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November, 2018 Newsletter:

Greetings brothers & sisters in Christ,

The fall season is in full swing at First Parish. That means we’re taking stock of where we’ve been and where God is leading us next.

Some of our outreach has been taking place outdoors. That includes First Parish Burying Ground, as you can see in the photo from a tour led by the Museum of Old Newbury. Our cemetery committee members have been busy. Thanks to their efforts, it’s getting easier to find graves: just explore this newly digitized map on our website. It’s also been a banner year outside for our 40+ neighbors who grow organic vegetables and flowers in our backyard. Our food pantry has been booming: a weekly outdoor farmers market served fresh produce to 100+ pantry guests each week this summer. And kids who attend our popular preschool have been getting out for fresh air every day as they learn to care for and enjoy the earth.

What we’re doing indoors is no less exciting. Our Sunday school is open to new kids of all ages who’d like to jump in anytime this fall. Our monthly potluck lunch, after worship on the last Sunday of each month, offers a great opportunity for newcomers to make new friends over a meal. On Oct. 14, a congregational meeting after worship will update everyone on our ministries and what type of support they need to keep thriving. Here are a few highlights of what’s coming up.

Worship Sundays at 10 AM. Child care is provided for infants and toddlers during worship, as is Sunday school for kids ages pre-K thru middle school. Our building is handicapped accessible with a ramp in the rear. To learn more about Christian education at First Parish, please contact Bert and Sayre Noyes at bertnoyes at comcast dot net or 978-462-4250.

Bible study meets at 8:30 am on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. The group meets in the downstairs fellowship hall. No prior experience is expected, and newcomers may join anytime. The fall unit is exploring roots of hope amidst hardship in the Book of Job.

Gale Hull, president of Partners in Development, joins us in worship Sunday, Sept. 30. Gale will talk about her nonprofit’s work to advance housing, health care and economic development among impoverished communities in Guatemala, Haiti and the United States. For her, it’s all part of living out her faith in Christ. Come hear her inspiring story.

Potluck lunch will be served after worship Sunday, Sept. 30. Please bring a dish or beverage to share if you can, or just come for the food and fellowship. There’s always plenty!

Guided visits of historic church and burying ground from 10AM to noon on Sept. 22 and 29. The 1869 parish hall and cemetery dating to the 1640s will be open to the public as part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Sails & Trails event series. Kids will enjoy the scavenger hunt in First Parish Burying Ground.

Congregational meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14 after worship (11:15 AM). At this quarterly informational meeting, congregants will get an update on ministries and what’s needed to keep them healthy and impactful in the year ahead. All are welcome to attend.

Church directory – we are putting together a new directory & would like to have updated contacat information. Send it to us if you don’t think we have it!

Wow, so much going on… may it all be a witness to the One who makes lives new! We hope to see you this fall at First Parish.

Blessings to you & yours,
Rev. Jeff MacDonald
Pastor, First Parish Church of Newbury

September, 2018 Newsletter