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Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the congregation this Sunday. Sunday school classes are held at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:30. Pastor Cal Lord will deliver the message, “He’s Looking for You and Me!” based on the story of the Lost Sheep. Junior Church is held during the worship service for younger children and child care is available. The church is handicapped accessible.

Adult Sunday school classes:

• Baptist Identity and Beliefs — The class will explore the historical origin of the body of believers called Baptists and their impact and contributions to the religious and civic life of our nation. Baptist beliefs and convictions to be studied include Liberty of Conscience, Believer’s Baptism, Religious Freedom, Autonomy of the Local Church, Priesthood of all Believers, Missions & Associations, and the Supremacy of the Bible.

• Start Becoming a Good Samaritan — The six-week session begins on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. The DVD curriculum explores the critical needs facing our world and helps Christians understand how they can become good Samaritans.

• Guarding Your Child’s Heart — A course aimed at helping parents as they prepare their kids to face the world.

A men’s Bible study is held each Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the church parlor. Led by Roy Springer Jr., the group is currently studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. All men are welcome.

The Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) has begun its fall Bible study on Thursdays at Avondale Chapel. A study of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will be the initial offering of the fall series. Fellowship “Hour” starts at 8 a.m., with Bible study from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No previous Bible study expertise is necessary to participate in this timely study of God’s Word. All are welcome.

The Middle School Youth Group will meet regularly on the first and third Fridays of the month at 6 p.m. beginning today. Senior High youth will meet this Sunday at 6 p.m. Truth Trackers for pre-K to elementary ages will meet on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m. starting Friday, Oct. 25.

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

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship begins with the Saturday evening 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 a.m. and 10 a.m., with Bible study led by the Rev. Christine Purcell, rector, following the 10 a.m. service.

Do you enjoy knitting? The Knitters Group is always happy to greet new members. Please join in St. Stephen’s room on the third Monday of each month at noon and have fun knitting or crocheting.

SERVE! Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps locally, regionally and globally. It is best known for its ongoing commitment to armed forces overseas, as well as disaster relief in our own country. Donations of any travel-size items/hotel toiletries may be left in the parish office at any time. The church is also always accepting used cellphones for Cellphones for Soldiers.

The Living Supplies Closet for those in need will be open on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Closet, located 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 such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, and paper products. 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.

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 — “Christmas in September” is Sunday’s message. The study is part of the “God Story” series at the church, and marks the beginning of the New Testament part of the series. Jesus is God the Son, fully man and fully God. God is his Father and Mary, who was a virgin, was his mother. Later, Jesus sacrificed his life to pay for the sins of those who put their faith in him. To these believers, the resurrected Jesus is both Savior and Emmanuel, which means God with us. After worship, baptism will be celebrated followed by an autumn party. Everyone is invited.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught, and Protestants, Catholics and, especially, those searching for God as well as those returning to Him are welcome. A van is available to pick people up by calling the numbers below for a ride.

Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. The dress is casual and worship is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. A time for prayer and questions is included in the service together with an explanation of how to personally begin a relationship with Jesus. Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45 and 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.

For more information, including a map, visit TheChurchAtWesterly.org or call Pastor Clark Rumfelt at 401-315-2317 or 401-932-4766. Church information may also be found on Facebook.

Congregation Sharah Zedek

WESTERLY — Regular monthly services are held the third Friday of each month. An Oneg will follow the service and include light desserts and fun conversation. Visitors to the area are encouraged to attend and experience the 100-year-old synagogue, and anyone interested in a membership is invited to attend a service. A one-year free membership for those new to the area is available to those in need.

The synagogue is located at 6 Union St. For more information, call 401-348-8992 or visit congregationsharahzedek.org.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — Today from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the congregation for a time of fun and fellowship (bring a lunch) for a Dried Flowers Workshop, led by Joy Storm. Bring glue guns, clippers, scissors, etc. If you have dried flowers, stems, etc., bring them as well.

On Sunday, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship, the Rev. Julia A. Fuller will lead the service centering on Scripture from the Gospel of Luke 17:11-19. The sermon is titled “Gratitude.” Worship is in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible Sanctuary.

Andrew Wallace is the director of music; Grace Urrico is the pianist/organist. Refreshments follow each service.

During the 8 and 10 a.m. 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. During the 10 a.m. worship, a separate room is available for infants and toddlers that is overseen by a professional attendant.

Confirmation classes are Sundays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for seventh- and eighth-graders and any ninth- through 12th-graders who have not yet joined the church. Call the church office for more information.

On Sunday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., join the church for the International Uniform Series for reading and studying the entire Bible. This holistic study, used for decades in many different denominations, has proved to be an outstanding way to experience the Word of God. Materials are $7 per quarter.

On Monday, join a book discussion of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” reviewed by Dennis Hemphill. Call the church office for location.

Also Monday, at 7 p.m., join a meeting to end homelessness in the community at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Charlestown. Questions? Call the church office.

The church will carpool to the Roger Wiliams Zoo in Providence on Tuesday. The cost is no more than $12 per person. Call the church office for more information.

Join the church on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer, led by the Rev. Jim Glenn.

Join one of these three-week small group Bible studies on Philippians. Choose to attend either:

• This Sunday evening at 7, and next Sunday, Sept. 29.

• This Tuesday morning at 8:30.

• Wednesday evening at 7:15.

On Friday, Sept. 27, GPS (God’s Path Seekers) begins from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The program is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The theme is “We Are God’s Family — Father Abraham’s Journey — Our Journey,” from the Bible verse “God is the King over all the earth” — Psalm 47:4. A nutritious meal will be provided followed by games, activities, crafts, stores, and songs. GPS is free to all. Bring a friend.

Do you love to sing? The Chancel Choir is in search of new members to join us in singing to the Lord. The choir is in particular need of tenors and basses. Come and join. You will be assured of a warm welcome, and an enjoyable singing experience. Call the church office for more information, or just come and join in the singing on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9.

Fall enrollments are under way for the Early Learning Center for Preschool through age 5. Call Director Christine Fish at 401-322-0510. For the Kid Kare before- and after-school program for grades first through fifth, call Director Amanda Doescher at 401-322-8600.

The church will be going on the Essex Valley Steam Train and Connecticut Riverboat Cruise with dinner at Dock and Dine Restaurant on Monday, Oct. 7. The Cost is $82. Call the church office for more information, registration, and to choose your entreé: chicken breast or baked scrod.

All programs at the church, located 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 — Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the chapel will host the movie “Home Run” — rated PG-13: “Based on thousands of true stories, ‘Home Run’ is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late ... freedom is possible.”

Pastor Bernie Norman will share 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.

“Evangelism for the Tongue Tied: How Anyone Can Tell Others About Jesus,” a five-session study on the book of the same name, will continue on Sunday at 9 a.m. and continue every other Sunday throughout the fall.

A new women’s Bible study will continue to meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. titled “Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength.” This seven-session study will continue each Monday evening through October.

A new men’s Bible study will continue on Wednesday at 7 p.m. called “The 33 Series — A Man and His Traps.” This six-session study challenges and equips men to go below the surface, to look deep into their hearts and explore some areas that are all too easy to ignore but that are critical in the journey toward authentic manhood. Also Wednesday, the chapel’s MOM’s Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 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.

A Bible study on the Gospel of John will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and continue every other Wednesday throughout the fall at 7 p.m.

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. The non-denominational Christian church is located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637 or visit faithbiblechapel.com.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — On Saturday, C.S.I. (Church Scene Investigation) class is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The study of Luke’s gospel continues Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Coffee and conversation follows at 9:30. Celebration Worship Service is Sunday at 10 a.m., with the sermon series, a study of Joseph the Dreamer, continuing. Children’s Ministries are included. A newcomers’ lunch will be heald at noon.

The Youth-Family Center is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Worship Team practice is Thursday at 6 p.m.

The church will travel to the “The Launch,” the annual youth convention of the First Assembly of God, in East Hartford, at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and return at 11 p.m. Saturday. A balance of $22 is due for those attending.

The theme for 2013 is “Fixing Our Thoughts.” Hebrews 3:1 — “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus ...”

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. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

Our Lady of Victory & St. Vincent de Paul

ASHAWAY — The parishes’ Feast Week starts Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 6.

On Friday, Sept. 27, there will be a Mass for Recovery at St. Vincent de Paul in honer of Recovery Month at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, prior to the 9:30 a.m. Liturgy, there will be a Living Rosary at Our Lady of Victory. Also on the 29th, there will be an 11 a.m. Mass in honor of St. Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day.

On Oct. 1, a Rosary and Benediction will be at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory.

On Oct. 5, a Blessing of the Animals will be held at 12:30 p.m. as St. Vincent de Paul.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. will be the installation of Fr. McLaughlin followed by a reception.

Our Lady of Victory & St. Vincent de Paul Parish office is at 169 Main St. Call 401-377-8830 for more information.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — On Sunday mornings, arrive at 9:30 and find a place to belong in a Bible Fellowship group, with choices ranging from Monthly Bible Topics and Biblical Principles to 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 a.m. The worship service consists of traditional and contemporary praise music, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a message preached from God’s Word. Return on Sunday evenings at 6 for another opportunity to learn as a study on the book of Amos continues. New on Sunday nights at 6: Bring the kids to Truth Trackers. The club is free, and a great way for kids to learn Bible verses, truths about God, and just have a lot of fun with friends!

Wednesday night features a Casual Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 6 p.m. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam at the same time, the Teen group with Andy meets, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. The church has started a new small-groups study on “What it Means to Serve One Another,” which gives participants a chance to study and discuss the scriptures together. Before breaking into small groups, there is a time to pray together, and new requests are always welcome.

A nursery/child care is available during all services during the week.

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 www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Sunday mornings be sure to catch Pastor Joshua McClure’s program “Living Faith for Today” at 7:30 on WBLQ 1230-AM and hear his message for the day.

There are religion classes for all ages, including New Life classes for those becoming members of the church, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s sermon, “Taming the Tongue II,” is taken from scripture James 3:1-12 and will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

On Monday, there will be a trustee board meeting.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., there is a prayer and Bible study. All are welcome.

The Emergency Food Pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., is gladly accepting donations. The pantry is in need of sliced white bread, SPAM, tuna, frozen fruits and vegetables, and frozen fruit juices.

The church is located at 37 Pleasant St. For more information, call the church office at 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The 8:30 service is a blended worship that combines traditional hymns and contemporary songs. The 9:40 a.m. service is a traditional worship accompanied by organ. The 10:30 service is a contemporary worship with a full band with guitar and drums. All services include Holy Communion.

During the worship times, the church offers nursery care for those small children up to the age of 5, who find sitting in church a challenge and would like to play. It is staffed by an adult every week.

The church will be starting two Christian-based grief support groups this fall, one on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8, and another on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11. The first sessions are Monday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 3. They are open to all who are experiencing grief and would welcome a safe and supportive environment for the grieving journey. For more information, call Mary Raymond, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a St. Andrew partner, at 401-575-9855, or call the church office to register. Raymond will facilitate the group sessions.

Worship at St Andrew is diverse, creative and progressive. Preaching seeks to mine Biblical literature and apply it to contemporary issues. 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 worship service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns and special music.

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 schedule of classes on the church’s website.) Join a class to have questions answered and enjoy fellowship with others.

Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary, the church shares an eight-part series titled “God’s Little Children Living at Home,” from 1 John 1:1-3:24, with Pastor Dave and the church’s deacons on a rotating schedule.

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

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.

Trinity Lutheran Church

ASHAWAY — Please join the congregation for divine service Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Full and half days are available for Trinity Preschool. Registration for classes for children 3 to 5 years of age is ongoing. For more information, please call the preschool at 401-377-4216.

The church, located at 110 High Street (Rt. 216), is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a Christ-centered, Bible-based church that worships using the historic liturgy. The congregation strives by God’s grace to maintain a faithful Christian witness in the community that is true to the Holy Scriptures and historic Lutheran Confessions. The congregation, friendly and caring, invites all to make our church home yours.

For more information, call the church office at 401-377-4340 and speak with Pastor Mazikas or visit trinityashaway.org.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — What’s a church supposed to look like? How important is the building? A new sermon series focusing on “church basics” continues Sunday, as the congregation reflects together on the place called “church” in a sermon titled “Camping Out with God.” If you’ve ever wondered whether or not church is relevant, know that times are changing and so is the church. The question is how to negotiate the move forward into God’s future together. Join the congregation as it explores the possibilities.

Children and their families are very important in the life of the church’s faith community. To bring that reality to life in a fun new way, a special community event is being planned to which everyone is invited. Living Candyland will take place in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children will get to play the beloved Candyland game in real time on a life-size game board complete with Candyland characters come to life! Craft activities, face painting and more are also a part of this fun activity for all ages. The cost is $3 per child, with a maximum $10 per family. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. 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. Fellowship time for all follows worship. All are welcome.

The church is located at 9 Castle Hill Road, just off Pequot Trail. For more information or to speak with the Rev. Ruth Hainsworth, call the church office at 860-599-1226 or visit uccwesterly.org. Also visit the church’s Facebook page.

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