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March 16, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Holy Week services

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday: 10 a.m. Intergenerational service.

Maundy Thursday: A Meditation Room with Stations will connect the gospel story of Jesus’ last week with suffering in the world. The “Meditative Walk-Thru” will be at 5 p.m., potluck at 6 and closing worship and communion from 6:30 to 7.

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service: 5:30 a.m., at the first Pavilion on the left, Salisbury Reservation, with Central Congregational Church and East Parish Methodist Church of Salisbury. Breakfast afterward at the Methodist Church.

Easter morning worship: 10 a.m. in the Meeting House.

First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport

On Sunday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. the Rev. Harold Babcock will deliver a sermon titled “All We Know About Jesus.”

On Thursday, March 28, at 4 p.m., the Rev. Harold Babcock will present a traditional communion service in the spirit of Unitarian Churches of Transylvania.

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport

Palm Sunday: Two identical worship services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. service of reflection and communion.

Easter Sunday: Worship at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market Street, Amesbury

Passover Encounter: Saturday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m. Nathan Joiner, assistant to the Rabbi at Ruach Israel in Needham, will be leading the Seder Supper. Call 978-388-0930 to reserve a seat.

Palm Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 24.

Maundy Thursday: Communion Service, 7-8 p.m., a service of worship and communion to commemorate the Last Supper.

Good Friday: Prayer & Meditation, noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

Easter Sunday: Worship, 10 a.m.

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., Merrimac

Palm Sunday: worship service 11 a.m. with palm branches to wave and nursery provided. Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. All children are welcome.

Maundy Thursday: Service at 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Prayer Centers open 11a.m.-6 p.m. The church is open for all to come in and take a spiritual journey through centers set up around the church such as a prayer wall.

Holy Saturday: Prayer Vigil open 7a.m.-7 p.m. for quiet reflection and prayer.

Merrimac Easter Sunrise Service: on the River at Carey Park, at 111 River Road, 6:30 a.m., hosted by the churches of Merrimac: Pilgrim Congregational, Merrimacport United Methodist and Holy Redeemer Catholic churches.

Easter morning worship at 11 a.m. Nursery provided.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac

Maundy Thursday Soup and Salad Supper, 6 p.m., followed by a worship service and communion at 7 p.m.

Prayer Vigil will be held Friday from midnight through Sunday, 6 a.m.

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. at Carey Park on River Road

Easter Worship Service at 10 a.m.

Seabrook’s Community of the Churches

Palm & Passion Sunday: Trinity United Church, 11 a.m. with distribution of palms.

Maundy Thursday: Service of worship at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church.

Good Friday: Four Corners Advent Church will host the worship service

Easter Sunrise Service: Pastor Bill Beddie of Trinity United Church will lead the 6 a.m. service at State Line Street on Seabrook Beach on March 31.

Easter: 11 a.m. service at Trinity United Church.

Corned beef and cabbage on menu

Merrimacport Church Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper will be held today from 4:30-6:30 p.m., a St. Patrick’s Day Supper with all the fixings. $10/adult, $4/child (ages 5-12), children 4 and under rree. The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is located at 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac.

Special guest preacher at St. Paul’s

Erika Almquist, who has just spent a full year working in El Salvador, will speak tomorrow at the 8 and 10:15 Holy Eucharists at St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport. Her base community was El Pital, the very same community where members of St. Paul’s Outreach Committee did a computer workshop.

Special speaker at First Religious Society

Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the Rev. Susan Chorley will deliver a sermon on “Walking on Sacred Ground Toward Mutual Transformation.” Chorley is the director of Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter in Roxbury and a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

Events during Lent in Merrimacport

Faith & Family Study on Wednesdays through April 3 at 60 p.m. at Merrimacport United Methodist Church. Includes dinner, DVD by Adam Hamilton “The Way,” interactive discussion and activities for parents and grandparents with their children. Contact the church for this week’s location, www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8818.

The Way message series at 11 a.m. on Sundays will continue through March 24.

The Way DVD Christian study by Adam Hamilton will be held Mondays through April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The church is located at 39 High St. (corner of High Street and River Road), Merrimac.

Talk on ‘The Church in the World’

The public is invited to hear Catherine Cornille, Boston College, speak on “The Church in the World: Dialogue Between World Religions.” This lecture will focus on the limits and possibilities of interreligious dialogue from a Christian perspective. The lecture is Palm Sunday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Pius V Lower Church Hall, 215 Maple St., Lynn. Refreshments will be served. Free will offering appreciated.

Sanctuaries and Sacred Spaces tour

The Rev. Martha Hubbard, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, is leading a tour of Southern England, July 22-31, which will wend its way from Canterbury to London through some of England’s most beautiful cathedrals, visit the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst and Highclere Castle (made famous by PBS’s “Downton Abbey”). Reservation deadline is May 1. Go to the website for more information, www.stpauls-nbpt.org, or call the office at 978-465-5351.

Bible study at Old South

A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.

Events at Insight Meditation Center

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: a drop-in class on Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.; and an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events are 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. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

The Kirkin of the Tartan Service in Amesbury

Clan MacKenzie of the Northeast invites one and all to attend The Kirkin of the Tartan Service and Celebration. The service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, on Sunday, April 7, at 10 a.m. There will be several Scottish clans in attendance to have their clan tartan flags blessed. You do not need to be Scottish to attend. There will also be a meet and greet with the clans after the service in the Parish Hall. For more information, www.stjamesamesbury.org, 978-388-0030 or e-mail stjames.clergy@verizon.net.

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.

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

Tune in every Sunday at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).

Tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., Matzah Baking in Newburyport, $10 first child, $5 each additional. Please RSVP.

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

March 25, 6:45 a.m., Erev Pesach Morning Minyan.

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

April 6, 7:45 p.m., Anna Smulowitz presents her award-winning performance, “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust.”

‘Quick Read’ Book Group forming

For those who love to read and discuss great literature but just can’t find the time for those big reads, a “Quick Read” Book Club is forming.

The first selection is “Words By Heart” by Ouida Sebestyen.

Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning March 27, in the Community Room at All Saints, 895 Main St., West Newbury. The group is limited to 12. Call Becky DeSmith at 413-782-7113 or email beckydesmith@gmail.com to join. Free copies of the book to the first 10 people. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Lenten services at Immaculate Conception Parish

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

Stations of the Cross: Fridays, 7 p.m. 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 to 8 p.m. in addition to the Saturday times.

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.

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.

‘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.

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