The Women’s Council of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary presents its annual Advent Lessons and Carols program on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in Gordon-Conwell’s Kaiser Chapel, 130 Essex St., South Hamilton, followed by a luncheon in the Alumni Hall. The cost for the program and luncheon is $12.75 per person. Anyone interested in attending should mail their payment by Monday, Nov. 25, to the Women’s Council of Gordon-Conwell, 130 Essex St., South Hamilton, MA 01982. Additional questions can be directed to Erica at 978-646-4027 or EricaG@gcts.edu.
The Temple Sinai Art Gallery is seeking artists for its January 2014 exhibit, “The Tree of Life,” at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead. For more information and to submit artwork, visit www.templesinaiweb.org/gallery.
Members of the Danvers Clergy Association, including Catholic, Protestant and Unitarian Universalist denominations, will host a traditional, interfaith Thanksgiving service for the entire community on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., at Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Donations of gently used or new winter coats and boots will be collected and donated to homeless families. This year’s Thanksgiving offering will be donated to Wellspring, an interfaith council, helping homeless families in crisis on the North Shore. Following the service, there will be a time for fellowship and light refreshments.
The Christian Women’s Connection December brunch will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. This month’s event features songs of the season and guest speaker Alice Kellogg, a cancer survivor and paraprofessional in special education, who will share about God’s sustaining power through life’s obstacles. Brunch is $13 inclusive. Free baby-sitting available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, to make a reservation, for childcare, or to make a cancellation, call Jan Kerwin at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379.
Dr. Thomas Howard and Father Jurgen Liias’ six-week series “What Does the Catholic Church REALLY Teach” continues on Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m., in St. Margaret’s Rectory, 675 Hale St., Beverly Farms. The course meets on Sunday evenings and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Catholicism. For more information, visit www.saintgregoryordinariate.org.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at 4 Ocean St., Beverly. The dinner will be prepared and served by members of the church along with volunteers from the community. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who might otherwise be alone on the holiday. Admission is free. Three shifts of volunteers are needed: Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m., for setup and food preparation; Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, for preparing the dinner; and again from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for serving and cleanup. Donations of turkeys, non-perishable food items, cider, eggnog, pies and desserts will be accepted. Also, monetary donations to help with the cost of the meal may be mailed to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, MA 01915, Attn: Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner. Volunteers and donors should contact Dena Lisle at 978-922-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third annual Run-a-Latke Family Fun 5K and Hanukkah party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. There will be children’s programming during the race and a celebration with latkes and doughnuts at the finish line, followed by the lighting of a giant Lego menorah. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=124 or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information. The community is welcome to attend.
Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9, and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights, and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.
The Lappin Foundation presents Movement for Your Jewish Soul, a program that invites the adult Jewish community to go beyond the food and experience Jewish holidays in another dimension with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi, who will guide participants through a multisensory experience using gentle movement that will help participants experience the essence of Jewish holidays and strengthen physical and spiritual connections to them. No yoga experience is required. The program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, April 7 and June 2, at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. The program is free, but class size is limited. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat. Extra mats will be available. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email@example.com.
On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.
The members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, United Church of Christ, have named the Rev. Marthinus J. Riekert as the church’s 43rd senior pastor. Ministers are elected or called by the Congregational Church of Topsfield membership following an expansive search process. Riekert is currently pastoring a church in Auckland, New Zealand. He will preach his first Sunday service in Topsfield on Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 9 E. Common St.