Bread & Roses Volunteers Needed for next Saturday, September 28, 2019!  Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence that serves daily meals to those in need.  We prepare a meal of Shepherd’s Pie in the Parish Hall kitchen that we deliver to them that afternoon.  We need more volunteers for Saturday, September 28th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, our 1st meal prep date of the church year.  Please email Carolyn Murphy at if you are free to help out.

Worship Assistant Training/Refresher
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6 – 7 pm, Sanctuary

Are you interested in a becoming involved at church without the commitment of monthly meetings?  Join the Worship Assistant Team and be a friend of the Worship Committee!  Contact Nancy Lennhoff to attend this 1 hour training.  Anyone currently on the team that would like a refresher is welcome to attend as well.  Hope to hear from you!

Knitting Circle, Tuesday September 24, 7 – 9 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels and ages are welcome.  Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl.  Yarn, needles and treats will be available.  Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team.

Autumn Equinox Service
Friday, September 27, 7 pm, Chapel

This year the autumnal equinox occurs on 9/24. On Friday 9/27 we’ll contemplate this balance point of light, celebrate the harvest, and prepare to enter the season of introspection. Lovely music and hot cider! Led by Rev. Helen Cymbala, Society of Elder Faiths.

El Taller Meet-up, Thursday, October 10, 6 – 8 pm
275 Essex Street, Lawrence

This is an opportunity for fellowship, discussion and planning around multicultural issues and racial and immigration justice. Anyone interested in joining the conversation is encouraged to stop by, grab some food, and join the discussion. El Taller (“El Ti-yare”) is a café/bookstore/community gathering space.  Contact is Deb Olander;

3rd Annual North Parish “MOTH” Story Slam

Would you like to tell a story?  Everyone has a story.  We would love to hear yours at the 3rd Annual North Parish “MOTH” Story Slam, Friday night, October 11th from 7 to 9 pm. Food, drink (BYOB) and great conversation, beginning at 6:30 pm followed by eight story tellers sharing adventures, discoveries and sometimes a secret or two.  This year’s suggested theme is “Belonging”, but your story can be about anything, as long as it’s yours.  Contact Kim Adami,, for more information and/or to sign-up.  

Crossroads Music Series, Saturday, October 12, Parish Hall

Featuring April Verch Band, doors open at 7:30 pm, showtime is 8 pm. Tickets are $25, NP Parish Hall. 

For tickets and info please visit



Vegetarian Lunch hosted by Climate Justice Task Force
Sunday, October 13, 11:30 am, Parish Hall

The Climate Justice Task Force invites you to a vegetarian lunch after the service on Sunday, October 13, 11:30 am, in the Parish Hall.  CJTF has monthly vegetarian potlucks to promote eating less meat because of the significant greenhouse gas emissions generated by the animal agriculture industry.  We will have recipe cards for all the dishes.  You can snap a photo of any that you like.  We hope you will join us for a low carbon impact lunch, some good conversation and some new recipes to make.


Merrimack Valley Diverse UU’s Potluck dinner & discussion
Sunday, October 20, 6 – 8 pm, Parish Hall

Potluck dinner followed by some open discussion questions on the October Soul Matters topic – “Belonging”.  What Does It Mean to be a People of Belonging?  Open to anyone who identifies as a Unitarian Universalist and a Person of Color.

Our plan (from description of local meetings) – “We are creating space to build a community of care among UU People of Color, opportunities to explore deeper questions around race, culture and our religious values.”

Vegetarian Potluck, Monday, TBA

Sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Force. If you are new to vegetarian cooking or don’t have time to cook, there is always an abundance of food so please come anyway. We organize these potlucks in an effort to highlight the adverse effect the meat and cheese industry has on climate change and in the hopes that more and more of us will take the Meatless Monday pledge.

North Parish Knitting Circle
Tuesday, TBD, 7 – 9 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels are welcome.  Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl.  Yarn, needles and treats will be available.  Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team.

Bread & Roses Food Prep
Fourth Saturday of the month, NP Kitchen

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence that serves daily meals to those in need. For many years, North Parish has prepared a dinner meal for them to be served on 4th Saturday of each month. We pick up the ingredients and prepare a meal of Shepherd’s Pie in the Parish Hall kitchen that we deliver to them that afternoon. The commitment is only for a couple of hours on a Saturday (from 1-3pm) and is a very worthwhile service project that is becoming more important in these tough economic times. I am continuing to create a list of people who would want to participate in the future. Please contact Carolyn Murphy at  You will be assisting people who need a helping hand and feel better for doing it!

Morning Meditation for Everyone – Fridays, 8:30 – 9:15 am

Great Pond Sangha offers a “secular mindfulness style” silent sitting meditation plus short walking meditation (outside labyrinth in good weather). Drop in. Newcomers & beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. 

Buddhist Meditation – Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, Chapel

Each Wednesday the Great Pond Sangha offers guided meditation and discussion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guest teachers, Dharma talks. Drop in. Newcomers/Beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. For more info contact Mark Lemire or Susan Malloy at or Laura Howell, Director at

Glorious Gardeners – Tuesdays, 9:00 am

Join us in the North Parish gardens for chatting and relaxed yard work. Getting to know each other and pooling our knowledge are important aspects of what we do.  Weather dependent, we will gather.  Come when you can.  To add your name to our contact list, email Debb Putnam at


The North Parish office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It is recommended to call ahead to confirm that someone is in the office.  Thank you.