“Sacred Cocoons and Divine Time,” 10:30 a.m., interfaith service at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Visit for details.

Gospel singer Ralph Bedard, 3 p.m., free concert presented by First Fruits Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook


“On Creation, Science and Faith,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lenten program with the Rev. Amelia Hagan, a nuclear scientist, who will discuss “What does ‘creation’ mean? Is evolution compatible with religious faith?” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Call 772-5434 for more information.

“The New Jewish Universalism: Jews, Judaism, and the Dilemmas of Globalization,” 7 p.m. with Hillel Levine, professor at Boston University and president of the International Center for Conciliation. Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St., Rockland. All are welcome to attend the free lecture and discussion. For more information, call 594-4523, or email [email protected]


Spring For Community Auction, 6 to 9 p.m., fifth annual event featuring live and silent auctions, light buffet and cash bar to benefit Unitarian-Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford. Held at People’s Choice Credit Union, 23 Industrial Park Road, Saco. Cost is $30. Rain date is March 16 at the same time. For more information, call 282-0062.


Flea market and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lovell United Church of Christ, Route 5, Center Lovell.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., featuring Brian Patricks, Bob McKillop and Yes We Kin (aka Cam Jones). Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and food is available for a small charge. There is no cover but donations for the artists are accepted.

This week

“The Light is On for You,” confession (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) will be available in at least one church in each Catholic parish throughout Maine from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. To find dates, times and details for your area, visit For a schedule of Stations of the Cross prayer services being held during Lent, go to The phone for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is 321-7810

Coming up

Community Seder, 6 p.m. March 26, traditional Passover meal, desserts, Afikoman prizes and songs. Temple Beth El Social Hall, 400 Deering Ave., Portland. Cost is $28 for adults, $12 for children 11 and older and free for children 10 and younger. A family of four or more pays $72 and free or discounted tickets are available. Reservations need to be made by this Friday by calling 774-2649 or email [email protected]


An anonymous donor has issued a challenge to pay off the remaining debt that was incurred when the foundation at Bridgton’s historic First Congregational Church needed repairs. Trustees recently launched a campaign to raise $46,000, the amount needed to take advantage of the challenge. All donations received by the end of May will be matched two-for-one. The church is located at 33 South High St. and is the site of many community functions and is also the meeting place for several organizations. To donate to the campaign, or for more information, call 647-3936 or visit