, Salem, MA

September 22, 2012

North Shore religion calendar

The Salem News

---- — Friday, Sept. 28

Fall Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to noon, First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Rain or shine. Handicapped-accessible.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Fall Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Rain or shine. Saturday is bag day. Shopping bags will be provided; $5 for everything that fits in a large trash bag, $3 for a smaller bag. Handicapped-accessible.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Alpha Course, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Beverly Depot, 10 Park St. A seven-week course for those curious about the Christian faith. A basic, yet deeply informative course for those who aren’t interested in joining a church. Order from the menu; bar available. To reserve a place for one evening, call 978-927-5716 or 978-887-3823.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Blessing of the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Danvers, will preside over the 10th annual Blessing of the Animals. Free; all faiths welcome. As part of the ceremony, Keith-Lucas lays hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.

Sunday, Oct. 14

The Genesis of Judaism, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Dr. Michael Szycher explores the book of Genesis from a historical, theological and archeological perspective. Complimentary bagels, lox and pastries will be provided for participants. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100 or