NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 18, 2013

Church notes


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Memorial Day outdoor worship service

All are welcome to join St. James Episcopal Church, Groveland, and All Saints Episcopal Church, West Newbury, to celebrate Eucharist and Memorial Day on Mill Pond in West Newbury (Route 113) on Sunday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and desire to rub shoulders with the apostles, saints, martyrs and reformers of all ages, the company of the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, to worship with loved ones who have gone before. Contact St. James Episcopal Church office at 978-373-1270 for more information.

Memorial Day Mass at IC

The annual Memorial Day Mass will be held on Monday, May 27, in St. Mary’s Cemetery at 9 a.m. In the event of rain, the Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church. Please note there will be no 7:15 a.m. Mass that day.

Starting the weekend of June 1 and 2, the summer Mass schedule will be as follows:

Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.

Sunday, 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. This will remain in effect through Labor Day weekend.

‘Peacemaking after Deadly Conflict’ June 1

On Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m., the Peace Center of Amesbury Friends Meeting (Quakers) and Amesbury for Africa will present a program called “Peacemaking after Deadly Conflict.” The program will be presented by David Zarembka, a Quaker who has lived and worked for 45 years in Africa, focusing on healing and reconciliation between enemies.

His work has helped to create peace after the genocides in Rwanda and Burundi and in prevention of election violence in Kenya. He is author of “A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region.” Zarembka will also discuss related programs that are used worldwide, including in the U.S., to help people in conflict create peace.

A discussion and questions from the audience will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. See the website www.amesburyfriendspeacecenter.org for more information. For directions, go to www.amesburyquaker.org.

June 11 talk on connection between prayer and healing

Learn about how feeling the presence of God as Love has the effect of bringing moments of inspiration that cure, in a talk by Mark Swinney entitled “What is it that connects prayer with healing?” The one-hour talk will be given Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Steeple Hall at Mission Oak Grill, 26 Green St. in Newburyport. Swinney, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, has more than 250 published articles addressing numerous facets of prayer and Christian healing. The public talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist at 22 Inn St. For more information, call 978-255-1031.

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.

Tune in every Sunday at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).

Join Rabbi Avi Poupko every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for his Adult Education series on “The Great Prophets of Israel: An In-Depth Study.” All are welcome.

May 18, Eli Gobbi’s Bar Mitzvah, 9 a.m.

May 19, Annual Meeting, 9 a.m., End of Year Celebration, 10 a.m.

May 25, Eli Bernstein’s Bar Mitzvah, 9 a.m.

June 2, Israeli Dancing with Fran Kaplan, 4 p.m.

Intro to Meditation events

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and a drop-in class on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The events are 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. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Gospel concert at Union June 1

A Gift of Grace: Gospel Concert, with traditional and original, modern gospel music, spanning all generations, will be presented June 1 at 7 p.m. at Union Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury. It will feature three choirs: The Bullock Brothers. The Sons and The Emmanuel Choir. The concert will benefit the capital needs of the Union Church. Suggested donation: $20. Seating is limited. For more information, call 978-388-0631.

Union Church flea market June 8

An old-fashioned flea market will be held Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, across from Alliance Park. Spaces available for $10 with your own table, $15 with church table. Donations welcome, Lunch will be available on site. For Information, to reserve space or to donate quality Items, call Dottie Johnson: 978-388-2452, www.AmesburyUnion.org.

VBS at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is hosting a Vacation Bible School for both girls and boys ages 5 to 9 years old, Monday to Friday, July 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The VBS program “Follow God” includes games in the gym, crafts, bible study and new songs to learn. A snack of water and fruit will be provided each day.

A suggested donation fee of $10 per child is requested to cover expenses. However, the church does not wish to keep any child away for financial reasons, so it will accept can be afforded.

Register in advance by contacting the church by phone at 978-388-0930 or email: msbcsec@verizon.net. Visit on the web: www.MarketStreetBaptistChurch.

Bible study at Old South

A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.

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.

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.