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May 24, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

On Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Community will collect donations of the following items to benefit the victims of the recent fire in Salem: new or almost new blankets, sheets, kitchen appliances, baby wipes, baby diapers of all sizes, clothing of all sizes, and new or barely used furniture. The collection will take place at St. John Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Road at King Street, Peabody. For more information, call 978-531-1731, or visit

First Presbyterian Church of Ipswich will host its annual Vacation Bible School for children in kindergarten through grade eight on Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 179 County Road, Ipswich. The program follows the Israelites on their great escape out of Egypt and into their journey toward the promised land. The cost is $20 per child if registered by Monday, June 16, and $30 thereafter; money raised supports the building of a school for Syrian refugee children. For more information or to register, visit, email, or call 978-356-7690.

St. Michael’s Church in Marblehead will hold its 42nd annual Lobster Roll Luncheon as part of the 2014 Marblehead Festival of Arts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4, 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the church lawn at 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The event features lobster rolls, family-friendly food and soft drinks. All luncheon profits will be donated to charities on the North Shore, and to St. Michael’s sister church and school, St. Thomas in Arcahaie, Haiti. For more information, contact the Rev. Andrew Stoessel, rector of St. Michael’s Church, at 781-631-0657.

Temple Beth Shalom’s Garden Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with weeding, watering and general care of the Temple’s gardens in Peabody. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jennifer Kahn at 978-686-9026 or

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