Armenian church plans Fall Fair
The Ladies Guild of St. Gregory Armenian Church of the Merrimack Valley will hold their annual Fall Fair on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in Jaffarian Hall, 158 Main St., No. Andover. The buffet lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include losh kebab, chicken kebab, salads and a vegetarian plate. The dinner buffet, 5 to 8 p.m., will include a choice of shish, losh or chicken kebab, khema plate made to order and a vegetarian plate. The event will include a Country Store, Armenian foods and pastries (eat in or to go) and hand-crafted gift items. Admission is free. For more information, call the church at 978-685-5038, or Rose Soghigian at 978-256-0594. The church is at 158 Main St., No. Andover.
Candlelight meditation service
The Groveland Congregational Church will host a candlelight meditation service modeled on the services held at the Taize community in France on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the church, 4 King St., Groveland. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at 978-372-3463 or visit www.grovelanducc.org.
Pumpkin Potluck luncheon
The Universalist Unitarian Church will host a pumpkin potluck luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the church, 15 Kenoza Ave. Luncheon will begin downstairs at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a favorite dish to share and bring a pumpkin to carve plus any tools you'd like to use or share. Beverages will be provided. There will be a few extra pumpkins and tools available. For more information, call 978-372-5173.
Children's harvest program
A Pumpkin Patch Harvest Party will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Haverhill Alliance Church, 284 Kenoza Ave. Local children ages 2 to 12 are invited to attend this free, safe and fun event featuring candy prizes. There will be inflatable games, skill games and other creative games for all ages. Come dressed up, but please, no scary costumes. Parents are invited to come too and enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn. Information, call 978-374-0646, visit www.Haverhillalliancechurch.org or e-mail Haverhillalliancechurch@verizon.net.
Cardinal to celebrate Mass
St. James Parish will celebrate a closing Mass of its Anniversary year 2008-2009 on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston and invited priests. A dinner will follow at the Atkinson Country Club, in Atkinson N.H. All parishioners and friends of the parish are welcome to attend the Mass in St. James Church. Dinner is by reservation only. Tickets may be purchased after every Sunday Mass or by calling Mary Ruth at 978-521-1490.
Tot Shabbat on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for children from infancy through preschool, their parents and siblings. Event includes Shabbat rituals, special dinner, songs, stories and more. Led by Educational Director Debbi Levasseur and Rabbi Ira Korinow.
Annual blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to bake, make breakfast food items, phone calls, and give blood. Information, e-mail Jackie Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult education: Author Ernie Weiss will read from his book "Out of Vienna: A Remarkable Story of Survival" on Sunday, Oct. 25. "Out of Vienna" is about 28 members of Weiss' family from Vienna and Prague who were persecuted by the Nazis. Ten did not survive the Holocaust - nine were murdered by Nazis and one committed suicide. Members of the Temple will also share experiences of the Holocaust. Information, call 978-373-3861.
Informational breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. If you will be sending a child to college, have one in college now, sent a child to college once or support those seeking higher education, join the Temple for breakfast and more information. All current and prospective members welcome.
Religious school educational director Debbie Levasseur, office hours are Mondays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment.
Weekday Minyan will meet as needed. If you wish to say kaddish for a loved one's yahrzeit, call the temple office at 978-373-3861 one week in advance of the Monday or Thursday closest to the yahrzeit and the temple will call people to help make a minyan.
Musicians wanted to participate in a Temple Emanu-El band/orchestra to play at selected Shabbat evening services. For more information, call Nancy at 978-373-3861.
Temple memberships: Reform congregation is offering free memberships for one year, for any single, couple or family not previously affiliated with Temple Emanu-El. For information or to register, contact Nancy@TempleEmanu-El.org or call 978-373-3861, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Temple Emanu-El is at 514 Main St. For more information, call 978-373-3861.
Universalist Unitarian Church
Ladies Circle will host Gus Reusch, curator of the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. to talk about the history of Haverhill. All are welcome.
Office closed on Columbus Day, Oct. 12.
Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
Annual Fall cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring rakes and gloves and help the Building & Grounds Committee clean up the yard and parking lot before winter.
Christmas carol and dinner Saturday, Dec. 5.
Choir rehearsal every Sunday at 9 a.m. Men, women and teens invited to join.
Meditation group: The Buddhist meditation group at the Unitarian Universalist Church meets every Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. For information, call 978-387-2681.
The Universalist Unitarian Church is at 15 Kenoza Ave. For more information, call 978-372-5173.
Worship hours: Sunday worship time is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for children ages 4 through 12 is available during the service.
Used book sale: A used book sale is ongoing at the church located on a table in the narthex. Book donations are also welcome.
First Presbyterian Church is at 346 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Carleton Street. For more information, call 978-374-8029 or visit www.FirstPresbyterianHaverhill.org.
First Church of Christ, Bradford
Recycle your electronics: Recycle your electronics at the church on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation is asked for certain recyclables such as video games, toasters, fax machines, printers, small and large televisions, air conditioners and other larger items. For a full list or more information, call 978-374-1114.
Crafters wanted: Crafters are needed for a holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To receive a registration form or more information, contact the church office.
Ham and bean supper: The public is invited to a ham and bean supper on the first Saturday of each month October through May at 5 p.m. Cost is $7 adults, $4 children.
Worship and Sunday School are every Sunday at 10 a.m. The church resumes regular worship schedule in September. A fellowship hour with refreshments is offered following worship. The church is handicap accessible and provides large print worship bulletins and hearing assistance devices.
Pantry collection Sundays: The first Sunday of each month nonperishable food items, health and beauty items and paper products can be brought to the church for distribution to food pantries.
Book fundraiser: The church is raising money through the collection of new and used books, videos, CD's, DVD's and audio books. Donations may be dropped off in the gray container in the back parking lot of the church. No encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers or catalogues please. The church will be paid for items collected and all raised will benefit the general fund of the church. Many collected books will be donated to schools, libraries, sent overseas to the troops and sold in book sales to benefit local nonprofit groups.
Space for events available: Contact the church office to rent space for meetings or special events.
First Church of Christ is at 10 Church St., on the Bradford common. For more information, call 978-374-1114. Church office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. James Parish
Worship hours: The weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Daily Mass is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Choir: The choir meets on Saturday nights at 3:30 p.m. to review the songs for the 4 p.m. Mass. Anyone interested in joining the choir may call 978-372-8537, ext 202, or e-mail email@example.com.
Eucharistic Adoration: From 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Sign up for one hour weekly commitment in church entrance or call Fran Salter, 978-372-4723.
Open Hand food pantry: Catholic Charities sponsors the local food pantry for the needy. The pantry is housed at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Monument Square. Plastic containers will be at the back of the church for donations of nonperishable food.
Adult altar servers needed to assist at funerals during the week. The Knights of Columbus will organize and provide training groups. For more information, call Thomas Anthony at 978-973-0437.
Anyone interested in becoming a religious education teacher or aide is asked to contact Larry Webster at 978-372-8537.
150th anniversary news: St. James Parish's 150th anniversary celebration Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., with dinner at the Atkinson Country Club following Mass. Reservations are required. Tickets are $27 for adults, $15 for children under 13.
St. James Parish is at 6 Cottage St. For more information, call 978-372-8537.
Armenian Apostolic Church
Morning service is at 9 a.m., divine liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship hour follows services.
Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe holds services at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, 110 Main St. For more information, call 978-372-9227.
King of Grace Church
Worship services and children's ministry are Sundays at 10 a.m. Communion is celebrated twice a month.
King of Grace Church is at 28 Chadwick St., Bradford. Information, call 978-374-6562 or visit www.KingofGrace.org.
Calvary Baptist Church
Sunday service at 11 a.m.
Calvary Baptist is at 13 Ashland St. For more information, call 978-373-6466.
A nondenominational Christian Church that meets at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. The church is a ministry of Calvary Chapel of Boston. Sunday services begin at 8 a.m. For more information, call 603-382-1778 or visit the Web site at www.cfrockingham.com.
Holy Angels Church
Holy Angels Church is at 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow, N.H. For more information, call 603-382-1113.
Groveland Congregational Church is at 4 King St., Groveland. For more information, call 978-372-3463 or visit www.grovelanducc.org.
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is at 471 Main St. in Haverhill. For more information, call 978-372-2843
Island Pond Baptist
Adult Bible Fellowship classes and children's Sunday school classes meet every Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at 10:15 a.m.
Worship is Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with a special children's church service available for children in grades one to four, led by the Rev. James Wells with a rich selection of praise music and hymns. An evening service is at 6 p.m.
Bible study and prayer meet Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m..
Higher Standard youth group, for grades six to 12, meets Wednesday evenings.
Women's Bible studies are offered Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m., with childcare available on Wednesdays.
Men's ministry holds a Bible study on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. and a men's prayer breakfast on the second Sunday of every month at 7:30 a.m.
Island Pond Baptist Church is at 26 N. Salem Road, Hampstead, N.H. All facilities are handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 603-329-5959 or visit www.IslandPondBC.org.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Family service is at 8:30 a.m., church school at 9:30 a.m. and solemn Mass is celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
On Thursdays, a weekly evening service is held in the chapel at 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church is at 26 White St. For information, call 978-372-4244.
New Heights Community Church
Church services on Sunday are at 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School are available during services.
New Heights Community Church is at 14 Brandy Brow Road. For information, call Pastor Eric Craven at 978-372-3077 or visit www.newheightshaverhill.com.
Riverside Memorial United Church of Christ
Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10 a.m., nursery care provided.
Choir rehearsal every Sunday at 8:45 a.m., all are welcome.
Women's Guild will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Bible study meets every Wednesday at noon in the pastor's office.
Greeters and readers are needed for the summer months. The signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the sanctuary.
Riverside Memorial is at 278 Groveland St. For more information, call 978-372-9871.
Haverhill Alliance Church
Sunday services are at 9 a.m.
The church is at 284 Kenoza Ave. For more information, call 978-374-0646 or visit www.haverhillalliancechurch.org or www.awana.org.
Life Line Baptist Church
Life Line Baptist Church, 590 Primrose St., offers transportation to and from its Sunday school program for city children who need rides. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., with morning church service at 11. For more information, call 978-372-8046.
West Congregational Church
West Congregational Church is at 767 Broadway, Haverhill. For information, call 978-373-3034.
Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist Church is at 314 Amesbury Line Road. For more information, call 978-521-2707.
Mary, Mother of the Church
Mary, Mother of Church is at 12 Amesbury Road, Newton, N.H. For more information, call 603-382-8324.
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