, Salem, MA

May 4, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church will host its annual Spring Sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 188 Elliott St., Route 62, on the Beverly/Danvers town line. Plants, power tools, new clothing, books, toys, small furniture, antiques and other items will be on sale. Games and activities for children are planned, with plenty of freshly cooked doughnuts for everyone. All proceeds will go to the church’s outreach projects, one of which is updating the church’s fire alarm system for the Family Promise program, which provides housing for homeless families. For more information, visit or call the church office at 978-774-3163.

Women of all ages are invited to a scarf-dyeing party on Saturday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Peter Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. All materials, including scarves and dyes, will be provided, and participants will take home their creations. The cost is $35 per person and $60 for two people. Proceeds benefit the church. Space is limited, and advance reservations with payment are required. Those interested in attending should mail their names, contact information and checks, made payable to St. Peter Church (include Scarf Sensation in the memo), to St. Peter Episcopal Church, Attn: Scarf Sensation, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, MA 01915. For more information, email dena@stpetersbeverly or call 978-922-3438.

The community is invited to attend the Congregational Church of Topsfield’s 350-year celebration concert on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. in the Meeting House, located at the corner of Main and Washington streets in Topsfield. The concert will feature the Combined Choirs, CCoT Chancel and Handbell Choir, the Arlington Ward Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, organ and trumpet accompaniment, narration, and audience participation. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Wendy Colby at 978-887-2101, ext. 11, or

In recognition of Mother’s Day, Branch Church in Danvers will offer free family portraits on Sunday, May 12, after the 10 a.m. worship service. Sittings are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and each family will receive an 8-by-10-inch print and digital pictures on a CD. Portraits will be available for pickup on Sunday, May 19. Branch Church meets at Hollywood Hits, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. For more information and directions, visit or email

The Church of St. Andrew’s will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 135 Lafayette St., on Route 114 near the Salem line. Coffee and muffins will be for sale early, for those who wait in line, and lunch will be available consisting of sandwiches, drinks and homemade goods in the cafe. The sale offers small appliances, kitchen wares, adult and children’s clothing, shoes, sporting goods, books, linens, furniture gardening supplies, lamps, luggage, baskets and more. Proceeds will benefit St. Andrew’s outreach and ministries. For more information, call the church office at 781-631-4951.

A blessing of the pets will be held Sunday, May 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Rabbi Emily Mathis will offer pets a blessing, and each furry, feathered or finned friend will receive a goody bag. Snacks for owners will also be provided. This event is free and open to the entire community. RSVP the temple office at 978-535-2100, so they can know how many visitors to expect. All pets much be on leashes or in carriers, cages or bowls.

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents “Inspirational Evenings” featuring Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series titled “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Union St., Hamilton. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call the library at 978-468-5577.

“Images of Jewish Women in American Film,” a film and discussion series sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive, will trace cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. The series includes “Private Benjamin,” June 5, 7 p.m., JCC in Marblehead; and “Kissing Jessica Stein,” July 22, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers in Peabody. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or

The Christian Women’s Connection May brunch will be held Monday, May 13, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Route 62, Danvers. There will be a cooking demonstration by The Pampered Chef and Judith Warren will tell of her search for the world’s idea of success — when she found it, she discovered it was lacking. Brunch is $13 inclusive and free child care is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, May 11. For more information or to make a reservation, for childcare, or to make a cancellation, call Jan at 978-532-1379 or 978-303-7873.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church will collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call the church office at 978-774-4510.

A public healing service is offered every third Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The service includes musical worship, a short teaching, Holy Communion and an extended time of personal prayer if requested. A priest will be available to hear confessions. There will be a gluten- and alcohol-free station at the communion rail. All guests are welcome to stay for a light supper following the service at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit, or call 978-774-3163.

The Girls Book Club is a free program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and funded in part by an allocation from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. Girls ages 9 to 12 and mothers are invited to participate in club, featuring a series of books that focus on the lives and adventures of American Jewish girls. The club will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Putnam Pantry, Route 1 north, Danvers, on June 5, Oct. 2 and Dec. 11. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. Grandmothers and special friends are also welcome to participate. Books and refreshments are free. Registration is requested to Phyllis Osher at or