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Local religion listings


Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the congregation on Sunday as Pastor Cal Lord brings the message “Developing a Faith That Honors God,” based on Isaiah 58:1-14. The choir will sing the anthem “Total Praise.”

Junior Church is held during worship for younger children and child care is available. The building is handicapped accessible.

Sunday school for all ages is available at 9 a.m. The adult classes currently offered are Words to Live By (a study in Proverbs), through Feb. 23, in the third-floor classroom, and My One Word.

The Christian Book Club will meet Sunday at 6 p.m. to discuss the book “Grace,” by Max Lucado.

A men’s Bible study is held each Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the church parlor. All men are welcome.

Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) is set to resume its meetings on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Avondale Chapel. Fellowship “hour” starts at 8 a.m. with coffee; Bible study is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No previous Bible study experience is necessary to participate. 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 meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m.

The Alpha Course returns in January: On Tuesdays at 7 p.m., the church resumes its studies in the Alpha Course classes. Newcomers are welcome as topics like resisting evil, witnessing our faith, the work of the church and healing are discussed.

Weight Watchers now holds its meetings at the church on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator or stairs. For more information, visit weightwatchers.com.

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

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship begins with the Saturday service at 5 p.m. (Rite I Holy Eucharist). On Sunday, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 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.

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. Located in the basement of Christ Church, it 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 and greatly appreciated.

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 at the church is “Be Careful When You Pray: ‘Thy Kingdom Come.’” The Bible-based study defines God’s kingdom and applies the spiritual truths to the world today. Using the word pictures Jesus used, God’s kingdom is illustrated as a mustard seed and yeast. The kingdom exists already on earth but more is yet to come. The present power and eternal nature of the kingdom are central themes.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. The dress is casual and worship is from 10:30 to 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 faith relationship with Jesus. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught from the Holy Bible, and both Catholics and Protestants are welcome. The church is especially open to people seeking to know God or trying to return to Him.

Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45, then children go to their own Bible study classes.

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.

Additional information, including a map, is available at TheChurchAtWesterly.org. Feel free to “like” and “join” the church on Facebook. You may also reach Pastor Clark Rumfelt in Westerly at 401-315-2317 or 401-932-4766, especially if you need a ride to church.

Congregation Sharah Zedek

WESTERLY — Regular monthly services are held the third Friday of each month. The next service will be held on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. An Oneg will follow the service and includes light desserts and fun conversation.

This month’s sermonette will focus on community responsibility, based on the notion that the Israelites in the wilderness supported the building of the Tabernacle — a portable sanctuary that accompanied them from Egypt to Canaan. When is giving enough?

Visitors to the area are encouraged to attend and experience the 100-year-old synagogue, which is located at 6 Union St. For more information, call 401-348-8992 or visit congregationsharahzedek.org.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — Youth (sixth to eighth grades), their senior high enablers (grades nine through 12) and children in grades kindergarten through fifth are invited to join G.P.S. (God’s Path Seekers) today at 6 p.m., followed by a game night for families and friends. The theme is “Family Valentine Celebration.” Proverbs 17:17: Friends always show their love. What are friends for if not to share their troubles as well as their joys.

Worship is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. this Sunday. The Rev. Julia A. Fuller will offer the sermon titled “Liabilities.” Scripture readings are Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37. Grace Urrico leads in music. At 10 a.m. worship, the Chancel Choir anthem is “Lord, Tune Our Hearts,” by Martin.

Worship is in the handicapped-accessible Sanctuary. During the two 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. There is also a separate room for infants and toddlers overseen by a professional attendant at 10 a.m.

Join the congregation on Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for a discussion on the theological significance of the 10 greatest events in biblical history and how they apply. Read John 19:1-30 in preparation. The Rev. Jim Glenn will lead.

Join the congregation for Vespers on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; the Rev. Donna Maggi will present the meditation. At 7:10 p.m., the Bible study of the Gospel of John will continue, led by Rev. Fuller.

All programs at the church, 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 — FBC will host its 10th annual Sweetheart Banquet today, Valentine’s Day, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The speakers for the evening will be Kim and Nancy Nelson of Barrington Baptist Church, formerly of FamilyLife, who will share on “Improving Communication in Your Marriage.” The evening includes refreshments, games, prizes and fellowship. So go out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, then join us at 6:30 for an evening to remember.

“The Best of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University” series has been rescheduled to this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to meet the second Saturday evening of each month. The free, six-session condensed version of Ramsey’s groundbreaking study on finances will highlight such key areas as budgeting, buying, getting out of debt, giving, saving and spending. Each evening will begin with a free meal, followed by Ramsey’s insight, and a brief small-group time.

Daniel Jaquez will share an encouraging message on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. He will be joined by the praise and worship team By Grace, who will open and close 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 every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Faith. All are welcome to attend.

A Bible Study on the Gospel of John will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., FBC will host the movie “Unstoppable,” a film created by Kirk Cameron and Liberty University. “In ‘Unstoppable,’ a brand-new documentary, Cameron takes you on a personal and inspiring journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith: Why? Cameron goes back to the beginning — literally — as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives ... and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope, “Unstoppable” creatively asks — and answers — the age-old question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” The film is Dove-Family Approved and recommended for ages 12 and over.

“Evangelism for the Tongue Tied: How Anyone Can Tell Others About Jesus” is a five-session study that will continue on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. and continue every other Sunday throughout the winter. The goal of this class is to help you develop a natural way to share your faith in a variety of settings.

A Women’s Bible study titled “Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go,” by Lisa Harper, will continue on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. This eight-session study on the book of Malachi focuses on God’s mercy. “On our worst day, God doesn’t walk away from us and His love for us is not determined by our performance, no matter how many times we mess up. God loves (and never leaves) broken people.”

FBC’s MOMs Group will next meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month through May. The MOM’s Group is a safe place for Christians, 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 men’s bible study titled “33 the Series — Volume 4: A Man and His Work” will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and continue every other Wednesday evening through May. “This volume reveals how God created man to work. His Word instructs men how to engage and actually enjoy their work. It provides insight into some of the ways men can find both their best fit and more fulfillment in their work.”

The primary way in which FBC experiences the community is through its community groups. Several groups are hosted in Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. Please visit www.faithbiblechapel.com for updated listings of groups that fit your schedule.

Faith Bible Chapel is a non-denominational, Christian church located at 115 Ashaway Road. 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. For more information, call FBC at 401-348-9637 or go online at faithbiblechapel.com.

Full Throttle Biker Church

GROTON — Full Throttle Biker Church is an inspiring place and service by bikers for bikers and those that love bikers. Founded by Pastor Brad Whipple, who has ridden for more than 40 years, ministered to bikers for 10 years in Sturgis, S.D., and led an annual Blessing of the Bikes for nine years, the church’s mission is to help bikers see that a life wide open for Christ is more exciting than the bikes they ride.

The church generally meets the second Friday of each month at Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Road. For more information, call Pastor Whipple at 860-448-6224 or visit the church’s Facebook page.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — Celebration worship service is Sunday at 10 a.m., preceded by coffee and conversation at 9:30. Children’s worship and ministries are included at 10 a.m. Also Sunday is the monthly leadership support team meeting.

Fireproof Bible study is Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Worship team practice is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Friday, a study of Luke is from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts near Rite Aid in Westerly.

Starting Sunday, March 2, the church will sharing the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church, 120 Main St., Westerly.

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 verse for 2014 is from Hebrews 6:1: “... let us move beyond the elementary ... and be taken forward to maturity.”

The church is located at 62 Franklin St., Suite 13, the former DMV. Pastor Steve Crino may be reached at ps@occcwesterly.org, at the church at 401-596-7400 or at his office at 401-322-1406. The family center may be reached at 401-596-7401. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — Join the church community on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for Bible fellowship classes. Classes offered are Christian Literature (the group has just started reading “The Screwtape Letters,” by C.S. Lewis), Monthly Bible Topics, Biblical Principles, and Men’s, Women’s, Teens’ and Children’s groups — there’s something for the whole family!

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30. Worship service consists of traditional and contemporary praise and worship music, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a Bible-based message.

At 6 p.m., the Sunday evening service begins. Join the congregation and learn something new as the book of Micah is studied. Also at 6 p.m., children in first through sixth grades are welcome to join the Truth Trackers club. The group digs into God’s word, has a snack and an action-packed game time.

The men’s Bible study, M.U.G.S. (Men Under Grace Sustained), meets every Tuesday at the church at 6:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday is the casual Bible study and prayer meeting at 6 p.m. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam, the awesome Teen group meets with Andy, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. Is prayer really important? Come study the Scriptures and see what you think.

A child care/nursery is available during all services. 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 pilgrimsbaptist.com. Also, check the website for cancellation information due to wintry weather. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — On Saturday at 8:15 a.m., Men Ever Emerging will meet in the fellowship hall. At 9:30 a.m., Women’s Fellowship will meet at Glenda Julue’s home.

Sunday morning, be sure to catch the Rev. Joshua A. McClure’s program “Living Faith For Today” at 7:30 a.m. on radio station WBLQ 1230-AM and hear his message for the day. There are religion classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, including New Life classes for those becoming members of the church. This Sunday’s sermon at 10:45 a.m. will be “If You Seek ... You Will Find,” taken from scripture Matthew 6:33. It will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

A deacons meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

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

Women’s Bible study will resume in March.

The Emergency Food Pantry at Family Life Center is located at 31 Pleasant St. If you are in need or know someone who is, please call. Donations are gladly accepted. This month’s requested food item is tuna fish.

The church is located at 37 Pleasant St. For further information or questions, contact the church office 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-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 contemporary service with a wide variety of music led by Sol Music and Grace. Communion is celebrated every week. The 9:40 service features a traditional Lutheran liturgy and Communion service accompanied by organ and with an occasional visit from the choir, Grace. The 10:35 service is a lively contemporary service led musically by Seek First and Voices of Joy. Communion is celebrated each week.

At all services, preaching is grounded in the Bible but seeks to connect God’s story with our stories; to connect the life of Jesus with our lives; to let the Bible shape our understanding of contemporary issues.

The church will offer a safe church training seminar to all local clergy and lay leaders on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Dr. Bill Barter, New England Synod senior pastor from Portland, Maine, will facilitate the training. He will share best practices designed to keep children and youth safe in churches. The training will be an overview of child abuse and neglect issues. Best practices and models for creating and maintaining a safe church for children will also be the focus of the training. The session involves lecture, interactive activities, a video, and an opportunity for questions and answers. Invited to attend the session are pastors, lay leaders in children’s and youth ministry, preschool staff, council members, preschool board members, and anyone else who works with youth of a church. The training session is free, though participants are asked to help cover the cost of training by putting a small donation in the basket. Those interested in attending are asked to register by calling Erin in the St. Andrew office at 401-322-0088 or by emailing standrewRIoffice@gmail.com.

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 service begins at 10 with singing of hymns, special music and part one of a series from the Epistle of James titled “The Christian and his Battles.” The church has a dynamic children’s program for grades one through six during the message portion of each week’s service. Bring your children for a blessing and a great time.

There will be no Sunday evening service this week due to the holiday weekend.

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 church’s website to view a schedule of classes.) Join a class and get your questions answered and enjoy fellowship with others.

Wednesday evening programs have something for everyone. At 5:30 p.m., for children age kindergarten through grade six, there is the Olympian Club program, in which participants will grow spiritually while enjoying many fun activities and performing service projects for the community. At 6 p.m. a church prayer meeting will be held in the sanctuary to include the junior and senior high youth groups, led by Pastor Dave.

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 or visit secondbaptistns.org.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool

ASHAWAY — What is it about “either/or” scenarios that we don’t like? In this day and age, it doesn’t seem right that we can’t have our cake and eat it, too. However, God is very clear that there is a path that either leads to life or that leads to death. Join the congregation this Sunday as He invites you to walk with Him on the path to life. Divine service at 10:30 a.m. 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, call the preschool at 401-377-4216.

Trinity Lutheran 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 its 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 — Another of the well-known stories about Jesus provides the framework for the congregation’s ponderings together this week — Jesus and the rich, young man. He asks Jesus what more he needs to do to be a part of God’s eternal realm but he does not like Jesus’ answer. And no wonder, since Jesus makes it clear that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s eternal realm. What’s up with that? Our society tells us repeatedly that wealth and power are things to strive for. But are they? Join us as Jesus’ answer to the rich, young man is considered.

Mark your calendar now for two of the church’s well-known events coming up next month. The famous Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is scheduled for March 16, and the Attic Treasures Sale is set for March 22. Never a dull moment around here, and all are welcome to be a part of it!

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not God, faith and the church remain relevant, this may be the community for you as the congregation ponders God’s future and our role in it together. Join the congregation as the possibilities are explored. Questions and questioners 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. with Sunday school for children in preschool through middle school. Fellowship time for all follows worship. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 9 Castle Hill Road off Pequot Trail. For more information or to speak with Pastor Ruth, call the church office at 860-599-1226 or visit uccwesterly.org. You can also “like” the church on Facebook.

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