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November 3, 2012

Church Notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

‘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, tomorrow 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 free will offering will be taken. For more, call Barbara and John Gould at 978-535-2321.

Orthodoxy on Tap with the Greek church

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Newburyport is inviting the public to Orthodoxy on Tap on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Starboard Galley, 55 Water St., Newburyport. The group will explore the topic: Mrs. Jesus? Coptic Papyri, Dan Brown and Holy Grails. Organizers of the discussion group say the recent media attention over a supposed 4th century Coptic manuscript fragment has once again brought up the question of whether Jesus was married. The question is expected to spark some interesting discussion. Those attending are welcome to purchase food and drink. All are welcome. Call the church office at 978-465-5757 for more information.

Rummage Sale at First Religious Society

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, at 26 Pleasant St., in Newburyport, will host a Rummage Sale today from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This is a bi-annual 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.

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.m. 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.

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. 3: Special lectures by John Badalament on “The Modern Dad’s Dilemma” at 9 a.m. and Dr. Danny Carlat on “Adderall Nation: Should Everybody Be On Stimulants? at 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 4: Hebrew School visit to House of Sarah Shapiro at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouthm N.H.

Nov. 9: Friday Night Lights, 5:30 p.m.

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

Armenian festival set for Nov. 9

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill will have its Autumnfest 2012 Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, 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. The pastry table will offer choereg, paklava, khadayif with nuts and cream and other homemade pastries. There will be raffles for homemade gift baskets, cash and other items. The Country Store will have tourshi, relish, jams, grains and other items. Take-out orders are available by calling 978-372-9227. A special display of Alex and Ani Jewelry sponsored by Nazarian Jewelers will be available.

Insight meditation retreat on tap

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, located at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury, will offer a meditation retreat for beginners titled “Waking Up to Your Life” on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The retreat is designed for anyone interested in insight meditation, called Vipassana, which is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment. The practice originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. The cost is $37. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

`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.

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 youth welcome in grades 6 to 12. 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.

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. There will be things for all ages, including a children’s craft activity area, silent auction, cookie walk, baked goods, country store, faith items, handmade quilts, jewelry, linens, holiday gifts and the church’s Pilgrim Café with an extensive lunch and snack menu. Everyone is welcome. 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. Gift baskets, nearly new items, handmade items, baked goods, candy will be featured. Raffles and silent auctions are also planned. 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.

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, 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 -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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