, Newburyport, MA

November 17, 2012

Church notes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Harvest Fair at East Parish church today

The Harvest Fair will be held today at East Parish United Methodist Church, Salisbury Square, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft tables, flea market, white elephant table, bake sale, lunch menu and snack bar will be offered. For more, call the church at 978-465-8940.

Tuckermans at 9 to perform tonight

The rockin’ a cappella of Tuckermans at 9 returns to the Bay State on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. to perform at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Route 1A.

Called “T9” by fans, seven-voice Tuckermans at 9 performs contemporary a cappella versions of well-known pop, rock, blues and light jazz favorites, mostly from the 1960s to today.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 978-465-5597 to reserve tickets. More info: and Tuckermans at 9 on Facebook.

Community invited for Thanksgiving dinner

Tomorrow, the Community United Methodist Church invites the community to attend a Thanksgiving dinner at the church. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. to celebrate and give thanks for our neighbors and friends. Join us and share some turkey with all the fixings and, of course, some home-baked pies! All are welcome and deliveries will be made to those unable to attend. There is no charge for this meal, but call 978-462-0106 to make a reservation.

Thanksgiving Day church service

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” This psalm echoes the spirit of a special one-hour gratitude service to be held on Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m. at the Newburyport Christian Science Church (22 Inn St.). The public service includes a reading of the president’s proclamation of Thanksgiving Day, hymns, a solo, Scriptural readings, selections from the Christian Science textbook and a time for expressions of gratitude from the congregation. Musical accompaniment and a special prelude and postlude will be provided by Robert Littlefield. All in the community are welcome.

Thanksgiving Mass at IC

Let us come together to thank God for his many blessings. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. This Mass replaces the regular 7:15 a.m. Liturgy at Immaculate Conception Church, Green Street, Newburyport.

‘Perpetual Thanksgiving’ at First Religious Society

Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the Rev. Harold Babcock will deliver a sermon entitled “Perpetual Thanksgiving.” The sermon title is taken from some words of Henry David Thoreau: “My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

Congregation Ahavas Achim events

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 531/2 Washington St., Newburyport, offers the following services and events:

Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Adult education with Rabbi Avi Poupko Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (except Nov. 21).

Today: Havdallah program, 4:30 p.m.; Tikkun Olam Conversation with the Abkowitz-Crawford family

Tomorrow: Israeli dancing with Fran Kaplan, 4 p.m.; Movie Night, 7 p.m.

Dec. 8: First night of Hanukkah

Pilgrim Harvest and Holiday Fair today

Pilgrim Congregational Church will hold its annual Pilgrim Harvest and Holiday Fair today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 27 Church St. in Merrimac. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.

Holy Redeemer Holiday Fair today

Holy Redeemer Parish of Merrimac and West Newbury will have a Holiday Fair today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parish hall on Green Street in Merrimac. Coffee and muffins will be available all morning and a lunch of homemade soups, chowders, hot dogs and beans, salads and rolls will be served at 11 a.m.

Spaghetti Supper today

The First Church of Rowley, 175 Main St. (Route 1A), will host a Spaghetti Supper today, 5 to 7 p.m., after the Olde Tyme Country Fair. Advance tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (age 10 and under) at the door. They will be serving spaghetti, meatballs with a choice of homemade sauces, salad with roll, coffee, tea or milk, and an assortment of desserts. The dinner will be prepared and served by the youth group. Dinners made to go are also available.

Building bridges with Muslims

On Sunday, Nov. 25, at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni will present a sermon, “Building Bridges: A Path Toward Interfaith Relations and Understanding with Muslims,” to explore the state of interfaith discourse in relation to Islam and Muslims. Lazzouni will present several success stories about how well interfaith discourse can work and at the same time he will provide some lessons learned in areas where interfaith relations with Muslims continue to suffer setbacks. From these stories and lessons, he will share insights that should enhance mutual understanding. Finally, he will offer general recommendations and strategies focused on how to improve the overall interfaith situation.

Author to speak in Amesbury Nov. 26

An evening with Terry Farish, author of “The Good Braider,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the parish house at Main St., Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. The author will discuss his book.

Talk on prayer at library Dec. 4

Can healing prayer be scientific and bring a consistent, reliable result? Kevin Graunke, a full-time prayer-based healer using the Christian Science system of healing, will explain how prayer itself can in fact be a certain, effective healing method in a talk titled: “Christian Science Healing: Praying with Certainty.” This one-hour talk will take place at the Newburyport Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

Nepalese couple to tell their story

The next meeting of Immigration Matters Study Group will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the lower level classrooms of the First Religious Society, Unitarian-Universalist, 26 Pleasant St.,

Newburyport. The guest speakers are Narab Adhikari, former secretary-general of the Bhutan National Congress, a political party in Bhutan, and his wife Dhan.

In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Nepalese were violently and suddenly expelled from Bhutan because of ethnic cleansing, after having lived there for many generations. Since then, they have been forced to live in UN refugee camps in Nepal. The Adhikaris, who arrived here one year ago, will explain the sad and fascinating story of what has happened to their people, as well as their own personal stories of escape and exodus.

‘Together at Christmas’

The music ministry of Main Street Congregational Church, UCC, 145 Main St., Amesbury, will present “Together at Christmas,” with special guests Voices of Distinction, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Danny Smith will direct. For advance tickets, call 978-388-0982. All seats $10 at the door.

Meditation retreat offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a meditation retreat for beginners entitled “The Mindful Moment.” 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. Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $37. For registration and details, visit

‘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.

Women of Faith and Centering Prayer at St. James

St. James Episcopal church in Amesbury offers a Women of Faith Bible Study Group every other Wednesday through May 22. The Women of Faith has a round-table discussion of the various stories in the Bible that are read. All are welcome to participate. Meeting dates are noted on the church calendar, which can be found on the website

Also offered is Centering Prayer, a meditative practice based on the work of the Rev. Thomas Keating, who believes that silence is “God’s first language.” Centering Prayer is made available upon request. For further information on Women of Faith or Centering Prayer, call the office at 978-388-0030 or check the website at

Mass schedule changes for Holy Redeemer Parish

Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.

This weekend, Mass will be said at St. Ann Parish at 300 Main St. in West Newbury on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. At the Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St. in Merrimac, Mass will be said on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 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.

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

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.

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 (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,

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

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 -6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, meals are served at the Trinity Parish House (beside the Seabrook Post Office) from 5-6 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 or by phone at 978-255-0135.


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