The First Religious Society Newsletter
The Steeple Biweekly

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  • Sunday Services
  • Calendar of Events
  • Within Our
  • Beyond Our Doors

Sunday Services

November 5 -"After the Storm?"-Rev. Susan Milnor.  Much attention is given these days to resilience: how we can encourage resilience in ourselves and our children so that we learn to "bounce back" from inevitable hard times. But is bouncing back really all that is needed in a time when traumas seem to come at us constantly? The recent #metoo revelations suggest that for many resilience is an everyday need. Read more... 

B'Link group
November 12 - From the Arizona Borderlands - B'Link. The group that made the immigration justice trip to the Arizona borderlands this past summer will be leading today's service. Please join us as the youth and adults share their reflections and what they learned on this important, emotional and eye-opening journey. Read more...

November 19 - Thanksgiving Service. Kim Dowling shares her Journey of Faith.   

November 26 - Julie Parker Amery preaches.

Collection for a Cause
Half of November's unpledged cash collection plate donations will go to the Amesbury Holiday Program, which provides families with children up to 18 years of age with toys, clothes, and gift cards. For September, $840 was sent to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. 
Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 1: Jazz Vespers. Sanctuary, 8-8:45pm. Enjoy the music of the Portermen. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 1: First Wednesdays: There's A New Sheriff in Town. Lower Meeting House, 7pm. Sheriff Kevin Coppinger will present his experiences since his election as Essex County Sheriff. He will engage the audience with the challenges he is facing on justice issues regarding incarceration and prisoner release and will answer questions. The first of two programs on criminal justice sponsored by JAM and Pennies for Poverty.

Rummage Sale Fri 6 to 730pm and Sat 9 to 1130am
Sunday, November 5: Interested in doing your Journey of Faith? Parish Hall 2nd floor, at noon. If you'd like to give your Journey of Faith, or are thinking about it or just curious, please come. There's no obligation to sign up, just a chance for us to share the JOF guidelines and answer any questions you may have. If you cannot make the meeting, contact Alex Mezey or Merryl Maleska Wilbur.

Tuesday, November 7: Short Story Group. Lower Meeting House, 12-1pm. The stories for discussion will be "The Necklace" and "The String" by Guy de Maupassant. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. (This group meets regularly the first and third Tuesdays of every month.)

Lee and Maureen in Cuba
Wednesday November 8: The Alliance presents "Our Cuba Trip." Lower Meeting House, 1pm. Our guest speakers will be Maureen Adams and Lee McLaughlin with their informative program on Cuba, an always changing country. Come at 11:30am with your brown bag lunch and enjoy companionship and conversation before the 12:30 business meeting. Beverages and desserts will be provided by our hostesses. Read more...
Thursday, November 9: JAM planning meeting. Conference Room, 5:30pm.

Tuesday, November 14. ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Noon at the Poet's Inn Restaurant at Whittier Tech High School, 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill. The meal is a buffet, and costs $8.95. There is no alcohol. RSVP to Ken Kretch . First-timers are welcome.

Wednesday, November 15: Retired Ladies Lunch. Loretta, Newburyport, noon. Call Peg Mays to reserve. First-timers are welcome.

Wednesday, November 15: JAM follow-up meeting on Affordable Housing. 7pm.  Continuation of actions that can support affordable housing in our community.

See the website calendar for a complete listing of events.
Within Our Community

Do you want to be in our directory?
Our new directory, FRS Connect, is where you can find other people's contact information and share yours. Pictures, too! Sign up most Sundays during Coffee Hour. You are encouraged to bring your smartphone or laptop for individualized help.  

Rummage Sale coming November 3-4
It's not too late to bring your clothing and accessories donation to the vestibule of the church. Sorting begins Thursday and continues Friday, 12 to 5. The Friday sale runs from 6 to 7:30; the Saturday sale runs from 9 to 11:30. After the Saturday sale the cleanup takes about an hour. All extra clothes go to the Salvation Army. Coats will go to Pettengill House and some fancy items go to Pandora where we have an account. To volunteer, call 978-388-3817--we can always use more help!

Come sing in the season!
Music rehearsals for FRS' annual Christmas Candlelight Service begin on Sunday, November 5, from 1:30-3:30, in the Parish Hall and will continue on Sundays until the Candlelight Service on Sunday evening, December 17. Dress rehearsal will be on Saturday, December 16 at 10am, and at 7pm on December 16 there will be an adult Candlelight Chorale rehearsal. No auditions are necessary to join the Candlelight Chorale! Just come to the first rehearsal. Contact Dana Maiben ( X410), Acting Director of Church Music, to join or ask questions.

Our Community Service food drive
Our annual Community Service of Newburyport Food Drive takes place in November sponsored by the Human Services Committee. Any questions, please contact Linda Buddenhagen. You can support this project by bringing food to the table in the vestibule and/or make a donation and we will do your shopping. A member of the Committee will be collecting cash donations after church each Sunday in November. Food products can be left on the table in the vestibule... Read more...

Three handmade scarves
Scarves by Caroline in the Tiny Gallery
Scarves by Caroline (at right) are back, just in time for Christmas. They are all handknit with Alpaca yarn from Peru. They are lined with silk from men's ties. The price is $90 each. Forty percent of that goes to the FRS Steeple fund. I also will knit a scarf and line it with your husband's ties or ties of your choice. Happy shopping!--Carol Kilty
Read the faith stories of FRS members
The booklet of Journey of Faith statements are available on the shelves in the vestibule. It includes Journeys of Faith, personal stories by members and friends of FRS, given in the 2016-17 church year. You'll know it by its lavender cover; copies of previous booklets dating to 2010 are also available in the vestibule.

Candles, scarf, puzzle
The gift of giving
Do you have items like these lying around your home that you don't need, or even know what to do with? We want the children of Newburyport's public housing in Kelleher Park to experience the joy of "shopping" for and giving a holiday gift to their mom and/or dad. Read more...

Youth collecting hoodies for people in need
As a continuation of last year's service project on homelessness, the Senior Youth Group is collecting new XXL (or XL) hoodie sweatshirts to deliver to an organization in Boston before winter starts. Bring your donation on a Sunday morning, and look for the senior youth at a table before the service.

Alliance donates to hurricane relief
The Alliance is happy to report that they have donated $500 to the Puerto Rican hurricane fund through the UUA. Similar cash donations were given last month to both Texas and Florida.
Beyond Our Doors

Brando Skyhorse
We the People Lecture & Film series/Exeter, NH presents Brando Skyhorse, author on racial identity issues. Thursday, November 2, Phillips Church, 7pm. Free. Mr. Skyhorse's remarks will focus on the complexity of ethnic identity and the significance of that identity to the formation of a personal narrative of being mixed race as told in his memoir, Take This Man. We the People has been exploring topics at the intersection of current events, ethics, and religion since 2005. Exeter's UU church is a co-sponsor of the series.
The deadline for the November 14 Steeple Biweekly is Friday, November 10 at noon.
Send your submissions to Diane Young.
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