, Salem, MA

September 28, 2013

North Shore religion calendar

The Salem News

---- — Saturday, Sept. 28

Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, First Baptist Church in Beverly, 221 Cabot St. Items will include housewares, tools, small appliances, furniture, books and sports items. Held in the gym, which is handicapped-accessible/stroller friendly. Rain or shine. All proceeds help to support the mission work of the church. Call 978-922-3295 for more information or to donate items.

Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly. Features books, toys, white elephant tables, snack bar and more. In case of rain, sale will take place indoors. 978-927-1066.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Mass in honor of Saint Therese, 7:30 p.m., Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Mount Carmel Road, Danvers. An evening Mass will be held in the Chapel for the feast of Saint Therese, the “little flower.” Bishop Peter J. Uglietto will deliver the homily. Following the Mass there will be a distribution of blessed roses and veneration of the relic of Saint Therese. All are invited to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 3

The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity, 4:30 p.m., Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. David Swartz will present “The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity?” Swartz will address how evangelicals of nearly all political and denominational persuasions view social engagement as a fundamental responsibility, and, in light of recent history, what an evangelical progressive vision of politics can contribute to the common good. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Lecture is free and open to the public. Debbie Drost,

Friday, Oct. 4

Fall rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, gymnasium, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Fall Rummage Sale includes clothes for all ages and sizes, housewares, books, kitchen items and sports equipment. Handicapped-accessible. Rain or shine. All proceeds support the mission work of the church. 978-922-3295,

Saturday, Oct. 5

Blessing of the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas will preside over the 11th annual blessing, sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, Danvers, and the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry. The gathering during which the priest lays hands on each animal and offers a prayer and a blessing to celebrate the human-animal bond and the love and respect for all of God’s creatures. Open to all faiths, and all household and domesticated animals and their people. 978-774-1150,

Benefit Concert, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., St. Thomas School gym, 5 Margin St., Peabody. All proceeds benefit the impoverished children of Santa Lucia and the orphanage Casa Hogar Divino Nino Jesus in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Entertainment includes Latin music by Lenguas de Fuego, Stacey Vasquez and Grupo Esperanza; dancing by Los Angeles; light rock by Protest; contemporary and pop by Zach and Talia, K. Leigh Regan and Berklee student Stephanie Skye; and praise and worship song by Mike and Anne. Raffle tickets, Dominican pastilitos, pizza, snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Grand prize is a 39-inch LED TV. $10 ticket, available at the door or by calling 978-531-0002 or 978-531-0224.

Thursday, Oct. 10

PJ Library Move and Groove, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 2 Community Road, Marblehead. Free monthly program features stories, creative movement, music and snacks for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years, their parents and caregivers. 978-740-4428,