NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 6, 2012

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — El Salvadoran Pupusa dinner and craft sale

St. Paul’s Church,166 High St., Newburyport, will serve an authentic El Salvadoran Pupusa dinner and hold a craft sale today from 5 to 7 p.m.

A Pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, handmade corn tortilla that is filled with a blend of cheese, meat or beans.

The craft sale will include beaded jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and more, direct from El Salvador.

Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under age 12. Proceeds support St. Paul’s Church’s outreach to El Salvador. For more information, visit www.stpauls-nbpt.org.

Community flea market today

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St, will be hosting a Fall Flea Market today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public. Spaces with one table are available for $20. Dealers and crafters are welcome. Rain date is Oct. 13.

For more information, contact Kelly Burke-Anderson at kelburand@aol.com or 617-605-7524.

Blessing of Pets

in Amesbury

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury, 120 Main St., will celebrate its Annual St. Francis Day and Blessings of Pets. All pets and their owners are welcome to join us at 10 a.m. for a special celebration and Holy Eucharist for owners. Dog and cat treats along with fresh water will be available. Please have all pets on a leash or in pet carriers/cages. People treats will also be shared after the service.

Eighth annual Groveland Blessing of Animals

The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St., Groveland, will preside over the eighth annual Blessing of the Animals, a beloved event, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The gathering will be wrapped around prayers and blessings for all God’s creation. As part of the ceremony, the Rev. DeCarlen will lay hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Last year, a horse, chickens, cats, dogs, turtles, salamanders, rabbits and mice were among the animals blessed.

This year, humans and dogs from PAWS New England and Great Dog Rescue New England, both organizations that foster and place dogs in loving home, will be in attendance. Both humans and dog representatives from Therapy Dog Inc. will also attend. The group shares its pet therapy activities during visits to nursing homes, hospitals, schools and any facilities where interactions with dogs would benefit people.

Toothpaste, brushes collection for Our Neighbors’ Table

Main Street Congregational Church is collecting toothpaste and toothbrushes as part of its community offering this Sunday to donate to Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, which is having a particularly difficult time trying to keep its pantry stocked because of the huge increase in the number of households coming for assistance. Parishioners are asked to bring their donations to church on Sunday. Visit www.main-street-church.org for more.

Pancake breakfast at Rowley church

First Congregational Church of Rowley at 175 Main St. (Route 1A) is holding a pancake breakfast Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu will include pancakes, an assortment of toppings, bacon, turkey sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Gluten-free pancakes will be available upon request. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children.

St. Paul’s Blessing of the Animals

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport will hold its Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10:15 a.m. All pets, great and small, are invited to join in the special service. At the 8 a.m. service, worshippers are invited to bring a picture or memento of their pets for a blessing. The early blessing will be a pet-free service in case of allergies.

Women of Faith

and Centering Prayer at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury offers a Women of Faith Bible Study Group every other Wednesday through May 22. The Women of Faith has a round-table discussion of the various stories in the Bible that are read. All are welcome to participate. Meeting dates are noted on the church calendar, which can be found on www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Also offered is 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 on Women of Faith or Centering Prayer, call the office at 978-388-0030 or go to www.stjamesamesbury.org.

Church plans

Harvest Fall Fair

A Harvest Fall Fair will be held Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Georgetown Congregational Church, 7 Andover St. There will be local crafters, baked goods, White Elephant, raffles and entertainment. Special events include Lobster Lunch, Mother & Daughter Tea and Turkey Dinner. For detail about the Golf Outing, call the church office at 978-352-8443. Tickets may be purchased at the church office.

Events at Congregation Ahavas Achim

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53 1/2 Washington St., Newburyport, offers the following services and events:

Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Today — Havdallah and Movie Night in the Sukkah, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow — Hoshanah Rabbah service, 9 a.m.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Come with us on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a small village located in Bosnia Hercegovina, on Oct. 11 to 20, where Our Lady has reportedly been appearing. More than 35 million people have traveled there and have experienced conversion and a deepening of faith. You will spend seven nights in Medjugorje and the final day and night in Dubrovnik, a beautiful 12th century walled city on the Adriatic Sea. The cost is $2,499 and includes airfare, housing, breakfast and dinner daily, and taxes. Time is of the essence and space is limited, so respond as quickly as possible if you are interested in making this pilgrimage. The pope has declared this a “Year of Faith” beginning on Oct. 10, and has encouraged people to make a pilgrimage during that time. Contact Shirley at 978-465-8495 for more information.

Yoga and Meditation Workshop

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a half-day ‘Mindfulness Yoga & Insight Meditation’ workshop. We will explore how to create continuity between our practice on the yoga mat and our practice on the meditation cushion. Workshop will include short periods of sitting meditation, yoga, and discussion. Beginners and experienced students are welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Mass schedule changes 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, has new hours.

The shop is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, weather permitting.

Check out daily half-price sales and the special tag sale the first Saturday of each month. When the shop is open, it accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items, but no electronics, books or toys.

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.

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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