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January 26, 2013

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Newburyport Daily News

---- — Union Church Spaghetti Supper

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury (across from Alliance Park), will host a Spaghetti Supper tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert will be served. Tickets are the “all you can eat” dinner are $7, $24 for a family. Take-out meals are available for $8. There is ample parking and the church is handicapped accessible. Everyone is welcome. Call 978-388-0631 or visit www.amesburyunion.org.

Italian Dinner at Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, is holding an Italian dinner today 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 today 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.

Annual Meeting at St. Paul’s tomorrow

Tomorrow there will be a single service of Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, immediately followed by the Annual Meeting. New members will be welcomed to St. Paul’s during the service. The church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.

Other programs tomorrow: Children’s Choir rehearsal, 8:30 a.m.; nursery care, 8:45 a.m.; and Church School at 9 a.m.

Rest in the Spirit at Belleville Chapel

Rest in the Spirit, an interfaith meditation time, will be led by Rev. Ross Varney tomorrow at 4 p.m. Belleville Chapel, 300 High St., Newburyport. The gathering will begin with presentation of basics with discussion, then move on to practices, meditating with words, music and silence. The program will last about 45 minutes. Call the church office at 978-465-7734 or e-mail bccchurch@worldpath.net with any questions.

‘Being a Quaker in the 21st Century’

Tomorrow, Edward Gerrish Mair, treasurer of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (NEYM) and long-time 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 are 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 United States, 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.

Holy Redeemer Parish Mass schedule

Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.

For the next five 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.

Power of rhythm at Unitarian Universalist

The power of rhythm to stir individuals’ spirits and motivate them to action will be the focus of the worship service on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Drummer Matt Myer’s service will allow worship-goers to experience the power of music and rhythm from cultures around the world and their power to teach people about themselves and each other. The worship service is open free to the public.

The worship service will be followed by a special “Drumming and Spirituality” rhythm workshop. Meyer, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston who has studied in Cuba, Ghana and Central America, will provide instruction on basic technique as well as information on the origins of percussion instruments from around the world. The workshop is appropriate for all ages and good for families to participate together. Bring your own drum if you have one; drums will be provided for those who don’t. There is a suggested fee of $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more. A pizza lunch is included. Contact the church office at 978-465-0602, ext. 401 to register.

Meditation retreat offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a meditation retreat for beginners entitled “Waking Up to Your Life.” The retreat is 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. Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $37. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Church Youth Group hosts Super Sub Day

The Youth Group at First Congregational Church of Georgetown is sponsoring a Super Sub Day on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. The cost is $7 per sandwich and includes a choice of turkey, ham or Italian; cheese and condiments. Orders will be taken until Feb. 1 by contacting the church office at 978 352-8443. Sandwiches will be ready for pick-up on Feb. 3 by or after 4 p.m., but can also be delivered to any residence in Georgetown. Cash or checks made payable to First Congregational Church accepted.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the community food pantry at the First Congregational Church of Georgetown. Contact the church for more information and to place an orders.

Lamb shank dinner at Green church

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, is serving a hearty winter lamb shank dinner on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include braised lamb shank with special Greek sauce over orzo, salad and bread, with baklava for dessert. The price is $20 per person. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call the church office at 978-465-5757.

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.

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.

All are welcome to join Rabbi Avi Poupko every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. for his Adult Education series, “The Social and Spiritual Vision of the Biblical Prophets: A Jewish 21st Century Ethical Pathway for Life’s Challenges.”

Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m. Tu Bishvat Havdallah program.

Feb. 23, 6 p.m. Purim Party Extravaganza including Megillah Reading, Costume Contest and Whiskey Tasting.

Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Klezmer Buenos Aires with Lerner & Moguilevsky will perform as part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

March 1, 5:30 p.m. Friday Night Lights.

March 3, 10 a.m. Hebrew School Outing to Jewish Boston.

March 10, 4 p.m. Israeli Folk Dancing.

March 22, 5:30 p.m. Friday Night Lights.

March 26, 6 p.m. Community Passover Seder.

March 31, 10 a.m. Anna Smulowitz presents her award-winning performance, “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust.”

‘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.

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.