Support for Pam Morris and her family

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

This comes as a follow up to the announcement made at services this past Sunday.

Pam Morris and her family survived a house fire last Thursday morning that left them in need of most everything.  Apart from a few wet photographs they salvaged from the house, all their belongings were lost in the fire.

Pam is adjusting to their new circumstances and will share more in the days to come.

In the meantime, here is the best way you can offer them your help:

Please go to and search under Beverly, MA for the Morris Family Fire fund to make a contribution.  There are actually two funds listed: one for Nate Morris, and further below it another for the whole Morris family. This is taken from the family fund page:

Sadly, our parents Pam and Tim Morris, brother Nathaniel, and Grandmother Helen Riddle, exceptionally loving, kind and selfless people, experienced a devastating house fire on Thursday May 19, 2016. We thank God that they all made it out okay, with Nathaniel bravely carrying Grammy to safety. We also mourn the loss of their long-time neighbor and friend, Clark Young.

The apartment was their home for over 20 years, and they unfortunately lost everything they owned in the fire. They will be staying at Grammy’s house as they figure out the next steps and how to get their lives and living situation in order. We can never replace the things of sentimental value that were lost, but we can help them get the things they need to get back on their feet.

Donations of clothing, food, gift cards, and money are needed and most appreciated. To donate directly to the family, please send us a message through this page and we can give you details about clothing sizes,  etc. and arrange drop off, pickup or give you a mailing address. Or, use this Go Fund Me page to make a donation.

Thank you for supporting our family!
~Josh, Ben, Sam, Jen and Erin Morris

For those of you who may reservations about using GOFUNDME, the Morris Family feels confident that this is the easiest, most reliable method for directing your funds to the family.

Thank you for keeping Pam and family in your prayers and for offering what you can by way of assistance.

If you wish to reach Pam, she is with her mother, Helen Riddle, in Hamilton, phone number: 978-468-1238

God’s peace,



Holy Communion/Holy Silence Cancelled this evening

We will not be having our Holy Communion/Holy Silence Service this evening at 5:30PM, Wednesday May 18th.

We are very sorry for the late cancellation.

We will resume our Holy Communion/Holy Silence Service next Wednesday May 25th at 5:30PM.

Thank you.


Thank you! And…

  1. Pajama Donation Total = 100+ pajamas! Thank you to everyone who brought in pajamas for last week’s Pajama Sunday. We are accepting pajama donations through this Sunday for Cradles to Crayons.
  2. Seeking Yard Sale Team Leader for May 21st. We need a volunteer or two to help run our Community Yard Sale. Involvement is minimal, but important to running a successful event. Please see Eric Jacklin if you are interested.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Cambridge Society for Early Music concert

The Cambridge Society for Early Music is having a concert at Ascension Memorial Church, this Sunday at 4:00PM.

Please see below for details.


Baroque-Latin Fusion, directed by Laury Guttiérez

“Anything but stuffy and guarded . . . spiritually satisfying and downright fun”—Boston Musical Intelligencer

Cinco de Mayo is a joyful holiday in honor of Latino culture. It began with a David and Goliath story:  In 1862 a ragtag little band of Mexicans somehow drove out a well-armed French invasion force—a victory with profound symbolic power. Everyone can take joy in a triumph over oppression! To celebrate this holiday, Laury Guttiérez leads a diverse ensemble in a fusion of European Baroque music and lively New World elements, with African rhythms, using early and traditional instruments (viola da gamba, guitar, percussion) and voices.  There will be guest artists from Mexico and Venezuela, and a captivating dancer. Spring is for life: new beginnings and metamorphoses. It is just the season to enjoy this irresistible alchemy of old and new. Join us for an enchanting evening and be revived!

Sunday, May 8, 4 PM Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich

Tickets at the door (cash or check): $30.

$25 seniors & Athenaeum members. Students free.

Reception follows. Presented by the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM)

Information: — 617-489-2062