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November 2, 2013

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Port Church Youth Group meets tomorrow

The Port Church Youth Group will meet the first and third Sundays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: tomorrow, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. All youth grades 6-12 are welcome. During regular groups we share a meal, study and discuss faith topics, play games and connect with one another. We also host special outings such as laser tag, Christian concerts, sledding and lock-ins. The church is located at 39 High St. in Merrimac. For more information, go to www.MerrimacportUMC.org or call 978-346-8989.

‘Cellist of Sarajevo’ at First Religious Society

Tomorrow at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, at 10:30 a.m., the Family Service will tell the story of Vedran Smailovic, the so-called “Cellist of Sarajevo,” whose personal protest during the Yugoslav War of the early 1990s was to play his cello each day for 22 straight days (one day for each victim of a bombing in a market) as bombs and sniper bullets exploded around him. There will be a “ritual of restoring balance.” Kristen Miller will play the cello. The service will be led by Rev. Harold Babcock and Julie Parker Amery, and will build on the theme of peacemaking in which the Young Church is engaging this fall.

School of Missions November class

The Merrimack Valley School of Missions (MVSM) is designed to equip believers with a deeper understanding of their faith and greater competency in ministry at an affordable rate. The lecturers are local pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders and the topics cover theology, history, Bible and practical ministry. The cost is $20 per course and students are welcome to jump in at any time. Contact Pastor John at 978-388-0930 for more information.

105 Church History I: What happened after the book of Acts? Who were the early church fathers and why were there popes? What were the crusades all about? Pastor Alex Burgess will lead the group through these topics and more in this survey of the first 1,500 years of church history from Pentecost to the Reformation. Meets at Ward Hill Church of Christ the King on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 3, 10, 17.

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