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March 2, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — ‘The Passion of the Christ’ today

Seeds of Hope Mission Church invites everyone to a viewing and discussion of “The Passion of The Christ” today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The church is located at Boston North Tech Park, 110 Haverhill Road, Bldg. C, Amesbury. RSVP: 987-204-5296.

Rest in the Spirit tomorrow at Belleville

A meditation time led by the Rev. Ross and Lynn Varney will be held at Belleville Chapel tomorrow at 4 p.m. It will begin with presentation of basics, discussion as needed, then enter into practice. The session is about 45 minutes, interfaith oriented, meditating with words, music and silence. A time to sit quietly, let so of excess stress and experience oneness with divine Spirit.

The church is located at 300 High St., Newburyport.

‘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. The program was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, but was postponed due to a snowstorm. Reservations are requested by contacting Tina Papadopoulos at 617-828-7543 or by email at tpapadop@aol.com.

Immigration Justice Day at First Religious Society

Sunday, March 10, at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, at 10:30 a.m., will be Immigration Justice Day. The guest speaker will be Maria Sacchetti, staff reporter for the Boston Globe. In reporting for the Globe, Sacchetti specializes in immigration issues. She recently completed a year long investigation into the deportation practices of the U.S. government. Based on her findings, the Globe recently published a multiple page, three-day expose on how badly the deportation system works, deporting people with no criminal history and setting free people convicted of major crimes. Her talk will focus on her recent findings.

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.

‘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, a moving story of a black family in the early 1900s trying to build a life in an all-white town. Lena, the main character, gives readers a lesson in courage, loyalty and strength of convictions.

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.

Flea market tables at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is holding a Flea Market fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon in the hall at the front of the church building. People to sell collectibles and yard sale-type items are needed. To reserve a 6-foot table for $20, call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email msbcsec@verizon.net. The event will be canceled only if a storm hits. Proceeds will be to fund the summer mission trips. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. at the front door with no steps to climb.

Congregation Ahavas Achim Events

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).

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.

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

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.

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 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.

‘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.