Local religion listings

Local religion listings


Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the congregation on Sunday as Pastor Cal Lord shares his message, “He Really Does Leave the Light On!” Sunday school classes are held at 9 a.m., and worship is at 10:30. 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 explores 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.

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. Senior High Youth meets on Sunday evenings — call the church for details. 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.

A concert featuring Brandon Donahue and friends will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the church. Join the congregation for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment! All are welcome! A freewill offering will be taken.

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.

The discussion group “Finding our Spirit in Poetry” will meet this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s room. It will look at the work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who died recently. Heaney won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995. All are welcome to this informal discussion group of spiritual reflection through poetry.

Also Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Peace & Justice Group of Christ Church will present “The Children of Abraham — A History of the Conflict in the Middle East,” a multimedia interactive presentation that sheds light on how the region developed all the crises it faces today. The event will be hosted by journalist Tom Verde, who is currently the director of Adult Christian Education at Calvary Church in Stonington. He holds a degree in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary and has traveled — and extensively written about — the Middle East and Africa. Verde also has produced and contributed to a variety of TV and public radio programs, including NPR’s “Faith Matters,” “All Things Considered,” the documentary show “Horizons” and the environmental program “Living on Earth” The program is free and open to the public. A light supper will follow.

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 and have fun knitting or crocheting.

Save the date: The Christ Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 — Sunday’s message at is “Lose Life. Find Life. Give Life Away.” The Bible-based study is about Jesus asking a group of commercial fishermen to leave everything behind and become His disciples. Jesus told them that they would now “catch” people — through love and service and spreading the good news of forgiveness and relationship with God. The fishermen “lost” their old lives, found new lives in Christ and then gave those lives away to follow Jesus. Today, Jesus is still asking people to leave old lives behind and follow Him.

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 — Sunday worship at 8 and 10 a.m. centers on Scriptures from the Gospel of Luke 17:5-10. The Rev. Jim Glenn will offer the sermon titled “More Than a Positive Attitude,” the seventh sermon on the theme, “The Cost of Discipleship.” Worship is in the handicapped-accessible Sanctuary. Andy Wallace and Grace Urrico lead the music. At the 8 a.m. worship, the Chancel Choir’s anthem is titled “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” by Rutter. At the 10 a.m. worship, the Handbell anthem is “Resounding Jubilation,” by Edwards.

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. The classes are taught by the Rev. John Sweet. Call the church office for more information.

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

All are encouraged to join one of the weekly small-group Bible studies, taught by Rev. Glenn. No registration is needed:

• 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.

Do you love to sing? The Chancel Choir continues to grow and invites you to join in singing to the Lord. The choir is in particular need of tenors and basses. Call the church office for more information, or just come and join in the singing on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9.

Children and youth in kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to attend GPS (God’s Path Seekers) on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a Halloween Party led by youth in sixth through 12th grades. The theme for children K through fifth grade is “Do not be afraid — God is with us; Bible verse: “I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and my song.” — Isaiah 12:2. A nutritious meal will be served, followed by games, activities, crafts, stores and songs. Bring a friend.

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 — The chapel will host the movie “The Book of Daniel” on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. A 2013 Pure Flix production and biblical epic in the vein of “The Bible mini-series,” experience the Book of Daniel like never before! Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has conquered Judah and deported its people to his empire. While in Babylon, Daniel’s prophetic gift is noticed by the king — and an adventure of faith, tyranny, miracles, and the relationship between a slave and his master is born. The movie is family-approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation.

Pastor Bernie Norman will share an encouraging message 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.

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

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 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.

First Baptist Church

HOPE VALLEY — Sunday worship services are at 8:45 (contemporary service) and 10:30 a.m. (traditional service). Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship time follows the traditional service.

The church will present “The Hyssongs in Concert” today at 7 p.m. The Hyssongs are a well-known Southern Gospel Music family that sing and travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada. With vocal harmonies, lively energetic style, humor, brass instruments and a love for God, they encourage and uplift people wherever they appear. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 401-539-7553.

The church is located at 1059 Main St.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — Celebration worship service is Sunday at 10 a.m., preceded by coffee and conversation at 9:30. Children’s Ministries are included. A monthly staff meeting is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Chili Cookoff is Sunday at noon in the Youth-Family Center. Admission for those 13 and up is $5, 5- to 12-year-olds are $3, children under 5 are admitted free.

A women’s Bible study, Women of the Covenant, is Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Young Parents’ Ocean’s 12 Group meets at the Crinos’ home on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Worship practice is on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

A trip to Northpoint Bible College for high school juniors and seniors leaves Thursday at 2 p.m. and returns Saturday at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and a signed OC3 permission slip is required.

The Youth-Family Center is open Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m., then Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a friend. The building is available to the public for meetings and parties with a donation of $25 an hour.

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. The family center can be reached at 401-596-7401. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

The Orthodox Church of the Holy New Martyrs of Russia

NORWICH — Saturday vigil is at 6 p.m. Divine liturgy is Sunday at 10 a.m.

The church is hosting a series of lectures starting Sunday, Nov. 3, with speaker Nicholas

Chapman discussing “The Awareness of Orthodoxy in Early New England 1524-1818: Places, Papers, People and Poetry Pertaining to the Orthodox Church.” Chapman is the director of Holy Trinity Publications, the publishing work of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, N.Y. Admission is free to the 1:30 p.m. lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email Fr. Kevin Kalish at kjkalish@gmail.com.

The church is located at 364 Canterbury Turnpike. Call 860-822-9955 or visit holynewmartyrs.com.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — This week is the annual Missions Conference. Join the congregation to understand the important work of missionaries all around the world. Tonight, be here at 6:30 for guest speaker Pastor John Ludka, from Community Baptist Church in Groton. The church will also be featuring a surprise missionary guest on location, via Skype!

On Sunday mornings, arrive at 9:30 for Bible fellowship. The regularly scheduled Ladies Class will be meeting with guest Ruth Talbot. Everyone else is welcome to meet in the main auditorium to hear a message from her husband, Dwight Talbot.

There is a brief time of coffee and refreshments before morning worship, which starts at 10:30. Join the congregation for a special service as part of the ongoing Missions Conference, featuring the Talbots, missionaries to Norway, sharing with us. There will be no Sunday evening service this week, instead we will meet at 6 p.m. for a Fellowship Dinner as the Missions Conference comes to an end. There will be no Truth Trackers Club this Sunday night due to the Mission Dinner.

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!

Coming Saturday, Oct. 26, is the Teen Annual Football Tournament is from 1 to 9 p.m. Call the church for more information or to sign up to play. On Friday, Nov. 1, will be Hallelujah Night, a family-friendly night from 6 to 8 p.m., with fun, games, costume prizes (please NO scary/gory/occult costumes, this is a night of fun, not fear!), and, of course, candy!

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 — 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, “Giving Gifts,” taken from scripture 2 Corinthians 9:6-9, will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

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

There will be no women’s Bible study on Thursday.

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

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the group Men Ever Emerging meets at 8:15 a.m.

The Emergency Food Pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., is gladly accepting donations. This month’s request is for pasta of any kind.

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. Pius X Church

WESTERLY — Saturday’s Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m. Sunday’s Masses are at 7, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

The church will host a Natural Family Planning (NFP) Mission Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Fr. Daniel McCaffrey (www.nfpoutreach.org) comes from Oklahoma City, and will be the guest homilist at all of the weekend masses. His ministry is to educate both the laity and the clergy with regard to providing a clearer understanding of NFP both within the family and within the church. A brief “open forum” will take place in the church hall after the 10:30 mass on Sunday, providing an opportunity for those attending to ask questions, look over materials and hear witness talks from couples who have embraced the NFP lifestyle. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost. For more information, please contact Robin and Darren Blier (401-596-9582) or Lora and Peter Brodeur (401-596-3443), both certified teaching couples.

The Feast of Beato Angelo D’acri featuring Triduum Masses, Feast Mass, procession and dinner dance is Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 27. Beato Angelo Triduum Masses are Oct. 23-25 at 7 p.m. The Feast Mass is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. A procession through the neighborhood follows the Mass. The dinner dance is Oct. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Groton Motor Inn, 99 Goldstar Highway, Groton,. Tickets are $60 per person; youths 15 and under are $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Nancy Luzzi at 401-742-6695, Gina DeGiacomo at 401-829-6105, or Debbie Scavello at 401-345-8304. Tickets will also be available at the rectory office during business hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.).

The church is located at 44 Elm St. For more information, call 401-596-5735 or visit saintpiuswesterly.org.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — All are invited to join the congregation as The Puffers share a gospel concert on Sunday morning at 10. Bob Puffer spent 13 years playing country music on various string instruments, and in 1982 he gave his life to the Lord. Six months later, he was convinced to go into singing the Gospel for the Lord around the country. Puffer’s wife, Darleen, gave her life to the Lord in 1985, and she added a new dimension to the his music ministry with vocals, keyboard, sax and clarinet.

Children in first through sixth grades will be able to enjoy the concert this week — the children’s church program will resume next week. The church also has 2 Stix music ministry for the grades three through seven, and practice for our Christmas play for children of all ages has begun. Bring your children for a blessing and lots of fun!

The Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing and testimonies. Deacon Dale Williams will share a message from the pulpit this Sunday evening.

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 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.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — 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 it explores the possibilities! This week the sermon series on church basics will consider the role of money in our lives and in the church as part of a society where no one seems to agree on anything with dollar signs attached. How are we to be God’s people in a world where human worth is measured in dollars and cents? It’s not easy but it is possible. Come and be a part of the conversation.

The Men’s Club’s famous Roast Pork Supper is on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under 10. Everyone welcome.

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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