NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 9, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Auto harpist to perform in Newbury today

Bryan Bowers will be in concert today at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road. Bowers is a noted master auto harpist, storyteller, singer and songwriter. He has won many awards for his instrumental virtuosity. Tickets are $15 if reserved ahead or $18 at the door. Call 978-465-5597 to reserve.

Thanksgiving Service in Amesbury

The Amesbury Council of Churches will hold a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Rocky HIll Meeting House on Elm Street in Amesbury. Be sure to bring a blanket if it is cold, since there is no heat in the meeting house. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Amesbury Holiday program.

Pot roast dinner at Port Church Nov. 9

Merrimacport Church Pot Roast Dinner will be held today, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The meal is pot roast dinner with all the fixings plus ice cream sundaes. $10/adult, $5/child (ages 5-12), children 4 and under free. Credit cards now accepted. The church is located at 39 High St. in Merrimac. For more information, go to www.MerrimacportUMC.org or call 978-346-8989.

Olde Tyme Country Fair in Rowley

Get into the Christmas Spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Delicious baked goods. Beautiful handcrafted items. Festive holiday greenery. Unique attic treasures. First Congregational Church’s famous Apple Pies. Zeke’s Country Store. Silent Auction. Savory homestyle lunch. Visit from Santa. Games, puzzles, books and more. Spaghetti Supper, 5-7 p.m.

Harvest Fair in Salisbury Nov. 23

Harvest Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road. Baked goods, white elephant treasures, snack bar and lunch menu. 978-465-8940.

Pilgrim Church annual holiday fair Nov. 23

Featuring seasonal delights with an old-fashioned flair, Pilgrim Church will hold its annual Holiday Fair Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This year’s fair will include children’s games and crafts, cookie walk, country store, hand-made quilts, jewelry, holiday decor, luncheon and a silent auction. A new addition to the fair lineup this year is a breakfast menu featuring pancakes, eggs and sausage. Everyone is welcome. Located at 27 Church St. in Merrimac, Pilgrim Church is completely accessible to all.

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.

Today, 8:15 a.m., Torah Study; 4:30 p.m., Hebrew School Havdallah.

Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., Talmud Study Group.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Adult Ed: The Movements of Judaism.

Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Film Series, showing “The Debt.”

Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Israeli Folk Dancing with Fran Kaplan.

Nov. 19, 9:15 a.m., Talmud Study Group.

Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Adult Ed: The Movements of Judaism.

Nov. 23, 8:15 a.m., Torah Study; 4:30 p.m., Hebrew School Havdallah.

Nov. 26, 9:15 a.m., Talmud Study Group.

Nov. 27, First night of Chanukah and Public Menorah Lighting at Market Square.

Tune in Sundays at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM) or visit www.radioabbi.podbean.com

Visit www.caanewburyport.org for more information on upcoming services and events.

Introduction to meditation events

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: a drop-in class on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events are designed for anyone interested in 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. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Prayer is topic at Salvation Army

“Praying through the Bible” will be offered weekly at The Salvation Army.

Every Wednesday, participants will explore various forms of prayer as found in the scriptures. What is prayer? Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Share your own experiences with prayer in this open learning environment. All are welcome. Group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the chapel at The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. For more details, contact Mary Schmidt at 978-465-0883.

Men’s Bible Group at St. James

The Men’s Group at St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, meets each Saturday to read aloud and discuss appointed selections in the Holy Bible and related resources. They learn about the circumstances of biblical events, their significance and the people involved.

Currently the focus is upon appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, which is the Protestant Christian Worship Schedule of Bible readings that takes into account daily services and the liturgical year’s observances of festivals and seasons.

The customary meeting place is the St. James Parish’s Chandler Hall. Call Arthur Yarranton at 978-346-4749 (arthuryarranton@yahoo.com) or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 (mortgilbert@comcst.net) for further information.

Women of Faith at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, welcomes women of all ages to join this monthly meeting of women interested in growing deeper in faith through Bible study and reflection.

This study of Bible will take place the second and fourth Thursday in the months of September through May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the church. Parking is available in the back of the church, as well as street parking. Please bring your NRSV Bible.

For more information, contact the office at 978-388-0038 or via e-mail at stjames.clergy@verizon.net.

Weekly sharing of healing experiences

Hear and share experiences of Christian healing. 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. The meeting opens with hymn singing and readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest. The meeting is then opened for informal sharing of healing experiences showing how lives have been uplifted, guided and protected by God. The public 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.