NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 12, 2013

Church Notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — ‘Being a Quaker in the 21st Century’

On Sunday, Jan. 27, Edward Gerrish Mair, treasurer of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends and longtime member of the Amesbury Monthly Meeting of Friends, will speak at the First Religious Society of Newburyport, 26 Pleasant St., on the subject of “Being a Quaker in the 21st Century.”

The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is the oldest Yearly Meeting of Friends, having been founded 352 years ago in Newport, R.I. Early Puritans had little tolerance for early Friends, going as far as hanging four of them on Boston Common.

Mair says that most people don’t realize that today, the largest group of Quakers in the world is not in England or the United States. They are in Kenya and they are Bible reading, born-again Christians. The beliefs of Friends in East Africa contrast sharply with the humanist, liberal and universalist thinking of many Quakers in New England.

Mair will present a brief history of Quakers in the US., including the 19th century schisms between Hicksite, Wilburite and Gurneyite Friends. He will also discuss the reunification of Wilburite and Orthodox Quakers in New England in 1945. He will introduce Quaker ideas such as the five testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality and Quaker concepts such as the inner light.

Sermon series on self-esteem

“Self-Esteem, Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us” sermon series starts tomorrow at Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. Worship begins at 11 a.m. The series is aimed at people who struggle with self-esteem. For more information, call 978-346-8989 or go to www.MerrimacportUMC.org.

Youth basketball at Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church at 37 Market St. in Amesbury is hosting an eight-week Junior Church Basketball Program for both girls and boys ages 5 to 8 in the church gym. This program is a noncompetitive, instructional league designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and basic Bible knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. It begins Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Friday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 per child is requested to help defray expenses. All are welcome. Registration takes place Jan. 25 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Make checks payable to: MSBC/Bball. Space is limited. To register in advance, contact the church office at 978-388-0930 or msbcsec@verizon.net.

Women’s, men’s Bible study groups

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers a Bible study group called “The Women of Faith” every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday mornings at 9, join the Men’s Group for enlightening conversation and readings of the Bible. Both Bible study groups are open to the public. For more information, visit www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Choir invites new members

Do you enjoy singing? The First Religious Society Choir is beginning a new season of music. The choir will sing music in a variety of styles, including pieces from various faith traditions. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9 and Sunday mornings from 9 to 10. The Choir Room is upstairs behind the organ. For more information, contact the church music director, Jay Lane, at jaydlane@comcast.net.

Financial program at Hope Church

Hope Community Church at 11 Hale St. in Newburyport is presenting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.” The nine-week course begins Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. and will provide families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Contact Janet Morris at 978-463-4673 for more information or to register.

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.

Adult Ed with Rabbi Avi Poupko, every Wednesday night at 7:30 starting Jan. 23.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m., Israeli Dancing with Fran Kaplan.

Jan. 20, Hebrew School outing to Amesbury Sports Park.

Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Havdallah program and Tu B’Shvat Seder.

‘Half the Sky’ program Jan. 16

The Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society will sponsor a presentation of the “Half the Sky” Movement on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. This presentation is about gender inequity, one of the major issues of our time.

Women comprise 70 percent of the world’s poorest people. Gender inequity is one of the major issues of our times. In so many cases, poor women are the victims, but they are also the ones driving change, from the micro-credit initiatives, to community healthcare, they are empowering their sisters. In the book “Half the Sky,” Nicholas Kristof and Meg Ryan have made the voyage to meet these women.

Intro to Meditation class offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, located at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury, is offering a six-week class titled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation” starting Thursday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 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. For registration information and fees, 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.

Centering prayer at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers 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 more information, call the church office at 978-388-0030 or visit www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Mass schedule 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 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.

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.