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    Pleasant Street Baptist Church

    WESTERLY — 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 and hear his message for the day.

    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, “G-R-A-C-E,” is taken from Ephesians 2:1-10 and the speaker of the day is Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

    Wednesday, 7 p.m., Prayer and Bible Study. All are welcome. The Holistic Fitness & Wellness Program is off for the summer and will resume Oct. 4.

    Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon — Christmas in July: The Women’s Fellowship is hoping you will help out by donating a new toy, game, book or clothing. Stop by the church any Saturday in July and see the donation boxes. All proceeds will be used toward gift baskets for those in need at Christmas.

    The emergency food pantry is 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 cereal. The Food Pantry is open the last Monday and Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., except on holiday. Any further information or questions, please contact the church office at 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monay to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Weekapaug Chapel

    Services at the Weekapaug Chapel at 105 Noyes Neck Road are held each Sunday during the summer months at 10 a.m. with guest ministers each week representing various denominations. All are welcome to join in worship at the “chapel by the sea.” The preacher for the July 6 service will be the Rev. Joan Withers Priest, who is a minister-at-large in the Presbytery of Southern New England and lives with her family in Lyme, Conn.

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

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

    On Sunday, July 13, the Chapel welcomes the return of the Rev. Erica Thompson, associate pastor at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Conn.

    Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

    NORTH STONINGTON — Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns, special music and a practical message from Simeon Beil, our summer intern, titled “The Most Forgotten Prayer” from the book of 1 Chronicles 4:1-10.

    Our Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 p.m. and this week we will be sharing the movie “The Miracle of Israel” distributed by The Miracle of Israel Foundation. Take this journey with us and learn how ancient prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes and how the miraculous story of Israel’s restoration may hold the key to our future.

    Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9 a.m. Pastor Dave’s adult class is doing a practical study of the book of Proverbs. (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 continuing our all-church summer teaching and prayer meeting with a 20-part DVD series by Howard Hendricks titled “Living By the Book.” The DVD is a 25 minute teaching that will aid you in learning practical Bible study followed by discussion and prayer for the needs of the church.

    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 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.

    Avondale Chapel

    The Rev. David Jordan is our guest speaker this week. He is the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church, North Stonington, 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 B.S. and Master of Science degrees from Northeastern University and his master’s in divinity from Bethany College. He is currently involved in teaching, preaching and pastoral ministry and especially enjoys studying and teaching the Old Testament.

    The pastor and his wife, Mary Anne, reside in Pawcatuck, where they are enjoying their grandchildren. He has published his first book of poems entitled “He Will Make Me Walk On High Places.”

    Music will be provided by Lynn Dowding, organist, and Ben Rose, soloist. Dowding is the choral director at Chariho High School and Middle School, and the music director at Central Baptist Church. Rose, who is visiting from the Phoenix area, is the former director of music at First Baptist Church of Charlestown. The chapel is at 11 Avondale Road in Westerly.

    Congregational Church, United, UCC

    PAWCATUCK — Make worship with us a part of your Independence Day Holiday Weekend. We’ll be pondering together what it might mean to be transformed by Jesus to live a new life each day. We’ll also be sharing in the sacrament of Communion. Everyone is welcome because Jesus has saved a place for you at his table. 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. Questions and questioners welcome.

    Things have slowed down around here but they haven’t stopped by any means. Here’s what’s happening over the summer months in our wonderful church: Family Fun Fellowship outing to the CT Tigers Baseball Game on July 11; Books on the Beach at Misquamicut on July 10, 17 and 24; Congregational Mission Trip July 31-Aug. 3; Blessing of the Backpacks and Church Picnic on Aug. 24. God never takes a vacation so why should we.

    Come and experience this vital Christian community and its 21st century outlook on our 2,000-year-old faith. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. 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. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

    Central Baptist Church

    WESTERLY — At the worship service at 9:30 a.m. this week Pastor Cal Lord’s message will be “God Hears Our Voice,” the third sermon in his five-week series “The Gifts of God — Preaching Through the Book of I Samuel.” Fellowship Hour is held after worship downstairs in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!

    Junior Church is held during worship for younger children and childcare is available. Our building is handicapped accessible.

    Sign up for Vacation Bible School. It will be held July 14-18, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. with the theme Jungle Safari. It’s free. VBS is for children in preschool through grade six. We will sing, pray, hear a Bible story, have a snack, and have fun with friends. The kids travel in small groups from station to station. We participate in a local mission to put our faith into action. We welcome children from all denominations. Children in seventh grade and up can volunteer as helpers. Registration forms are available on the church’s website and in the church office.

    Bocce Ball and Lawn Games Fun: On Thursday nights this summer we will meet at the church at 6 p.m. to play bocce ball, horseshoes and croquet. All are welcome. We will set up a grill and have a potluck picnic. Bring your favorite meat to grill and a picnic food to share.

    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.

    Registrations are being accepted for our annual Vacation Bible School, which will be held July 28 to Aug. 1. This program, open to the community, is a free, weeklong camp at the church for children ages 3 to 12. Youths ages 13 and up can volunteer to help run the camp. This year’s theme, “Weird Animals — Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind,” will provide a fun-filled week with crafts, games, Bible stories, music and more. Registration forms can be found on the church website or call the parish office at 401-596-0197.

    The Living Supplies Closet for those in need is open on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Closet, 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 like toiletries, cleaning supplies and paper products. Donations of items (particularly Comet, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, tissues, dish and 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 our website: www.christchurchwesterly.org.

    The Church At Westerly

    WESTERLY — “How to Manage Your Mouth” is the message this Sunday. The study is based on the Book of James, written by Jesus’ brother. James is full of practical wisdom and personal advice for everyday living as followers of Jesus. The reality of how hard it is to keep our tongues under control is the subject of Sunday’s message. Real-life solutions are offered as part of the study.

    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 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

    Family Housing Support Fundraiser to end homelessness: Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast Saturday, July 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Cross Mills Baptist Church, 4403 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

    This Sunday, July 6th, 8 a.m.: Worship and Communion is in an outdoor arena located in a pine glade behind the Dunn’s Corners Church. A platform with folding chairs will provide comfort for those who cannot sit on the wooden benches. A childcare room for infants and Church School 3 years old to third grade is available. Fellowship and refreshments follow in Fellowship Hall.

    The 10 a.m. Worship and Communion is in the air-conditioned Sanctuary that is handicap accessible. The Rev. James Glenn’s sermon from the Gospel of Matthew 11:25-30 is entitled “Jesus Instructs the Weary to Rest” from the summer series “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” Andrew Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. 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. We also have a separate room for infants and toddlers overseen by a professional attendant at 10 a.m.

    Join us for our discussion on Jon Meacham’s “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” at 1 p.m. on Monday, July. Call the church office at 401-322-0655 for more information.

    Join us for a Bible Study Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 —“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” On July 8 we will discuss Jesus and the Sabbath from Luke 6:1-11.

    Youth Center hosted by Rachelle Sylvia, summer youth coordinator, is now open: Youth grades 6-12 are invited to join us this Tuesday, July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. We will host a pizza dinner at 5 p.m. and a movie at 6 p.m.

    On Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m., Vespers will led by Sheri Loeckler, and the Bible Study will be at 7:05 p.m. We will discuss the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9; 188-23.

    Vacation Bible School registration is underway. This summer set sail with “Gangway to Galilee: Amazing Grace Adventures!” Bible school is for children preschool through grade five and will take place on Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the church office at 401-322-0655 to have a registration form (one per child) mailed to you or stop by and pick up a registration form in the office at 221 Post Road, Westerly.

    Call the church office or email clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com for more information.

    Faith Bible Chapel

    The Sunday worship service will be at 10 a.m. and 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.

    Vacation Bible School will feature “SonRise National Park” and be held July 21-24th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the evening. All children ages 4 to 12 years old are welcome.

    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 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 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.

    The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

    ASHAWAY — Kids, are you ready to have some fun this summer? It’s almost Vacation Bible Time, and this year’s theme is Weird Animals! On July 16, 17, and 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. come and play exciting Untamed Games, see a video at KidVid cinema, and have a snack at Critter Cafe. Don’t forget your coins, we are getting the big scale ready for our Boys vs. Girls competition to raise money for missions!

    Then, don’t miss our annual Super Summer Explosion on Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an awesome day of family fun with a bounce house, slip and slide, inflatable obstacle course, cotton-candy, slushies, hot dogs and more. There will be a presentation by East Coast Karate an noon and hands-on fun with Mad Science. Everything is free, but this year we will also offer raffle prizes, and if you’d like to enter the raffle tickets will be $2 each or three for $5.

    This Sunday, stop by and be a part of one of our Bible Fellowship Classes, beginning at 9:30am. Classes offered are: Christian Literature, Monthly Bible Topics, Big Picture Bible Study, and Men, Women, Teens, and Children’s groups. There will be a coffee and refreshment time in the Fellowship Hall after the Bible classes.

    Morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Our Worship Service consists of our Praise Team leading traditional and contemporary hymns and a message preached from God’s Word.

    Come back out Sunday evening to learn more as we are studying the minor prophesy of Habakkuk at 6 p.m.

    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 and Prayer Meeting at 6. We are beginning a new study called Winning From Within. 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 website www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road, Ashaway.

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