, Salem, MA

September 7, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — Jewish teens who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school and reside in Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation’s service area are invited to attend one of the following informational meetings for the 2014 Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I): Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead; Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody; Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly; Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., JCC, Marblehead; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, Peabody. Interested teens and parents will hear from Y2I 2013 alumni and from Deborah Coltin, the trip organizer and supervisor. Y2I 2014 includes the fully subsidized 12-day adventure to Israel in July 2014, in addition to educational programs for teens and parents, and leadership training opportunities for teens. For more information about Y2I 2014, visit Registration for informational meetings and questions about Y2I 2014 may be directed to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or

The Women’s Council of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will host its fall program and luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. on the South Hamilton campus. Dr. Xiyi Yao will be the guest speaker. The cost for the program and luncheon is $12.75 per person. Reservations can be made with Erica at 978-646-4027 or The deadline for reservations is Monday, Sept. 16.

Registrations for Maple Street Congregational Church’s Faith Walkers Church School programs will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:15 a.m. in the church social hall at 90 Maple St. in Danvers. A continental breakfast will be served. Sign-up sheets for the various youth and adult programs will be available before and after the 10 a.m. worship service. “Discipleship” is the theme this year. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at 978-774-4510.

Christian Renewal Church will offer “The Story” for children on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 15 at 556 Cabot St. in Beverly. The curriculum covers stories in the Bible by using music, drama and fun activities. The series is geared toward children who are in preschool and elementary school. Tuition is free, but advance enrollment is encouraged as class sizes are limited. For more information or to pre-enroll, visit, or call Christian Renewal’s “The Story” coordinator Sylvia Leftin at 978-406-5020 between 6 and 9 p.m.

The Christian Women’s Connection September brunch will be held Monday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Garden Terrace Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Route 62, Danvers. Eleanor Brake, the “Tag Sale Queen,” will share some of her yard-sale finds, including tips on finding the best bargains. For this month only, the yacht club will provide a luncheon in place of the usual brunch. Lunch is $13 inclusive, and free child care is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, Sept. 7. For more information, to make a reservation, for childcare or to make a cancellation, call Jan at 978-532-1379 or 978-303-7873.

The South Congregational Church of Peabody will continue celebrating its 300-year anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Peabody International Festival where, in partnership with the Peabody Historical Society, booths will be set up showcasing the church’s history. The next anniversary event is slated for Monday, Sept. 23, at Brooksby Farm, where there will be a banquet with speakers, displays and food. For more information, call the church office at 978-531-1964.

The title of Pastor Emeritus will be conferred on the Rev. Dr. Charles Gross on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the 10 a.m. worship service at Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. By vote of the board of deacons, the title is given to Gross for his 22 years of distinguished service as pastor. It is an honorary title indicating retirement from active ministry. Following the service, there will be an all-church potluck luncheon and an opportunity to greet Gross. Members and friends are welcome.

North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers has made significant changes to its hearing-assistance system to improve accessibility for those with hearing losses. The improvements were made possible by a donation from the Unitarian Universalist Association, individual donations from church members, and fundraisers. The church will launch the new system at the service on Sunday, Sept. 8. The church service on Sunday, Sept. 29, will focus on raising awareness of hearing issues, and the offering collected will go to the hearing-assistance project. Visit for details. The church is at 323 Locust St. in Danvers.

Sunday School will start at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St. in Salem, on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:50 a.m. The program is based on the interactive “Godly Play” format for children from ages 3 to 10. For information or to register, contact the parish office at 978-745-2291 or visit

“The Bible and the Church Fathers,” a six-part Bible study course, will be offered in the Parish Life Center at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd. in Salem, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $40, which includes all materials. For information call Chris Carmody at 978-996-9455.

Registration is open for Introduction to Judaism, a free, 25-week course designed for individuals in interfaith relationships wishing to explore Judaism, and for those considering conversion to Judaism. Participants will study Hebrew, Jewish history, holidays, life-cycle events, traditions, ceremonies, prayer and Jewish text. The program is sponsored by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which sponsors programs that help keep children Jewish, in partnership with the North Shore Rabbinic and Cantorial Association. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 1, and will be taught by North Shore rabbis at various temples on the North Shore. To register or for more information, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

Registrations are being accepted for faith development classes at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, for kids ages 2 to 18. Participants will spend 15 minutes in worship with their parents at a Time for All Ages, then leave for their classrooms. All congregants will gather after the service and classes for fellowship. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. at 101 Forest Ave. in Swampscott. For more information, visit, or contact Faith Development Director Karen Brown at or 781-595-8836, ext. 12.

A public healing service is offered every third Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The service includes musical worship, a short teaching, Holy Communion and an extended time of personal prayer if requested. A priest will be available to hear confessions. There will be a gluten- and alcohol-free station at the communion rail. All guests are welcome to stay for a light supper following the service at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit, or call 978-774-3163.

The Outreach Committee of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church is providing reusable grocery bags with the church’s name for anyone who would like to take one to the grocery store and fill it for the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. Bags can be returned or picked up at the church any Sunday of the month. The church is at 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-777-7408.

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, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.

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, Nov. 18, April 7 and June 2 at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. The program is free and 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