December 14 2018,  Saugus

Saugus Faith Notes

Saugus Faith Notes

The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus places of worship


Keeping town’s ministries in the public eye

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A call for holiday event announcements!

Does your church, parish or house of worship have an upcoming holiday event that you think would be of interest to the community at large? Perhaps a Christmas concert, crafts fair or play? If so, email your announcement to The Saugus Advocate. You may also send it to the editor at


A Gospel Musical Christmas Play!

The First Baptist Church presents its Third Annual Gospel Musical Christmas Play, “Celebrate the King,” later this month. This a twenty-first century version of Christ born to Mary and Joseph. The cast will perform all of your favorite Christmas songs, such as “Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “King of Glory” and other great gospel songs. Get ready for some hand-clapping, toe-tapping, foot-stomping gospel music, along with some jazzy and spiritual standards. You will enjoy The Stajez dance company in this exciting and energetic musical production along with the great voices of some of Massachusetts’s best gospel singers, the Higher Praise Community Gospel Choir. This is a family event on two nights: Dec. 14 & 15. Come out and be blessed at the First Congregational Church-UCC Saugus. This promises to be absolutely amazing! Get your tickets now! Order tickets online at


Live Nativity tonight at the MEG Building

There will be a live Nativity Scene tonight (Friday, Dec. 14) and tomorrow night (Saturday, Dec. 15) on the front lawn of the MEG Building at 54-58 Essex St. Members of the New Hope Assembly of Saugus Church will be dressed in costume and performing in the scene, which will include Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and the three wise men. There are also plans to have animals involved in tonight’s performance. It’s all part of the MEG Foundation’s 8th Annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Church members are also playing the roles of Santa Claus and his elves in a special North Pole Room that’s part of the program called “A Christmas to Remember.” There is no charge for admission.


Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus

The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry – in collaboration with the Saugus Faith Community, the Saugus School Superintendent and area businesses and organizations – is running an initiative called “Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus,” which aims to address food insecurity in the Saugus public school system. Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus launched in October and currently is serving 54 Saugus children with food bags each Friday.

Donations of food or checks can be given to any of the Saugus United Parish Churches listed below, and checks should be made out to “Saugus Clergy Association” with “HS2” in memo line. A list of foods needed and sizes are listed below. For those who might want to buy and donate food, it is suggested you go to BJ’s or Costco, where you can buy most of the menu items in bulk at reasonable prices. (Examples: You can get 18-packs of 7.5 oz. macaroni & cheese and 8-packs of 5 oz. tuna.) Anyone wanting to donate money and/or food or who has questions about the program can call Dennis Gould, cell 617-247-4847, or email him at


  Here is the Four-Week Menu Cycle

  Week 1

Breakfast: 2 granola bars.

Snack: 2 bags of graham crackers.

Lunch: 1 jar of peanut butter (15 oz.) & 1 jar of jelly or jam (15 oz.), 1 loaf of bread, 2 apple sauce cups (4 oz.), 1 can of green beans (15 oz.).

  Week 2

Breakfast: 2 containers of cereal (small packages; can get 30-packs at BJ’s).

Snack: 2 bags of goldfish crackers.

Lunch: 2 cans of tuna fish (5 oz.), 4 mayo packets, 1 loaf of bread, 1 can of peaches (4 oz.), 1 can of corn (15 oz.).

  Week 3

Breakfast: 2 packets of oatmeal (1.5 oz.; can get 36-packs at BJ’s).

Snack: 2 bags of animal crackers.

Lunch: 2 cans of chicken (5 or 10 oz.), 4 mayo packets, 1 loaf of bread, 1 can of mixed fruit ( 4 oz. ), 1 can of carrots (15 oz.).

  Week 4

Breakfast: 2 containers of cereal (small packages; 30-packs at BJ’s).

Snack: 2 bags of pretzels.

Lunch: 2 boxes of macaroni & cheese (7.5 oz.; can get 18-box at BJ’s), 2 boxes of apple juice, 1 can of peas (15 oz.).

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.

  Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus; 781-233-2886. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 4 p.m.

  First Baptist Church of Saugus, 105 Main St., Saugus; 781-231-1690. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 7 p.m.

  Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus; 781-233-2497. Bagging groceries: third Thursdays at 7 p.m.

  First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus; 781-233-3028. Bagging groceries: fourth Thursdays at 4 p.m.

  New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Dr., Saugus; 781-233-6384. Bagging groceries: fifth Thursdays at 7 p.m. The church will also be a backup site in case another church cannot host on their day.


Tell it to the town

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