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October 27, 2012

North Shore religion news in brief

The Christian Women’s Connection November Brunch will be held Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The brunch features the group’s annual country fair and auction with handmade treasures and homemade treats. Also, Marion Dickinson will speak about looking for love in all the wrong places, but then finding it. Brunch costs $13 all inclusive, and all women are welcome to attend. Free childcare is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 9. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Jan at 978-532-1379 or 978-303-7873, or Laura at 978-532-2157.

Cohen Hillel Academy will host PJ Library Kiddie Make and Take, a program for 3- and 4-year-olds, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 6 Community Road, Marblehead. The program includes a fun story and craft hour around Jewish themes. The program is free and held monthly. Snacks will be served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reserve a spot by Monday, Nov. 12, by contacting Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or The program is made possible by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation.

The Rev. Dr. Judy Smith-Valley was appointed interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott. Smith-Valley is an accredited interim minister and has served as interim in three other congregations, most recently in Keene, N.H. Smith-Valley holds a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a doctor of ministry from the Bangor Theological Seminary. She has been a quilter for 18 years and considers it her spiritual practice. For more information about Smith-Valley or worship services, visit

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marblehead will host its second annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest beginning with a Great Pumpkin Carving on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. The public is welcome to participate, and carving tools and snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own pumpkins, but extras will be available for those unable to pick one up beforehand. After the carving event, pumpkins will be taken outside for display, then stored inside until Oct. 31. Any and all carved pumpkins will be accepted for the contest as long as they are delivered in time for trick-or-treating hours on Wednesday, Oct. 31. On Halloween night, the pumpkins will decorate the church lawn, and trick-or-treaters and passers-by will be able to vote for their favorite pumpkin. There is no charge for entering a pumpkin or voting. Also, Marblehead Gardens is offering a $1 discount off any 10-pound pumpkin (or more) if it will be used in the contest. For more information, call 781-631-1215.

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