Unique opportunity this Sunday to hear from a member of the Bliss family.

We’re looking forward to a visit this Sunday from Anne Bliss Mascolino.  Many at Central knew her father, Edward Bliss, Jr., and many of us have heard of her grandfather, Edward L. Bliss, M.D., who was a missionary in China from 1892 – 1932 and was among the founding members of Central Congregational Church.   Anne emailed us this week to say that she will be in town this weekend and plans on coming to worship this Sunday.  She was recently in China where she met with people who remember her grandfather’s service in their village and looks forward to sharing news from her trip.

Beyond the Stone Arches: An American Missionary Doctor in China, 1892-1932 By Edward Bliss, Jr.
Written by distinguished journalist,  Edward Bliss, Jr. about his father’s  experience as a missionary doctor in China from 1892-1932.


A Vigil for Las Vegas

Wednesday October 4,   6:00pm     Market Square, Newburyport

The Mayor’s office and Newburyport area clergy have organized a community vigil for Wednesday October 4 on Market Square at 6:00pm. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors.

This post from the website of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC contains resources including a commentary, prayer and links to resources for families with children:   Resources for responding to the Las Vegas shooting

The Saturday Night Meal Program begins its 20th Year

What is Saturday Night Meal? Once a month, from September through June, Central Church people gather with churches and other groups to assemble about 300 meals which are delivered to families in need in our area.

How can I get involved? There are many ways you can participate: donate a casserole or two (see the schedule below to see what’s on the menu this month), donate jugs of milk, help assemble meals and deliver meals. The entire family is welcome, and teens can get community service credit.

We meet at about 2:30pm at East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury Square.

When’s the next meal?  Here is the 2017 – 2018 schedule:

October 21    Chicken, Rice & Veggie Casserole
November 18   Lasagna
              (No meal in December)
January 6     Ziti with Meatballs or Sausage
February 3    Turkey
March 3       Mac & Cheese with Ham
April 7       Hamburger Casserole
May 5         Chicken, Rice & Veggie Casserole
June 2        American Chop Suey

Who can I talk to about Saturday Night Meal?  See Diane Hawkins-Clark or contact the office.