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.


Faith Promise Missions Convention, 6 p.m. Saturday, 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. Sunday, 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.


Blessing of the Pets, 11:30 a.m. at the labyrinth, Prides Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St.,Westbrook. All pets are welcome on a leash or in a carrier. A photograph may be substituted for pets that don’t do well in public. In case of rain, the blessing will be held in Friendship Hall.

Grand opening, 1 p.m., at the new location of International Christian Fellowship, 36 Patrick St., Westbrook. Visit for more information.


Labyrinth Walk, between 4 and 7:30 p.m.. indoor Chartres-style labyrinth for meditative walks Allow about 30 minutes. Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., rear entrance, Portland. For details, call 772-7421.


Medicine Buddha Pujas, 7 p.m., also held on the full moon dates of Nov. 17 and Dec.17. Tashi Gatsel Ling, 20 Independence Drive, Freeport. All are welcome. Bring an offering such as fruit, nuts, sweets or flowers to be shared afterward. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at Cressey Road United Methodist Church, off Route 25, Gorham.


Rummage sale, 8 to 11 a.m., at Christ Church, 6 Dane St, Kennebunk,

100th Anniversary celebration and Harvest Home feast, 5 p.m., Mass followed by dinner at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave., Portland. The church, which is on the historical registry, was started by railroad workers from England who came to this country for work.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., with The Founded Trio; Chaotic Rescue and Ricky George open. Church of the Holy Spirit,1047 Congress St., Portland. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with a coffee bar, dessert bar and dinner items available for purchase. Call 874-9779 for details.


“Broadening Our Welcome,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, educational conference and workshops presented by The Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, with keynote speaker, the Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, director for Faith Partnership and Mobilization of the Human Rights Campaign. The program will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Augusta. The cost is $50. For details, go to


The Catholic Deaf Ministry of the Diocese of Portland is undertaking an initiative to assess the needs and expand programs for the deaf community in Maine. Volunteers are welcome and no special training is necessary to participate. Those interested in helping, or who know of a deaf Catholic who would benefit from the ministry, should contact Dave Guthro, communications director for the Diocese of Portland, at 321-7810, or at [email protected]


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