January 4

Religion Calendar

Saturday and Sunday

ChIME workshops: “Pastoral Care,” Saturday with the Rev. Anna Schmulowitz-Schutz and “Judaism,” with the Rev. Joel Grossman and Rabbi Hillel Katzir on Sunday. Both programs are held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are open to the public. The fee is $60. Call ChIME at 347-6740 for details and to register.


“The Church Made Me Sing,” noon to 4 p.m., free movie screening of the story of Emmanuel, a Christmas musical based on the folk blues of America and shown as part of the church’s 300th anniversary celebration. A light meal will follow. In the event of inclement weather, the film will be shown at noon on Jan. 12. First Congregational Church of Kittery Point, 23 Pepperrell Road, Kittery Point.

“Twelve Days of Christmas,” 2 p.m., annual talent show at Prides Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St., Westbrook. The event is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the choir.

Epiphany Concert, 2 p.m., featuring flutist Rachael Barter and trumpeter Thomas Kremser and Warren King on piano and organ. Suggested donation is $10, or $7 for seniors and children. First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. Call 967-3897 or go to www.firstchurchkennebunkport.com for details.

“A Meditation on Christ’s Nativity,” 4 p.m., Epiphany service of lessons and carols with the Cathedral Choir. Free with donations welcome. Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland.

Coming up

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditation, 10:30 a.m. to noon, weekly Jan. 12 through Feb. 9 in Portland. The course includes instruction, reading and discussion. The fee is $50. Registration is required at portlandmainebuddhism.org.


Kehilah Portland Messianic Jewish Synagogue has purchased a pre-Holocaust Torah scroll that was obtained from a Yeshiva (an Orthodox Jewish seminary/college) in Israel. Torah scrolls were not documented prior to 1948, indicating it predates World War II and the tragic events that occurred. It is thought the scroll dates from the 1920s and originally came from Bulgaria, Romania or Poland prior to the war and has remained safe in Israel.

Kehilah Portland will hold its first Torah service on Feb. 15 during the regular Shabbat service. Services are held at 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Greater Portland Christian School gymnasium, 1338 Broadway, South Portland. Visit www.shalommaine.com for more information.

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