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December 1, 2012

Church notes

Yard sale today at Greek church

A giant yard sale will be held today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Harris Street in Newburyport. The event will feature frames, antiques, Corning Ware, Christmas items, old cookbooks, Newburyport items and more, all reasonably priced.

Italian Dinner at Salisbury church

Rosanna’s Italian Gravy prepared by the Tantaro Family of Newburyport will be serving pasta with meatballs at the East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The price for adults is $8 and children, $5. Also being served will be homemade ricotta pie and brownie a la mode for dessert.

Spiritual entrance into Christmas season

The public is invited to “ring in” the Christmas season at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, tomorrow at 4 p.m. (snow date: Sunday, Dec. 9) for an Orthodox Service of Lessons and Carols. Inspired by the Anglican Service and based on the Orthodox Service of the Royal Hours of Christmas Eve, the service celebrates God’s greatest gift of all through psalms, hymns and scripture readings and singing some traditional carols. The service also features special hymns sung by the choir. After the service everyone is invited to a festive reception sponsored by the choir. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call the church office at 978-465-5757.

‘A Different Kind of Christmas’ in Merrimac

“A Different Kind of Christmas” sermon series begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. Pastor is the Rev. Gwyneth Arrison. For more information, call 978-346-8989 or go to

Gifts on the first Sunday in Advent

Tomorrow at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, at 10:30 a.m., this first Sunday in the Christian season of Advent, the Rev. Harold Babcock will present a sermon about gifts; more specifically, the most important gift: not your presents, but your presence with your friends and loved ones. In this pre-holiday season, caught up in the frenzy of gift-giving, it is good to remember that people are the greatest gifts.

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