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Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the congregation on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as Pastor Cal Lord shares his message, “We Work for the Lord,” based on Luke 16:1-14. 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:

• Baptist Identity and Beliefs — The class explores 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 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. The group is studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. All men are welcome.

The Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) meets on Thursdays at Avondale Chapel for a study of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. 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 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.

The annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, hosted by the Friendship Circle, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 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.

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 — Worship begins with the Saturday evening service at 5. 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 discussion group, “Finding our Spirit in Poetry,” will meet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s room to discuss poems about aging. All are welcome to this informal discussion group of spiritual reflection through poetry.

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

Save the date: The Christ Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 — Sunday’s message is “Everything You Have Wanted to Know about Being Born Again.” The Bible-based study explores the misunderstanding about “born again” as it relates to Christianity, and explains how Jesus used the phrase as He talked with a man named Nicodemus. Both Protestants and Catholics believe that being “born again” is essential to being a Christian.

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 by calling the numbers below for a ride to church.

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. Weekly messages are also downloadable for free on the church’s website.

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 — The church’s annual Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, worship at 8 and 10 a.m. will center on scriptures from the 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18. The Rev. Julia Fuller will offer the sermon.

Worship is in the handicapped-accessible Sanctuary. Andy Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. At 10 a.m., the Chancel Choir’s anthem is “Praise Medley” (arr. Williams/Martin).

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.

All are invited to the next community meeting of the Family Housing Support group (to end homelessness) at the Tower Street Community Center in Westerly on Monday at 7 p.m.

Men of the Church invite the community to come to Dunn’s Corners Church to hear a speaker from Habitat for Humanity at a dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The church would like everyone to learn of the good works done by this community charity and to encourage everyone to get involved.

Evening Prayer, led by Ken Chaffee, is Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

November small-group Bible studies are available. Choose a group; no registration is needed and all are welcome:

• This Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Room, study of Thessalonians — God’s hope while living in 2013 society, led by the Rev. Dr. Jim Glenn.

• This Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the Music Room, the Letters of Paul — II Timothy, led by Rev. Glenn.

• This Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in the Music Room, the Rev. Julia Fuller leads a study on King David, a monumental figure in Biblical history — looking at the Bible books of Ruth, I and II Samuel, and the beginning of I Kings. These books of the Bible take about the time period of about 1,000 B.C., and the transition of the government of Israel from the era of the judges to the era of kings. King David is an ancestor to Jesus of Nazareth and the author of many of the psalms in the Bible.

The Chancel Choir continues to grow and invites you to join in singing to the Lord. Call the church office for more information, or just come and join in the singing on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9.

The Youth Choir meets each Sunday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Music Room for rehearsals.

Children and youth in kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to attend GPS (God’s Path Seekers) on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The theme is “God’s Abundance Surrounds Us — We are Thankful to God; Bible verse: “I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising Him.” –Psalm 34:1. A nutritious meal will be served, followed by games, activities, crafts, stories and songs. Grades six through 12 will participate in a fun leadership program that equips youth to develop the confidence and skills to be good leaders. Bring a friend.

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 — This Saturday at 6:30 p.m., FBC will host a Movie Night. All are welcome to attend.

Pastor Bernie Norman will continue sharing an encouraging message series titled “The Genius of Generosity” on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. He will be joined by the praise and worship team By Forgiven, 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” is a five-session study that will continue on Sunday and every other Sunday throughout the fall.

A 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.

All are invited to a Praise and Thanksgiving Worship Evening that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the chapel’s MOM’s Group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the 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 at that time.

Also Wednesday, Nov. 27, a Bible study on the Gospel of John will take place 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.

Full Throttle Biker Church

GROTON — Full Throttle Biker Church is an inspiring place and service by bikers for bikers and those that love bikers. Founded by Pastor Brad Whipple, who has ridden for more than 40 years, ministered to bikers for 10 years in Sturgis, S.D., and led an annual Blessing of the Bikes for nine years, the church’s mission is to help bikers see that a life wide open for Christ is more exciting than the bikes they ride.

The church meets the second Friday of each month at Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Road. For more information, call Pastor Whipple at 860-448-6224 or visit the church’s Facebook page.

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, Dec. 7, 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 — Youth Open Mic Night is today from 7 to 10 p.m.

Celebration worship service is Sunday at 10 a.m., preceded by coffee and conversation at 9:30. Children’s Ministries are included.

There will be a Chili Cook-Off in the Family Center after service. A staff meeting will follow.

A women’s Bible study is Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A Finance Team meeting is scheduled Tuesday at the Crinos’ home from 6 to 7 p.m. Also on Tuesday, the Young Parents’ Ocean’s 12 Group meets at the Crinos’ home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Worship practice is on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Church Scene Investegation (CSI) class, Session One of two, is from 8:45 to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23. The cost to attend both sessions is $10.

The Youth-Family Center is open Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m., then Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a friend. The building is available to the public for meetings and parties with a donation of $25 an hour.

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. The family center can be reached at 401-596-7401. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — 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 include Christian Literature, Monthly Bible Topics, Biblical Principles, and Men’s, Women’s, Teen’s 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.

Be sure to return at 6 for Sunday evening service for an opportunity to learn something new as the book of Amos is studied. Also on Sunday nights, bring your first- through sixth-graders 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. Truth Trackers starts at 6 p.m. This week the kids will be painting their own tote bags to contain their Bibles and Truth Tracker books.

The Men’s Bible Study, MUGS (Men Under Grace Sustained), meets every Tuesday at the church at 6:30 p.m. Also this Tuesday, the Ladies Bible Study groups will meet. There is a study at 10 a.m. and another at 7 p.m. Call the church for information on where each study will take place.

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 also meets, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. For the Bible study, the church has been watching a six-week video series titled “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 www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Sunday mornings be sure to catch the Rev. 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.

At 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, the sermon “How We Work, How We Live!” is taken from scripture 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

There will be Deacons meeting on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

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

Thursday at 10 a.m., all are welcome to a women’s Bible study with Assoc. Pastor Davis.

The Emergency Food Pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., is gladly accepting donations. This month’s request is for instant mashed potatoes.

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 10:35 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’s Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The craft fair will include baked goods, live greenery baskets, cemetery baskets, decorated table top trees, antique sled with live greens raffle, handmade crafts, nearly new jewelry, books and games, homemade candy, knitted and crocheted items, gift baskets, and much more. It is sponsored by Hope Circle at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, with proceeds benefiting outreach projects. For more information, contact Kim Wills, Hope Circle president, at 401-377-2118 or call the church office.

The church is located at 15 East Beach Road. For more information about the event, 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 hymns, special music, a children’s moment and a practical message from the Rev. David Jordan from 2 Peter 1:5-11 titled “The Productive Christian.”

The church has a dynamic children’s program for first through sixth grades during the message portion of our service each week. The church also has 2 Stix music ministry for grades three through seven, and practice for the Christmas play for children of all ages. Bring your children for a blessing and a great time.

The Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing and testimonies, and Pastor Dave will share a message from Deuteronomy 5:23-6:25 titled “A Truth to Tell.”

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.

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. there is something for everyone at the church. For children ages kindergarten through sixth grade, there is the Olympian Club program, in which children will grow spiritually while having many fun activities and service to the community. The Junior High program is for grades seven and eight. The Senior High program is 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.

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.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — Prayer is a central part of the Christian experience, but what does it mean to pray? Does God hear our prayers? How does one pray? People have their own answers to these questions, but where does the church fit in to all this? What does Jesus say about prayer? If any of these questions about prayer sound like yours, join the congregation on Sunday as we ponder together on what Jesus meant when he said, “Pray Then in This Way.”

The BAZAAR is coming! The BAZAAR is coming! Mark your calendars now for the church’s renowned annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7. Details to follow soon!

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 we negotiate the move forward into God’s future together. Join the congregation as it explores the possibilities!

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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