NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 27, 2012

CHURCH NOTES


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Attic Treasures Sale at Central Church

Central Congregational Church, the brick church located at the corner of Pleasant and Titcomb streets in Newburyport, is holding an Attic Treasures Sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers will find a treasure trove of kitchen items, hobby and craft materials, dishes, home décor and holiday gifts at bargain prices. Proceeds from the sale support the general fund of the church.

Lutheran church celebrates anniversary

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1962.

Events will take place today and tomorrow and will include a reception and dinner today and a 10 a.m. Sunday worship service followed by refreshments.

The guest speaker tomorrow will be Pastor Jim Keurulainen, who recently retired as president of the New England District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, with which the Topsfield church is affiliated. Also part of the service will be Our Savior’s newly installed pastor, Jefrey Jensen, who came from Burlington, Vt.

‘Greatest Spaghetti Supper’ today

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is hosting “The Greatest Spaghetti Supper Around” today. The dinner, which is a “bring-your-own-wine” event, takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Hall, 893 Main St., West Newbury. Adults pay $7, kids 13 and up, $4, and youngsters under 8 years eat for free. All proceeds from the spaghetti supper support the church’s ongoing restoration project.

Union Church Spaghetti Supper

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury (across from Alliance Park), will host a Spaghetti Supper today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert. All you can eat for $7. Family $24. Take-out available for $8. Ample parking. Handicapped accessible. 978-388-0631, www.amesburyunion.org.

Intro to meditation class offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a five-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation.” The class is designed for anyone interested in learning Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. Class begins Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Rummage Sale

at First Religious Society

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, at 26 Pleasant St., in Newburyport, will host a Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This is a biannual event featuring gently used garments, purses, shoes and accessories. Donations to the sale will be accepted during the week leading to the sale. For more information, call 978-465-0602, ext. 401.

‘Church in the Modern World’ lecture

The North Shore Seacoast Voice of the Faithful affiliate presents “Church in the Modern World,” a lecture by Daniel J. Daly, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at St. Anselm College, on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Rose in Topsfield. Vatican II’s “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” called for a revitalization of Catholic action throughout the globe first. The lecture explains the implications of the document for economic ethics, the economic vision that was spawned from liberation theologians of Latin America, to U.S. Catholic bishops to Pope Benedict XVI, and concrete ways for Catholics to practice the Church’s commitments to social justice and the global common good. Everyone is invited for the lecture, discussion and refreshments. A freewill offering will be taken. For more, call Barbara and John Gould at 978-535-2321.

Snowflake Fair

in Groveland

The Snowflake Fair at the Groveland Congregational Church, located at the junction of Main (Route 113) and King streets is being held Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. Friday hours are 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 6 p.m. Roast Beef Dinner and prize drawing. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the fair or by calling the church office at 978) 372-3463. The fair offers something for everyone, with homemade baked goods and treats, handmade crafts, jewelry, good finds and prize drawings. Twenty local artisan crafters will be there with their own handmade items. Meals will be available throughout both days, with Friday night supper and Saturday morning coffee shop and Saturday lunch, ending with the Roast Beef Dinner Saturday night.

St. Paul’s Church Annual Fall Fair and Silent Auction

St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, will hold its annual Fall Fair and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The fair will begin at 9 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. It will include baked goods, books, boutique, Christmas and Holiday Room, crafts, clothing, children’s clothing, jewelry, linens, raffle, treasure chest and more.

Bidding for the silent auction begins at 9 a.m. and goes to 2:30 p.m. The auction offers many quality items generously donated by local merchants and others, including gift certificates, furniture, antique items, jewelry, fine collectibles, goods and services.

Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 9 a.. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is St Paul’s largest fundraiser of the year and benefits the church’s many projects.

Activities at Merrimacport UMC

Christianity and World Religions study on Monday at 7 p.m. and on first, third and fifth Mondays through Dec. 3 at the Merrimac United Methodist Church. Through this DVD-based study by Adam Hamilton, the major world religions will be discussed: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. Newcomers welcome.

Merrimacport Youth Superbowl: Youth stay up all night beginning Friday, Nov. 16, through Saturday morning. The group will be leaving from Merrimac and attending the event in Providence, R.I. The evening begins with a hockey game, followed by Christian speaker and games on the ice until midnight. Then groups go to different venues through morning such as bowling, roller skating and climbing. All youths in grades 6 to 12 welcome. Newcomers welcome.

Kids Live Big children’s ministry tomorrow at 11 a.m. during worship. Children learn about and experience God’s love through games, media, crafts and discussion. All children pre-K through sixth grade are welcome.

The church is located at 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. For more information, call 978-346-8989 or www.MerrimacportUMC.org.

Congregation Ahavas Achim events

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 531/2 Washington St., Newburyport, offers the following services and events:

Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Oct. 28 – New member brunch at Sheryl Blair’s house, 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 31 – Adult Education, 7:30 p.m.

Reflections on the Life of the Spirit

The Baha’is of Amesbury will host the study group Reflections on the Life of the Spirit every Friday evening at 7 at the Powow Community Building. For more information, call Cara Smoley at 978-388-4987.

Belleville Church thrift shop

The Belleville Church thrift shop at 300 High St., Newburyport, is open. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer opportunity

Looking for a way for your business, church group, club, organization or yourself to give back to the community? The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., offers community meal served every Thursday. Each week a different group of six to 12 people prepares and serves the meal to about 80 people. Time required is three to four hours, including preparation, serving and cleanup. Call 978-465-0883, ext. 10, for more information.

Centering prayer

at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury offers centering prayer as one of its Saturday alternative services. Centering, or contemplative prayer, is a meditation practice based on the work of the Rev. Thomas Keating, who believes that silence is “God’s first language.” St. James will continue to offer a twice-weekly opportunity for centering prayer in the meditation chapel. Those interested in participating or learning more should call St. James at 978-388-0030 or check the website, www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport Chapter meet every fourth Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, St. James Chapel Room, corner of Green and High streets, Newburyport. The meetings are for parents who have lost children and grandparents who have lost grandchildren. For more information, call 978-388-1514.

The Friendship Table

For all who enjoy good food and fellowship, the Friendship Table serves meals Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, call 978-465-0883.

Our Neighbors’ Table

Free meals are served every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Our Neighbors’ Table, Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. All are welcome. Our Neighbors’ Table also offers the following food pantries: Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday, open to residents of Amesbury and South Hampton; last Saturday of the month: open to residents of Amesbury, South Hampton, Merrimac, Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Groveland, Byfield, Boxford, Rowley and Georgetown.

St. Basil’s Kitchen

The Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Harris and Park streets, Newburyport, offers free luncheons Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church hall. All those hungry for food and companionship are welcome. For more information or to volunteer services, call 978-465-5757.

Among Friends

Among Friends is the mission of St. Paul’s Church to provide nutritious, hot, home-cooked meals. Lunch is served every Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Hall, 166 High St., Newburyport. Evening Among Friends serves home-cooked meals every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Donations of food items, supplies and services are needed; call 465-5351.

Seabrook Community Table

Every Monday Seabrook Community Table serves free meals at the Church of Christ at 867 Lafayette Road (beside the dance studio) from 5 -6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, meals are served at the Trinity Parish House (beside the Seabrook Post Office) from 5-6 p.m. Meals are offered to residents of surrounding communities as well as Seabrook residents. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joyce Addison, 603-474-9608.

Seabrook food pantry

The Seabrook Church of Christ Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. to all who live on the Seacoast. The church is on Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 603-474-2660.

Community Food Pantry in Byfield

The Community Food Pantry located at Community United Methodist Church, 11 Central St., Byfield, is open to residents of Byfield and Newbury every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, a free community meal will be offered every second and fourth Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

For more details, contact the Community Food Pantry at CFPByfield@gmail.com or by phone at 978-255-0135.

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