Today begins Easter weekend for many and services will be held by Andover Church congregations over the next three days. Tonight there will be a commemoration of the Last Supper with Communion at the First Congregational Church in the CEB. A light meal will be served followed by the Garden Meditation in the sanctuary. On Good Friday, the Calvary Bible Church will journey to West Bethel Pleasant Valley Church to share in a service set for 7 p.m. Meanwhile in town at the First Congregational Church a 7 p.m. service will feature the Last Seven Words from the cross and Stations of the Cross. Both churches will be having Sunrise Services, breakfasts and regular worship services. At Calvary the Sunrise Service will be at 7:30 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. Breakfast. Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m. and regular worship at 10:45a.m. The Congregational Church will have its traditional Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast in the CEB and regular worship at 10 a.m.
At a recent meeting of Cabot Lodge 177 Knights of Pythias it was voted to take on the special project of refurbishing the stage curtain at the Andover Town Hall. This curtain was purchased in 1926 and sponsored by local businesses. It's a great piece of history displaying names of commercial institutions no longer remembered by a great many people. Cabot Lodge is accepting donations for this worthwhile project and they may be sent to the Lodge care of Mark Farrington, P O Box 164, East Andover, ME 04226.
The Andover Food Pantry wishes to thank all who baked or cooked for the food sale on Saturday. Their goal was $400 to qualify for a matching grant from the Good Shepherd Food Bank which they exceeded by a sizable amount thanks to the generosity of monetary donations from the local community. The Food Pantry is open on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10.
There will be a lot of activities in town during the month of April while we slosh through the mud, which is our hope rather than more snow. We really have had quite enough. Anyone interested in helping out the Food Pantry is invited to attend Chicken Fixin Day on April 6. The pantry has a quantity of chicken that needs to be thawed, cooked and readied for distribution to patrons. On April 12 the community is invited to attend “Dinner and a Movie” at the CEB. Dinner will be provided. Bring snacks for movie time. The movie is “The Letter Writer,” a story about two people who change each other's lives through letters. Donations to defray expenses will be accepted.
On April 13 there will be two important events. An auction in the downstairs Town Hall at 4 p.m. and a concert with Peter Coolidge and friends at 7 p.m. in the upstairs. Tickets for the concert are $10 each. All proceeds from these events will go to support the Kevin Hughes family. Kevin is recovering from heart surgery that was performed in Boston.
The next free community lunch will be on April 19 at noon in the CEB and is sponsored by the People In Action Committee, and on April 27, the traditional Birthday Supper will occur. There will be more details about that event as the time nears.