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  • Storytime 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Westerly
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  • Religion listings: May 23, 2014

    Weekapaug Chapel

    The Weekapaug Chapel Society welcomes everyone for the traditional Memorial Day service held at the Chapel on 105 Noyes Neck Road on Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m. The service will be led by the Rev. Julia Fuller, a retired Presbyterian minister who serves as pastor in charge of the chapel. The service will focus on hymns and music with a patriotic theme, with organist Janeen Baker. All offerings received at the service will be given to local Westerly agencies. The summer season of the Weekapaug Chapel will begin on Sunday, June 29, at 10 a.m. with services led by ministers of all denominations. Please plan to worship at the Chapel during the summer season.

    Congregational Church, United, UCC

    PAWCATUCK — Our annual Memorial Day Weekend Remembrance Service will be the focus of worship this Sunday and everyone is invited. You are encouraged to bring a photo or other remembrance of a loved one who served in the armed forces, police or fire departments, and place it on the altar as we remember and give thanks for their service this Sunday. A special message will be offered by lay leader Gary Davis, who will be speaking on “The Time to Seek Shelter” as he recalls for us the story of “Halsey’s Typhoon” during World War II and the connection he sees in it to Jesus calming the waters.

    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!

    Watch this space for details on some of the wonderful events coming up at our church in the weeks ahead: a unique Family Potluck and Communion Education Event on May 30, Children’s Day on June 1, Scholarship Sunday on June 8, and, of course, our famous Chowder and Shortcake Supper scheduled for Sunday, June 22.

    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 Hainsworth, call the church office at 860-599-1226 or visit www.uccwesterly.org. You can also visit us on Facebook.

    Central Baptist Church

    WESTERLY — Pastor Cal Lord’s message will be “Called to Be God’s Witness” for our Memorial Day worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour and the annual church business meeting follow the worship service in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

    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. Sunday. The Adult Bible Study offering is “Women of the Bible.”

    A Men’s Bible Study is held every Tuesday morning at 8:30 am. All men are welcome!

    Wednesday Evening Study: Many Christians believe that our future in heaven is all that really matters. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. A new study, “Surprised by Hope!” is held Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Today, from 5 to 7 p.m., Truth Trackers will have their end of the year Bowling Party at Alley Katz. Call the office for details.

    For more information, please refer to our website at www.cbcwesterly.org 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. (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.

    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 — The message this Sunday at The Church At Westerly is “Being Positive Under Pressure.” It is part of a series at the church called “Straight Talk for Jesus Followers” and is based on the Book of James. The book begins with an intriguing paradox: Christians are to consider it pure joy when they face testing and trials. This truth, according to James, helps followers of Jesus stay positive even when times are tough.

    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

    Today, May 23: Youth (K to 12th grade) are invited to join us for G.P.S. (God’s Path Seekers). Supper at 6 p.m. The theme is Rejoice in the Lord: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say ‘Rejoice,” Philippians 4:4. Free to all; no reservations needed.

    Saturday, May 24, join us for a fundraiser in support of Family Housing Support at Applebee’s in Dunn’s Corners; pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

    Pesbyterian Heritage Worship is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. this Sunday. The Rev. James Glenn’s sermon from the Gospel of John 14:15-21 is entitled “New Beginnings.” Andrew Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. Chancel Choir anthem at 10 a.m. Worship is “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made” by Hayes. The instrumentalists are Dan Dickerman, timpani; Craig Moody, trumpet; Bob Spargo, trumpet; and Steve Schneider, horn F.

    Worship is in our handicap accessible Sanctuary. During 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Worship there is a cry room available for parents who have infants or toddlers. We also have a separate room for infants and toddlers overseen by a professional attendant at 10 a.m.

    Classic Book Club: We will meet at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Sit on the deck at the Rev. Glenn’s home, enjoy a glass of lemonade, and enter into the discussion of our book, “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom. Call the church office, 401-322-0655, for more information.

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

    Join us for Vespers on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. led by Kathy Jervis.

    We welcome the community to join us on Friday, May 30, for a Welcome Summer picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church property. Call the church office to find out what food to bring and share.

    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). 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. The cost is $5 per hour; contact Christine Fish.

    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

    This Saturday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m., Faith Bible Chapel will host the movie “Ring the Bell,” rated PG and featuring Casting Crowns and Steven Curtis Chapmen. “Sometimes the Next Big Thing Isn’t What You Expect.”

    Joseph “Ben” Asermelly will be sharing an encouraging message this Sunday morning at 10:30. 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 evening at 7, and all are welcome to attend.

    FBC’s Teen Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, and continue to meet the first and third Tuesday of each month. All students ages 12-18 years old are welcome to come out for food, games and fun.

    FBC will host the mixed singing ensemble Light from California Baptist University on Sunday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Please contact the church office for more information or visit www.calbaptist.edu/music.

    The primary way in which we experience community at FBC is through our Community Groups. Please visit our website at 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 in Westerly. 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. For more information, please call FBC at (401)348-9637 or go online at www.faithbiblechapel.com.

    Full Throttle Biker Church

    Maybe you have seen the movie “Machine Gun Preacher” about Sam Childers, the man saving orphans in Sudan. We are thrilled to have him coming the weekend of June 6-8. The church meets the second Friday of the month at Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Road, Groton, 860-448-6224; the Rev. Brad Whipple, lead pastor. Childers will speak at 7 p.m., June 6, at the church, followed by a pig roast. A Poker Run is scheduled for Saturday, followed by a movie, “Missionary or Mercenary,” and Childers will speak again at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is selling tickets for several of these events.

    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, Big Picture Bible Study, 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 this Sunday evening, May 25, at 6 and enjoy special music guests, The Puffers. Dessert fellowship will follow.

    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 — Tonight, 6:30, Youth Game Night. All are welcome.

    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., please stop by our arts and crafts table at the Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce Virtu Art Festival in Wilcox Park. Come back on Sunday.

    Sunday mornings be sure to catch the Rev. Joshua A. McClure’s radio program, “Living Faith For Today,” at 7:30 a.m. on WBLQ 1230 AM.

    9:30 a.m., 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, “One Victory At A Time,” taken from Deuteronomy 7:21-26, will be delivered by Minister Christopher Lee Williams; youth fellowship meeting has been canceled.

    Monday, Memorial Day. Trustee Meeting will be next week.

    Friday, 5:45 to 8:00 p.m., Greater Fellowship Baptist Association of Rhode Island & Vicinity – Youth Program; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Providence.

    Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Greater Fellowship Baptist Association program continues; sessions for clergy, laity, ushers, youth, music; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Providence. Sunday Service 4 p.m.

    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.

    St. Andrew Lutheran

    St. Andrew Lutheran Church on 15 East Beach Road in Charlestown has Sunday Morning Worship every Sunday with services at 8:30, 9:40 and 10:35 a.m. The first service is a blended contemporary service with a wide variety of music led bySol Music and Grace. The 9:40 service is a traditional Lutheran liturgy and communion service accompanied by organ and with an occasional visit from the choir called Grace. The 10:35 service is a lively contemporary service led musically by Seek First Band and Voices of Joy. Communion is celebrated at each service.

    At all services, preaching is grounded in the Bible, but seeks to connect God’s story with our stories and let the Bible shape our understanding of contemporary issues. For more information call the church office at 401-322-0088.

    Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

    N. STONINGTON — Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. and will include honoring of our veterans, patriotic music and a message continuing in the Memorial Day theme from the Rev. David Jordan titled “In God We Trust” from Proverbs 14:34.

    There will be no Sunday evening service this week because of the Memorial Day weekend.

    Sunday School classes for all ages 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 are beginning our all-church summer teaching-prayer meeting with a 20-part DVD series by Howard Hendricks titled “Living By the Book.” The DVD is a 25 minute teaching which will aid you in learning practical Bible study.

    The church is located at 12 Stillman Road, North Stonington.

    We are a Bible based church with practical preaching and teaching for all ages. 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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