Friday, April 25, 2014
RELIGION CALENDAR ITEMS must be submitted in writing before noon Monday for publication the following Saturday. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent Vigil for Disarmament, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also on Dec.7, 14 and 21, across from the administration building at Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath.
Shape Note Singing, 1 to 4 p.m., song books are provided and everyone is welcome to participate. The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Free. Visit www.maineshapenotesinging.org to learn more.
Connected Catholics of Maine, 1:15 p.m., Christmas luncheon with ordering from the menu. In lieu of a Yankee Swap, an offering will be taken for Project Feed. Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Drive; Falmouth. Call Grace at 878-6459 for details.
Old-fashioned Christmas caroling, 1:30 p.m., at the historic Old Corner Church, corner of West Road and Federal Street, Waterboro. Hot cider, hot chocolate and confections will be served. Dress warmly. For more information, call Bud Jamieson at 247-3635.
Help Feed the Hungry Christmas Concert and Carols, 2 p.m., second annual concert to benefit the food pantry at Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church, 6 Fountain Ave. An offering will be taken and refreshments will be served.
Milk + Bookies, 4 to 6 p.m., children can bring or purchase, inscribe and donate a book for kids up to age 5. All books collected will go to the Fryeburg Head Start Program. Other activities include cookie decorating and a special Christmas story from Mrs. Claus. Held at Fryeburg New Church on Oxford Street. Call 935-3643 for more information.
Interfaith Worlds Aids Day service, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, 60 School St., Saco.
Advent Taize Prayer Service, 7 p.m., at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth. Call 781-4820 for more information.
Advent Labyrinth, between noon and 8 p.m., at the Fellowship Hall of Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Contact Susan Fitzgerald at email@example.com or 729-7331 for details.
“Chanukah on Wheels,” 4 to 6 p.m., with Menorah lighting, Jewish music, treats, dreidels and raffle. Presented by Chabad of Maine and held at Happy Wheels, 331 Warren Ave. Portland. Admission is $7. Call 871-8947 for details or reservations.
“Sounds of the Season,” with a supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by a variety show at 6:30 p.m. Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Forest and Pleasant avenues, Portland. A $6 donation is requested, which will benefit church ministries.
Falmouth Foreside Clarinet Quartet, 6 to 8 p.m., live music, art exhibit and fair. Williston-Immanuel United Church 156 High St. Portland.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
“Walk Through Bethlehem,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden. Annual re-creation of the first Christmas with live presentation of the birth of Jesus as narrated in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Also featured are historical refreshments and a marketplace with basket weaving, spinning, carpentry and storytelling.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Bernstein Scholar in Residence Weekend, 10th annual program, featuring author Nehemia Polen, an expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. Held at Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland. For details, call 879-0028.
“Arise and Rebuild Your Relationships,” 9:30 a.m. to noon, free seminar for women, with motivational speaker Michelle Neujahr. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St., Route 196, Lisbon. A free lunch is included and reservations can be made by contacting the church at 353-8453 or www. StMatthewsLisbon.org.
Day of Inner Peace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., retreat with meditations and short teachings, guided by American Buddhist monk, Kelsang Pawo. Light snacks will be provided. Held at the Heart Opening, 227 Congress St., Portland. The cost is $25, $15 for seniors and students. Go to www.MediationInMaine.org for more information.
“An Afternoon With Santa,” 3 to 5 p.m., horse-drawn carriage rides, craft and cookie-making activities, Santa and annual Christmas tree lighting at St. Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish. Donations for Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Standish will be accepted in lieu of an entrance fee. For more information about the event, contact Maureen LaSalle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus, 3:30 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured is the Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saëns, sung in English, and traditional carols. Advance tickets are available at Maine Coast Book Shop, Sherman’s Books and Treats. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and free for students. Visit sheepscotvalleychorus.org for details.
Catholic Women’s and Men’s Conferences WILL BE presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland at the DoubleTree Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland.
The Women’s Conference is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7 and features author Sonja Corbitt and live performances by recording artist Sarah Kroger. To register, call 321-7898.
The Catholic Men’s Conference is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 14, with Patrick Coffin, host of the national radio show Catholic Answers Live. To register, call 321-7897.
The fee is $55 for either conference and both sessions will conclude with a Vigil Mass at 4 p.m.