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February 12. 2014 10:05PM

'Reclaiming Your Joy' Workshop is March 18 in Goffstown


GOFFSTOWN — Reclaiming Your Joy, a workshop to begin the re-forming of the New England Association for Christian Educators, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 18 at Goffstown Christian Fellowship, 67 Henry Bridge Road.

The workshop provides a Christian perspective on early childhood education. The presenter will be Valerie Guerette, ministry director and lead teacher at In His Steps Learning Center.

Register on line before March 10 by going to www.http://www.instituteforlearningvtnh.org; email instituteforlearningvtnh@gmail.com; or phone 497-4432.

Leave a message with the name of the workshop, your name, phone number and email address. Donation of $5 per person is suggested and can be brought to the workshop.

The New England Association for Christian Educators offers educational opportunities for Christians teaching or administering educational programs. Those interested in joining may so indicate with their registration for the workshop.

Mardi Gras Gala raises almost $100,000

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire Catholic Charities raised nearly $100,000 at its 9th annual Mardi Gras Gala in Concord on Feb. 1, according to Rosemary Hendrickx, the agency’s director of development operations.

Proceeds from the annual New Orleans-inspired gala help families and individuals become self sufficient.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities is one of the largest private, non-profit, social services organizations in the state. It serves the poor and vulnerable regardless of faith.

Church presents documentary

MANCHESTER — The Unitarian Universalist Church presents the 2013 documentary film “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War,” on March 2.

After 17 ministers declined the Unitarian Association’s request for relief volunteers in Europe at the onset of World War II, the Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp were the 18th call.

When they committed to the dangerous undertaking, they left their two young children in the care of their congregation in Wellesley, Mass., and traveled to Czechoslovakia.

During the course of two missions in Prague (1939) and southern France (1940), the Sharps and their underground confederates played a vital role in saving hundreds of people from persecution.

The documentary film is told from the point of view of the Sharps, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and includes interviews with rescued children and noted Holocaust scholars.

The Sharps’ actions were a direct precursor to the formation of the Unitarian Service Committee, now the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a human rights organization powered by grassroots collaboration. In 15 countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression.

The film will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. at the church, 669 Union St.

Admission is free, but donations are sought to help defray expenses. Bring a non-perishable food for local pantries.

Bedford Parish is sending food to Africa

BEDFORD — St. Elizabeth Seton Parish held a Helping Hands meal-packaging event last Saturday to send emergency food to Burkina Faso in West Africa in support of programming to eliminate world hunger.

Guided by hunger relief organization Stop Hunger Now, teams of high school youth and parents packaged meals of fortified rice and soy. The meals will be delivered to warehouses in Burkina Faso, where they will be distributed to local partners serving the most vulnerable populations.

Lisa Heaps, a Confirmation teacher and the event coordinator, said, ” “This is the first time that Catholic Relief Services has worked with a group from New Hampshire for this kind of event. The response from the Confirmation candidates and parents has been phenomenal. Who would have guessed that 75 teens and 29 adults could assemble 14,000 meal packages in less than two hours. They were all saying we have to do this again.”

For more information, call 669-7444.


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