Journey of Elderism: The Spirituality of Aging, 8:30 a.m. to noon, discussion led by Clay Atkinson and Ann Packard. Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. For more information, call 671-5798. The program is free with donations accepted.

Today and Sunday

Operation Christmas Child, donated items may be dropped off between noon and 3 p.m. today and Sunday at Green Memorial AME Zion Church, 46 Sheridan St., Portland. The project began in 1993 to distribute shoe boxes filled with various supplies to needy children overseas. Items generally include school supplies, toys, necessity items and a note of encouragement. Tracking technology allows donors to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the Follow Your Box donation form at For more information, call (518) 357-2284 or visit Shoe box gifts are collected all year at Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.


Greater Portland Council of Catholic Men, 38th annual Feast of Christ the King Breakfast with keynote speaker the Rev. William Campbell, S.J., president of Cheverus High School. A Mass will be held at 8 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Cumberland Avenue, Portland. The breakfast is at 10 a.m. at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. Tickets will be available at the door and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“Serving the Truth,” 10:30 a.m., ChIME Interfaith Service at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Visit for more information.

Violinist Sarah Lent, 2 p.m., performing a concert of primarily 19th-century music, accompanied by Warren King. Tickets are $10; $7 for seniors and children, and can be purchased at or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at Christ Church office, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk or call 985-4494.

Union service for Thanksgiving, 4 p.m., presented by the Inter Clergy Group of Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach and Saco and held at Christ Episcopal Church of Biddeford. An offering will be collected for the area food pantries. Those who would like to sing in the unison choir should be at the church by 3:15 p.m. for practice.

Connected Catholics of Maine, 4 p.m., monthly dinner at Canelli’s Italian Restaurant, formerly Down East Restaurant, Route 1, Yarmouth. Call Louise at 926-5675 for more information.

Interfaith Thanksgiving service, 7 p.m., at Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, 100 Westbrook St., South Portland. Interfaith chaplain Elizabeth Peterson will talk about the Grace Street Ministry in Portland. An offering will be taken and refreshments will follow the service.


Community Thanksgiving worship service, 6 p.m., Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. All are welcome to attend.


Community Thanksgiving service, 7 p.m., annual service sponsored by the churches of Freeport and held at the Community of Christ, 49 Park St., Freeport. Items for the local food bank or donations are welcome and refreshments will follow the service.


Advent Vigil for Disarmament, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., across from the administration building at Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath.