December 7, 2013

Religion Calendar


“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 at 353-8453 or

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

“Walk Through Bethlehem,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden. Annual re-creation of the first Christmas. Also featured are historical refreshments and a marketplace with basket weaving, spinning, carpentry and storytelling.

Saturday and Sunday

Bernstein Scholar in Residence, 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.

Christmas tree and wreath sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cheverus High School, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland, and hosted by the school’s Haiti Solidarity Club to benefit a school in Haiti and an upcoming mission trip. Also featured is the Christmas Tree Olympics starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when coed teams of three can compete in events such as a tree-throwing contest, a relay race and a wreath toss.


Guest preacher, 10:10 a.m., the Rev. Dr. J. Barrie Shepherd, the author of several books, will give the sermon and offer a poetry reading during Fellowship Hour. A book signing will follow. Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham.

“A Child’s Joy Of Giving,” 2 to 4 p.m., free event for children to make or choose up to four gifts to wrap and bring home for family members. Coffee will be available for parents. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland. For information, call 596-5715.

Candlelight concert of Christmas music, 4 p.m., featuring Nelda Clelland on the church’s 1854 Hook organ. First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. An American chop suey supper reception will be held after the concert. A free-will donation per person is requested for both the concert and supper. Call the church at 967-3897 or go to for details.

“The Old Peabody Pew,” 5 p.m., 150th performance of the Kate Douglas Wiggin play presented by the Dorcas Society of Hollis and Buxton. Held at Tory Hill Congregational Church, routes 202 and 112, Buxton. There will be a tree lighting and carol sing and warm cider and cookies served before the performance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

York County Hanukkah Party, 5 to 8 p.m., at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. The annual party begins with a potluck supper and participants are asked to bring a dairy or vegetarian entree to share. Drinks and desserts are provided. Marc Feldman will make his famous latkes. Music and dancing with the Casco Bay Tummlers follow. Admission is $6 per person and is open to the community. Parking is available at the Biddeford Police Station parking lot.

“The Journey to Bethlehem,” 5:30 p.m., Advent Vespers program with the Meetinghouse Choir. First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. For details, go to or call 799-3361.

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