at Hope Church
Hope Community Church will present Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, with classes beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The nine-week course provides 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. The church is located at 11 Hale St., Newburyport.
Bowl Service at Unity tomorrow
A Bowl Service to release what is no longer needed will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St. (Route 110), Amesbury
On Monday at 7 p.m., a New Year’s Eve Service involving a White Stone Ceremony allowing participants to claim their expression of themselves for the new year will be held.
Zach Field to discuss gong meditation
Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, Zach Field will present a percussion and meditation session. Field has been the director and proprietor of the percussion studio, Zach Field Drum Studios, at the Tannery in Newburyport for more than a decade. In 2010 he began The Gong Meditation Project as a means of helping himself and others find ways to escape from the everyday stresses of life. After years of attempting silent meditation, he found that playing soothing pitched gongs enhanced the meditation process by helping distract the mind and encouraging a relaxed state. His service, entitled “Gong Meditation and Relaxation,” will provide a brief history of his own journey into using gongs and will offer some meditation tips. He will then invite the congregation to engage in a 20-minute gong meditation.