Saugus Faith Notes
The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus places of worship
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St. Margaret’s Christmas Stroll is coming soon!
This year’s Christmas Stroll is only few weeks away. We will be serving a meatball sub lunch on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s (431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus). And we will be serving breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There will also be 40-plus raffles, baked goods and Christmas gifts for you to purchase. Join us for a fun weekend!
If you have any questions, please call Carol at 781-233-1040 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cliftondale Congregational Church plans Advent Festival
Join us for free family fun at Cliftondale Congregational Church’s annual Advent Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.! We’ll have cookies and cocoa, crafts for both kids and adults, a Christmas carol sing-along and an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Save the date and invite your friends!
For more information, contact Debbie at the church office (50 Essex St., Saugus) at 781-233-2663 or email her at email@example.com. Or check out the website: cliftondalecc.net.
A farewell message from Rev. Martha
Retiring First Congregational-UCC Rev. Martha Leahy left this final post on the church website following her farewell lunch last Sunday. She plans to retire to Maine with her husband.
“Thank you, Church, for the fabulous farewell party! There were tears and cheers; prayers and poems; songs and speeches; gifts and gratitude. I am most appreciative of your gift of $250 in my name to the Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in S.D. I will carry the memory of the people in this church and in the community with me always. May God’s blessings be upon us all as we step onto this new path God has laid out for us.”
Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus!
The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry – in collaboration with the Saugus Faith Community, the Saugus Superintendent of Schools and area businesses and organizations – is running a new initiative called “Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus,” which aims to address food insecurity in the Saugus public school system. To make grocery donations, please drop off at any one of the following local sites. If you can volunteer to help bag groceries, see the days and times listed.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect St., Saugus; 781-233-1242. Bagging groceries: first Thursdays at 7 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons Culinary Group on Friday morning.
Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus; 781-233-2886. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons on Friday morning.
First Baptist Church of Saugus, 105 Main St., Saugus; 781-231-1690. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons on Friday morning.
Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus; 781-233-2497. Bagging groceries: third Thursdays at 7 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons on Friday morning.
First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus; 781-233-3028. Bagging groceries: fourth Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons on Friday morning.
New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Dr., Saugus; 781-233-6384. Bagging groceries: fifth Thursday at 7 p.m. Pickup by Whitsons on Friday morning. The church will also be a backup site in case another church cannot host on their day.
On Friday mornings, Whitsons will also pick up whatever food donations have been collected from the public when they collect the filled grocery bags at these sites.
If you would like to donate money, checks can be made out to “Saugus Clergy Association” and put “HS2” on memo line. Checks can also be given to the listed churches. Tax ID is 83-2101397. You can send check to First Congregational Church, 300 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
To offset food insecure households, Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus will provide a weekend’s supply of nutritious food for each eligible child when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends or school holidays during the schoolyear. Take-home grocery bags will contain two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, one can of vegetables and one can of fruit. All food will be nonperishable and provided to children free of charge. If additional food is needed for extended family members, it will be provided. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. Parents will apply for the program by filling out a simple consent form.
The program will be run by the school department’s current food service provider, Whitsons, and the many wonderful volunteers who will be packing the food bags. On Thursdays, Whitsons will deliver food and grocery bags to each volunteer site, where the bags will be packed, then picked up by Whitsons on Fridays and delivered to the schools for students to take home. The program will begin first at the elementary schools and, if the need arises, will be expanded to the upper grades. The school district will use the utmost discretion in identifying students and working with families to ensure the grocery bags make it home with minimal barriers. The aim of Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus is to keep children healthy, thriving and able to succeed in school.
Area businesses and organizations supporting this effort are Whitsons, Rotary Club of Saugus, Wheelabrator and Saugus Public Schools.
For questions or to arrange pick up or drop off of donations, please contact Dennis Gould of the United Parish Food Pantry at 617-257-4847.
Tell it to the town
Got a special event at your parish that you would like to tell the community about? Email the information under the subject line “Saugus Advocate Faith Notes” to firstname.lastname@example.org.