Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Forest and Pleasant avenues, Portland.

“Great Commission: One Family in Mission,” 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring missionaries, national and local speakers including Mario St. Francis, and a concert by the Grammy-nominated Christian rock group Sanctus Real at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland and held at the Augusta Civic Center at 76 Community Drive. For more information, call Ruth Oakley at 321-7817. To register, visit

Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, all pets are welcome.

8 a.m., Our Lady of the Angels, 160 Agamenticus Road, South Berwick;

8 a.m., St. Raphael, 6 Whipple Road, Kittery;

8:30 a.m., St. Christopher, 1 Lilac Lane., York;

9 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth.

Vigil and Walk for Peace, 11:30 a.m., meet across from the administration building at Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath.

“Art as Spiritual Practice: Reclamation,” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ChIME Workshop featuring full body self-portraits with artist Paula Estey. Held at Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, 810 Main St., Westbrook. Fee is $75, including supplies. For details and registration, contact ChIME at [email protected] or call 347-6740. 


New service time, 9:30 a.m., First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport, 141 North St. Call 967-3897 or visit for more information.

Blessing of the Animals, 1 p.m., at the outdoor chapel, Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road. The blessing is open to the public and all animals are welcome.

Connected Catholics of Maine, 3 p.m., general meeting with guest speaker Ursula Slavick, who will talk about Haiti. Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, Route 88, Falmouth.

Monday and Tuesday

“Living a Life That Matters,” 7 p.m. talk by Tetsugen Bernie Glassman, a renowned Zen Buddhist teacher, author and founder of Zen Peacemakers, at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland. He will sign copies of his new book, “The Dude and the Zen Master,” written with his friend actor Jeff Bridges. An offering will be taken. Also, at 6 p.m. Monday, a light supper will provide the opportunity to meet Glassman at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Reservations can be made at The cost to attend the supper is $50. For details, call 772-5434 or email [email protected]


Blessing of the Animals, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church at Cathedral Pines Memorial Chapel, 156 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. All are invited to bring animals of any species. Donations will benefit the Benedictine animal rescue project in Raymond.

“Cover to Cover,” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 20th annual Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers conference. Speakers include Meadow Rue Merrill of Bath and certified Christian life coach Vicki Corrington of Camden. The event will be held at Faith Evangelical Church in Waterville and the cost is $50. More information is available at or by calling Vicki Schad at 923-3956.

Saturday and Sunday

Faith Promise Missions Convention, 6 p.m. Oct. 12, session followed by an ice cream social with the Rev. Gary Hartke, a former youth pastor at the church and now global director of Nazarene Youth International, Two sessions will also be held at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Oct. 13, followed by a fellowship dinner at noon. The convention will be held at Church of the Nazarene, 499 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. The program is open to all. For details, contact Pastor Jon Twitchell at [email protected] or call 799-3692.


The Maine Council of Churches has named the Rev. Dr. William M. Barter as executive director, effective Oct. 1. Barter is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and will also continue as senior pastor at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland. A native of Bath, Barter graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland and obtained his B.A. from the University of Southern Maine, master of divinity degree from the Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. from Walden University. He was ordained in 1982. He serves as a regional representative on the New England Synod Council of the ELCA and is also a licensed psychologist in Maine. Prior to being named executive director, he served as vice president of the Maine Council of Churches. 

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and has announced a $500,000 capital campaign to support the church as it continues to expand in the Lakes area. In 1973, St. Ann’s was received as a mission into the Diocese of Maine and celebrated communion Nov. 30, 1974, at its new church on Windham Center Road in Windham The first full-time and current rector, the Rev. Tim Higgins, was hired in 2006 and the church has continued to grow.


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