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March 23, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Orthodox Church of St. John the Russian will offer a Pysanky Easter Egg decorating class on Thursday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the church located at 16 Mt. Pleasant Ave., in Ipswich. The ancient egg decorating craft has been passed down through generations. Adults interested in learning the craft are invited to reserve a space for either date by calling 978-380-6499. Limited space is available. Tools and special dyes will be provided, but participants should bring three or four uncooked white eggs, a pencil, a plumber’s style candle in a holder, and an old soft dish towel to work on. More information will be provided upon phone registration. Attendees are asked to enter the church parking lot at 34 Lafayette Road in Ipswich.

Recording artist and songwriter Bob Franke and other musicians will perform Franke’s “Good Friday Cantata”: Meditations on the Passion on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m., at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Vocal and instrumental performers from New England and beyond gather annually to participate in the cantata, which features songs about Jesus Christ’s passion and contemporary people who have faced figurative crucifixion. Vocalists in addition to the St. Andrew’s choir include Geoff Bartley, Howard Bursen, Ellen Groves, Chuck Hall, Doug Johnson, Kate Katzberg, John Kirk, Jan McLanahan, Sally Rogers, Kate Seeger and Kim Wallach. Instrumentalists include Paul Combs, John Kirk, Joshua Levin-Epstein, Martin Grosswendt and Franke. A suggested $15 donation will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 781-631-4951 or visit

The 38th Walk for Haiti, sponsored by Faith and Concern Inc. of Peabody, will be held on Good Friday, March 29, starting at 9 a.m. on the track adjacent to the Torigian Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Anyone interested in participating in the walk or helping to raise money for Haiti’s continuing recovery from the earthquake of 2010 should call Gail Bowlds at 978-535-1431 or Edith Burns at 781-598-1838. Checks made payable to Faith and Concern Inc. should be mailed to 6 Wildwood Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.

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