EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 13, 2012

Congregations put their faith into action by performing service projects

By Yadira Betances ybetances@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER - After being nourished by the word of God tomorrow, members of Trinitarian Congregational Church will put their faith into action during “Be the Church Sunday.”

Following worship and a pizza luncheon, young and old will perform service projects in North Andover and Lawrence.

“We worship for spirituality, prayer, praise and study,” said the Rev. Rich Knight, pastor.

“We hold the service because the God we encounter is loving and compassionate and it’s because of our worship that we serve. We’re not just talk about what it means to be a Christian, but to actually be the church.”

This is the third year the congregation at 72 Elm St., has conducted the day of service with over 50 members participating, Knight said.

Families with small children will visit home-bound members; third to fifth grade Sunday school classes will go to the North Andover Senior Center for cleaning; the children and youth choirs will perform at local nursing homes and .members of the middle school youth group will help prepare a meal at Lazarus House Transitional Living Center. The senior high youth group will be part of the clean up crew in the neighborhood around the church.

“We wanted to have a variety of projects so people can choose according to their interest, ability and what moves them,” Knight said.

Knight said serving its neighbors is as important as doing missionary work overseas.

“Mission is integral to who we are as a church. Mission outreach is not a committee is at the heart of what we do,” he said.

Trinitarian Congregational which has 200 members, is not the only religious group whose members take a day to do service in the community.

On Oct. 20, members of First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen will host an all church community service day titled, “Faith in Action.”

Among the projects by First Church members include sorting and unpacking food at Lazarus House food pantry, sorting and organizing clothes at the thrift store; hymn sing along at Berkeley Retirement home and playing musical instruments at The German Home both in Lawrence. Other members will assist members of the John Hancock Lodge with the Child Identification Program; make and decorate cards for Thanksgiving dinners to be donated to Neighbors in Need; painting the upstairs room at The chapel School and making arts and crafts with children from the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood.

Also on Oct. 20, members of the middle school Faith Lutheran Church youth group in Andover will have a yard clean-up service project. The sixth to eighth graders will rake leaves at the church and at the homes of area shut-ins.

The Board of World Service at South Church in Andover has set Nov. 3 as its 12th annual day of service. Last year, about 230 members worked on 19 different projects. Projects by South Church volunteers include raking, working on conservation land, making crafts for seniors, sorting food at Neighbors in Need food pantry, working at a Habitat for Humanity project, cleaning at Bread and Roses soup kitchen and collecting bicycles for Bikes not Bombs.

South Church volunteers will end the day with a ham and bean supper and a slide show of the projects done throughout the community.

In the church’s Web site, Emily Young uses Jesus[ parable of the Good Samaritan to serve the community.

“Jesus teaches us that our neighbors may be different from us, they may not be who we expect,” she wrote. “If we are to truly love our neighbors, we must serve them and lift their burden.”

Members of Temple Emanuel, Congregation Beth Israel both in Andover and Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill all have a “Mitzvot Day” or act of kindness participating in a wide range of programs including providing lunch for seniors, making cards for the homeless and sick children and working at area shelters.

Time capsule seals 300th anniversary celebration

ANDOVER — Members of South Church conclude its 300th anniversary celebration tomorrow during worship.

The service features music and messages from members on “Why I came to South Church?” The 300th anniversary quilt made by church members will be lowered. A review of the two-year celebration continues during Fellowship hour.

The 300th anniversary Committee have prepared a time capsule which will be open in 2061 on the 350th anniversary of South Church.

They have asked each board and committee members to describe its missions and goals and how they were met, cultural information and other typical information of this era. Boards and committees were also asked to write about its members, who they are, family information, employment, hobbies, music, videos, home technology to show a glimpse of what life was like in 2012. Church members can also write stories about themselves and their families, include photographs and keepsakes.

The goal is to have information about South Church, its members and present day culture. Church documents, annual reports, worship bulletins, newsletters, and DVDs will be included. As for members, they were asked to describe their daily lives, such as personal notes, pictures and documents.

Church listings

All Saints, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill: St. Anthony’s fall devotion, Tuesdays 11 at 6 p.m. beginning with the rosary at 6 p.m., followed by devotions at 6:20 p.m.

Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: Book discussion on “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by Parker Palmer Wednesdays in October at 7 p.m.

Corpus Christi parish at Holy Rosary, 35 Essex St., Lawrence: “Why Catholic” a six week course based on the Catechism, the Catholic church and scripture meets Mondays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Faith Lutheran, 360 S. Main St., Andover: Pastors Steve Wigall and Jon Heydenreich lead a discussion on, “Finding God in the Face of Evil,” Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Street Union, 15 Forest St., Methuen: Discussion about the Death with Dignity bill on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Massachusetts residents will vote on the bill Nov. 6

Island Pond Baptist, 26 N. Salem Road, Hampstead: Women’s Bible study, a DVD series discussing the works of noted Christian writer and speaker, Elisabeth Elliot every Thursday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Our lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen: Bible study focusing on “Year of Faith” as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The group will meet Mondays Oct. 8 through Nov. 19; Wednesdays Oct. 10 to Nov. 28 and Thursdays Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 all from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

North Parish, 190 Academy Road, North Andover: People interested in learning more about the Unitarian Universalist sources and history can join the Rev. Lee Bluemel for an introductory class, Exploring Unitarian Universalism on Sundays, Oct.14, 21 and 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to register, contact MembershipCoordinator@northparish.org.

Sacred Hearts, South Main St., Bradford: The Rev. John Delaney leads a video enrichment series on key elements of the Catholic faith Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 8 and 15 6:30 to 8 p.m. The parish hosts the citywide youth Mass Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.

St. Anne, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead: Bible study and praying with the scriptures Fridays at 7 p.m. “Seeking Christ,” an introduction to Jesus and the Catholic Church is an eight-week program for non-Catholics but want to know more about the Catholic Church, Tuesdays through Nov. 6.

St. Augustine, 43 Essex St., Andover: Memorial Mass for Augustinian Brother John DelCasale is Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. DelCasale died Sept. 20 after a 13-month battle with brain cancer. His funeral Mass and burial was in Villanova, Pa. Contributions in Brother John’s memory can be made to the Augustinian Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 340, Villanova, PA 19085. An eight-week guided prayer experience based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius is Wednesdays 7-8:15 p.m., through Nov. 7. Catholic series based on the Rev. Robert Barron’s DVD series runs Oct. 17, 24; Nov. 14 and 28; Jan. 23 and 30; March 6 and 20; April 10 and 24 and May 15. The series explores what Catholics believe and why, the art, architecture, literature, beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition. Cost is $30 for the entire series or $10 or one day, To register email dmorris@staugustineparish.org or srmadonna@staugustineparish.org.

St. Christopher Episcopal, 189 East Road, Hampstead: The church is hosting “Rhythms of Grace” a worship and faith formation program for children with autism-spectrum disorder and other special needs, the first Saturday of the month at 2 p.m.

San Damiano House of Prayer, 333 Pawtucket St., Lowell: Spiritual retreat for parents who have the death of a child of any age and by any cause is Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

St. David Episcopal, 231 Main St., Salem: Bishop Gene Robinson celebrates services and preaches, Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. Parishioners who wish to be received into the church or confirmed will have an opportunity during the bishop’s visit. Robinson will be retiring at the end of the year.

St. James, Winter Street, Haverhill: A new course on “My Life with the Saints” by the Rev. James Martin begins Oct. 16 at 7:15 p.m. The parish’s third annual 5 kilometer fun run and Rosary walk is Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. James School Pancake breakfast follows. Proceeds benefit Emmaus House, the Pregnancy Care Center and parish programs.

St. John the Baptist, 120 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill: Members of the Marian Society devoted to Our Lady of Fatima pray the Rosary Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. The Rev. John Walsh leads a new course on “My Life with the Saints” by the Rev. James Martin, Oct. 17 at 9:45 a.m.

St. Jude, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry: The parish offers instruction to adults with special needs so they can receive the sacraments, Wednesdays 7-8:15 a.m.

St. Lucy, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen: Rachel Voiland presents “Themes in Scripture” Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Topics are, “Grace and the Spirit of Adoption,” Oct. 17 and 19; “True Conversion and Repentance” Oct. 24 and 26 and “The Poor, Faithful Remnant,” Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, 40 Main St., Salem: The program, “Exploring the Catholic Faith” where participants reflect on the Sunday gospel and discuss it, will be offered Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. through Easter. Padre Donahue, the priests whom the Honduran missions team in Salem works with in Honduras visits Oct. 27 and 28.

St. Matthew, 2 Searles Road, Windham: Prayer group meets Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. to pray the Rosary in French and share the gospel. A six week preparation for a Marian consecration is Oct. 18-Nov. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. The group will use the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory” handouts and DVD lessons by the Rev. Michael Gaitley. Cost is $15. To register, call the office.

St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: Mass of anointing is celebrated Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. to welcome those who have difficulty coming to church due to age, illness or living in nursing homes, assisted living communities.

St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen: Women’s prayer group meets Oct. 15 7-8 p.m. in St. Monica School.

St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: A series of catechesis for teenagers and adults takes place Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Talks focus on deepening or re-igniting one’s Catholic faith. “Life and Faith” adult faith formation series focusing on the sacraments will be held Thursdays from 7-8:30, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 11. Bible study for people in their 20s and 30s meets weekly to discuss the Passion and Resurrection narratives of Jesus, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

St. Peter Episcopal, 3 Peabody Row, Londonderry: Centering prayer group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for silent prayer and contemplation.

St. Thomas Aquinas, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry: Charismatic prayer group meets Monday for praise, thanksgiving and love through the Holy Spirit, Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.

South Church, 40 Central St., Andover: Monday night prayer group meets 7-8:30 p.m. to listen to each other and God through silence, centering prayer and compline. Bible study on the Book of Acts meets Tuesday 2-3:15 p.m.

Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover: Cantor Idan Irelander leads a musical Sabbath service Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Cost for dinner is $10. Deli dinner and movie night features “It’s a Matter of Size” will be shown Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Cost is $15. Reservations must be made by Oct. 25. Celebrated singer of contemporary Jewish music performs Nov. 2 during the Sabbath service at 7 p.m. Concert follows with Silver.

Temple Emanu-El, 541 Main St., Haverhill: Sabbath service for toddlers is Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Sabbath family service celebrating the temple’s 75th anniversary is Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. New members will be received. Bible study class discussing issues concerning Israel and the Middle East is Oct. 20 at noon.

Trinitarian Congregational, 72 Elm St., North Andover: The Rev. Rich Knight speaks on “Bridges to the World’s Great Religions” covering the basic beliefs and what Christians can learn from them, tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: The Rev. Frank Clarkson and Kimberly Cloutier Green lead “Tending the Sacred: Holy Longing, Holy Listening” using contemplative prayer and spiritual direction Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 28 and Dec. 5 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Oct. 16, 30, Nov. 13, 27 and Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m.

West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Those interested in joining the church can meet Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. On Oct. 21 the sermon focuses on the Massachusetts Death with Dignity act which will be on the statewide ballot in November.

Windham Presbyterian, 1 Church Road, Windham: New members class starts tomorrow, 3-6:30 p.m.