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February 1, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Church services at First Parish

Church services will be held every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High St., Newbury. Communion service will be held the first Sunday of the month and will be conducted by the Rev. Jeff MacDonald. For more information, visit the website at www.firstparishofnewbury.org.

Lamb shank dinner at Greek church

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, is serving a hearty winter lamb shank dinner today 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.

Shrove Tuesday fundraiser at Central Congregational

A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Music Committee/Easter Brass Ensemble will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St.,

Newburyport. Suggested donation is $8, seniors and children, $5, with a family maximum of $20.

Immigration and unintended consequences

On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., the Immigration Matters Study Group will meet in the lower meetinghouse. Dr. Michael Sandberg, civil surgeon with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in Boston, will lead the discussion. Congress seems ready to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Eleven million undocumented immigrants in this country are hoping for a path to citizenship when the new law is enacted. However, there are other aspects of the current law that directly harm the U.S. economy that are not well known and also should be revised. The topic will be “The Unintended Consequences of Current US Immigration Law” and how things could be improved when the law is changed. The evening is free and open to the public.

VOTF program Feb. 10

The public is invited to hear Richard Gaillardetz, Ph.D., Boston College speak on “The Legacy of the Second Vatican Council for the 21st Century” on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 1 Margin St., Peabody. Refreshments will be served. Free will offering is always appreciated. This is presented by VOTF, North Shore-Seacoast Affiliate in collaboration with the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College.

For further information, contact: Barbara and John Gould, 978-535-2321, jagbag630@verizon.net, or Mo Donovan, 978-518-0133, maujane@verizon.net.

‘Endangered Christians’ lecture at Greek church

The Social & Cultural Committee of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Newburyport presents a lecture titled “Endangered Christians in the Middle East: Religious Cleansing and Changing Geopolitics” by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in Nicholson Hall, 7 Harris St., Newburyport.

Prodromou was vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2004 to 2012. Admission is free and the public is invited. A reception will follow the lecture. Reservations are requested by contacting Tina Papadopoulos at 617-828-7543 or by email at tpapadop@aol.com.

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.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $37. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

New Bible study program at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church invites the public to LifeWay’s “Gospel Project” small group study being held at the church at 37 Market St., Amesbury. This 13-week study begins on Feb. 13 and is a narrative of the Old Testament showing that Christ’s death and resurrection is the focal point of the story line.

The Women’s group will meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and will include child care. The Men’s group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7. To register, call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email: msbcsec@verizon.net or visit marketstreetbaptistchurch.org.

Focus on Afghan women for discussion series

“View from a Grain of Sand,” a film chronicling the story of three Afghan women through three decades of war and how they survive, rebuild their lives and help others, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The presentation is part of an ongoing documentary and discussion series exploring global issues for women.

Rachel Williams, president of Help Women Heal, will speak about her work with Afghan women as part of the program. Williams’ organization provides Afghan women with scholarship funding for health care education. Admission is free. Call 978-465-0602 for more on the program.

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.

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.”

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.