Rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cressey Road United Methodist Church, 81 Cressey Road, Gorham.

Eckankar, 11 a.m. to noon, monthly worship service at McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford. Go to to learn more.

“Images of the Divine,” 1 to 4 p.m., exhibit featuring paintings and photographs by local professional and amateur artists. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road., South Portland.

“Feast of Booths,” 4 to 6 p.m., family event to teach youngsters about the Feast of Booths, or Sukkot, with “Jesus” teaching from the steps of the temple and feeding the 5,000. A Sukkot Booth will be decorated and filled with items for the food pantry and donations of canned goods are encouraged. A free family meal will follow. Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. Call 829-3766 for information.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring Adam Scott. No cover charge but donations for the artists are welcomed. Reasonably priced food will be available. Church of the Holy Spirit, side entrance, 1047 Congress St., Portland.


“Honoring the Sacred Beauty of the Season” 10:30 a.m., ChIME interfaith worship service at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland.


“An Evening With Richard Blanco,” 6:30 p.m., presented as part of the Butterfield Memorial Series at Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. The event is free with limited seating on a first-come basis. Donations accepted. A reception follows and Blanco will sign books which will be available on site. Call 772-7421 for more information.


“Was Abraham the Common Father of Jews, Christians, and Muslims?” 7 p.m., lecture by Prof. Jon D. Levenson of Harvard Divinity School. A dessert reception will follow. Presented by the Jewish Community Alliance and Colby College and held at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $10. To register, visit


Old Time Gospel Sing-along, 6 to 9 p.m., with accordion, banjo and guitar picking. Free admission. Held at Flaherty’s Family Event Barn, 128 Payne Road, Scarborough. Call 615-3617 for details.

“Science and Christianity: Is there a Connection?” 7 to 8 p.m., free talk by Mary Alice Rose, Christian Science practitioner and speaker, former Hubble Space Telescope manager and meteorologist. The program is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Portland, and held at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St, Portland. Child care provided. A prelude of music and song on guitar will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 772-0996.

Friday and Saturday

Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Loaves and Fishes, 61 Lisbon Road, Sabattus.

Friday through Sunday

“The Art of Being Human,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, free talk with Veit Weber of the Fredericton Shambhala Meditation Center and held at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St., Rockland. Tea and snacks will be served. A two-day meditation course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Preregistration is required for the weekend program. All are welcome with donations accepted. For details and to register, contact Rachel Nixon at [email protected] or call 594-1694.

Coming up

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on five Sundays from Oct. 25 through Nov. 22. Included are meditation instruction, reading and discussion. Fee is $50 for the course. Go to for details and registration.


The Maine Council of Churches recently named the Rev. Jane Field as its new executive director. Field is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has served Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal congregations in rural Maine, New York City, and suburban Connecticut. She has worked for nonprofit organizations, primarily serving victims of domestic violence and the homeless. She holds a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and has a master’s degree in public policy and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Visit to learn more.

Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the next Saturday. Please note that we are not able to list regular weekly services in the calendar. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to:

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