, Salem, MA

September 21, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The next class of Inspirational Jewish Teaching, which is designed for educators in Jewish schools and promotes the Lappin Foundation’s mission of enhancing Jewish identity across generations, will be taught by Renee Schneider of Colorful Kids, and will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody. The topic will be mural making with a focus on Hanukkah. For more information or to register for the course, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin on Sept. 29 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish at 253 Cabot St. in Beverly. The RCIA is open to all adults, 18 and older, who are seeking baptism. Also invited are those who have been baptized in other faith communities and want to become a Roman Catholic. Baptized Catholics who have not received first eucharist and/or confirmation are also welcome to come and to prepare for these sacraments. For more information, contact Ellen Hutchinson at St. Mary’s RCIA Office at 978 922-0113 or at

A workshop for people to learn how to create a written document that preserves the legacy and story of their special piece of Judaica that they can pass on to their children and grandchildren will be led by Elisabeth Horowitz, English professor, poet and creative writing instructor at Salem State University and North Shore Community College. The workshop will be held at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St. in Peabody on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bagels and coffee will be served. This Evocative Objects Writing Workshop is a free program of the Lappin Foundation and Temple Ner Tamid and is open to all. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 14 to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or by email to

ALPHA for Catholics is resuming this fall season at St. John’s Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, in the school building cafeteria. Next session will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will run every Wednesday night through Nov. 13. This course is for all wishing to start, restart, or deepen their faith in their lives. Catholics, Protestants and those who are seek a deeper meaning and fulfillment in their life are all welcome. Local speakers will host the gatherings. The. Rev. Jurgen Liias, pastor at St. Gregory’s Church in Beverly Farms, will speak at the last event on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. There is no fee for this course. Call 978-922-0799 or visit for more information.

An adult education class on Letter to the Hebrews will be conducted by Professor Steven Fahrig in the parish center of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Marblehead, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 (no class Oct. 14), Oct. 21 and 28. The church is at 80 Atlantic Ave. For more information call 781-631-0086.

St. Richard’s Parish in Danvers is organizing a Team St. Richard for the Hospice Walk on Sunday, Sept. 22. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at St. John’s Prep, at 72 Spring St. in Danvers. A team St. Richard photo will be taken at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Anyone who is interested in joining Team St. Richard for the walk or would like to make a donation in memory of someone should contact Mary Roach at or Sandra Ciruolo at 978-774-6660 or

In celebration of St. Richard’s 50th anniversary, the parish will be holding a 5K road race on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. that starts and finishes at Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. Entry fee is $20, with prizes in several categories. The first 100 runners to register will get a free T-shirt. The race will be followed by a family picnic beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m. at Endicott Park. There will be a cookout, baked goods and games. The cost of the cookout is $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family. Anyone interested in running in the race should contact Mary White at 978-352-2510. Race registration forms are available at To purchase a ticket to the picnic, contact Julie McCarriston at 978-777-7739.

Comedy Night at Temple Beth Shalom, at 489 Lowell St., Peabody, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. and with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sarah Blodgett, Rich Gustus and Chrissy Judge Kelleher will be on stage, and have previously performed at Giggles, The Comedy Studio and Catch a Rising Star. Tickets are $30 each and include three drinks, munchies, dessert and coffee. Your check is your reservation. Call 978-535-2100 or email

A lobster roll sale will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem on Friday, Sept. 27. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Sept. 25. The price is $10 which includes a lobster roll, a bag of chips, and a homemade cookie. Orders of six or more can be delivered. All orders must be picked up by noon on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Parish Hall at 24 St. Peter St., Salem. Call 978-745-2291 to place an order.

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Danvers and North Shore Community Baptist Church are co-sponsoring a 10-week course, known as Alpha, which explores the Christian faith in an open and friendly setting. The course meets weekly starting Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart St., Beverly. Each meeting includes dinner, a short talk and time for discussion when all questions are welcome. To register or for more information, call North Shore Community Baptist Church at 978-927-2014, or visit for course details.

Jewish teens who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school and reside in Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation’s service area are invited to attend one of the following informational meetings for the 2014 Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I): Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead; Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody; Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly; Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., JCC, Marblehead; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, Peabody. Interested teens and parents will hear from alumni and from Deborah Coltin, the trip organizer and supervisor. The 2014 program includes the fully subsidized 12-day trip to Israel in July 2014, in addition to educational programs for teens and parents, and leadership training opportunities for teens. For more information, visit Registration for informational meetings and questions about Y2I 2014 may be directed to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or

Registration is open for Introduction to Judaism, a free, 25-week course designed for individuals in interfaith relationships wishing to explore Judaism, and for those considering conversion to Judaism. Participants will study Hebrew, Jewish history, holidays, life-cycle events, traditions, ceremonies, prayer and Jewish text. The program is sponsored by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which sponsors programs that help keep children Jewish, in partnership with the North Shore Rabbinic and Cantorial Association. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 1, and will be taught by North Shore rabbis at various temples on the North Shore. To register or for more information, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

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 Outreach Committee of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church is providing reusable grocery bags with the church’s name for anyone who would like to take one to the grocery store and fill it for the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. Bags can be returned or picked up at the church any Sunday of the month. The church is at 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-777-7408.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church 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 978-774-4510.

The Lappin Foundation presents Movement for Your Jewish Soul, a program that invites the adult Jewish community to go beyond the food and experience Jewish holidays in another dimension with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi, who will guide participants through a multisensory experience using gentle movement that will help participants experience the essence of Jewish holidays and strengthen physical and spiritual connections to them. No yoga experience is required. The program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 18, April 7 and June 2 at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. The program is free and class size is limited. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat. Extra mats will be available. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or