The Salem News
---- — The members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, United Church of Christ, have named the Rev. Marthinus Riekert as the church’s 43rd senior pastor. Riekert is currently pastoring a church in Auckland, New Zealand. He will preach his first Sunday service in Topsfield on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 9 E. Common St.
The third annual Run-a-Latke Family Fun 5K and Hanukkah party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., at 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 www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=124 or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information. The community is welcome to attend.
The Christian Women’s Connection December brunch will be held Monday, Dec. 9, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. This month’s event features songs of the season and guest speaker Alice Kellogg, a cancer survivor and paraprofessional in special education, who will discuss God’s sustaining power through life’s obstacles. Brunch is $13 inclusive. Free baby-sitting available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, to make a reservation, for childcare, or to make a cancelation, call Jan Kerwin at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379.
Thomas Howard and the Rev. Jurgen Liias’ six-week series “What Does the Catholic Church Really Teach” continues on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m., in St. Margaret’s Rectory, 675 Hale St., Beverly Farms. The course meets Sunday evenings and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Catholicism. For more information, visit www.saintgregoryordinariate.org.
The Temple Sinai Art Gallery is seeking artists for its January 2014 exhibit, “The Tree of Life,” at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead. For more information and to submit artwork, visit www.templesinaiweb.org/gallery.
Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, 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.
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.