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religion listing for 7-11-14


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.

Don’t miss Sunday Evenings, at 6 p.m., as we’ll be starting a new video series by Andy Stanley on Biblical love in marriage called “Staying in Love.”

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.

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.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, the service and annual picnic will take place at the home of Joe and Barbara Siner, 86 Northwest Corner Road, North Stonington, Conn. Please bring a dish to share and chairs. This week’s sermon is “He Guides” taken from Proverbs 3:5-6, 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 white bread. The Food Pantry is open the last Monday and Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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

On Sunday, July 13, the Weekapaug Chapel Society welcomes the Rev. Erica Thompson as the guest minister at the chapel. The Rev. Thompson is the associate pastor at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. Many area residents attend Asylum Hill during the winter and we look forward to welcoming her. She continues a longstanding tradition of ministers from Asylum Hill preaching at the chapel.

Services at the chapel at 105 Noyes Neck Road in Weekapaug are held each week during the summer season at 10 a.m. For additional information please call 401-322-1450. We welcome all who wish to worship at these ecumenical services. The chapel Sunday School classes for younger visitors have begun under the leadership of Caroline Maynard and her teenage helpers. All children are invited to come to the chapel for the first part of the service and then to gather in the chapel garden. We are enjoying having the choir sing at services this summer and remind anyone interested in joining the choir that rehearsals are held at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The choir is under the direction of Gery Elliot. On July 20, the Rev. Dr. James R. Glenn of Westerly will lead the service.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns, special music and a children’s moment. The Rev. David Jordan will share a practical message titled “The Courage of Commitment” from the book of John 13:31-38 followed by our remembrance of Christ through our Communion service.

Our Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 p.m. with a hymn sing, testimonies and prayer for the needs of our church. Our summer intern, Simeon Beil, will continue with his series of messages from the book of Titus.

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. Clark Rumfelt, pastor of The Church At Westerly, is our guest speaker this week. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Westerly. They moved here from Ancaster, Ontario, where they spent time working with a team starting churches. Originally from Mississippi, Clark was a practicing lawyer for over 20 years and Valerie was employed in denominational work. Valerie holds a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Clark holds a Master of Divinity degree in addition to his juris doctor. He is a member of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Clergy Association and the Westerly Rotary Club.

Music will be provided by Brandon Donahue and Ann-Frances Rokosa. Donahue is a classically trained organist who has been studying piano for over 20 years. He graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance while studying under Judith Stillman. Brandon has performed in solo recitals at Rhode Island College as well as in ensembles across the state. Rokosa, a violin soloist, is currently working in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She is also helping to teach elementary students about classical music through the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Crescendo program. Ann-Frances has played at numerous concert sites in Boston, and at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has also played with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Congregational Church, United, UCC

PAWCATUCK — Make time in your summer to join us in worship this Sunday as we ponder together Jesus’ gift of freedom for new life. Parts of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome will provide the basis for our reflections together this Sunday and for the rest of July. 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: Books on the Beach at Misquamicut on July 17 and 24; Women’s Fellowship Luncheon on July 15; Congregational Mission Trip July 31-Aug. 3; Blessing of the Backpacks and Church Picnic on Aug. 24. Spend part of your vacation this summer with us. You’ll be glad you did. For more information please speak with the Rev. Ruth Hainsworth by contacting the church office.

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 be “God Walks With Us,” the fourth 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.

Vacation Bible School will be held next week, July 14-18, 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. with the theme Jungle Safari! It’s free and it’s not too late to sign up. Simply come to the church on Monday morning at 9 and register.

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. For more information on any of the events at our church, 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, 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 — The Rev. Fred LaFountain is the guest speaker this Sunday at The Church At Westerly. The Rev. LaFountain grew up in this area and attended Bible college. He will bring a Bible-based message, including a presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited to Sunday’s service.

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 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 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 “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

This Sunday, July 13, at 8 a.m.: Worship is in an outdoor arena 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 students 3 years old to third grade is available. Fellowship and refreshments follow in Fellowship Hall.

The 10 a.m. Worship is in the air-conditioned Sanctuary that is handicap accessible. The Rev. James Glenn’s sermon from the Gospel of Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 is entitled “Jesus Tells the Parable of the Sower” from the summer series “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” Andrew Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. Emily Thomsen, flautist, will play “Fairest Lord Jesus.” 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.

Monday, July 14, men will come together at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and a Bible Study. Call the Church Office at 401-322-0655 for location.

Tuesday, July 15:

• Join us for a Bible Study, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” We will discuss Jesus and the centurion from Luke 7:1-10

• Youth Center for grades 6-12, hosted by Rachelle Sylvia, summer youth coordinator, 5 to 8 p.m.

• Join us for a one-year anniversary barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. in celebration of the Family Housing Support to end homelessness. The event will be at the Dunn’s Corners Church in the Fellowship Hall. Bring all your family and friends as we celebrate what we have accomplished as a Community of Faith. This mission could not have gotten off the ground without the support of the entire community.

Wednesday, July 16th:

• Join us for Vespers and Holy Communion at 6:30 p.m. led by the Rev. Glenn.

• Join us for Bible Study at 7:05 p.m. We will discuss the Parable of the Fig Tree from Luke 13:6-9.

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

Daniel Landeck will be sharing an encouraging message from Colossians at 10 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 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 to come learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love and true hope.

The primary way in which we experience community at FBC is through our Community Groups. Several groups are hosted in Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. 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.

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