Italian Dinner at Pilgrim Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, is holding an Italian dinner on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the upcoming Common Ground Ministries mission trip to Leogane, Haiti. In lieu of advance tickets, donations will be accepted at the dinner. The church is fully accessible. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
Lindt Chocolate Party at Holy Family
Holy Family Parish in Amesbury is hosting a Lindt Chocolate Party on Sunday, Jan. 27, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. A Lindt representative will display a full line of chocolates, including items not available in stores. There will be demonstrations, samples and a gift basket of Lindt products raffled off. Payment by check or cash to be made when orders are placed and items will be available for pickup before Valentine’s Day. For information, call Terry Beecroft at 603-498-4535.
‘Curse of Poverty’ at First Religious
Rev. Harold Babcock will present a sermon titled “The Curse of Poverty” tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
In 2011, there were 203 children living in poverty in Newburyport. Nine percent of Newburyport residents live in severe poverty, having an income less than $18,000. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only concerned with racism and the achievement of civil rights, eradication of poverty was one of his major goals. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, the sermon will address some aspects of the poverty among us, even here in beautiful Newburyport.
The worship service is free and open to the public. Call 978-465-0602, ext. 401, or visit www.frsuu.org.
Holy Redeemer Parish Mass schedule
Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.
Starting today for the next six weeks, Mass will be said at St. Ann Parish at 300 Main St. in West Newbury on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10:15 a.m. At the Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St. in Merrimac, Mass will be said on 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.
Weekly sharing of healing experiences
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. After readings from the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest, the meeting is then opened for the informal sharing of healing experiences. The service includes the lively singing of hymns. Everyone in the community is invited.
Yoga and meditation workshop Jan. 26
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury will offer a half-day “Mindfulness Yoga & Insight Meditation” workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will explore how to create continuity between participants’ practice on the yoga mat and their practice on the meditation cushion. The workshop will include short periods of sitting meditation, yoga and discussion. Beginners and experienced students are welcome. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
Sermon series on self-esteem
“Self-Esteem, Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us” sermon series continues 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.
‘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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Jan. 20, Hebrew School outing to Amesbury Sports Park.
Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Havdallah program and Tu B’Shvat Seder.
‘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.
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.
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.
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 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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