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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-927-0229.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 7:30 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Scholar Marc Brettler will discuss the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how they revolutionized the way history is viewed. Learn about the people who wrote the documents and the scrolls’ importance to understanding the Bible, Judaism and early Christianity. Program kicks off the Torah Hub lecture series, a collaboration of Temple Sinai, JCC of the North Shore and Temple Emanu-El, all of Marblehead, Congregation Shirat Hayam and Chabad of the North Shore of Swampscott, Marblehead Ministerial Association and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. All are welcome. Free; donations accepted. JCCNS.ORG or 781-476-9902.
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
Blessing of the Animals, 11 a.m., St. John’s Prep, at the Peace Labyrinth adjacent to the Administration Building, 72 Spring St., Danvers. The Animal Welfare Club, Campus Ministry and the Environmental Club at St. John’s Prep will sponsor. Family and friends, with or without an animal, are invited to attend. PALS Animal Life Savers, Prep’s Animal Welfare Club and Environmental Club, and other local animal welfare organizations will be on hand to describe the work they are doing for animals. http://palsanimallifesavers.com/news-a-events.html.
Inspirations Concert: Music from the Heart, 3 to 5 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 90 Forest St., Danvers. St. Richard Parish presents an Inspirations Concert: Music from the heart featuring the St. Richard Music Ministry. Doors open at 2 p.m., followed by the program from 3 to 5 p.m. Program includes country, opera, pop, classical and patriotic music. Open to the public. Free admission; free-will donations accepted. Program part of the Parish’s 50th anniversary celebration. www.stricharddanvers.org.
“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.
Trunk or Treat, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Covenant Christian Academy, 83 Pine St., Peabody. Branch Church sponsors a Trunk or Treat event for children of all ages, featuring candy, inflatable bounce houses, hot dogs and drinks, and prizes and giveaways. Free. Bring a bag for candy. To serve as a “trunker,” email email@example.com; prize awarded for best decorated trunk. Details available at www.branchchurchonline.com.
Medjugorje: “The Blessed Virgin’s Message,” 5:30 to 8 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 90 Forest St., Danvers. St. Richard Parish will host Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic for a spiritual experience of personal discovery and reaffirmation, re-wakening, deepening and sharing of faith. Program part of the parish’s 50th anniversary celebration. www.stricharddanvers.org.
300th Anniversary Celebration, 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 35 Conant St., Beverly. In celebration of the church’s 300th anniversary, a catered dinner by Bonne Bouche Caterers will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary, featuring the Cape Ann Big Band and Jazz Ensemble, a 17-piece ensemble. Tickets cost $25 dinner, $15 concert, or $35 combined, and are available at www.beverlysecond.com, 978-922-5722, or at the door. Dinner reservations must be made in advance.
Sunday, Oct. 27
300th Anniversary Worship Service and Community Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Second Congregational Church, sanctuary, 35 Conant St., Beverly. The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, conference, minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference of United Church of Christ, will join the congregation for a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the church’s 300th anniversary. A community celebration will follow at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. Representatives from many groups will be available with information about their programs. Refreshments will follow. The afternoon event is open to the public. www.beverlysecond.com, 978-922-5722.
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.
Friday, Nov. 1
Shabbatini, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. All alumni, parents, and friends of the North Suburban Jewish Community Center are invited to the annual Shabbatini for martinis, appetizers and desserts. $18 member, $25 nonmember. Miriam Blue, 978-471-5520.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Friendship Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tabernacle Church, corner of Washington and Federal streets, Salem. Features a silent auction; white elephant table; jewelry; CDs, videos and other media; baked goods; books; crafts; toys and children’s items; gift baskets; and an American Girl Doll raffle. Coffee and doughnuts available in the morning; luncheon with lobster rolls served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. www.tabernaclechurch.org.
Friday, Nov. 8
Church Bazaar, 5 to 9 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, school gym, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody. Annual Parish Bazaar features craft tables, raffles, Grandma’s Attic, photos with Santa, baked goods, children’s games, ice cream sundaes, baseball cards, costume jewelry table, wheel of fortune, popcorn, fried dough and American and Dominican food. All are welcome. 978-531-0002, stjohnspeabody.com.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Church Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, school gym, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody. Annual Parish Bazaar features craft tables, raffles, Grandma’s Attic, photos with Santa, baked goods, children’s games, ice cream sundaes, baseball cards, costume jewelry table, wheel of fortune, popcorn, fried dough and American and Dominican food. Thrift shop will be open all day. All are welcome. 978-531-0002, stjohnspeabody.com.
Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Parish, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Annual Christmas Bazaar features crafts, candy, raffles, toys, knitted goods, baked goods, a silent auction, and a white elephant section. Lunch and snacks will be available. Free admission. Ample parking available. Proceeds support parish activities and youth education. For more information, call the rectory at 978-356-3944.