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May 31, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

Photographs by the Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, will be on view at the church in an exhibit throughout June at the Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Von Zirpolo’s work features photos of places, wildlife and flowers. An opening reception will be held Sunday, June 8, from noon to 2 p.m. at the gallery. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit or email

The Christian Women’s Connection monthly brunch will be held Monday, June 9, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The brunch is $14 inclusive. This month’s meeting features Darlene Clark. Reservations are required by Saturday, June 7. Free childcare is available for children up to age 5. For more information, to make a reservation, for child care or to make a cancellation, call Jan at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms is participating in the 10-week “Season of Service and Celebration” initiative honoring Bishop Thomas Shaw by collecting 1,000 pounds of food for the Beverly Bootstraps by June 8. Shaw, who has been fighting a brain tumor for the past year, is retiring after serving 20 years as a church leader and advocate. Donations of food may be dropped off at St. John’s Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms, before June 8. To learn more, visit

The Congregational Church of Topsfield held an installation service for its new senior pastor, the Rev. Martin Riekert, on Sunday, May 11. The ceremony was performed by the churches of the local Essex Association of United Church of Christ to confirm and celebrate the covenant that the local church and the new pastor have made with each other, and to reaffirm the covenant between the local church and all the churches in the association. The ceremony included African drumming, speakers, music by the church’s vocal and handbell choirs, and a reception afterward. The church is located at 9 E. Common St., Topsfield.

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