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, www.allsaintsepiscopalnorthshore.org.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Messiah in the Feasts, 10:15 a.m., Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Mitch Forman, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, presents “Messiah in the Feasts.” Program for both Jewish and Christian communities. Open to the public. For more information, call 978-468-4500.
Blessing of the Animals in Beverly, 11:30 a.m., St. Peter’s Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. Following the 10 a.m. service, pets and their owners are invited for a blessing on the church lawn at 11:30 a.m. Service and animal blessing are open to the public. 978-922-3438.
Blessing of Animals in Middleton, noon, St. Agnes Parish, 22 Boston St., Middleton. Animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Free. Deborah Charewicz, 978-777-3404.
Choral Evensong, 5 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The choir of Christ the Redeemer will sing the classic Anglican service of evening prayer with incense and with music by Herbert Murrill, Alessandro Scarlatti and Heathcote Statham. Free. Dan McKinley, 978-774-3163, ext. 353.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Concert series begins, 4 p.m., St. John’s Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. St. John’s free concert series kicks off with a performance by the church’s new music director, Brink Bush, playing organ works by J.S. Bach, Francaix, Lidon, Middelschulte and Scarlatti. Free admission, donations accepted. A reception follows the concert. Handicapped-accessible. Brink Bush, email@example.com or 978-927-0229.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Fall Rummage Sale Preview Party, 7 to 9 p.m., Church of St. Andrew, 245 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Shop ahead of the crowds at the church’s preview fall rummage sale. $20 admission. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres served. Regular sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome. Details available by calling the church office at 781-631-4951.
Friday, Oct. 18
Italian Night Supper, 6 p.m., Remick Hall, 40 Hardy Road, Swampscott. The Church of the Holy Name will host the supper, featuring different types of pasta with spaghetti sauce, salads, and bread. Various desserts, tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available. $10 adult, $5 per child age 12 to 16, free for children age 11 and under. $20 family maximum. Open to the public. www.churchoftheholyname.com.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Fall Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of St. Andrew, 245 Lafayette St., Marblehead. All are welcome. Details available by calling the church office at 781-631-4951.
Havdalah Rocks, 5 p.m., North Shore Jewish Community Center, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Come together for the end of Shabbat and enjoy crafts and activities followed by a concert and Havdalah with Miss Emily of Miss Emily Celebrates. Open to the public. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase pizza, drinks and snacks at the event. Free admission. Miriam Blue, 978-471-5520.
Sunday, Oct. 20
“Vatican II, Women, and the Church Today,” 7 to 9 p.m., St. Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park St., Topsfield. Francine Cardman of Boston College presents a lecture that looks at the council’s legacy in regard to women, including their presence at Vatican II; participation in ecclesial ministries; authority as theologians; changing familial roles and social roles, and the implications that they have for theology and church practice. Presentation marks the second lecture of the faith education series by the North Shore Seacoast VOTF Affiliate in collaboration with Boston College Theology and Ministry School. Refreshments served; free-will offering accepted. John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Annual Church Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. Includes a coffee shop, luncheon and the following booths: candy, baked goods, country store, holiday table, grandma’s attic, books, jewelry, gifts and accessories. Event includes a silent auction and a cookie walk where one can fill a container with a variety of cookies. Handicapped-accessible. 978-777-7408.
Winter Warm-Up Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, Dorman Gym, 31 County Road, Ipswich. Proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach initiatives. Sale features designer brands, coats, warm-ups, scarves, gloves, mittens, women’s pants and sweaters, men’s pants and shirts, children’s hand-knit sweaters and jackets, shoes and boots. 978-356-2560.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Winter Warm-Up Sale, noon to 1 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, Dorman Gym, 31 County Road, Ipswich. Proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach initiatives. Sale features designer brands, coats, warm-ups, scarves, gloves, mittens, women’s pants and sweaters, men’s pants and shirts, children’s hand-knit sweaters and jackets, shoes and boots. 978-356-2560.