Schaeffer presents sermon tomorrow
Tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Frank Schaeffer will present the sermon on "Saving Faith from Politicized and Poisonous Religion." Schaeffer's talk will inquire into how someone born into a leading evangelical religious family could find a new and deeper faith by embracing mystery, paradox and grandchildren.
Schaeffer is a best-selling author who frequently appears on MSCNBC and NPR and is a leading blogger for the Huffington Post. He attends the Greek Orthodox church in Newburyport, where he has been a member since 1990.
Interfaith service celebrates spring
ChIME, the Chaplaincy of Maine, is offering an interfaith service at the Amesbury Quaker Meeting House, 120 Friend St., tomorrow at 3 p.m. As the Earth wakes from its winter slumbers, we consider how our creative energies, too, are part of the seasonal round.
The group celebrates the arrival of spring with readings, ritual, song and spiritual reflection. Service leaders are ChIME students Andrea Zucker, Mary Gelfand and Arline Saturdayborn.
For more information, call the Rev. Katie Moody at 603-566-1900.
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.
Today, 9 a.m., Services led by Rabbi Avi Poupko
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Adult Education with Rabbi Avi
Friday, March 30, 10 a.m., Charoset Making at the Synagogue. The congregation is having a Charoset Making (it's a traditional and delicious Passover dish) at the synagogue in preparation for the Seder. All who would like to participate in this are more than welcome to come at that time.
Sunday, April 1, 4 p.m., Interfaith Passover Seder at Congregation. The Seder will include a sharing of rituals, teachings, and prayers. Easter and Passover offers an opportunity for diverse religious communities to come together in shared celebration and worship. The Seder will be taking place at the Synagogue on the corner of Washington and Olive Streets.
Congregation Ahavas Achim will hold a Community Passover Seder on April 7 at 6:15 p.m., at 10 Cushing Ave. This popular event is expected to sell out quickly, so those wishing to attend should purchase tickets as soon as possible. For more information, email Kim Gobbi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be an annual meeting on Sunday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. The election of board of directors and officers will take place. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, email Ilene Grady at: email@example.com.
St. Paul's special events
Tomorrow, St. Paul's Inquirer's Group will meet 11:45 a.m. in the church library. The discussion is on the history of Anglicanism and of St. Paul's Church. A light lunch will be offered. All are welcome.
Tuesday, March 27, Jesus' Healing Ministry — A Bible Study, 7 p.m. in the church library. They will read Mark 1:40-45. 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 1¬º hours: The first is a reading of a healing passage from three versions of the Holy Bible with discussion based on questions about the passage. Text is read from the King James, Jerusalem, and New International versions.
The second is the experiential and experimental practice of the Laying on of Hands.
Attendees are welcome at either or both parts. For more information contact Bob Keller at 978-465-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m., St. Paul's Church will host a simple soup and bread meal, Lectio Divina bible study and compline. All are welcome to attend this progressive Lenten program.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6 to 6:30 p.m., supper
6:30 to 6:35 p.m., clean-up and transition
6:35 to 7:20 p.m., bible study and child care
7:20 to 7:30 p.m., compline
Children are welcome and childcare is provided. Contact the church at 978-465-5351 or email@example.com to attend. St. Paul's Church is located at 166 High Street, Newburyport.
Lent events at Merrimacport United Methodist Church
The following events will be held during Lent at Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. at the corner of High Street and River Road:
Journey to the Cross, message series at 11 a.m., tomorrow, with kids Sunday School during worship and nursery provided.
24 Hours That Changed the World, Christian study on the last 24 hours of the life of Jesus, Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. The study will continue on Mondays through April 9.
24 Hours That Changed the World For Parents And Children, Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m., learn more about the last 24 hours of the life of Jesus. This event includes dinner, DVD, discussion, and activities for parents and children together. Contact the church for this week's location, hosted by the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.MerrimacportUMC.org or call 978-346-8818.
Holy Week services at Belleville Church
An intergenerational Palm Sunday service will be held Sunday, April 1, at 10 a.m.
On Maundy Thursday, April 5, a potluck meal will be served at 6 p.m., followed by Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m.
An ecumenical sunrise service will be held Easter Sunday, April 8, at 6 a.m. at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. All are welcome to attend.
Easter morning worship will be held Sunday, April 8, at 10 a.m. in the church meetinghouse. An Easter egg hunt for small children and coffee hour in the Stage Room of the chapel building will follow the service.
For more information, call the church at 978-465-7734.
Holy Week and Easter events at Merrimacport UMC
Palm Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m., April 1, palm branches to wave and nursery provided.
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, 7 p.m., April 5, service of readings and extinguishing candles while the sanctuary is stripped of its symbols and linens.
Good Friday Self-Guided Devotional Centers, April 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The church is open for all to come in and take a spiritual journey through centers set up around the church such as a wooden cross with nails to hammer in, a prayer wall and other creative ideas. All are welcome.
Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil, April 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., quiet reflection and prayer.
Easter Egg Hunt, April 8, 9 a.m. Children will have a fun hunt for candy and other goodies, as well as Easter crafts and activities. All children are welcome to attend.
Easter Morning Worship, April 8, 11 a.m., Nursery provided.
The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is located at 39 High Street at the corner of High St and River Rd. in Merrimac. For more information, visit their web site at www.MerrimacportUMC.org or call 978-346-8818.
Palm Sunday, Holy Week at Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport has announced the following schedule for Palm Sunday weekend and Holy Week.
Palm Sunday Weekend: Masses on Saturday, March 31, at 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 1, at 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. with a procession with palms from the school gymnasium), 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Confessions, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Holy Thursday, April 5: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 6: No Eucharistic Adoration; Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Solemn celebration of the Lord's Passion, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 7: Easter Vigil, gather at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 8: Masses at 7:15, 9, 10:30 a.m. and noon. No 5:30 p.m. Mass.
For more information, call Immaculate Conception Parish at 978-462-2724.
Musicians perform at Unity's Easter services
Unity on the River spiritual center, 58 Macy St. (Route 110), Amesbury, will hold two services on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 9 and 11 a.m.
The musicians performing during Easter services will include acclaimed saxophonist "Sax" Gordon of Cambridge and vocalists Patty Barkas of Boston, Meg Rayne of Newbury and Lynne Taylor and Lisah Plumley-Zimpfer, both of Amesbury.
Unity will return to one Sunday service on Sunday, April 15, at 10 am.
Admission to the services is free. The public is welcome. To learn more, contact office manager Diane Puglielli at 978-834-7830 or visit www.unityontheriver.org.
Passover Encounter ay Market Street Baptist in Amesbury
Nathan Joiner, assistant to the rabbi at Ruach Israel in Needham, will be leading a Seder Supper at Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m.
The Passover Encounter is a two-hour participation and learning experience in the supper that Jesus and His disciples would have enjoyed together. Space is limited. Reservations are requested by calling 978-388-9621. For more, visit www.MarketStreetBaptistChurch.org.
"Occupy Christianity" retreat
World-renowned theologian and author Rev. Matthew Fox, Ph.D., will host "Occupy Christianity," a weekend retreat for spiritual activists, on May 25 to 27 at Adelynrood Conference Center in Byfield. The cost is $395 and includes two nights lodging and six meals.
For complete details and to register, visit www.matthewfox.org. For more information on Adelynrood Conference Center, visit www.adelynrood.org.
Growing Together Sunday School at First Parish Church
First Parish Church of Newbury — Stewards of Earth and Spirit host Growing Together Sunday School every Sunday through May 20. The indoor/outdoor program for children ages 5 to 12 as well as children with special needs engages participants in projects and activities centered around this year's theme, Stewards of God's Earth.
The Sunday school class maintains a plot in the New Eden Community Gardens, which functions as an outdoor classroom for organic gardening projects and environmental conservation activities.
The class meets during the regular 10 a.m. worship service in the First Parish Church of Newbury sanctuary, 20 High Road (Route 1A). Students gather downstairs in Holton Hall after the children's message.
Rummage Sale March 30, 31
Rummage Sale at the First Religious Society, Friday, March 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 31, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, etc. Also nearly new and vintage used clothing. Parish Hall. Come and rummage through the racks.
Holy Week services
Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland
Palm Sunday: An ecumenical Taize meditation service at 7:30 p.m.
Market Street Baptist Church, Market Street, Amesbury
Palm Sunday: Worship, 10 a.m. Child care for ages 4 years and under. No Sunday school classes.
Maundy Thursday: Communion Service, 7-8 p.m., to commemorate the Last Supper.
Good Friday: Prayer and meditation, noon to 3 p.m. The sanctuary will be open to all.
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury
Palm Sunday: 10 a.m., Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist with a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel
Monday: 7 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, 7 a.m., Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m., Silent Eucharist with foot washing followed by stripping of altar and night watch
Good Friday: 7 p.m., Family Way of the Cross
Saturday: 7 p.m., quiet vigil
Easter Sunday: 10 a.m., Festival of Eucharist
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 -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 CFPByfield@gmail.com or by phone at 978-255-0135.
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