, Salem, MA

February 9, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The Girls Book Club is a free program for girls ages 9 to 12 their mothers, featuring a series of books that focus on the lives and adventures of American Jewish girls. The club will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m., at Putnam Pantry, Route 1 North, Danvers, on April 10, June 5, Oct. 2, and Dec. 11. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required. Grandmothers and special friends are also welcome to participate. Books and refreshments are free. Sponsored by Robert Lappin Charitable Foundation. Registration is requested by March 1 to Phyllis Osher at or

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Come to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn for “UU 101,” led by the Rev. Judy Smith-Valley. The course will be held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 27, at 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. The course will introduce Unitarian Universalism, help attendees decide if UUism is right for them, and provide information about worship, theology, history and other topics; and introduce participants to a cross-section of current members. The class is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat by calling 781-595-8836, ext. 11, or email for more information.

The Jewish Federation of the North Shore is holding a six-month, $1.3 million campaign dedicated to the support of North Shore partner organizations and Jewish organizations in Israel and around the world. The campaign, led by Marjorie Patkin of Swampscott and Steven Solomon of Marblehead, is being driven by the need to synchronize JFNS’s fiscal year with that of Combined Jewish Philanthropies prior to the merger of the two organizations this summer. To learn more about the campaign, visit

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents “Inspirational Evenings” featuring Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series titled “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run on April 1, 8, 22, 29 and May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., at 14 Union St., in South Hamilton. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, call the library at 978-468-5577.

The Christian Women’s Connection February Brunch is set for Monday, Feb. 11, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The guest speaker will be Nancy Bates, who will share her story of a life full of joys and challenges. Brunch is $13 inclusive and all women are welcome. Free childcare is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, to make a reservation or cancellation, or to reserve a spot for childcare, call Jan at 978-532-1379 or 978-303-7873, or Laura at 978-532-2157.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church will 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 the church office at 978-774-4510.

Church in the Cove is offering a three-week workshop titled “Embracing Love, Healing Our Hearts,” beginning Feb. 12 at 167 Hale St., Beverly. The workshop, facilitated by Patty Chrystycz, focuses on healing and opening one’s heart to receive the love of others, self and spirit. Each session, participants will explore using guided visualization to gain insights that lead to peace, joy, gentleness and love. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with a gathering at 4:45 p.m. People of all spiritual or nonspiritual walks of life are welcome to participate. Tuition fee ranges from $40 to $80 for the entire workshop. For more information or to register, call the church at 978-922-5135 or Patty Chrystycz at 978-762-3194.

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church will hold Ash Wednesday services at 6:30 a.m. and 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at 188 Elliott St., Danvers. For more information, visit or call the church office at 978-774-3163.

As part of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’s spiritual formation during Lent, the church will hold a Lenten retreat, called “Going Deeper in Prayer Using Art Materials,” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 188 Elliott St., in Danvers. The retreat will provide an extended time of teaching and hands-on experiences designed to help attendees discover how each of five tools (clay, movement, colored pencils, chalk and markers) can be helpful in prayer times. Attendees should bring a bagged lunch. The cost is $10 for supplies, and reservations should be made no later than Wednesday, Feb. 20, by contacting Wendy Dixon at For more information, visit or call the church office at 978-774-3163.

At 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 27, 1963, St. Mary’s Parish was divided in two, and a new parish, St. Richard of Chichester, was officially recognized and named to honor the patron saint of Cardinal Cushing. St. Richard’s will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with a Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. at 90 Forest St., Danvers. Light refreshments will be served in the rectory conference room following the Mass. Learn more at, or visit for event details.