Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 12, 2012


The Andover Townsman

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Christmas story of Mary to be told at St. Augustine

The Women’s Ministry of St. Augustine Parish present an Advent play called “Faith: A Mother’s Story” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St.

To celebrate this Advent season, the Women’s Ministry is hosting Olivia Woodford, founder of Healing Theatre, as she presents a one-woman performance in which she portrays Mary, her mother Anne, her cousin Elizabeth and other holy women of the bible as they experience the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.

This event begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in St. Rita’s Hall (the lower church) with the performance in the main church at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to all. Contact Brooke Mueller for further informaiton and to register so that organizers can have a headcount for the event, at

UU Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, located at 6 Locke St., will host a holiday arts and crafts fair on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no entrance fee and the event features "local artists, affordable holiday gifts and light refreshments."

Blue Christmas Service on Dec. 16

West Parish Church will hold a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at 129 Reservation Road for those who find Christmas to be a difficult time of year. Service includes music, readings, meditation, candles and preparation.

All are welcome. Handicap accessible.

‘Chanukah - New Orleans Style’

On Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Andover will hold its annual Night of Music, “Chanukah – New Orleans Style.”

All temple vocal groups - Pre-School Singers and Adult Choir, Junior Choir & Religious School Chorus and the Temple Emanuel Band “The Abbas” - will perform under the direction of Cantor Idan Irelander and Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein, along with special musical guests The Jazzlanders with Music of New Orleans: Jazz and Swing.

The finale will be a menorah lighting, and light sticks for all as everyone sings America the Beautiful.

Please bring canned and dry foods in a bag to donate for Bread & Roses. People are asked to not bring glass containers.

Temple Emanuel is located at 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. For more information, visit or call 978-470-1356.