, Salem, MA

November 16, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at 4 Ocean St., Beverly. The dinner will be prepared and served by members of the church, along with volunteers from the community. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who might otherwise be alone on the holiday. Admission is free. Three shifts of volunteers are needed: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., for setup and food preparation; Thursday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, for preparing the dinner; and again from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for serving and cleanup. Donations of turkeys, nonperishable food items, cider, eggnog, pies and desserts will be accepted. Also, monetary donations to help with the cost of the meal may be mailed to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, MA 01915, Attn: Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner. Volunteers and donors should contact Dena Lisle at 978-922-3438 or

St. Richard’s Church will host a gala to celebrate its 50-year anniversary tonight from 7 to 11 in the church hall at 90 Forest St., Danvers. The event includes a social hour from 7 to 8 p.m., with a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and video screening of the church’s history and anniversary events, followed by dancing with live music by the Horizon Band, desserts, raffles and a silent auction from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person and can be purchased after each Mass or by contacting Anna Bertini at 978-774-5323 or Mary Jalbert at 978-777-0988.

The third annual Run-a-Latke Family Fun 5K and Chanukah party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. There will be children’s programming during the race and a celebration with latkes and doughnuts at the finish line, followed by the lighting of a giant Lego menorah. Visit or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information. The community is welcome to attend.

Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9, and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.

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, but 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

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, peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.

The members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, United Church of Christ, have named the Rev. Marthinus J. Riekert as the church’s 43rd senior pastor. Ministers are elected or called by the Congregational Church of Topsfield membership following an expansive search process. Riekert is currently pastoring a church in Auckland, New Zealand. He will preach his first Sunday service in Topsfield on Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9 E. Common St.