Spotlight on Faith

Spotlight on Faith


Avondale Chapel

WESTERLY — The Rev. David Jordan, pastor of Second Baptist Church in North Stonington, will be the guest speaker on Sunday. Special music will be provided by talented harpist Margaret Day.

Pastor Jordan has served as the associate pastor, interim pastor and is now senior pastor of Second Baptist, where he was ordained in 1997. He retired in December 2009 as project manager at Electric Boat, where he had been employed for 35 years. Pastor Jordan received his Masters of Divinity from Bethany College. He previously served at the First Baptist Church of Duxbury Mass., as interim pastor. He has published his first book of poems, titled “He Will Make Me Walk On High Places.”

Day is well known throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut. She studied classical harp in New York City and has been gracing our communities with her melodic harp sounds for decades. She offers a wide range of music, including classical, jazz and contemporary.

The casual-dress, ecumenical service is held from 8 to 8:45 a.m. through Sept. 1. The chapel is located at 11 Avondale Road in Avondale. All are welcome. For more information, please visit

Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the church this Sunday for worship at 9:30 a.m., when Pastor Cal Lord will deliver the sermon “Gideon’s Story: Trusting God to Find a Way.” Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer months. Junior Church is held during the worship service for younger children, and child care is available.

A Membership and Baptism Class is being formed for those considering membership. Call the office or speak to the pastor for more information.

A Men’s bible study is held each Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the church parlor. This study will continue through the summer months. All men are welcome.

Central Baptist Church has teamed up with the Rhode Island Blood Center to host a Blood Drive. It will take place on Monday, July 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

All-Church Picnic! Join the congregation on Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a potluck picnic with family and friends. All are welcome. There will be food, games, music and fellowship. Those with the last name, bring: A to C — salad; D to G — hot dogs or hamburgers for the grill; H to L — dessert; and M to Z — vegetable.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) dates has been set for Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to noon. VBS is for children ages preschool to grade five. To register, go to the church website to download the form or call the church office.

For more information on upcoming summer events, visit or call the church office at 401-596-4929.

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship at Christ Church 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.

Summer schedule changes are as follows: Starting this month, Sunday’s 11 o’clock service will be on hiatus beginning July 7 and will return Sept. 8. There will be no Sunday 7:45 a.m. service on July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and there will be no Saturday 5 p.m. service on Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Sunday’s 9 a.m. service will continue throughout the summer. Thus both Rite I and Rite II services will be offered each weekend. In addition, Holy Eucharist Rite II will be celebrated in the St. Nicholas Chapel (in the Undercroft) on Wednesdays at 7 and 10 a.m.

Registrations are being accepted for the annual Vacation Bible School at the church, which will be held July 29-Aug. 2. The program, open to the community, is a free, weeklong camp for children ages 3 to 12; youth ages 13 and up may volunteer their time to help run the camp. This year’s theme, “Kingdom Rock,” will provide a fun-filled week with crafts, games, Bible stories, music and more! Don’t miss it! Stop at the parish office or call 401-596-0197 to register.

Looking for something interesting this summer? Join the church for its Summer Book Discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, when the subject will be “The Proof of Heaven,” by Eben Alexander. This personal story of Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, tells of his journey into the afterlife after succumbing to bacterial meningitis, and living to tell the amazing story of encountering his Creator in the process. Books are available on the table outside the parish office for $8.75. For more information, call Paula Niedmann at 860-596-5434.

For more information, contact the church at 401-596-0197, at or visit the website,

The Church At Westerly

WESTERLY — The message this Sunday at the church is “God’s Dwelling Place.” The story centers around King Solomon of ancient Israel and the biblical account of the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. This holy place represented God’s covenant promise to be with His people. Later, when Messiah Jesus came, the dwelling place of God became those who follow Jesus in faith in belief. Today, God and Jesus promise to love obedient believers and make their home with them.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center located at 93 Tower Street in Westerly. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught and Protestants, Catholics and those searching for God are welcome. A van is available to pick people up by calling the numbers below for a ride.

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.

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

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — This Sunday at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services, the Rev. Jim Glenn will deliver the meditation titled “The Motivation Is Need,” from Luke 10:1-11. The church will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Join the congregation for refreshments following each service.

Andrew Wallace is the director of music; Grace Urrico is the pianist/organist. Handicapped access is available and the church is air-conditioned.

On Sunday, the Rev. John Sweet and Elder Pat Rychlec will be returning from a youth conference in Massanetta, Va., with the church’s middle schoolers.

During our 8 and 10 a.m. worship services, Church School for children preschool to third grade is provided. 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.

Following the 8 a.m. worship, at 9:05 a.m., and the 10 a.m. worship, at 11:05 a.m., parents are invited to bring their toddlers and children through third grade to the playground for Story Time and informal playtime. Interested parents are invited to join Rev. Glenn and briefly discuss a book — “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman — that gives some helpful insights into how to make marriages and relationships last (the book can be borrowed for free or it can be purchased for $10).

Sundae Sunday: This Sunday at the 11 a.m. Fellowship Hour, Kristina Burke and Loretta Nelson will host a make-your-own-Sundae Sunday in Fellowship Hall; then, invite everyone to stay to help decorate for Vacation Bible School, which is Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, for preschoolers through graduated grade five. The theme is “The One True God — Tell It on the Mountain Where Jesus Christ Is Lord.” A picnic will be held on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call the church office to register. VBS and the picnic are free to all.

All who wish to be a part of the Steering Committee for the communitywide homelessness project are invited to meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the church to put together information for the next communitywide meeting on homelessness on Monday, July 22, at St. Clare Roman Catholic Church.

Join the church on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer and Celebration of Holy Communion. This week’s meditation is “Cain/Abel, the Flood and the New Creation,” from Genesis Chapters 6-11. Rev. Jim Glenn will lead the service. For those who wish to remain after Vespers, the evening’s Scripture from Genesis Chapters 6-11 will continue to be discussed.

The Summer Yard Sale is Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 27, from 8 to 11 a.m. A bag sale is at 10 a.m.

Summer Camps:

• Early Learning Center (ELC) for ages 3 through 6; Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Christine Fish, director; call 401-322-0510

• Kid Kare (KK) for kindergarten through sixth grade; Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; $4.50/hour; half price for second child in family; Amanda Doescher, director; call 401-322-8600.

Scholarships are available.

For more information about the church, located at 221 Post Road, call the church office at 401-322-0655, email or visit The church is on Facebook at

Faith Bible Chapel

WESTERLY — Sunday morning service is at 9:30. Pastor Bernie Norman will share an encouraging message for all at that time. He will be joined by the praise and worship team By Grace, who will open and conclude the service with contemporary Christian music. Children’s Sunday School and nursery are also available at that time.

A time of praise and prayer takes place each Tuesday at the church at 6 p.m.

A Wednesday Bible Study on the Gospel of John is at 7 p.m.

FBC will host a Vacation Bible School on July 8-11 from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. With a Western theme this year, Faith will be offering arts and crafts, recreational activities, drama and music, Bible lessons, and plenty of fun, food and fellowship. All children ages 4-12 are welcome and registration is free. Please call FBC to register or go online at

The non-denominational Christian church is located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637 or visit


First Baptist Church of Charlestown at Quonochontaug

CHARLESTOWN — Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Coffee hour is at 10:30.

All are invited to the church’s Praise, Patriotic & Pop Concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. The famed “Quonnie Choir” will perform under the direction of Dianne Dubendorf, director of music, and special guest Ben Rose. A variety of songs, including pop songs from different decades and patriotic praise songs, will be sung for your listening pleasure. Also, a “free will” offering will be collected to benefit Wounded Warriors. Following the concert, all are welcome to join the congregation in Fellowship Hall for refreshments.

The church is located at 5073 Old Post Road. Call 401-322-0477 for more information.

First Baptist Church of Hope Valley

HOPE VALLEY — Sunday Worship Service is held at 9:30 a.m. with a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary worship. Adult Bible Study is at 8:15 a.m. Child care is available.

The church will host a Vacation Bible School July 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon, for children age 3 through youth who will be entering the sixth grade in the fall. The theme is “God’s Big Backyard Bible Camp.” Call the church to register.

The church is located at 1059 Main St. Call 401-539-7553 for more information.

Full Throttle Biker Church

GROTON — The church meets the second Friday of each month.

On Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m., a steak dinner will follow the one-hour service.

Full Throttle Biker Church is an inspiring place and service by bikers for bikers and those that love bikers. It was founded by Pastor Brad Whipple, who has ridden for more than 40 years, ministered to bikers in Sturgis for 10 years and led an annual Blessing of the Bikes for nine years. The church is hosted by Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Road. For more information, visit the Full Throttle Facebook page or call the church at 860-448-6224.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — Celebration Worship Service is Sunday at 10 a.m. The service is preceded by coffee and conversation at 9:30. Children’s Ministries are included.

Sunday is Missions Sunday.

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

The monthly prayer gathering is Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Worship team practice is Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

Pilgrims Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — Come and worship with the church every Sunday starting with Bible Fellowship Classes at 9:30 a.m. These classes are a chance to be involved in a small group Bible study and to really delve into topics such as Biblical Principles, a Creation vs. Evolution DVD series, a monthly changing Bible topic, and Men’s, Women’s, Teen and Children’s classes. There is something for everyone.

Sunday Morning Worship begins at 10:30. Join the congregation for a service that includes traditional and contemporary praise songs, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a message preached from God’s Word. All summer, kids can come and check out the “Into the West”-themed Children’s Service, also at 10:30 a.m.

Return at 6 p.m. for the Sunday Evening Service and learn something new, as Pastor Sedam teaches from the book of Jonah.

Wednesday night features a Casual Bible Study and Prayer Meeting. Bring the whole family to the church at 6 p.m. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam, the Teen group with Andy meets, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. Prior to Bible Study, there is a time of prayer together, and new requests are always welcome. There’s nothing too big or small to bring to God in prayer.

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

The church has several exciting activities planned for the month of July. Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, is the Teen’s annual Summer Challenge. Who will be the last Knight standing? Come find out on these two days of exciting games and intense competition.

Vacation Bible Time (VBT) is scheduled on July 24-26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme is “Investigation Destination.” Join the church for three nights of the greatest investigation ever, where clues are followed to find who is the King of Kings. Don’t miss the grand finale to VBT: the Super Summer Explosion! The event is set for Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come enjoy a free day of family fun, including a bounce house, two obstacle courses, slip-n-slide, a demo from East Coast Karate at noon, and a presentation from Mad Science at 1 p.m. There will be plenty of fun things to do and tons to eat, such as hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy.

Tune in to “The Winning Side” with Pastor Sedam on Fridays at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230-AM.

The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road. For more information, visit or contact Tina at the church office at 401-377-6077.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Sunday mornings be sure to catch Pastor Joshua McClure’s program “Living Faith for Today” at 7:30 on WBLQ 1230-AM, and hear his message for the day. Sunday school classes for all ages, including New Life classes for those becoming new members, are at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service starts at 10:45. This Sunday’s sermon, “Interdependence,” is taken from scripture Ephesians 4 and will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis. There will be a brief Women’s Fellowship meeting immediately following service.

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

On Thursday at 10 a.m., there will be a ladies Bible study with Pastor McClure.

On Saturday, a Holistic Fitness and Wellness Program Luncheon will be at 1 p.m. and feature speaker Lynn Marcoux on “Organizing Just Got Fun!”

On Sunday, July 14, the annual Worship Service and Church Picnic at Camp Canonicus in Exeter is scheduled.

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 10:30 a.m.

The 8:30 service is a blended worship that combines traditional hymns and contemporary songs. The 9:40 a.m. service is a traditional worship accompanied by organ. The 10:30 service is a contemporary worship with a full band with guitar and drums. All services include Holy Communion.

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.

The church has two important ministries that serve people in the Washington County area, both of which are ongoing. The church has a Food Pantry that is open on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for non-perishable food items. The Food Pantry is in need of cereal, oatmeal, pancake and muffin mixes, and canned fruit. All donations are appreciated. For more information on this ministry, call the church office.

The church also has a Personal Needs Closet that is also open on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. It is always in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, dish detergent, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent and money donations, as large numbers of items can be purchased at a discount. For more information on this ministry, call Linda Davis at 860-908-3905 or send an e-mail to

The church is located at 15 East Beach Road. For more information, call the church office at 401-322-0088.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns, special music and a children’s moment. The Rev. David Jordan will share a practical message titled “Prepare Your Ways Before the Lord” from 2 Chronicles 27:1-7.

Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing, testimonies and summer intern Simeon Beil sharing a message from the Bible titled “The True Leaders Guide” Joshua 1 and Deuteronomy 31.

Sunday School classes for all ages (from birth to senior citizens) begin at 9 a.m. (See the schedule of classes on the church’s website.) Join a class to get questions answered and enjoy fellowship with others.

Wednesday evening in the sanctuary the church continues its summer schedule series titled “Christianity, Cults and Religion” facilitated by Pastor Dave along with Simeon Beil.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington, 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 — Sunday School classes for all ages meet at 9:20 a.m.; Adult Bible Class meets at 9:30 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.

Vacation Bible School for children preschool age through age 12 will be held at Trinity on July 22-26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. To register your child or for more information, please call the church office.

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

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — Make the church a part of your Fourth of July holiday weekend by joining for worship this Sunday. The church will reflect on God’s presence in changing circumstances from one of the many stories in Genesis about Joseph and his brothers. The congregation will also renew and refresh itself at Jesus’ Table on a summer Sunday as it shares in the sacrament of communion together. Guests and visitors should know that in our church Jesus’ Table is open to all unconditionally.

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

Union Baptist Church

MYSTIC — Worship Service is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

The church invites children grades K-five to participate in a free Vacation Bible School (VBS), July 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon. “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together” is this year’s theme. Children will participate in fun activities, including interactive Bible games, great music, cool crafts and global themes. This is a free camp with a suggested freewill offering to benefit the church mission program.

For more information on registration, call the church at 860-536-9659 or visit the church’s website at

Weekapaug Chapel

WESTERLY — The preacher on Sunday will be the Rev. Richard Morgan V. Rev. Morgan is a retired Episcopal priest who lives in Westerly and formerly led several parishes in the Westerly area. He grew up in Weekapaug, where his family has long had a summer residence

This Sunday also marks the beginning of the Sunday School program for all children who attend services at the chapel. Following a special message from the minister, they will gather in the Memorial Garden for their classes.

The chapel choir will also begin singing at weekly services under the direction of organist Gery Elliot. All those who are interested in singing with the choir are welcome to come to the chapel for a rehearsal on Sunday morning at 9.

Worship service is at 10 a.m. on Sundays and is conducted by visiting ministers representing various denominations. All are welcome to attend service at the chapel, which is located at 105 Noyes Neck Road. For more information, call Jeanne McAndrew at 401-322-1450.

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