, Newburyport, MA

November 10, 2012

Church notes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Youth Group to host Spaghetti Supper today

First Congregational Church of Georgetown Youth Group will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper today, 5:30 to 7 p.m. For 12 and under or over 65, $5; adults, $7. This event immediately precedes the Saturday performance of the Moonlight Production of “Godspell” at First Congregational Church of Georgetown. Support the Youth Group to raise money toward their mission efforts.

Pot Roast Dinner in Merrimac today

Merrimacport Church Pot Roast Dinner with all the fixings, plus ice cream sundaes, will be held today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $10/adult, $4/child (ages 5 to 12).

Children 4 and under free. The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is located at 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. For more information, call 978-346-8989 or

Snowflake Fair in Groveland today

The Snowflake Fair at the Groveland Congregational Church, located at the junction of Main (Route 113) and King streets is being held today from 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.

Armenian festival today

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill will have its Autumnfest 2012 Bazaar today from noon to 7 p.m. at the church, 110 Main St. Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes, including shish, losh and chicken kebab and kheyma dinners, will be featured.

St. Paul’s Fall Fair, Silent Auction today

St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, will hold its annual Fall Fair and Silent Auction today. The fair will begin at 9 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m.

Bidding for the silent auction begins at 9 a.m. and goes to 2:30 p.m. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Angel Gabriel Christmas Fair today

The annual Angel Gabriel Christmas Fair will be held on today, 9 a.m to 2 p.m., at People’s United Methodist Church, 62 Purchase St., Newburyport. Various items will be available for bidding on the Silent Auction table; bidding begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. For lunch, fish chowder, sandwiches and desserts will be served.

Sermon in response to paper

Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the Rev. Harold Babcock will deliver a sermon titled “Beyond Congregations?” This sermon is a response to a paper written by the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, titled “Congregations and Beyond.”

Waller in concert tomorrow in Newburyport

Nationally known Christian recording artist John Waller will be in concert tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport. The concert will benefit the adoption of three siblings from an orphanage in the Ukraine. Tickets are available for any donation amount at the door.

Live Internet chat Tuesday

A live internet chat entitled “You are not alone” will take place this coming Tuesday at 2 p.m. at No matter why you’re lonely, you can bring your thoughts and questions to this discussion with an experienced Christian Science healer and teacher, Stephanie Johnson. This chat is open to everyone, and since this website doesn’t collect e-mail addresses during chats, your participation will remain confidential. Anyone is welcome to participate or just listen in at the Christian Science Reading Room, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, 978-255-1031. This chat is sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Boston.

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. Adult education with Rabbi Avi Poupko Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (except Nov. 21).

Nov. 15: Rosh Chodesh Kislev morning minyan, 6:45 a.m.

Nov. 17: Havdallah program, 4:30 p.m.; Tikkun Olam Conversation with the Abkowitz-Crawford family

Nov. 18: Israeli dancing with Fran Kaplan, 4 p.m.; Movie Night, 7 p.m.

Dec. 8: First night of Hanukkah

Pilgrim Harvest and Holiday Fair Nov. 17

Pilgrim Congregational Church will hold its annual Pilgrim Harvest and Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 27 Church St. in Merrimac. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.

Holy Redeemer Holiday Fair Nov. 17

Holy Redeemer Parish of Merrimac and West Newbury will have a Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parish hall on Green Street in Merrimac. Coffee and muffins will be available all morning and a lunch of homemade soups, chowders, hot dogs and beans, salads and rolls will be served at 11 a.m.

Spaghetti Supper Nov. 17

The First Church of Rowley, 175 Main St. (Route 1A), will host a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, Nov. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., after the Olde Tyme Country Fair. Advance tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (age 10 and under) at the door. They will be serving spaghetti, meatballs with a choice of homemade sauces, salad with roll, coffee, tea or milk, and an assortment of desserts. The dinner will be prepared and served by the youth group. Dinners made to go are also available.

Meditation workshop Nov. 18

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a half-day “Mindfulness Yoga & Insight Meditation” workshop to explore how to create continuity between practice on the yoga mat and practice on the meditation cushion. Workshop will include short periods of sitting meditation, slow yoga and discussion. Beginners and experienced students are welcome. This will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m.-1p.m. Cost $45. For registration and details visit

Author to speak in Amesbury Nov. 26

An evening with Terry Farish, author of “The Good Braider,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the parish house at Main St., Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. The author will discuss his book.

Donations to hurricane victims

Hurricane Sandy Relief Donations can be made through United Methodist Committee on Relief (, which is responding to those most seriously impacted by the storm in the mid-Atlantic states. Donations may also be sent through the Merrimacport United Methodist Church; mark donations to UMCOR. The Merrimacport United Methodist Church address is PO Box 214 and is located at 39 High St. in Merrimac. For more, 978-346-8989 or

Talk on prayer at library Dec. 4

Can healing prayer be scientific and bring a consistent, reliable result? Kevin Graunke, a full-time prayer-based healer using the Christian Science system of healing, will explain how prayer itself can in fact be a certain, effective healing method in a talk titled: “Christian Science Healing: Praying with Certainty.” This one-hour talk will take place at the Newburyport Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

‘Wednesdays at the Well’ at Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.

Women of Faith and Centering Prayer at St. James

St. James Episcopal church in Amesbury offers a Women of Faith Bible Study Group every other Wednesday through May 22. The Women of Faith has a round-table discussion of the various stories in the Bible that are read. All are welcome to participate. Meeting dates are noted on the church calendar, which can be found on the website

Also offered is Centering Prayer, a meditative practice based on the work of the Rev. Thomas Keating, who believes that silence is “God’s first language.” Centering Prayer is made available upon request. For further information on Women of Faith or Centering Prayer, call the office at 978-388-0030 or check the website at

Mass schedule changes for Holy Redeemer Parish

Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.

This weekend, Mass will be said at St. Ann Parish at 300 Main St. in West Newbury on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. At the Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St. in Merrimac, Mass will be said on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m.

The 4 p.m. Mass on Saturdays switches every six weeks between the two churches.

The daily Mass schedule is Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Church of the Nativity in Merrimac and Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Ann in West Newbury.

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

Thrift shop in Rowley

Fellowship Thrift Shop located in lower hall of First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., Rowley, has new hours.

The shop is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, weather permitting.

Check out daily half-price sales and the special tag sale the first Saturday of each month. When the shop is open, it accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items, but no electronics, books or toys.

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 (six to 12 people) prepares and serves the meal to about 80 people. Time: Three to four hours, including preparation, serving and cleanup. Call Maj. Kathryn Purvis at 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,

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 -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 or by phone at 978-255-0135.


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