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Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — The Monthly Men’s Breakfast will be held at Amanda’s Pantry on Saturday at 8 a.m.

The annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, hosted by the Friendship Circle, will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be Christmas items and crafts, baked goods and a food table. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes chicken shortcake, salad, vegetable and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Stop by the church office for tickets and information.

Join the congregation on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for Pastor Cal Lord’s sermon “Would You Have Picked Her?” based on Luke 1:26-38. The church will celebrate “White Gift Sunday,” at which parishioners bring forward gifts wrapped in white during the service. The gifts are given to local agencies for Christmas distribution.

Junior Church is held during worship service for younger children and child care is available. The church is handicapped accessible. Sunday school for all ages is available at 9 a.m. Adult Sunday school classes include Guarding Your Child’s Heart, Start Becoming a Good Samaritan and an Advent Study that will focus on God’s love as found in the birth of Jesus and the hope that we have today as a result.

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

The Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) meets on Thursdays at Avondale Chapel for a study of Colossians. Fellowship “Hour” starts at 8 a.m., with Bible study from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No previous Bible study 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.

Christmas Cantata: Come celebrate the season by witnessing the wonderful performance of the musical “One King.” Performances will be at Seventh Day Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., and at Central Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.

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 — Don’t miss the annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon, featuring homemade soups, salads and desserts, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10, with a child-friendly lunch for $5. Available at the bazaar will be holiday grab bags, fine crafts, hand-knitted items, boxwood trees, attic treasures, a tag sale, books, fair trade items, jewelry, stained-glass stationery, a children’s room, homemade holiday baked goods, poinsettias, thaw-and-heat homemade casseroles, soups, pies, sauces, and a visit from Santa. Come and join the fun!

Worship at Christ Church begins with the Saturday service at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I), 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.

The Spiritual Life Commission will present its annual Advent program on Wednesdays in December, including the 11th and 18th, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the St. Nicholas Chapel. The theme for this year’s program is Praying with the Advent Wreath, with readings from the works of Henri Nouwen. Each week as a candle is lighted, a reading will be given, followed by a quiet time, and sharing thoughts on the reading. Ellen Dodge, Shirley Andrews and Paula Niedmann each will lead one of the evenings. Come and join and be at peace for this small bit of time in the busy season. For more information, call Paula Niedmann at 401-596-5434.

This year’s Christmas Caroling Party will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall. George Kent will be at the piano, and refreshments will be served. Come and join for some holiday cheer!

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 Advent Season will be celebrated on Sunday at the church with the message “Crisis Management.” Even for those who believe in and follow Jesus, the battle between fear and faith can be real. Sunday’s Bible-based study relates how the baby born in Bethlehem, now grown up, challenged his disciples to look past fear and find real faith, even in the storms of life.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St., Westerly. Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. The dress is casual and worship is from 10:30 a.m. 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. Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45, then children go to their own Bible studies. 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.

The Chapel is located at 11 Avondale Road. 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.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — Join the church on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Family Advent Workshop and make an Advent wreath for your dining table. The church will provide wreaths and candles (donation: $10/wreath). Bring evergreens, boxwood cuttings, holly, etc. to decorate your wreath; bring extra to share.

Shoreline Ringers, under the direction of Jane Nolan, is a dynamic and energetic handbell choir dedicated to musical excellence and handbell education through their exciting and uplifting performances. The Ringers return to the church to perform a delight-filled concert of Christmas favorites on Saturday at 7 p.m. Beautifully arranged sacred carols and familiar holiday favorites played with technical precision will keep audience members of all ages entertained and amazed. Selections to be included are “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Blue Christmas,” music from “The Nutcracker,” and much more. Families are encouraged to attend this concert. A free-will offering will be taken.

Sale of live wreaths and cemetery boxes are on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 8 p.m. following the Shoreline Ringers concert, and on Sunday following both worship services.

On Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, worship at 8 and 10 a.m. centers on Scriptures from the Isaiah 11:1-10. The Rev. Dr. James R. Glenn, III will offer the sermon titled “Hush Child, God Ain’t Dead.”

Worship is in our handicap accessible Sanctuary. Andy Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. At 8 a.m. worship, the prelude will be a handbell solo, “I Saw Three Ships” (arr. Eithun and played by Taylor Haley); the Chancel Choir’s anthem is “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (by Bach). At 10 a.m. worship, the handbell prelude is “Change Ring Prelude on ‘Divinum Mysterium’” (by Gramann), and the handbell anthem is “I Saw Three Ships” (arr. Eithun).

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.

The Youth Bell and Choir meet Sunday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Music Room for rehearsals.

Casting Call for “The Living Nativity” is on Sunday following both worship services and features an all-youth (preschool to young adults) cast. Dress rehearsal is on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. “The Living Nativity,” directed by Sally Owen, is Sunday, Dec. 15, at the 10 a.m. worship only.

Join the church on Monday for Christmas caroling. Come for pre-caroling refreshments in Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., followed by community caroling. The group will leave the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to add their voices!

Join the church for Advent Evening Supper and Prayer on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Supper is served from 5:45 to 6:20 p.m., including soup, salad and sandwich, prepared by Margaret Davis and Annabel Sherwood, dessert by Sally Scholtz. At 6:30 p.m. the Rev. Glenn’s meditation is “May Christ Be Born in You,” from Isaiah 40:3-5 and Mark 1:1-8.

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 — This December, the chapel will share a series of encouraging Christmas messages each Sunday morning at 10:30, continuing this Sunday with Daniel Landeck. 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 the nursery are also available at that time.

The MOM’s Group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month through May. The MOM’s Group is a safe place for Christians and 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.

A Bible Study on the Gospel of John will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and continue every other Wednesday evening throughout the winter at Faith at 7 p.m.

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 www.faithbiblechapel.com.

First Baptist Church of Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN — The church cordially invites you to its Christmas Concert at the church on Saturday at 7 p.m. The evening will begin with singing some favorite Christmas music. The “Quonnie Choir” will then perform a Christmas Cantata, under the direction of organist and music director Dianne Dubendorf, and our assistant organist, James Larson. Refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome.

Worship is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The church is located at 5077 Old Post Road. For more information, call 401-322-0477 or visit quonniebaptistchurch.org.

First United Methodist Church

MYSTIC — Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m.

The Sunday, Dec. 15 service will feature Dr. Andrew Scrimgeour’s reading of “Santa’s Last Delivery” and “A String of Bulbs Was Our Guiding Star.” Scrimgeour, dean of university libraries at Drew University, has written a special story each Christmas for more than a decade. He has read these stories in a variety of settings around the country, including First United in Mystic, and has had them published in the New York Times. All are welcome to enjoy this event.

The church is located at 23 Willow St. For more information, call 860-536-3394 or visit firstumcmystic.org.

North Stonington Baptist Church

NORTH STONINGTON — Sunday school is at 10 a.m. followed by morning service at 11.

Also Sunday, Elms Ministry is at 3 p.m. Choir practice is at 5:30, followed by evening service at 6:30.

The church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, Granny’s Attic, baked goods and lunch available. For more information, call the church at 860-535-0208.

The church is located at 5 Rocky Hollow Road.

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. Sunday is Communion Sunday.

The finance team meets Sunday at noon. Lunch is included.

Christmas Soup-er Sundays: Donate cans of soup in the bin in the foyer each Sunday and the church will donate them to the Jonnycake Center after Dec. 15.

The Young Parents’ Ocean’s 12 Group meets at the Crinos’ home on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

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

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — On Saturday is the church’s annual Ladies Christmas Tea at 1 p.m. This is a wonderful chance for ladies to stop and unwind with a special time of fellowship and to hear guest speaker Gail Cooper.

On Sunday at 6 p.m., all are welcome to the church’s Christmas Program. Enjoy a peaceful evening celebrating the reason for the season. Regular Sunday evening service and children’s Truth Trackers Club will be canceled for Sunday night so families may enjoy the Christmas Program together.

Come warm your heart with fellowship and God’s Word every Sunday morning. At 9:30 a.m., Bible Fellowship groups begin. Come and find the one that is just right for you. Classes offered are Christian Literature, Monthly Bible Topics, Biblical Principles, and Men’s, Women’s, Teens’ and Children’s groups — there’s something for the whole family!

There is a brief time of coffee and refreshments before morning worship, which starts at 10:30. Worship service consists of traditional and contemporary praise music, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a Biblical message.

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. For the Wednesday night Bible study, the group has been watching the six-week video series “When God’s People Pray.” Is prayer really important? Come study the Scriptures and see what you think.

A child care/nursery is available during all of the 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. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — 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 “God’s Plans — Your Heart,” taken from scripture Luke 1:26-38, and will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

Visions of Praise choir will be caroling at the Carriage House on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Prayer and Bible study are Wednesday at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Thursday at 10 a.m. is a women’s Bible study with Assoc. Pastor Davis. All are welcome.

Any 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 hold its annual Advent Family Workshop on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church. The event will start from 4 to 5 p.m., with crafts for families. At 5, there will be a pasta supper. At 6 p.m., there will be an impromptu Christmas pageant with Christmas carols. The requested donation for dinner and crafts is $5 per person, $15 per family. For more information or to make reservations, call the church office.

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 a.m. with singing of carols, special music and a practical message from the Rev. David Jordan from 2 Peter 1:21 titled “The Prophets Spoke.”

The church has a dynamic children’s program for grades one through six during the message portion of service each week. The 2 Stix music ministry for the grades three through seven are practicing for a presentation in December. Bring your children for a blessing and a great time.

The Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing, testimonies and Pastor Dave will share a message from Luke 2:12-14 titled “The Sign to the Shepherds.”

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 evenings at 6, the church has something for everyone. 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. The Junior High program is for grades seven and eight, and the Senior High program for grades nine through 12. For adults, Pastor Dave will share a Bible study titled “True Spiritually,” from Galatians and Ephesians. Another choice for adults is a prayer meeting led by our deacons on a rotating basis.

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.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — The bazaar is here! The bazaar is here! The renowned annual Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday. Enjoy all your UCCW Bazaar favorites: traditional luncheon tea, silent auction, nostalgia boutique, greens galore, gifts from around the world, jewelry boutique, gift baskets to fit every price range, a bake room this year with sugar-free and gluten-free options and, of course, children’s shopping and Santa. Doors open at 10 a.m. sharp.

The church’s preparations for the birth of the baby Jesus continue on Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, when PEACE will be the theme for the day. The congregation will light the first and second candles on the Advent wreath, and ponder peace through readings, word, song and prayer. All are invited. The church is saving a place for you!

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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