NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 5, 2014

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Interfaith Passover Seder tomorrow at synagogue

Newburyport’s religious communities and leaders will gather tomorrow afternoon at 4 for an interfaith, community-wide celebration and observance of the Passover Seder. The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the Biblical story of the Exodus: the freeing and deliverance of the Israelite slaves from their Egyptian slave masters. The Seder, being held at Congregation Ahavas Achim on the corner of Washington and Olive streets, will be led by Rabbi Avi Poupko.

The Seder will include a sharing of rituals, teachings and prayers along with the traditional Matzah and Charoset. According to many Christian scholars, Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover Seder and thus a celebration of the Seder is important both for Christians and Jews.

The Interfaith Passover Seder is being sponsored by the synagogue and the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association. There is request $5 donation per person. Contact rabbi@caanewburyport.org for more information.

Arrison to preach at ecumenical service tomorrow

The Rev. Gwyneth Arrison of the Merrimacport United Methodist Church will preach at the Church of the Nativity, Holy Redeemer Parish tomorrow at 2 p.m. The two churches will host worship together with music led by the Merrimac Praise Band, which plays at both churches. This is the third ecumenical service hosted by the churches of Merrimac in an effort to promote unity between Protestants and Catholics. This will be the first time that a Protestant clergy has been invited to preach in a Catholic pulpit in Merrimac. All are welcome. The Church of the Nativity is located at 4 Green St. in Merrimac

Kirkin of the Tartan service tomorrow

There will be a Kirkin of the Tartan Service and Celebration at St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. The service will feature several Scottish clans in attendance to have their clan tartan flags blessed. There will also be a meet and greet with the attending clans in the church hall after the service.

Introduction to Easter worship for children, families

Would you like the children in your life to know what Easter is really about? First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Route 1A, is offering “All Around Easter,” a two-part introduction for children and families. Children, grades 1-5 will participate with a small group, moving from skit to skit. There will be hands-on activities, music and video. Adults may join their kids in the fellowship hall for “All Around Easter” or attend worship upstairs in the sanctuary. Times: 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow and again April 13. Each Sunday will feature a different presentation. Program is free. Call 978-462-4250 for more information.

Lenten services at Immaculate Conception Parish

Eucharistic Adoration in St. James Chapel: During Lent the Friday time of Eucharistic Adoration will conclude at 11:30 a.m. because of the 12:05 Liturgy.

Stations of the Cross: Friday evenings at 7 in the church. Many parishioners remember the Stations of the Cross as a regular part of Lenten Devotions. Join us as we meditate on the Passion and Death of Jesus in prayer and simple song.

Liturgy: During Lent there will be two daily liturgies Monday through Friday: 7:15 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

‘Light Is on for You’: Wednesday evenings, confessions will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. in addition to the Saturday times.

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.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m., Interfaith Passover Seder

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

April 14, First Night of Passover

April 15, 9 a.m., Yom Tov Minyan

April 15, Second Night of Passover and Community Seder at 6 p.m.

April 26, 9 a.m., Julia Shactman’s Bat Mitzvah

April 27, 9 a.m., Curious Creatures; 3 p.m. Food Pantry and Social Hour; 4 p.m. Israeli Folk Dancing

May 6, 7:30 p.m. CAA Annual Board of Directors Meeting

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.

Lenten book discussion at Belleville church

A Lenten book discussion: “A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World” by Thomas Moore, will be held at Belleville Congregational Church on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. in the parlor through April 10. The church is located at 300 High St., Newburyport.

Bean Supper at St. James April 12

St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St., Groveland, is having a Bean Supper on Saturday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. Good food and amazing desserts. Adults, $8; children under 12, $4.

Rummage Sale at Belleville Church

A Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Belleville Church, 300 High St.

Reclaiming the promise of Vatican II

The Rev. Kenneth R. Himes, associate professor, Boston College School of Theology, will speak on the topic, “Vatican II and a Biblical Model of the Moral Life” on Sunday, April 13, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 1 Margin St., Peabody. This presentation is sponsored by the Voice of the Faithful North Shore – Seacoast Affiliate in collaboration with Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

For more information, contact Eleanora Paciulan at 978-462-4882 or Barbara and John Gould at 978-535-2321.

Caregivers Lunch at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church at 37 Market Street, Amesbury invites the public to attend a Caregivers Lunch on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2 p.m.

This event is for those who have been called to care for ailing loved ones to connect with other caregivers and to hear from the experiences of others. Ruth John will share her experiences and wisdom as a caregiver for 20 years.

Cost is $5 to cover the lunch. Register in advance: call church at 978-388-0930 or email: msbcsec@verizon.net.

Indoor yard sale at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St,, Amesbury, is hosting an indoor yard sale on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. Items fill the gym at the back of the building. Nothing is priced. Any donations are 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 July 19-26.

This will be the sixth summer connecting with Pastor Ian MacFarlane and the members of the Living Hope Community Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 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.

Meditative prayer services in Amesbury

Step away from the hustle and into grace with quiet music, prayer, readings and candlelight. Thursday services will be held through April 10, 6-6:30 p.m., at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury.

Main Street Congregational offers grant

Amesbury’s Main Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is once again offering applications for up to $5,000 in grant money to help any Amesbury resident start up a new community service or mission program. Applicants must live in Amesbury, be at least 18 years old (or have an adult sponsor) and complete their application with a description of their project and how this will provide service to the community. Find the application on the church website, www.main-street-church.org, or call 388-0982. Applications are due April 15.

Salvation Army prayer group

The Newburyport Salvation Army will once again be offering a prayer workshop. Meetings will be Thursdays at 3:30-4:45 p.m. followed by Fellowship Dinner at 5. This year’s workshop is titled “How to Pray Always.” Call Mary on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons for more information at 978-465-0883.

Used CD/DVD drive

The Willing Workers of Union Congregational Church in Amesbury are collecting gently used CDs and DVDs for the children and young adults residing at New England Pediatric Care of Billerica. Eighty medically fragile children from birth to 22 years benefit from the highly skilled care provided at this facility. CDs & DVDs should be suitable for children.

Donations will be accepted anytime at the home of Carol Finn, 412 Main St., Amesbury. For information, call 978-388-6591 or 978-388-5265

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.

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.

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