A look at Amesbury as it was then
Jay Williamson, curator of the Cushing House Museum in Newburyport, and historian Steve Klomps will present and narrate a slide show of vintage photographs, "A Walk Down Main Street: Amesbury Before Automobiles," at Union Congregational Church today at 7 p.m.
The "walk," which will be presented as a slide show, will take attendees the length of Main Street from the Chain Bridge to Amesbury's Market Square as recorded in the days before the automobile by Amesbury's earliest photographers. Klomps and Williamson will narrate, describing what portion of Main Street is being viewed in each photo, as well as points of interest.
The program will be approximately an hour in length. There will also be an opportunity for questions about each photograph. Proceeds will benefit the Union Congregational Church Restoration & Preservation Alliance fund for the preservation of Point Shore's landmark 1835 meetinghouse.
Union Congregational Church is located at 350 Main St., Point Shore, across from Alliance Park. The church is handicapped-accessible, and parking is available. Admission is $8 and $7 for seniors. For additional information, call 978-388-6591.
Bishop to speak at St. Paul's tomorrow
Tomorrow, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, will have a single service at 9 a.m. as they welcome Bishop Gayle Harris. There will be no Adult or Youth Forum tomorrow.
Jesus' Healing Ministry — A Bible Study will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next session will be on Tuesday; the passage to be read is Luke 7:1-10. This Bible Study, led by Bob Keller, is open to anyone and examines the 26 passages in Scripture where Jesus performs healing. The meetings are planned to be in two parts lasting a total of about 11/2 hours. For more information, contact Keller at 978-465-5111, email@example.com.
Concert to benefit Special Needs Sunday School
Tuckermans at 9 Rockin' A Cappella will perform today, 7:30 p.m., at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Route 1A, Newbury. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 978-465-5597 to reserve tickets. Proceeds from this event will support the church's Special Needs Sunday School and ministry.
UUA fundraiser to speak tomorrow
The Rev. Terry Sweetser will speak tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. He is a fifth-generation Unitarian Universalist, a minister for more than 30 years and a widely known fundraiser. Sweetser is currently responsible for fundraising at the UUA, where he is vice president for stewardship and development.
Interfaith service tomorrow
ChIME, the Chaplaincy of Maine, is offering an interfaith service at the Amesbury Quaker Meeting House, 120 Friend St., at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Join us to reflect on how grace sustains us even through the most difficult of times. For more information, call the Rev. Katie Moody, 603-566-1900.
Growing Together Sunday School in recess
"The First Parish Church of Newbury — Stewards of Earth and Spirit," host the Growing Together Sunday School. The indoor/outdoor program for children ages 5 to 12 and children with special needs, engages children in projects and activities centered around this year's theme: Stewards of God's Earth. Class meets at the regular worship service in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Students gather downstairs in Holton Hall after the children's message. The church is located at 20 High Road, (Route 1A), Newbury. Sunday School will be in recess tomorrow for school vacations. Classes resume on March 4.
Live Internet chat Tuesday
Join our live Internet chat, "Finding True Success," on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. with Barbara Vining, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, to discover how to find the spiritual peace that opens doors to true success. Bring questions and gain new insights into a greater understanding of God's love and infinite provision for each one of His children. You are welcome to participate or just listen in at the Christian Science Reading Room, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, 978-255-1031. All chats are archived and available 24Ñ7 at spirituality.com and our new website www.christiansciencenewburyport.com. This chat, sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Boston, is open to everyone. The website does not collect email addresses during chats, so your participation will remain confidential.
Memorial service open to all
Anyone who has lost a friend, family member or loved one is welcome to a memorial service on Wednesday at Amesbury Village. The service begins at 2 p.m.
The Rev. David Medeiros, chaplain at Brookhaven Hospice, will officiate the ceremony.
The service is free and open to the public. Amesbury Village is located at 22 Maple St., Amesbury. For more information, contact Medeiros at 508-820-4800.
Events at Congregation Ahavas Achim
The following are planned at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive streets, Newburyport:
Visit www.ahavas-achim.org for more information or call 978-462-2461.
Saturday, March 3, 9 to 10 a.m., services led by Rabbi Avi Poupko/Youth Shabbat.
Purim extravaganza! All-you-can-eat kosher Chinese food buffet, costume contest — prize for winning is an iPad2, Zach Fields Drum Studio with a special Purim performance, balloon making insanity, Megillah reading and more. Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. Adults, $18, and kids, $12.
The cantata, 'Resurrection,' at IC March 3
"Resurrection," a cantata by Bryan Jeffrey Leech, is the inspirational story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. The performance leads the audience on an unforgettable spiritual journey as St. Peter, facing his own martyrdom, recalls his and the disciples' experience with Christ. In moving song, Peter shows the anguish for his denial of Christ and the joy that comes with the Resurrection and Christ's forgiveness. Secure with the love of the Resurrected Christ, Peter and the cast come to the realization that there is nothing that cannot be faced. The cantata will be Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport. All are welcome. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken up at the end of the performance.
Intro to meditation classes offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a six-week class titled "The Mindful Moment: 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 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will last six weeks. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
Understanding Others Through Worship
A presentation on Christian Science will be given by Norm Bleichman on Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m., at the Newburyport Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Bleichman is a Christian Science practitioner and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. For more than 20 years he has been producing media for various departments at the Christian Science Mother Church, Boston. There will be a presentation and discussion about the foundations of the Christian Science belief system based on the Bible and its explanation in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and other writings by its founder Mary Baker Eddy.
For more information, call the Rev. Helen Murgida at 978-500-3196.
Corned Beef Dinner at Holy Family
There will be a Corned Beef Dinner held at Holy Family Parish Hall on March 17, 4 to 6 p.m. The meal includes red and gray corned beef, cabbage, potato, carrots, turnip, fresh baked soda bread, beverage, and dessert. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12, and children under age 6 eat free. For more information, call Alan LaBranche at 603-362-5549.
Church changes meeting location
Operation Snowbird! Merrimacport United Methodist Church will be worshiping at the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 East Main St. (Route 110), Merrimac, beginning tomorrow until the end of February due to limited parking in snowy conditions.
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 Janet Hawkes 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.
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.
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: Saturday Food Pantry: 9:30 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. Merrimac Mobile Pantry: first and third Saturday of each month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Merrimac Senior Center, 100 East Main St., Merrimac. Open to Merrimac residents only.
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.
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