation and trust Him by faith to forgive us when we do give in.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught, and Protestants, Catholics and, especially, those searching for God as well as those returning to Him are welcome. A van is available by calling the numbers below for a ride to church.

Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. The dress is casual and worship is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. A time for prayer and questions is included in the service together with an explanation of how to personally begin a relationship with Jesus. Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45 and then children go to their own Bible studies. Canned goods and staple food items are collected every Sunday for the church’s food pantries at Merchant’s Village and Babcock Village. Weekly messages are also downloadable for free on the church’s website.

For more information, including a map, visit TheChurchAtWesterly.org or call Pastor Clark Rumfelt at 401-315-2317 or 401-932-4766. Church information may also be found on Facebook.

Congregation Sharah Zedek

WESTERLY — Regular monthly services are held the third Friday of each month. An Oneg will follow the service and include light desserts and fun conversation. Visitors to the area are encouraged to attend and experience the 100-year-old synagogue, and anyone interested in a membership is invited to attend a service. A one-year free membership for those new to the area is available to those in need.

The synagogue is located at 6 Union St. For more information, call 401-348-8992 or visit congregationsharahzedek.org.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — Join the congregation on Saturday for a Community Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. The menu will feature scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, pancakes, French toast, home fries, hash, cheesy grits, biscuits with dirty gravy, homemade coffee cake and donuts, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice. The donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

Sunday worship at 8 and 10 a.m. centers on Scriptures from the Gospel of Luke 19:1-10. The Rev. Dr. James R. Glenn III’s sermon title is “True Repentance.” Andrew Wallace is the director of music; Grace Urrico is the pianist/organist. Refreshments follow each service. The handbell hymn is “Come, Let Us Eat,” arranged by Moklebust; and the Chancel Choir’s anthem is titled “Come and Feast,” by Dengler. Ten-year-old Alexis Paul, who was saddened by the plight of the people of South Sudan, will introduce a project to provide clean drinking water.

Following Worship on Sunday, the International Uniform Series is offered from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. This holistic study used for decades in many different denominations has proved to be an outstanding way to experience the Word of God. Materials are $7 per quarter.

During the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services, there is a cry room available for parents who have infants or toddlers and would like to listen to worship while attending to their child. During the 10 a.m. worship, a separate room is available for infants and toddlers that is overseen by a professional attendant.

Confirmation classes are Sundays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for seventh- and eighth-graders and any ninth- through 12th-graders who have not yet joined the church. Call the church office for more information.

This Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. come to the Sanctuary and enjoy “Musica Dolce,” a chamber music concert featuring the music of Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven and more. Tickets are available at the door.

Join the church on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer, led by Kathryn Koziol.

All are encouraged to join one of the weekly Bible studies (clergy-taught) at any time:

• Sundays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: The Uniform Series class in the church parlor. This series has been used for decades by many denominations; it will provide you with a firm understanding of the Bible. Books are $7 per quarter.

• Tuesday mornings at 8:30: the Letters of Paul—1 Timothy, in the Music Room.

• Wednesday evenings at 7:15: The Letter of Paul —Colossians, in the Music Room.

The next GPS (God’s Path Seekers) is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, in Fellowship Hall. The program is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The theme is “God never changes; God is eternal; Moses and the Burning Bush. The Bible verse is, “And the Lord said to Abraham, ‘In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” — Genesis 12:3. Following dinner, the Rev. Glenn and Deacon Martha Caramiciu will offer a highly effective and fun leadership training program for youth in sixth to 12th grade. A nutritious meal will be followed by games, activities, crafts, stores and songs. The program is free to all. Bring a friend.

Do you love to sing? The Chancel Choir is in search of new members to join us in singing to the Lord. The choir is in particular need of tenors and basses. Come and join. You will be assured of a warm welcome, and an enjoyable singing experience. Call the church office for more information, or just come and join in the singing on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9.

Fall enrollments continue for the Early Learning Center for Preschool through age 5. Call Director Christine Fish at 401-322-0510. For the Kid Kare before- and after-school program for grades first through fifth, call Director Amanda Doescher at 401-322-8600.

The church will be going on the Essex Valley Steam Train and Connecticut Riverboat Cruise with dinner at Dock and Dine Restaurant on Monday, Oct. 7. The Cost is $82. Call the church office for more information, registration, and to choose your entreé: chicken breast or baked scrod.

All programs at the church, located at 221 Post Road, are free and open to all, no registration required. For more information, call the church office at 401-322-0655, email clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com or visit dunnscornerschurch.org. The church is on Facebook at facebook.com/dunnscornerschurch.

Faith Bible Chapel

WESTERLY — A men’s breakfast kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. at the chapel and meets the first Saturday of each month.

Pastor Bernie Norman will share an encouraging message this Sunday morning at 10:30. He will be joined by the praise and worship team Forgiven, who will open and close the service with contemporary Christian music. Children’s Sunday school and nursery are also available at that time.

“Evangelism for the Tongue Tied: How Anyone Can Tell Others About Jesus” is a five-session study that will continue on Sunday at 9 a.m. and continue every other Sunday throughout the fall.

A women’s Bible study will continue to meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. titled “Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength.” This seven-session study will continue each Monday evening through October.

A men’s Bible study will continue on Wednesday at 7 p.m. called “The 33 Series — A Man and His Traps.” This six-session study challenges and equips men to go below the surface, to look deep into their hearts and explore some areas that are all too easy to ignore but that are critical in the journey toward authentic manhood. Also Wednesday, the chapel’s MOM’s Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from through May. The MOM’s Group is a safe place for Christians and non-Christians, married moms and single moms, to share the joys and frustrations of motherhood and to explore the purposes and promises God gives to parents. Child care will be provided at that time.

A Bible study on the Gospel of John will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and continue every other Wednesday throughout the fall at 7 p.m.

A Place of new beginnings, Faith’s mission statement is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating environments where people can be encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community within, and influence without. The non-denominational Christian church is located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637 or visit faithbiblechapel.com.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — The study of Luke’s gospel continues Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Coffee and conversation follows at 9:30. Celebration Worship Service is Sunday at 10 a.m. Children’s Ministries are included.

The Youth-Family Center is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The theme for 2013 is “Fixing Our Thoughts.” Hebrews 3:1 — “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus ...”

The church is located at 62 Franklin St., Suite 13, the former DMV. Pastor Steve Crino can be reached at ps@occcwesterly.org, at the church at 401-596-7400 or at his office at 401-322-1406. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

Our Lady of Victory & St. Vincent de Paul

ASHAWAY — The parishes’ Feast Week starts today and runs through Sunday.

On Saturday, a Blessing of the Animals will be held at 12:30 p.m. as St. Vincent de Paul.

On Sunday at 10 a.m. will be the installation of Fr. McLaughlin followed by a reception.

Our Lady of Victory & St. Vincent de Paul Parish office is at 169 Main St. Call 401-377-8830 for more information.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — On Sunday mornings, arrive at 9:30 and find a place to belong in a Bible Fellowship group, with choices ranging from Monthly Bible Topics and Biblical Principles to Men’s, Women’s, Teens’ and Children’s groups. There’s something for the whole family.

There is a brief time of coffee and refreshments before morning worship, which starts at 10:30. The worship service consists of traditional and contemporary praise music, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a message preached from God’s Word.

Be sure to return at 6 p.m. for the Sunday evening service. It features an opportunity to learn something new as the Book of Amos is studied. Also on Sunday night: Bring your first- through sixth-graders to Truth Trackers. The club is free, and a great way for kids to learn Bible verses, truths about God, and just have a lot of fun with friends! Truth Trackers starts at 6 p.m.

This Tuesday, the Ladies Bible Study groups will meet. The Treasures will meet at 10 a.m. with the Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Sedam, in the Sedams’ home. The Pearls will meet at 7 p.m. at the church. Women are welcome to study and enjoy fellowship with either group.

The Men’s Bible Study, MUGS (Men Under Grace Sustained), meets every Tuesday at the church at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night features a Casual Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 6 p.m. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam at the same time, the Teen group with Andy meets, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. The church has started a new six-week video Bible study series, “When God’s People Pray.” Is prayer really important? Come study the scriptures and see what you think!

A nursery/child care is available during all services during the week.

Tune into “The Winning Side” with Pastor Sedam on Fridays at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230-AM. For more information, contact Tina in the church office at 401-377-6077, or visit www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — On Saturday at 1 p.m., a Holistic Fitness & Wellness Program Luncheon will be held. Beverly Babcock, RN, will be conducting a workshop on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and depression at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., All ages welcome.

Sunday mornings be sure to catch the Rev. Joshua McClure’s program, “Living Faith for Today,” at 7:30 on WBLQ 1230-AM and hear his message for the day.

There are religion classes for all ages, including New Life classes for those becoming members of the church, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

At 10:45 a.m., Sunday’s sermon, “The Conversation of the New You,” taken from scripture Colossians 4:2-6, will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., there is a prayer and Bible study. All are welcome.

The church’s quarterly business meeting will be Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The Emergency Food Pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., is gladly accepting donations. The pantry is in need of sliced white bread, SPAM, tuna, frozen fruits and vegetables, and frozen fruit juices.

The church is located at 37 Pleasant St. For more information, call the church office at 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.

The 8:30 service is a blended worship with SOL music. The 9:40 a.m. service is a traditional worship accompanied by organ. The 10:35 service is a contemporary worship with the Seek First band. All services include Holy Communion. The pastors are Senior Pastor Lisa Stoen Hazelwood and the newly ordained Associate Pastor, Joanna Hertzog.

During the worship times, the church offers nursery care for those small children up to the age of 5, who find sitting in church a challenge and would like to play. It is staffed by an adult every week.

Sunday school groups, Spark and Affirm, meet on Sunday at 9:35 a.m. in between worship services.

St. Andrew’s mission is to be a community of faith in action. They sponsor regular weekends during which neighbors help neighbors. The congregation is 27 years old and serves roughly 600 people in South County. Worship at St Andrew is diverse, creative and progressive. Preaching seeks to mine Biblical literature and apply it to contemporary issues. The church is located at 15 East Beach Road. For more information, call the church office at 401-322-0088 or visit www.standrewRI.org.

St. Joseph Church

HOPE VALLEY — Weekend worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

A Rosary Rally will be held at the church on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon, on the front lawn in front of the statue of Mother Mary, rain or shine. The congregation will be “Praying the Rosary for America” together with over 9,077 rallies that will take place at the same time throughout the United States. All are welcome as the church prays for the needs and spiritual renewal of the country.

The parish’s office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 401-539-8311. The church is located at 1105 Main St.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns and special music. The Rev. David Jordan will share a practical message, “Revival at the Water Gate,” from Nehemiah 3:26.

The church has a dynamic children’s program for grades one through six during the message. There is also the 2 Stix ministry for grades three through six, and practice will be starting for the church’s Christmas play for children of all ages. Bring your children for a blessing and lots of fun!

The Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing and testimonies. Pastor Dave will share a message titled “Your Reactions are Showing,” from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:15.

Sunday School classes for all ages (from birth to senior citizens) begin at 9 a.m. Pastor Dave’s adult class continues its study of contemporary issues. (See the schedule of classes on the church’s website.) Join a class to have questions answered and enjoy fellowship with others.

The fall/winter schedule, which has something for everyone, has begun on Wednesday evenings. For children ages kindergarten through sixth grade, there is the Olympian Club program, in which children will grow spiritually while having many fun activities and service to the community. The Junior High program is for grades seven and eight. The Senior High program is for grades nine through 12. For the adults, Pastor Dave will share a Bible study titled “True Spiritually,” from Galatians and Ephesians. Another choice for adults is a prayer meeting led by our deacons on a rotating basis.

North Stonington Christian Academy is a ministry of the church with open enrollment. Call for further information.

The church, located at 12 Stillman Road, is a Bible-based church with practical preaching and teaching for all ages. For further information, call the church at 860-599-2077.

Trinity Lutheran Church

ASHAWAY — Please join the congregation for divine service Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Full and half days are available for Trinity Preschool. Registration for classes for children 3 to 5 years of age is ongoing. For more information, please call the preschool at 401-377-4216.

The church, located at 110 High Street (Rt. 216), is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a Christ-centered, Bible-based church that worships using the historic liturgy. The congregation strives by God’s grace to maintain a faithful Christian witness in the community that is true to the Holy Scriptures and historic Lutheran Confessions. The congregation, friendly and caring, invites all to make our church home yours.

For more information, call the church office at 401-377-4340 and speak with Pastor Mazikas or visit trinityashaway.org.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — The church is excited to celebrate World Communion Sunday this coming Sunday with a joyful celebration at Christ’s Table to which all are welcome. We will also be blessed by the presence of Guest Preacher Mary Hazeltine, who will talk about the global missions initiatives of the United Church of Christ and how our church is a part of it. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not church is relevant, know that times are changing and so is the church. The question is how we negotiate the move forward into God’s future together. Join the congregation as we explore the possibilities!

Children and their families are very important in the life of the church’s faith community. To bring that reality to life in a fun new way, a special community event is being planned to which everyone is invited. Living Candyland will take place in Fellowship Hall on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children will get to play the beloved Candyland game in real time on a life-size game board complete with Candyland characters come to life! Craft activities, face painting and more are also a part of this fun activity for all ages. The cost is $3 per child, with a maximum $10 per family. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Take note, too, that the church is in the midst of revamping the music program and is looking for new voices and musicians of all sorts to be a part of the Sunday morning worship. If the musical you has been looking for a new church home, you might want to check us out! Those who are nonmusical are also welcome because we can all make a joyful noise!

Come and experience this vital Christian community and its 21st-century outlook on a 2,000-year-old faith. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship time for all follows worship. All are welcome. The church is located at 9 Castle Hill Road, just off Pequot Trail. For more information or to speak with the Rev. Ruth Hainsworth, call the church office at 860-599-1226 or visit uccwesterly.org. Also visit the church’s Facebook page.


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