8 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Religious Notes All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore allsaintseposcopalnorthshore.org All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, formerly St. Paul’s in Peabody and Calvary in Danvers, now worshiping together as one at 46 Cherry St., Danvers, across from the Danvers Town Hall. Service of Holy Communion and Homily every Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Summers one service at 9 a.m. You’ll be welcome here. For more information call the church office at 978-774-1150. Calvary Baptist 4 Coolidge Road, Peabody 978-531-0914, Pastor Caleb Ingersoll and Pastor Andy Katzmire Sunday worship at 10 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Nursery care and activities for young children provided during worship. During the school year, Kids Connection meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Youth Group meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Calvary Christian Church 47 Grove St., Lynnfield 781-592-4722 - www.lynnfield-ccc.org Senior Pastor Timothy Schmidt would like to invite you to join us for one of our Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry (ages 0-11) offered in all Sunday morning services. Hispanic Service: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel. Celebrate Recovery: Monday at 6:30 p.m. Young Adult Ministry: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ages 18-30’s. Youth Ministry: Friday at 6:30 p.m. ages 12-18. Weekly Prayer Meetings: Monday - Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Church office hours are Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact our church office at 781-592-4722, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.lynnfield-ccc.org. Centre Congregational Church An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ 5 Summer St. (corner of Summer and Main), Lynnfield, 781-334-3050 or www.centre-church.org Pastor: Nancy Rottman Director of Faith Formation: Larainne Wilson Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Centre Congregational Church! Located at 5 Summer Street, Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our worship services are held at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning. We strive to provide inspiring, down-to-earth messages that are applicable to everyday life. We are committed to providing children a warm, safe, and inclusive environment. We offer vibrant and engaging Children’s Programming (Godly Play, Whole People of God, and Brick-by-Brick) and incorporate opportunities for stories, music, and service. Free nursery care with consistent, trained staff, is available for children up to age 4. We also have a Youth Group for Grades 5-12 and participate in an ecumenical group (Giv²) that provides teens an opportunity to live out their faith through service. We have ample parking in a large lot behind the church and the facility is handicap accessible. We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday worship service including Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes at 7 pm in our Chapel. Then, on the following 5 Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Chapel, our pastor, Rev. Rottman will be leading a series of Lenten worship opportunities on the theme of “Sensing the Gospel.” Each service will highlight a different human sense, including taste, sight, smell, touch, and hearing and offer opportunities to engage that sense toward a fuller understanding of the Gospel and our response to it. Please feel free to contact the church office if you would like more information about any of these activities. (781-334-3050 or email@example.com) Office Hours at the church are 9 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday. Tower Day School is located at Centre Congregational Church and Director, Leah O’Brien may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-334-5576. Carmelite Chapel Northshore Mall, Peabody 978-531-6145 Mass schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and noon; Sunday Vigil, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Confessions: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-noon and 2:30-3 p.m., Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:45 p.m. or by appointment. Chabad of Peabody 682 Lowell St., Peabody 978-977-9111, jewishpeabody.com Chabad of Peabody holds services weekly. Call or e-mail Rabbi Schusterman at email@example.com. For event times and dates visit the website. Chabad runs a Hebrew School for children on Wednesday, and has an informal weekly THANK YOU ST. JUDE May the Sacret Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Saint Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Saint Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day. By the 8th day, your prayers will be answered. Say it for 9 days, it has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. K.M. drop-in class on Kabbalah and other holiday events. Hebrew School registration is now open. Call Raizel at the number above or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Covenant Church 33 Lake St., West Peabody 978-535-5321, Rev. Joel Anderle communitycovenantlive.org. Community Covenant is a warm and inviting church in the Evangelical, Protestant tradition. All are welcome. The Reverend Joel Anderle, our Senior Pastor, officiates worship services every Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. September through June. For more information please contact the church office. Our Church is handicap accessible. Congregation Sons of Israel Corner of Park and Spring Streets Peabody 978-532-1624, peabodyshul.org Also on Facebook Friday Sabbath services are the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. Congregation Tifereth Israel 8 Pierpont St., Peabody. Services once a month. For further information contact president Elliot Hershoff at 978-531-7309. First United Methodist 24 Washington St., Peabody 978-531-0095, Pastor Seok-Cheol Shin Bible-centered praise and worship service, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion every Sunday. All are welcome. Pastor hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 1-5 p.m. There is a nursery room. The church is handicap accessible. Additional information: email@example.com or 978-531-8135. Lynnfield Community Church 735 Salem St., Lynnfield (781) 599-4421 LynnfieldCommunityChurch.org. Lynnfield Community Church welcomes you to Sunday worship at 10-11 a.m. Following our service, join us for coffee and fellowship in Marshall Hall. Parking is behind the church and there are entrances in front and on the side of the building. Please visit soon. Messiah Lutheran 708 Lowell St., Lynnfield 781-334-4111 for Church; 781-334-6591 for Pre-school. A personal and traditional approach allows Messiah to care for people and share God’s Word. Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Mens’ Ministry, Christian Education, Financial Peace University, Community Service, and other opportunities to grow in your faith. Served by Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pekari and Rev. David Brezina. mlcspirit.org. New Destiny Christian Spring Hill Suites, Peabody 978-373-4340 Pastors are David and Mary Jane Wing. A full Gospel/Prophetic church. Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. North Shore Baptist 706 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-6186 Sunday: Adult Sunday School begins at 9 a.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship time. Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Monday: Men’s Group Study at 7 p.m., Thursday: Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Visit our website for more information or to leave a prayer request. NorthShoreBaptistChurch.org Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Maria Goretti The Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, comprised of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Salem and Grove Streets, and Saint Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, may be reached by calling 781-598-4313 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the website: lynnfieldcatholic.org. The Pastoral Leadership Team: The Pastor is Rev. Paul E. Ritt, the Parochial Vicar is Rev. Anthony Luongo and the Deacons are Thomas O’Shea and Ed Elibero. Donna Delahanty is Director of Parish Ministries. Office hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., closed for holidays. Go to: www.lynnfieldcatholic.org St. Maria Goretti (112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield) Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima 50 Walsh Ave., Peabody 978-532-0272, Fr. Christopher Gomes Choir Dir.: Noreen Galopim; Organist: Audrey Sullivan. Office hours: Monday to Friday, 1-5 p.m. Mass schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. (Portuguese); Friday at 6 p.m. (Portuguese); Saturday at 9 a.m. (Portuguese) (and Vigil at 5 p.m. English); Sunday 9 a.m. (English); 11:30 a.m. (Portuguese); 6 p.m. (Portuguese). Confessions: Saturday, 4-4:45 p.m.; Baptisms, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, every Friday, 5-6 p.m. Religious Education Classes for Grades 1-6 at 8 a.m. and Grades 7-10 at 10 a.m. on Sundays. St. Adelaide 708 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-1985 Team Ministry: Rev. Raymond Van De Moortell, and Rev. David C. Lewis. Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Latin Mass: 1 p.m. Sunday. Confessions: Saturday, 3-3:30 p.m.; Baptisms: first Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m.; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: first Friday of the month, 9:30 a.m.- noon and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. AA Meetings: Thursdays, 7 p.m. Religious Education classes (grades 1-10) are held in the church hall on Sunday and Thursday. St. Ann’s Parish 136 Lynn St., Peabody 978-531-1480 Rev. Charles Stanley; Richard W. Cordeau, Deacon 978-531-1480; M. Ellen Fitzgerald, Pastoral Associate 978-531-9625. Office of Religious Education: 140 Lynn St., M. Ellen Fitzgerald, Religious Education Dir., 978-531-5791; Leanne Amirault, Preschool Dir., 978-532-3329 or 978- 531-9521. Daily Mass: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass: 9 a.m. St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Community (non-Roman) Rev. Mike Otero-Otero, O.S.F. Located at and with courtesy by St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church 32 Ellsworth Road at King St., Peabody Saturday Vigil Mass at 3 p.m. We offer valid seven sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. Please call 978-804-2250. St. John Lutheran Ellsworth Rd. at King St., Peabody 978-531-1731, stjohnpeabody.org The Rev. Charles N. Stevenson, pastor. St. John is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with nursery care provided and coffee and fellowship following; Sunday School at 11 a.m.; Bible Study, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion is celebrated the first and third Sunday of each month and on certain festivals. St. John the Baptist 17 Chestnut St., Peabody 978-531-0002 stjohnspeabody.com Pastor: Very Rev. John E. MacInnis, VF; Parochial Vicar: Rev. Mario Guarino, FDP and Rev. Paul G.M. McManus; Deacon: Leo A. Martin; Mass: Monday-Saturday, 6:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. (on Saturday); Sunday at 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m. (Spanish) and 5 p.m. St. John’s Thrift Shop, 19 Chestnut Street, Peabody (behind City Hall) will be closed for summer break starting July 2. The Shop will reopen on July 21. Food Pantry on the last Sunday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Pastoral Center basement. St. John, the Baptist School is now accepting applications. Programs available for 2, 3, 4 and 5-year-olds and grades 1-8. Extended day available for all students. Visit: stjohns-peabody. com or call 978-531-0444, ext. 340. St. Paul’s Episcopal 127 Summer St., Lynnfield (781) 334-4594, stpaulslynnfield.org. Rev. Robert Bacon, rector On Sundays in February, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer Street, Lynnfield, offers a said service with Holy Eucharist (Rite I) at 8:30am. At 10am, we offer Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with music and choir; child care is offered for younger children and Godly Play classes for those K-7. This service is followed by coffee hour and fellowship. Lenten gatherings begin on February 13 with Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5:30-6:30. Two services will be offered on February 14, Ash Wednesday: one at noon and another at 7pm. Lenten study begins Sunday, February 18, after the 10am service. Students in grades 8-12 meet at 10am February 11 & 25 (2nd & 4th Sundays of the month) for discussion, learning, sharing, socializing, volunteering. During the February 2-4 weekend, they will be joining other diocesan high schoolers at Barbara C. Harris Camp in NH. All are welcome; contact Jilleen @ email@example.com for more details. The Youth Group also participates in the local, ecumenical Giv2, which offers area teens opportunities to live their faith through serving. On Mondays, at 6pm, St. Paul’s parishioners and friends gather for Centering Prayer. On February 5th, Centering Prayer will be followed by the last discussion and future planning for the next series on World Religions. On Wednesdays, join us for Holy Eucharist at 9am. During Lent we will be using the 1892 Book of Common Prayer followed by Bible study at 10am. All are welcome to one or both gatherings. Open Choir Rehearsal begins at 7pm on Thursdays. All who enjoy singing are welcome. Sunday, February 11th, at 4:00pm Soprano Julia Nelson and pianist Oksana Berezkina will present a Valentine concert, “Do I Hear A Waltz?” Join us for selections by Strauss, Satie, Faure, Gershwin, Sondheim, and others. The Rev. Rob Bacon serves as rector. See our website for the Sunday gospel and sermon. For more information visit www. stpaulslynnfield.org; call the church office: 781- 334-4594; like us on Facebook https://www. facebook.com/stpaulslynnfield/; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 781-599-4220 About St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church: St. Stephen’s is an open and affirming Christian church worshiping in the Angelican tradition. Crossing lines of color, class, culture and generation we seek transformation of our lives and our community through Christ’s Gospel of love, compassion, and justice. To learn more please vistis www.ststephenslynn.org. St. Thomas the Apostle 3 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960 978-531-0224, Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fax: 978-531-6517. Pastor: Very Rev. John MacInnis, VF. Parochial Vicar: Rev. Steven Clemence. Pastoral Associate/Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Dawn Alves. Coordinator of Religious Education: Lisa Trainor. Director of Music Ministry: Dr. Holly Zagaria. Website: www.stthomaspeabody.org. Winter Mass Schedule: Saturday 4 p.m. (English) ~ Sunday 10 a.m .(English) 11:30 a.m. (Brazilian). Thrift Shop: Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Us! St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church 5 Paleologos St., Peabody 978-531-0777, stvasilios.org Pastor: Rev. Christopher Foustoukos; Pastor Emeritus: Andrew Demotses; Pastoral Assistant: Deacon Robert Fadel; Worship schedule: Sunday - Matins at 8 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m., Church School at 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Weekly feast days as announced: Matins at 8 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. Second Congregational 12 Maple St., Peabody 978-210-4976, Rev. Alison Gerber Worship services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The church is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available during worship service for children through age five. Children’s Church during service, ages 6-12. Sunday School, ages two through adult from 9:15-10:15 a.m. For Bible study and Book Group schedules, call the office. South Congregational 60 Prospect St., Peabody 978-531-1964, southchurch.net Sr. Pastor: Grant Hoofnagle. Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Communion service is the first Sunday of each month. Children pre-K through 12th grade programs during the worship service. Our Sunday worship service blends both traditional hymns and contemporary praise. Teen Youth Groups meet on Sunday evenings at the church. Several small groups for Bible Study meeting weekly – if interested in attending one, call church office for info. Monthly Fellowship Dinner is the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. in fellowship hall - Prayer Meeting follows at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Sovereign Grace Community Church 6 Bourbon St., Peabody 978-210-7413 sovG.us, info@sovG.us sovG is a family friendly church offering a contemporary Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School is offered during worship for kids through 5th grade. There is a full staffed nursery. For students in 7th-12th grades, our Youth Group meets Sunday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Email Youth Director Will Coley at will@sovG.us for information about Youth Group. Michael Williams, Lead Pastor. Visit: facebook. com/michaelwillyamz. Helping people connect with God, each other and the needs in our community. Temple Tiferet Shalom 489 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-2100, templetiferetshalom.org The Temple Shabbat Services are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. The Temple offers Preschool, Religious School, Bar and Bat Mitzvah instruction, Confirmation classes, Chai Club and youth groups. Social action and adult education programs are an integral component of the temple. Temple Emmanuel 120 Chestnut St., Wakefield Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield is affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. We offer a contemporary approach to Judaism while maintaining a respect for traditional Jewish values. We are a caring and inclusive community through learning and community activities. Besides Shabbat and Festival services, there is a Sisterhood and Temple Reads Book Club, Shabbat dinners, concerts and other programs. Consult the temple website and Facebook page for updated information. Temple Emmanuel’s mission is to be an inclusive and welcoming Jewish Reconstructionist Community devoted to learning, spirituality, and caring for each individual. At Temple Emmanuel we are building a vibrant future in honor of our past, utilizing ancient traditions to provide meaning and sustenance in our contemporary lives. There is a chairlift to the second floor social hall. Visitors are encouraged to come to services and events that interest them. Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield has a February Calendar of special events planned this month. All of the following programs are open to anyone interested. All are welcome. Beginning with a Sisterhood program: “Cocoa, Coffee, and Kibbitz,” Monday, February 12th at 7:30, is a relaxing evening of hot beverages, snacks, and sharing recipes, books, and crafts. Those interested can come with whatever hobby, puzzle, knitting, or books you would like to share with your friends. It is always fun to see what interesting activities everyone has been up to! Kibbitzing’s definition is giving gratuitous advice as an onlooker. Shabbat services on Friday nights begin at 7:30pm with February 16th being a Jewish Meditation Circle with Rabbi Greg Hersh. There is a Shabbat Morning Celebration at 9:30am on Feb. 17th and a Prayer-free Shabbat: Judaism’s Myriad Modes of Mindfulness on Feb. 24th at 9:30am. On Feb. 21st will be Rabbi Greg Hersh’s monthly series on Jewish Mysticism, featuring Isaac Luria and Shabbetai Zevi at 7:30. Finally there is a Purim Family Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 7:00pm. The Book of Esther is much more than a book...it’s the foundation of the Jewish holiday of Purim! Every year, Jewish people dress up in costume, read the story, sing songs, and experience the revelry of this joyful holiday. All are welcome to participate in our Purim celebration whether it’s your first Purim or you’re a veteran spielmeister. Come wearing your favorite costume! Located at 120 Chestnut St. Wakefield, MA. For more information: www.WakefieldTemple. org or call 781-245-1886 Temple Ner Tamid 368 Lowell St., Peabody 978-532-1293, templenertamid.org, Email email@example.com. Rabbi Richard Perlman, Cantor Steve Abramowitz, Beth K. Hoffman, Synagogue Administrator. Service Schedule: Evening minyans held Sunday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning Minyans at 9 a.m. Friday Evening Services at 8 p.m. (unless a special service), Saturday morning service at 9:30 a.m. Active Temple including Religious School, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Social Action and Adult Education. Pilates on Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m., Zumba on Monday evenings, 6:15 p.m., Israeli Dance Group Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. Temple welcomes Interfaith Families. Please contact the office for more information at 978-532-1293. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 400 Essex St., Lynnfield lds.org - Sunday services and classes are from 9 a.m. to noon; 9-10:10 a.m. Sacrament Meeting; 10:20-11 a.m. Sunday School; 11:10-noon, Primary and Youth Classes; Youth Night and Boy/Cub Scouts: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Bishop: Matthew Romano, 781-334-5586. Family History Center (open to the public) Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check before coming due to weather or for summer hours). Wakefield Lynnfield United Methodist Church 273 Vernon St., Wakefield with Pastor: Glenn M. Mortimer Hello from the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church! Here is a little bit about our welcoming Methodist Church Community. Each Sunday, Worship Service starts at 10:30am during which we offer Sunday School for infants/ toddlers through high Schoolers. Following the service, we enjoy Fellowship at our Coffee & Conversation time. There are also many ways to serve the community here through volunteer opportunities, social groups and committees like Ecumenical Youth Group, Choir, Book Club, Sunday School, Bible Study, United Methodist Women, Ministry Leadership Team, Card Care Club, Craft Fair Committee, just to name a few. We offer our building to many local groups like Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Wakefield Arts & Crafts Society, Music Together- Preschool Music, Kids Curtain Call Drama for Middle Schoolers, Wakefield Toy Swap, just to name a few! We are also a Project Linus Blanket Drop-off spot! We even have musicians “In the House” as our Pastor, Rev. Glenn Mortimer, and his wife Elizabeth are trained musicians which they incorporate into special church services for all to enjoy! For more information about our church, please call the church office at (781) 245-1359 or email us at our new email WLUMC273@gmail.com. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/methodistchurchwakefield We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday! This Weeks Activities: Wednesday Feb. 14 - 1 and 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Services. Happy Valentine’s Day! Thursday Feb. 15 - 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4:30- 5:15 p.m. Early Childhood Music Together Class 1:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 2:30 p.m. Kids Curtain Call Friday Feb. 16 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Adult/ Child Music Class 5 p.m. Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Set Up Saturday Feb. 17 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Adult/ Child Music Class 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Day Sunday Feb. 18 - 9:15 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, Sunday School and Nursery Care Monday Feb. 19 - 2:30 p.m. Kids Curtain Call Tuesday Feb. 20 - Adult/Child Music Class Wednesday Feb. 21 - 1 p.m. Book Club 7 p.m. Lenten Bible Study West Church 27 Johnson St., Peabody Associate Pastor: Rick McDonnell Office Phone: 978-535-4112 Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.westchurchpeabody.org No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at West Church! We love the Lord Jesus and we care deeply about meeting the needs of those God sends to us. At West Church you will share in a worship service centered on the majesty and holiness of God rather than on ourselves. We have a number of program offerings, special events, small groups, and opportunities to serve that may well encourage you to feel at home in our fellowship. Every Sunday at West Church, people of all ages come together to worship the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to share in fellowship as a community. Each service includes singing praise, prayer, and preaching from God’s word. We invite you to come and join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Kingdom Kids, our Worship Service program for children nursery through 4th grade, is available during Worship service. Sunday School is available for children, youth and adults from 9–10 a.m. For more information about our programs throughout the week visit our website: www. westchurchpeabody.org. Summer Sundays at West Church Church Prayer Time at 8:30 a.m. Worship Service and Kingdom Kids at 9:30 a.m. Punch Fellowship Following the Service.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 9 How I Met My Sweetheart Back in 1980, while living in Thibodaux, Louisiana, my roommate came home with a stranded Nahanter whose car had broken down. He had asked to use our landline. Back then cell phones didn’t exist. While waiting for help to arrive, he and I exchanged stories while sitting on a cypress swing under a pecan tree. I shared that I had just broken up with my fiancé of 7 years and was still in love and waiting for him to grow up. He made it clear from the start that he was a confirmed bachelor and president of the woman haters club. He had come to Louisiana to make some quick cash working offshore in order to pay off his ex-wife and start up his own business. Before leaving, he gave me some sage advice which I ultimately took... “date other people.” The following week I received an unexpected phone call from him asking me to dinner! When I asked him how he had gotten my number (knowing we hadn’t exchanged numbers and he didn’t even know my last name), he replied with a laugh that he had taken it off of my phone the week before. We continued to date for a few months until at last it was time to say goodbye. I gave him a ride to the airport and wished him luck, but was sad to see my yankee go. I never expected to see him again. A week later I received a letter in the mail from Nahant, MA written on a Tides placemat. He had written me the night he returned home to tell me that he missed me already. We stayed in contact from that moment on, and were engaged 6 years later. We are still happily married today, and blessed with two beautiful children! The date was December 11, 1968; it was a dark and stormy day. It was also my first day on the job at an insurance company in Boston. My boss brought me around to introduce me to the rest of the staff, and there she was sitting demurely at her desk; her name was Diane. She made me forget about the stormy day. It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well I reversed that a little. A few days later I gave her a dish of chocolate chip cookies and that was it. After we got to know each other a little better, we started dating in early 1969. We will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary in August. I met my boyfriend the first week of April 3 years ago. I remember sitting in the Emergency room of the hospital one city over from where I live. It was about 2 a.m. I had no money and did not drive and my friends were sleeping, so I asked the hospital to give me a voucher for a cab to go home. When the cab came it was a van and there were 2 other people going in the cab so I sat in the front seat. The driver smiled at me and made small talk. He asked me what I did for work and I told him I work at a supermarket at the deli, and he smiled at me and said I go to that deli all the time. You’re the cute girl who serves me all the time. So I smiled and said yes, that’s me. As he was driving we kept talking to get to know each other and when he dropped off the last customer he started driving towards my place. When he got to my house he looked at me and asked can I kiss you? I looked at him smiled and said with a chuckle. Normally men don’t ask me that, they just go ahead and do it. But you’re so cute for asking and yes you can kiss me. After, we exchanged numbers and have spent every night together since. The way Sue tells it, she had been to a friend’s son’s baseball game and then a concert on the Commons and got a nasty sunburn in the process. On the way home her friends asked her if she wanted to go to karaoke at Fantasy Island. She thought of her options of being home miserable or go to karaoke. She chose karaoke. I was out for my usual Saturday night of karaoke with my friends. At one point in the night, my friend Roger was up singing “Play that Funky Music White Boy,” and dancing around to entertain the people in the bar. As he danced, I was laughing so hard at the dance I thought that I had to play a practical joke on him and I started going table to table to see if a girl who didn’t know Roger would stuff a dollar bill down his shirt while he danced. I went to a table where Sue was icing her legs down from the sunburn and asked. Sue’s friend went up and put that dollar right in Roger’s shirt. I was laughing hard while I walked up next to sing my song. While I was up, I noticed Wendy (Sue’s friend) talking to Roger and I knew that the jig was up and I thought that joke didn’t last too long. When I had finished singing I walked back to our table to face the “music” with Roger. Wendy said that her husband was jealous so she had to tell him that I had put her up to it but her friend (Sue) thought I was gorgeous (to this day, Sue said she told her I was cute, but I choose to believe Wendy on this one). I went over to talk to her and we had a great evening talking and added a dance or two. When Fantasy Island closed we went back to Wendy’s and talked until the Sunday paper was delivered. Soon after we went on our first date. Three months later we were engaged and married a year after that. Twenty years later we are still married and I think that was the best dollar I ever spent. 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