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  • Local religion listings, May 9, 2014

    Congregational Church, United, UCC

    PAWCATUCK — Come join us this Sunday for a celebration of the mothers and like mothers in our lives! Several of our folks will be offering reflections on their moms and we will be honoring moms and “like moms” with photos and cherished mementos placed on the altar during the first hymn. Also, this is our monthly Mission Sunday so donations for the PNC of canned fruit in any and all varieties will be appreciated!

    If you’ve ever wondered whether or not God, faith and the church remain relevant, this may be the community for you as we ponder God’s future and our role in it together. Join us as we explore the possibilities!

    The Annual Barbara Murano Scholarship Dinner will take place this Saturday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with an exciting menu change this year. Make your own tacos and ice cream sundaes! Rob Morrone, the “Almost Iron Chef” winner, will prepare all the taco ingredients with Tex-Mex side dishes also on the menu. Then top it all off with ice cream! Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children, $25 maximum for a family of four.

    Come and experience this vital Christian community and its 21st century outlook on our 2000 year old faith. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School for children preschool through middle school age on most Sundays. 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 www.uccwesterly.org. You can also visit us on Facebook. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

    Central Baptist Church

    WESTERLY — Mark your calendars now for our annual Baptist Heritage Day outdoor service and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 18. This is our way of celebrating Neighbor Day with all of Westerly. Invite a friend and let’s make it a day to remember.

    “Home Is Where The Heart Is” will be Pastor Cal Lord’s 10:30 a.m. message for our Sunday service. Junior Church is held during worship for younger children and childcare is available. Our building is handicapped accessible.

    Sunday School is available for all ages at 9 a.m. Sundays. The Adult Bible Study offering is “Women of the Bible” which will run through June 8. A Men’s Bible Study is held every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Avondale Bible Fellowship meets on Thursdays at the Avondale Chapel. Fellowship “hour” starts at 8 a.m. with coffee, Bible study is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    Wednesday Evening worship is held at 6:30 in the Central Baptist Chapel. We meet from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. We hope you will join us for a mid week spiritual boost.

    Wednesday Evening Study. A new study “Surprised by Hope!” is beginning Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

    Christ Church

    WESTERLY — Worship at Christ Church begins with the Saturday evening 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.

    SERVE! Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is best known for its ongoing commitment to our armed forces overseas as well as disaster relief in our own country. Donations of any travel sized items/hotel toiletries may be left in the parish office at any time. We are also accepting used cellphones for Cellphones for Soldiers.

    The Living Supplies Closet for those in need is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday. The Closet is in the basement of Christ Church. 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.

    For more information, please contact Christ Church at 401-596-0197, or at christ-church@verizon.net, or check out our website: www.christchurchwesterly.org.

    The Church At Westerly

    WESTERLY — Mother’s Day will be celebrated at The Church At Westerly this Sunday and the message “The Birthday of the Church” will conclude the “God Story” series. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit was made manifest in the lives of Christians. It all began on the Day of Pentecost, which is considered by many to be the beginning of the Church. Sunday’s study looks at the present-day church and its purposes in a world often filled with pain and suffering.

    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 – 11:45. 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 and 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 www.TheChurchAtWesterly.org . Feel free to like and “join” the church on Facebook. You can also reach Pastor Clark Rumfelt in Westerly at 401-315-2317 or 401-932-4766, especially if you need a ride to church.

    Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

    Youth (K to 12th grade) are invited to join us for G.P.S. (God’s Path Seekers) tonight Friday, May 9, in celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Days. Supper is served at 6 p.m. followed by the Parable of the Wise Man Who Built His House Upon the Rock. Free to all; no reservations needed. Youth in grades 6-12 will have a presentation on preventing bullying.

    The “Janie Appleseed” workshop is this Saturday, May 10. This session will focus on care planning and advance directives to make it easier to communicate with professionals about care for a child, an aging parent, a spouse, or yourself; and to gain more control over your health care needs and preference. You do not need to bring a computer to participate. Free to all. Questions? Call the church office.

    “Celebration of Women” Worship is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. this Sunday, May 11. The Presbyterian Women, Martha Caramiciu and Tina Chapman at 8 a.m. Laurie Berry, Michele Yu, and Laurie Luzzi at 10 a.m., will present sermons from the Gospel of John 10:1-10 entitled “We Listen for God’s Word.” Andrew Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. The Chancel Choir anthem at 10 a.m. Worship will be “Brother James’ Air” by Gordon Jacob.

    At 9 a.m. join us for a Mother’s Day breakfast sponsored by Christian Education and served by our youth.

    Join us for May-June Bible Studies: 1) Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Second Corinthians: “Living Letters in Christ”; the Rev. James Glenn, leader. 2) Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Gospel of John; the Rev. Julia Fuller, leader.

    Diamond Luncheon (70+), Tuesday, May 13; 11:30 a.m. Worship and Communion; 12 p.m. luncheon prepared by Sally Scholtz (pork roast with apricot sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, dessert). Sam Pierson will have a presentation on how to make a wooden barrel.

    Join us for Vespers on Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., led by Benjamin Hall.

    It is time to register for Summer Camps (scholarships available):

    • ELC (Early Learning Center) Preschool Program, Friday, June 20, through Friday, Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (flexible scheduling available). This is for ages 3 to 5 and for those who have completed kindergarten. The program is nature-focused with hands-on explorations and studies. The cost is $6 per hour with payments due weekly. Contact Christine Fish at 401- 322-0510 or email: dccelcdirector@yahoo.com

    • Kid Kare Program: Wednesday, June 26, through Tuesday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ages 6 through 12. Weekly themes to include beach, camping, sports week, and more. The focus is on nature, and daily activities including water play, arts and crafts, and making snacks, gardening, and hands-on exploration. The cost is $5 per hour; contact Christine Fish (see above).

    Questions? Call the church office at 401-322-0655 or e-mail: clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com the church office for more information.

    Faith Bible Chapel

    “The Best of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University” series will meet Saturday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to meet the second Saturday evening of each month. This free, six-session version of Dave Ramsey’s groundbreaking study on finances will highlight budgeting, buying, getting out of debt, giving, saving and spending. Each evening will begin with a free meal, followed by Dave’s insight, and a brief small-group time.

    Pastor Bernie Norman will share an encouraging message Sunday morning 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 Women’s Bible Study entitled “Sacred Secrets” by Beth Moore will continue on Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. This six-session study will continue on Monday evenings though May and feature homework in a journaling format. Find out what happens when we let God teach us “wisdom in the secret heart” (Psalm 51:6, ESV).

    A time of Praise and Prayer takes place every Tuesday evening at 7 and all are welcome to attend.

    FBC’s MOM’s Group will meet on Wednesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. It will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month through May. Child care will be provided.

    A men’s Bible study entitled, “33 The Series - Volume 4: A Man and His Work” will be on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. and continue every other Wednesday evening through May.

    “Sharing the Good News,” a three-session study, will begin on Sunday, May 18, at 9 a.m. and continue every other Sunday throughout the spring. The goal of this class is to help you develop a natural way to share your faith in a variety of settings.

    Faith Bible Chapel is a non-denominational Christian church located at 115 Ashaway Road in Westerly. Its mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, please call FBC at 401-348-9637 or go online at www.faithbiblechapel.com.

    The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

    ASHAWAY — Our Sunday Morning Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. with our Bible Fellowship Classes, and there’s sure to be a class where you belong. Classes offered are: Christian Literature, Monthly Bible Topics, Biblical Principles, and Men, Women, Teens, and Children’s groups. Following Bible Fellowship Classes is a coffee and refreshment time in the Fellowship Hall. Morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Our Worship Service consists of our Praise Team leading traditional and contemporary hymns, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a message preached from God’s Word.

    Come back and learn more as we are currently studying the book of Nahum every Sunday at our 6 p.m. service. Also on Sunday nights at 6 is our Truth Trackers Club for children in grades one to six. It’s a great time of snacks, games, and learning about God’s Word.

    Our Men’s Bible Study, M.U.G.S. (Men Under Grace Sustained) meets every Tuesday night at the Church at 6:30. Every Wednesday night is our Casual Bible Study & Prayer Meeting at 6. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam, our awesome Teen group with Andy, and for everyone else a chance to pray and learn. Tune into “The Winning Side” with Pastor Sedam Friday at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230 AM. Contact Tina in the Church Office at 401-377-6077 and visit our new website www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road, Ashaway.

    Pleasant Street Baptist Church

    WESTERLY — Sunday mornings 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.

    9:30 a.m. Sunday: There are religion classes for all ages including New Life classes for those becoming members of the church. 10:45: Join us for Sunday Service; this week’s sermon, “A Mother’s Faith,” is taken from II Timothy 1:1-5, 3:12-17 — speaker, Associate Pastor Mal Davis; Youth Fellowship meeting in the afternoon.

    Wednesday, 7 p.m., Prayer and Bible Study. All are welcome.

    Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Women’s Fellowship meeting at the church.

    Emergency food pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St. If you are in need or know of someone who is, please call. Donations gladly accepted. This month’s food item is peanut butter and jelly.

    Any further information or questions, please contact the church office 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monay to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

    N. STONINGTON — A Gospel Concert by Bob Thompson to honor our mothers will be presented at our Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. on May 11. Bob has appeared on many Christian radio programs, and a weekly television program out of Boston. He has spoken at the chapel for the Red Sox and has sung the national anthem at various sporting events. Bob’s style is a mix of laid-back, worshipful, contemporary gospel music. Bob’s ministry in music is sure to bless and challenge those present as he shares the gift God has given him.

    There will be no Sunday evening service this week to give families time to spend with their mothers and grandmothers.

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

    Wednesday evenings we have something for everyone. At 5:30 p.m. for children ages kindergarten through grade six we have the Olympian Club program where they will grow spiritually while having fun activities and get involved in service projects for our community. At 6 p.m. we offer a Ladies Bible Study; Pastor Dave continues his Bible study and there is a prayer meeting led by one of our deacons.

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

    The church is located at 12 Stillman Road, North Stonington. We look forward to meeting you at one of our services. For further information, call the church office at 860-599-2077.

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