, Salem, MA


December 8, 2012

North Shore religion news in brief

Volunteers are needed to receive, unpack and sort clothing and other donated items from various parishes for Christmas gifts. Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20, in the basement at Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Easy parking is available in the parking lot and on the street. For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Woods at Catholic Charities, 781-593-2312, ext. 237, or with choice of day(s) and shift(s).

“Moving on After Moving In,” a small group study for women, is based on the book “After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving on After Moving In” by Susan Miller. The Bible-based discussion group will address emotional struggles and opportunities for spiritual growth as participants start fresh in their new communities. Eight sessions will meet on Sunday evenings, beginning Jan. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, second floor CLC building, 179 County Road, Ipswich. To sign up or for more information, contact the church office at or call 978-356-7690.

On Tuesday, Dec. 25, Temple Beth Shalom will participate in the annual volunteer program called “Project Ezra.” Participants can fulfill a mitzvah by giving a few hours of their time and energy to help those in need. One of the volunteer opportunities is a meal delivery from 10 a.m. to noon; meals will be delivered to Peabody and Salem senior residents. Meal pickup will be at the Peabody Council on Aging, 79 Central St. Another volunteer opportunity is driving seniors to and from Christmas dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers. Volunteers are welcome to stay for dinner. Volunteers are especially needed for afternoon assistance. For more information or to volunteer, contact Roza Budilovsky at or 978-887-1106.

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