St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will serve a traditional turkey dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22, starting at noon at 4 Ocean St., Beverly. The dinner will be prepared and served by members of the church along with volunteers from the community. The dinner is free, and all are welcome to enjoy the meal, especially those who might otherwise be alone on the holiday. Also, three shifts of volunteers are needed: Nov. 21, 5 to 9 p.m., setup and food preparation; Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to noon, dinner preparation; Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving and cleanup. Volunteers should contact Dena Lisle at the church office, 978-922-3438, or email email@example.com. Donations of fully cooked turkeys and turkey breasts, nonperishable food items, and pies and other desserts may be dropped off on Nov. 22 after 9 a.m. Nonperishable food items will also be accepted on Sunday, and desserts on Wednesday night between 6 and 9. Cash donations will also be accepted to help with the cost of the meal.
Local Beverly Pastor Timothy Clayton of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Danvers has released his first book, “Exploring Advent With Luke,” which is designed to be used on a weekly basis and during the 12 days of Christmas. The book includes meditations and practical exercises to help the reader resolve personal issues that can hinder the meaning of the season. Clayton’s publication comes a year after his daughter, Morgan Clayton, published a book she wrote and fully illustrated, “Susan: A Slightly Naughty Cat.” Morgan was 15 when her book was published.
The First Spiritualist Church of Salem will host an animal communication workshop led by Janet Kennedy, an animal communicator and psychic medium, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the church, 34 Warren St., Salem. Admission is $25 per person. For more information, visit www.firstspiritualistchurchsalem.org. Also, the church’s healing center will be open today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The healing center is free and open to all.