, Salem, MA

June 14, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — St. Michael’s Church in Marblehead will hold its 42nd annual Lobster Roll Luncheon as part of the 2014 Marblehead Festival of Arts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4, 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the church lawn at 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The event features lobster rolls, family-friendly food and soft drinks. All luncheon profits will be donated to charities on the North Shore and to St. Michael’s sister church and school, St. Thomas in Arcahaie, Haiti. Additional events hosted by St. Michael’s that weekend include tours of the church, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 4, 5 and 6; ringing of St. Michael’s Paul Revere Bell, July 4, noon to 6 p.m.; patriotic tunes performed by St. Michael’s organist Dr. Douglas Major, noon, July 5; and a visit from Paul Revere, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 6. For more information, visit

Photographs by the Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, will be on view at the church in an exhibit throughout June at Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Von Zirpolo’s work features photos of places, wildlife and flowers. For more information, visit or email

First Presbyterian Church of Ipswich will host its annual Vacation Bible School for children in kindergarten through grade eight on Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 179 County Road, Ipswich. The program follows the Israelites on their great escape out of Egypt and into their journey toward the promised land. The cost is $20 per child if registered by Monday, June 16, and $30 thereafter. Money raised supports the building of a school for Syrian refugee children. For more information or to register, visit, email or call 978-356-7690.

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.