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December 21, 2013

North Shore religion calendar


The Salem News

---- — Saturday, Dec. 21

Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 88 Elliott St., Danvers. As part of the Christ the Redeemer’s monthly Three Cords Coffeehouse series, the local trio Maeve will perform a Christmas Concert with an opening performance by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning. Beverages and snacks available for purchase. Free. www.ctr-anglican.org.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Holiday Music Service, 10:30 a.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. A service of performed holiday music and singing. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.

Celebration of Winter Solstice, 5:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The church will host an informal observance of the winter solstice on the shortest day of the year. Indoor candlelight service includes a silent meditation and sharing of thoughts on the solstice and the season. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.

Christmas Carol Sing-along by Candlelight, 7 p.m., St. John the Russian Orthodox Church, 16 Mount Pleasant Ave., Ipswich. The community of St. John the Russian Orthodox Church presents Christmas Carols by Candlelight, featuring an evening of singing traditional Christmas carols led by the parish choir in the candlelit historic church interior, a Christmas tree lighting and a reception with classic holiday refreshments. Free; all are welcome. Parking available in rear of church. For details, contact Father Spyridon at 978 380 6499 or frspyridon@comcast.net.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Dinner with Friends, 1 to 3 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. All are welcome to the church’s traditional Christmas Dinner, featuring roast turkey with all of the fixings, desserts, carol singing and live musical entertainment. Free. Co-sponsored by the Danvers Clergy Association and Temple Beth Shalom. Transportation available. For a ride, call 978-774-7582. www.nsuu.org.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Connections: New Year’s Brunch, 11 a.m., Congregational Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore will host a New Year’s Brunch for widows and widowers. Rabbi HaLevi will present a brief program titled “New Year’s Resolutions — Resolve to Have a Good Year.” $10 person. For details or to reserve a spot, contact Marla Gay at 781-599-8005, ext. 27, or visit www.shirathayam.org.

Thursday, Jan. 23

PJ Library Move & Groove, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Prekindergarten children, ages 2.5 to 5, are invited to enjoy stories and creative movements at PJ Library Move and Groove with Elloree Jennings. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are requested by contacting Phyllis Osher, posher@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4404. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free program sponsored by The Lappin Foundation and Cohen Hillel Academy and supported by CJP.

Sunday, March 2

Comparative Religion: The Three Abrahamic Religions, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Dr. Michael Szycher presents a layperson’s guide to the similarities and differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; sacred time, space and objects; religious rituals, traditions, mysticism and spirituality; and the question “Can religion and science co-exist?” Complimentary bagels, lox, pastries and drinks available for participants. Reserve a spot by Feb. 24 to bsimons@templebethshalom.org.