Knitting Circle, Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Blue Room

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

 

Lazarus House Hike for Hope 5K Walk
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
(Reverend Lee will “bless” the walkers as we head out on 9/30/2018)
Walk starts at 1 p.m. 
The Park on Bartlet Street in Andover

It’s that time of year! Lace up your sneakers and join other North Parish members in putting our best foot forward to beat poverty one step at a time!
  
Lazarus House provides life-saving basic services to people in crisis as well as life-changing transitional housing, education and vocational training to help people build more stable lives for themselves and their families. Guests served by Lazarus House fight a daily struggle to get their most basic needs met. Guests find hope, dignity, self-respect, and open arms when they go to Lazarus House. As a participant in the Hike for Hope, you can help make sure these services continue!
 
To register to walk as part of the North Parish “team” please go to ivolunteer . . . . .  In addition, you’ll need to email your t-shirt size to Donna Cloney.  There will also be a paper sign-up sheet after today’s service at the Social Action Council station.   If you have any questions, please see one of our co-chairs, Donna Cloney or Danny Ludwiszewski.  Thanks in advance for supporting this important organization!

Death Cafe  Thursday, Oct 18, 7 – 8:30 pm, Parlor

It’s the one thing we all share.  Got thoughts about mortality? 

Please join host Denise VanVooren for a warm, open, engaging and lively conversation about what is often a taboo subject.   All voices are welcome.

The objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death to help make the most of our (finite) lives.  It is not intended as a bereavement, support, grief counseling or therapy group.  There is no intention of leading participants toward any theology, product or conclusion.  There is no agenda, but there definitely will be cake! 

Each Death Café is an independent event – this is not a series. Additional cafés will be offered throughout the church year.

Sponsored by the North Parish Caring Team.  RSVP required.  See here to learn more about Death Cafes. 

This is a free event, and a voluntary contribution of $5 to defray costs of refreshments is welcome.

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, 6:30 – 8:30 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 csmerac@aol.com.  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. For info contact Coordinator Grace Durfee at grace@balancewithgrace.com.

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 greatpondsangha@gmail.com.  

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 deborahputnam@gmail.com.

 

The North Parish office hours are Monday 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.