March 23, 2013

Religion Calendar

Easter Advisory: For a schedule of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter services, please contact individual places of worship.

ITEMS FOR THE RELIGION CALENDAR must be submitted in writing before noon Monday to be considered for publication the following Saturday. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to: religion@press herald.com.

Saturday

Yard and bake sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Standish Congregational Church, Oak Hill Road, Standish.

"Victory in Jesus," 9:30 a.m. to noon, free seminar for women with speaker Michelle Neujahr. A free lunch is included and reservations can be made by calling 353-8453 or emailing stmattlisb@gwi.net. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St./Route 196, Lisbon.

Path of the Shaman, noon to 6 p.m., workshop with Marc Felix, Ph.D. Held at Bhakti in Motion on 155 Brackett St., Portland. The fee is $75. Call 542-1847 for more information or to register.

Egg Hunt, 1 to 3 p.m., for children in grades K-5 with an adult. There will also be a presentation featuring "Resurrection Eggs," a short movie, and crafts. Each child will receive a set of Resurrection Eggs and a book to take home. Held at First Baptist Church, 185 Main St., Freeport. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Janet Schwanda at 865-4470.

"The Story," 2 p.m., free Easter musical presented by the church choir at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Call 773-3123 for more information.

Variety show and silent auction, 6:30 p.m. with performers of all ages. Silent auction benefits the Youth Experiences Fund. Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road/Route 1.

Wings and Things Spring Fling, with supper and fashion show from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by sale of items from the Wings and Things Clothes Closet. Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Road/Route 121, Casco. The supper is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 8. Family maximum is $20.

Sunday

"Holy, Wholly, Holey!" 10:30 a.m., interfaith service at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Visit chimeofmaine.org for details.

Sacred harp singing, 2 to 5 p.m., at the home of Corrone and Ruth Ann Bryant, 552 Main St., Damariscotta. The event is participatory and free, not a performance. All are welcome. A potluck supper follows the singing, so bring a dish to share. Call 563-6083 or email singing@mainesacredharp.org with questions.

"The Story," 6 p.m., free Easter musical presented by the church choir at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Call 773-3123 for more information.

Thursday

"Faces at the Cross," 7 p.m., presentation of dramatic monologues depicting those who saw the crucifixion; based on the book by the Rev. J. Barrie Shepherd. Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham. The public is invited.

Good Friday

Hunger Walk to benefit local food pantries: 16-mile walk starts at Casco Village Church at 5:30 a.m. and 8-mile walk starts at Raymond Village Community Church at 8 a.m. A soup and bread lunch will be held at Casco Village Church following the walk.

Prayer Vigil, noon to 3 p.m., with quiet reflection and prayer in the sanctuary. Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Raymond.

Silent Meditation, noon to 3 p.m., in the sanctuary at Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

Labyrinth Walk, noon to 6 p.m., indoor Chartres-style labyrinth for meditative walks. Allow about 30 minutes. Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., rear entrance, Portland. Call 772-7421 for more information.

"The Mystic Journey Is Not Just for Mystics," 7 p.m., lecture with Robert Atkinson and held at Portland Friends Meeting House, 1837 Forest Ave., Portland. Presented by Jung Center in partnership with ChIME. The cost is $15 for Jung Center members, $20 for nonmembers, $20 and free for college students with ID. For details, email info@mainejungcenter.org.

Saturday

"Mystic Journey: Finding Your Blueprint for Soul Making," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshop with Robert Atkinson. Portland Friends Meeting House, 1837 Forest Ave. Portland. The cost is $75 for Jung Center members, $85 for nonmembers, and there are a limited number of spaces at $20 for college students with ID. For details, email info@mainejungcenter.org.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Services

6 a.m., Sunrise Service at the Community of the Resurrection, Poplar Ridge Road., off Route 121, Otisfield. All are welcome.

6:15 a.m., Blue Point Congregational Church Sunrise Service at Pine Point Beach; meet at Hurd Park public parking lot.

6:30 a.m. Daybreak Service with Raymond Village Community Church and Casco Village Church and held in Casco. Breakfast follows at Casco Church.

6:25 a.m., annual Community Easter Sunrise Service of the Kennebunks on the peninsula between Kennebunk Beach and Mother's Beach.

Other

Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, Portland, has been named one of the 36 most inspiring rabbis in America by The Jewish Daily Forward, the premier national Jewish newspaper.

Rabbi Alice Goldfinger made these comments about the recipients: "And the lesson from these 36, a special number in our tradition, is that American Jews, regardless of denomination, geography or gender, harbor a deep longing for spiritual leadership -- and respond to it not only in synagogue, but in classrooms, hillels and hospices. They yearn for rabbis who touch the soul and create community. These rabbis offer that kind of leadership. Whether the broader rabbinate can do so may hold the key to the future of the American Jewish community."

Visit www.mainesynagogue.org for more information about Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, which is celebrating 109 years as a traditional Jewish spiritual home in Maine.

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