, Salem, MA

March 15, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The Rt. Rev. Bishop Gayle Harris, suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, will attend the 10 a.m. church service and join the Rev. Mark Templeman at a festive celebration of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, March 30, at the Church of the Holy Name, corner of Monument Avenue and Thomas Road, Swampscott. Harris’ visit comes a week before the election of the new bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts. For more information about the service, visit

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church invites the public to observe the stations of the cross every Friday during Lent, at 188 Elliott St., Danvers. Services will be held each Friday at noon, concluding on Good Friday, April 18. At each station, there will be time for intercession as participants focus on “Bringing our Burdens to the Cross of Christ.” For more information, visit

Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church presents its Spring Pops and Auction event, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at 323 Locust St., Danvers. The event features Danny Titus, a lively and popular musical performer, as well as an auction with donated items from the congregation and community, certificates for restaurants, museums and other local attractions and services. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the church at 978-774-7582 or visit

Saint Gregory the Great Church in Beverly Farms is offering two Lenten services, called SpiritMass and SpiritVespers, on alternating Monday evenings in March and April. The next session is Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Saint Margaret’s Rectory, 672 Hale St., Beverly Farms. SpiritMass is a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit. Spirit Vespers is an ecumenical vesper service led by guest pastors and dedicated to the action of the Holy Spirit in the work of Christian unity. The Lenten services are dedicated to increased devotion to the Holy Spirit with prayer and praise, biblical teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, testimonies, and healing prayer. For more information, visit

The Women’s Council of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will host its spring program and luncheon featuring the Rev. Dr. Sara Singleton on Thursday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 130 Essex St., South Hamilton. Singleton presents “‘Be Still and ... What?!’ (Ps. 46:10) — An Age of Fear and God’s Powerful Antidote.” The cost for the program and luncheon is $13. RSVP to Erica Giovanniello at 978-646-4027 or, by Monday, March 31.

Nancy Granert will play a program of organ music by J.S. Bach and others on Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, as part of the church’s 300th anniversary celebration. The concert is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the Recital Series Fund. Granert was formerly associate organist and choirmaster at Harvard University. A light reception follows the concert. Visit

A Chagenu Community Purim Circus celebration will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road in Marblehead. The event, which features Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures, includes four circus workshops for children from 1 to 2 p.m. and a circus performance from 2 to 3 p.m. The circus workshops are $10 per child, and the circus performance is $36 per family with preregistration at 781-631-8330, or $50 per family at the door. For more details, visit

The Lappin Foundation is planning to quantify the impact of its Youth to Israel Adventure on Jewish identity. The success of the program interests Jewish communities across the country. The foundation needs to contact at least 75 percent of Y2I alumni from 1971 to 2007. Anyone with information should send names and emails of people they know who participated in Y2I, aka LGI, or ask them to send the information by emailing or by calling 978-740-4410. If they know which year they participated, that would also be helpful. The foundation also needs names and emails of alumni of Israel teen trips who received a subsidy from the Federation from 1971 to 1988 for any teen Israel experience, including USY, NEFTY, Young Judaea and others, since they will be included in the study. Contact Evan Coltin at the number and address given above.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish presents “The Psalms,” a scriptural series with Dr. Steven Fahrig on Wednesdays, March 19, 26 and April 2, from 7 to 8:15 p.m., in the Parish Center Hall, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. For more information and a full schedule, visit, or call 781-631-0086.

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.