Braga, Slabcynski, and Friedrich, all juniors at Lowell Catholic, are among 12 students who will be going on the mission trip through Mustard Seed Communities. Mustard Seed established the orphanage in 2001 in Cangrejo, on the outskirts of Puerto Plata, a town known for its resorts visited by tourists from around the world.
The group will be working at Hogar Immanuel, an orphanage caring for 12 disabled children and Batey La Union, a village near Sosua garbage dump where many Haitian refugees live.
The trip costs $1,800 for each student. In addition to financial contributions the students are collecting toiletries, school supplies, medicine and other items. Donations can be dropped off at Lowell Catholic High, 530 Stevens St., Lowell or by contacting Linda Slabcynzki at email@example.com; Mark Friedrich at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christine Ferrara at email@example.com
Atkinson Congregational, 101 Main St., Atkinson: Tomorrow, the church celebrates its 240th anniversary during the 10 a.m. worship service.
Chabad Lubavitch, 310 N. Main St., Andover: ”Kabbalah of You” A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential” Thursdays through Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry: Members of the church and Etz Hayim Synagogue lead an interfaith discussion on the book, “Have a Little Faith,” Dec. 19 and Jan.16 at noon.
Corpus Christi parish at Holy Rosary, 35 Essex St., Lawrence: Anointing of the sick takes place today following the 4 p.m. Mass. Those who want to be anointed should sit in the front benches. “Why Catholic” a 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: The Rev. John Heydenreich leads a “Walk through the Bible” study focusing on key stories and what do they mean, Dec. 2 and 9, 5-6:30 p.m. Youth director Tom Schauer hosts “Tom’s Teen Time” for high school students to talk about topics and issues related to teens. The group is watch a film series on “The Hunger Games,” “The Avengers” and “The Way” for discussion and reflection on its Christian and social themes.