Kids bake Valentine cookies
Kids Valentine’s Cookie Bake will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. Kids will decorate cookies and deliver them to someone they wish or one of the church shut-ins. This event is hosted by the Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. More information available at 978-346-8989 or www.MerrimacportUMC.org.
Shrove Tuesday fundraiser at Central Congregational
A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Music Committee/Easter Brass Ensemble will be held Tuesday, 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.
Shrove Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church
A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and children’s activities for Mardi Gras will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. James Parish Hall, 120 Main St., Amesbury. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under the age of 12 and family maximum of $15. Check www.stjamesamesbury.org for additional information.
Ash Wednesday Service in Merrimacport
Ash Wednesday Service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. The community is welcome. More information available at 978-346-8989 or www.MerrimacportUMC.org.
Lenten services at Immaculate Conception Parish
Ash Wednesday: Ashes will be distributed at the following Liturgies: 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. School Liturgy,12:05 p.m., 7 p.m.
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, beginning Feb. 20, confessions will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in addition to the Saturday times.
VOTF program tomorrow
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” tomorrow 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, email@example.com, or Mo Donovan, 978-518-0133, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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 tomorrow 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 email@example.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 tomorrow 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.
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 Wednesday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Klezmer Buenos Aires coming to Newburyport
Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport welcomes The Boston Jewish Music Festival for a special festival preview concert on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Lerner & Moguilevsky, two master musicians and improvisers from Argentina.
Cesar Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky use klezmer as a springboard for intense, original improvisation. Marcelo Moguilevsky (vocals, clarinet, bass, soprano sax, wooden flutes, harmonica, bagpipe and duduk) and César Lerner (piano, accordion and percussion) seamlessly blend Argentinean folk music, jazz, contemporary music and tango.
Klezmer is a style of Eastern European Jewish music that has been steadily gaining popularity among music lovers for more than two decades.
The concert is presented in partnership with Congregation Ahavas Achim and Peabody’s Temple Ner Tamid and made possible with support from the North Shore Jewish Federation.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available at http://bjmfnorthshore.bpt.me/.
For more information, contact Rabbi Avi Poupko, email@example.com.
Intro to Meditation class offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer an eight-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation.” The class is designed for anyone interested in learning 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. Class begins Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will last eight weeks. Cost is $136. For registration information, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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