NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 4, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — First Parish yard sale today

The First Parish Church of Newbury will hold a yard sale today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 18 Reilly Ave., Newburyport. Dishes, freezer, furniture and other items will be for sale.

Indoor yard sale at Market Street Baptist today

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., is hosting an indoor yard sale today from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Items fill the gym at the back of the building. Nothing is priced. Donations of whatever buyers can give will be accepted. The proceeds from this sale go directly to a fund that will pay the expenses for several church volunteers to go to Canada the week of Aug. 3-10.

This will be the fifth summer connecting with Pastor Ian MacFarlane and the members of the Living Hope Community Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each year volunteers spend the week at this church helping with children’s programs like Vacation Bible School and Bible Basketball. The Canadian church’s volunteers have also come to Amesbury twice to help with similar programs.

May Breakfast at First Religious Society

Today, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, will have their Annual May Breakfast in the Parish Hall. A hearty breakfast of local eggs, fried or scrambled, ham, veggie sausages, baked beans, hash browns, pancakes with local maple syrup, fresh fruit salad, and baked goods will be served, as well as Fair Trade coffee, tea and juice. $6 adults and $4 children.

Blessing of the Pets today in Merrimac

Blessing of the Pets will be held at 9 a.m. today at Kimball Park, corner of Union Street and West Main Street (Route 110) in Merrimac. The event will be hosted by the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. All pets welcome whether they walk, creep, fly, slither or swim. In case of rain the event will be canceled – if the weather is questionable, call or check online. All pets should be on a leash or in a carrier to ensure the safety of all. For more information, www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8818.

Orthodox Easter tomorrow

Annunciation Greek Church, Newburyport, celebrates tomorrow with Sunday of Pascha, Resurrection Service, Morning Prayer and Divine Liturgy beginning at midnight, followed by a festive reception and Vespers of Agape (Love) at 11 a.m.

Holy Day of Obligation Thursday

Holy Day of Obligation is Thursday, the Ascension of the Lord. Liturgy schedule at Immaculate Conception Parish is 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. (school liturgy) and 7:15 p.m.

Dan Schall in concert Thursday

There will be a Christian concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, hosted at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. The concert by Dan Schall will be about one hour in length with old hymns, country gospel, some bluegrass, stories and testimony. A free will offering will be taken to support this music ministry.

Hear some of Schall’s music and his weekly webcast at his website at: www.DanSchall.org. CDs are available for sale on the website and also at his concerts. Dan Schall Ministries is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization. The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is located at 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. Abundant street parking. For more information, www.merrimacportumc.org or 978-346-8818.

Intro to Meditation Class Offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a seven-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, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $133. For registration information visit www.imcnewburyport.org .

Events at Congregation Ahavas Achim

Upcoming events at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive streets, Newburyport:

Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Tune in every Sunday at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).

Join Rabbi Avi Poupko every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for his Adult Education series on “The Great Prophets of Israel: An In-Depth Study.” All are welcome.

May 4, Dustin Koocher’s Bar Mitzvah, 9 a.m.

May 14, Community Shauvot Learning, 8 p.m.

May 15, Yom-Tov Holiday Service, 8 a.m.

May 18, Eli Gobbi’s Bar Mitzvah, 9 a.m.

May 19, Annual Meeting, 9 a.m., End of Year Celebration, 10 a.m.

May 25, Eli Bernstein’s Bar Mitzvah, 9 a.m.

June 2, Israeli Dancing with Fran Kaplan, 4 p.m.

Garden Party and Tea in Groveland

St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host a Garden Party and Tea on Saturday, May 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside in their Parish Hall at 119 Washington St. Master Gardener Dugie Russell of North Beverly will entertain and educate with his award-winning slide presentation about raised gardens. All welcome. Be our guest for tea, homemade goodies and celebration of God’s abundance. No charge but please RSVP to 978 373-1270.

Dugie Russell is a retired court officer, a professional photographer, a retired scuba diver and a folk artist who creates one-of-a-kind bird “estates” created from recycled materials. He is working on a new show about birds of the Northeast.

Book sale to benefit mission projects

A Book Sale will be held Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac. Funds raised benefit mission projects.

Union Church flea market June 8

An old-fashioned flea market will be held Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, across from Alliance Park. Spaces available for $10 with your own table, $15 with church table. Donations welcome, Lunch will be available on site. For Information, to reserve space or to donate quality Items, call Dottie Johnson: 978-388-2452, www.AmesburyUnion.org.

VBS at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is hosting a Vacation Bible School for both girls and boys ages 5 to 9 years old, Monday to Friday, July 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The VBS program “Follow God” includes games in the gym, crafts, bible study and new songs to learn. A snack of water and fruit will be provided each day.

A suggested donation fee of $10 per child is requested to cover expenses. However, the church does not wish to keep any child away for financial reasons, so it will accept can be afforded.

Register in advance by contacting the church by phone at 978-388-0930 or email: msbcsec@verizon.net. Visit on the web: www.MarketStreetBaptistChurch.

Bible study at Old South

A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.

Weekly sharing of healing experiences

The Christian Science Church, 22 Inn St., holds a one-hour meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. specifically for sharing gratitude to God. After readings from the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest, the meeting is then opened for the informal sharing of healing experiences. The service includes the lively singing of hymns. Everyone in the community is invited.

Women’s, men’s Bible study groups meet

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury has a Bible study group, “The Women of Faith,” that meets every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Check the website for meeting dates. On Saturday Morning, join the Men’s Group for enlightening conversation and readings of the Bible. The Men’s Group meets on Saturdays at 9 a.m. Both Bible Study groups are open to the public. For more information, check the website at www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Helping those in need

Hugh Doyle Resource Center Collaborative Meeting is a monthly gathering of leaders and representatives of social service agencies and religious organizations in the area. It meets the first Wednesday of each month to share ideas on how to help those in need in Greater Newburyport. Interested? Contact Ingrid Cyros at 978-465-1688 or go to www.hughdoyle.org.

Thrift shop in Rowley

Fellowship Thrift Shop located in lower hall of First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., Rowley, is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Clothing in all sizes, household goods and some special items are available at reasonable prices. The thrift shop also has occasional sales.

Donations of gently used clothing and household items are gladly accepted, but only when the shop is open. No electronics, books or household items, please.

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 the following:

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 two 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.

Tuesday meal at Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception Church offers a free hot dinner every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Parish Center, 42 Green St., Newburyport. Call 978-462-2724 for more information.

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 to 6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, meals are served at the Trinity Parish House (beside the Seabrook Post Office) from 5 to 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.

If you have an item for Church Notes, contact Merrily Buchs at mbuchs@newburyportnews.com, 978-462-6666, ext. 3248.