Gospel music

The Hyssongs, a Southern gospel music family, will perform Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St. Family vocal harmony with a lively energetic style, humor and brass instruments. The public is invited. Information, 603-382-0531 or 603-382-7587.

First Presbyterian Church

Cub Scout Pack 63 is extending an invitation to boys from age 7 (or who have completed kindergarten and are entering the first grade this fall) to age 10 (or entering the fifth grade this fall) to join the Pack. The Scouting program takes place at the church. For more information, call Tom Bringle at 978-478-5080 or visit www.havpack63.org.

Family movie night: “Bridge to Terabithia” will be shown on the big screen Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 95 minutes. Bring you favorite snack. Popcorn and soda provided.

Apple cider making on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Bring apples and clean water/milk jugs. Wash, grind and press apples with an authentic wooden manual apple press for the best cider you’ve ever tasted. Fun for all ages. For more information, call Jan Ferguson at the church.

First Presbyterian is located at 346 Broadway. For information, call the church at 978-374-8029.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Deanery workshops: The fifth annual Merrimack Valley Deanery Workshops for Parish Action: Putting Legs on a Mission will take place Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews in Methuen. Topics will include grant writing, Christian formation, spiritual development, Episcopal relief and development, worship opportunity, music ministries, pastoral care and more.

Altar flowers: There are open dates on the flower calendar for those who would like to give the altar flowers on a Sunday in memory of loved ones or as a thanksgiving. To sign up, call Joan Brawley, 978-374-7773.

St. James Parish

Youth Choir rehearsals begin on Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. James School. The choir will sing together for the first time on Oct. 7 at the 10 a.m. liturgy. Any children in grades two through seven are encouraged to join.

Religious education classes have begun for grades six through 10 and Sept. 25 for grades kindergarten through five, T6 and T7.

Golfers: Looking for four golfers from St. James Parish to play in a tournament on Oct. 1 at the Putterhamn Meadows, Brookline.

Altar servers needed, fourth grade and up.

Youth Group to begin Sept. 30 for grades eight through 12.

Post-abortion healing retreats for women will be held by the Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston on the weekend of Oct. 19 through 21 and Nov. 10. For more information on the retreat or other services offered, call Project Rachel at 508-651-3100. All calls are confidential.

Gerontology registrations: The University of Mass is now accepting applications for its Manning Certificate Program in gerontology, which prepares students to work with the elderly. The program is designed to give students the skills and resources needed to plan for an aging society, work in the aging network and advocate for elders. Daytime classes are on Wednesdays for two semesters. There is also a Monday evening program available. The program is financial-aid approved. For more information or an application, call Mary St. Jean at 617-287-7330.

Fall registrations are now being accepted for the 2007-2008 school year. Children who attend during the 2006-2007 school year do not need to register again. All classes are held at St. James School on Primrose Street.

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.

Religious education teachers needed for grade nine for the 2007-2008 religious education year. The church also needs an aide for grade three. For more information, call Larry Webster at 978-372-8537.

St. James Parish is located at 6 Cottage St. For more information, call 978-372-8537.

Temple Emanu-El

Michael J. Jacobson has been appointed principal of Kadima Community Day School. With more than 34 years of experience in elementary school education, he served as an elementary school principal for 20 years in Essex and Newburyport and 14 years as an elementary school teacher in the Cambridge public school system. He hold a master’s degree in early childhood development from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Boston University. Jacobson is also a certified consultant for Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education and has consulted with schools on curriculum improvement, operations and school climate.

Shabbat schedule: Candle lighting: Sept. 28 at 6:14 p.m. Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. Shabbat Shiur on Sept. 29 at 11:45 a.m.

Debbie Levasseur office hours, Educational director of the religious school: 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.

Skate at Skateland Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Youth grades five through eight are welcome. Cost is $5, includes admission, pizza, drinks, snacks and skate rental if needed. Protective gear such as wrist guards are strongly recommended. This event is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Skateland is located at 19 Railroad Ave., Bradford. RSVP by Oct. 15 to Trudy or Melanie Zakin at 978-475-8170 or tzakin@comcast.net.

Simchat Torah on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. This event includes traditional hakafat, Shirim Klezmer Band, singing, dancing, flags for everyone and consecration of all children new to the Religious School and Kamida Community Day School. Refreshments and drinks appropriate for all ages will be available.

Weekday Minyan will no longer meet regularly but “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.

T.A.P.T: Tots and Parents Together family education program, for children ages 3 and 4 and their parents and grandparents, is a unique opportunity to introduce your child to Jewish learning, combining songs and fun-filled activities. Schedule: Sundays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 4 and 18, Dec. 2 and 16, Jan. 6 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10, March 2 and 16 and April 13. Tuition is $185. Space is limited. To register, call 978-373-3861.

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.

70th Anniversary Gala celebration on Sept. 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Haverhill Country Club. The event will include cocktails, dinner and dancing. For more information and tickets, call the Temple at 978-373-3861.

Temple memberships: Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill, a reform congregation with a thriving religious school for children age 3 through high school and a highly reputable youth program, is now 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.

Universalist Unitarian Church

Permanent Funds Committee meeting Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Performance workshops for ages 9 to 15 on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Each student will receive a speaking role, culminating in a performance for family and friends on Friday.

The Universalist Unitarian Church is located at 15 Kenoza Ave. For information, call 978-372-5173.

Riverside Memorial Church

Bible study group meeting at Harold and Georgianna Nelson’s home, 110 Middle Road, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 978-373-0742.

Haverhill Alliance Church

Sunday services are at 9 a.m.

The church is located at 284 Kenoza Ave. For more information, call 978-374-0646 or visit www.haverhillalliancechurch.org or www.awana.org.

Calvary Baptist Church

Summer Bible study offered every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the home of Dr. Mary Pearson and her husband the Rev. Canon Mark Pearson, 23 Faith Drive, Hampstead, N.H. For more information, call 603-329-7341.

Healing ministry

New Creation Healing Center, a nondenominational Christian healing ministry at 148 Plaistow Road (Route 125) in Plaistow, N.H., holds 30-minute appointments for prayer ministry on the third Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. For appointments or information, call 603-382-7391.


The Church at Monument Square offers LaLeche League, a free program that provides mother-to-mother support, education on breast-feeding, information and encouragement. LaLeche League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9:45 a.m. Drop-ins welcome; donations appreciated.

Bible study

First Church of Christ, Bradford: The Rev. Bill Dunlap offers Bible study, dealing with the Gospel according to Mark, on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Meditation group

The Buddhist meditation group at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Kenoza Ave., meets the first and third Sunday of each month, 5 to 6 p.m. Peg Travers, a certified instructor with Buddha Heart International, Taiwan, and a church member, facilitates. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow or cushion to sit on. For information, call 978-363-2910.

Sunday school rides

Life Line Baptist Church, 590 Primrose St., offers transportation to and from its Sunday school program for city children in need of a ride. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., with morning church service at 11. For information, call 978-372-8046.

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