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Religion calendar for Sept. 14-21

AUGUSTA — A prayer vigil on the one-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Evin Prison in Iran because of his Christian faith, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Hall of Flags in the State Capitol Building.

AUGUSTA — Crafters and quilters garage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 9 Summer St., church parish hall. Rent an 8-foot table for $25 to sell unneeded crafting and quilting supplies. Setup, 7-9 a.m. Saturday. First come, first served. For information, email Tina Mann at

BANGOR — “Who Moved My Music?” an educational musical program presented by Cantor Shira Nafshi tracing the roots of Nusach American from early 20th century to present day, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Congregation Beth El, 183 French St.

BANGOR — The Rock Church, 1195 Ohio St., will participate in National Back to Church Sunday, 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

BANGOR — Music Cafe Night, 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Glad Tidings Church, 1033 Broadway. 947-0324.

BANGOR — Techno contradance with music by DJ Improper and caller Tavi Merrill, beginners, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St. All ages welcome. Admission $8; $20 families., 941-9727 or

BELFAST — Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Davis on “Speaking Truth to People: Five Americans Who Tell the Truth,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, The First Church in Belfast, 8 Court St. Benefits educational citizen group Waging Peace/Maine to help cover costs of peace leadership training program with Paul K. Chappell, peace leadership director of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Oct. 25-27, University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Tickets at door for Davis talk are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children under 12. For advance purchases, reserved seating, or to inquire about family rates, call 338-9767. For information on peace leadership training, Tammy Scully at 338-2361.

BLUE HILL — Open Mind: Sacred Scriptures from Around the World, 4:30-6 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 15, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill, 22 Tenney Hill. The group reads “When Jesus Became God,” by Richard E. Rubenstein. Sonia Turanski, 266-9530,, or the church, 374-2891,, or Facebook group page Open Mind Study Group.

BLUE HILL — Simmering Pot, free community meals, 2:30-6 p.m. Mondays, First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, 22 Tenney Hill. Worship services, 10 a.m. Sundays. 374-2891.

BREWER — Living Proof live simulcast with Beth Moore and worship leader Travis Cottrell, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Calvary Baptist Church, 61 State St. 989-3912. Tickets are $30, include lunch and are available at

CAMDEN — Testimony meetings, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Sunday service, 10-11 a.m.; Sunday school, 10-11 a.m. for people up to age 20. Christian Science Reading Room open for people to listen to chats and lectures and read inspirational magazines, noon-3 p.m Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 5:30-7:30 p.m Wednesday; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, at 1 Central St. Librarian available at 236-4040.

CASTINE — Sermon “We’re on a Mission” by the Rev. Tim Hall on the foreign mission service and the work of Dr. Mary Cushman, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine, 68 Main St. Online at or 326-9486. It is Circle Sunday in honor of the Dr. Mary Cushman Circle. New members alsowill be received.

CASTINE — Sermon by the Rev. Charles J. Stephens on “Peace, War and Atonement” on the U.S. posture regarding Syria and chemical weapons, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine Meeting House, town common. Call 326-9083 or email or

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Yesteryear Music Makers sing-along program directed by Lew Dow, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, 156 East Main St. $5. Refreshments. Lew Dow at 564-8013 or

ELLSWORTH — Maranatha Band from La Romana Dominican Republic playing Christian Merengue music, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Family Bible Church, 460 High St. Joint effort of United Baptist Church Ellsworth and Family Bible Church. Light refreshments. Information on mission work. Donna Theall at 667-7323 or Dawn Closson at 266-2821.

LIMERICK — Regular services by Pastor John Short Jr., 10 a.m. Sundays, Maine Life Gate Christian Church, 3 Foss Road. Saturday service at 6 p.m. Sermons posted at

PORTLAND — Blue Mass to thank and bless those who contribute to public health and safety, 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. All those in public health and safety are encouraged to attend in uniform.

PORTLAND — Red Mass for those who serve the community in the field of law, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. Luncheon to follow at Portland Country Club in Falmouth, with guest speaker Rabbi David Dalin. Luncheon $40. To register for the luncheon, call Linda Franklin at 729-1144.

ROCKLAND — Yom Kippur Service with Rabbi David Freidenreich, 9 a.m.; community break-the-fast, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St. Call 594-4523 or

ROCKPORT — The 34th season of Down East Singers begins, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road. Registration at 6:15 p.m. New singers asked to have voice-placement checks with Anthony Antolini, artistic director. Performances of “Black Nativity,” Thursday, Dec. 12, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Newcastle; Sunday, Dec. 15, at Camden Opera House. Rachmaninoff Choir — a combination of Down East Singers, Bowdoin Chorus and other singers — Thursday, Nov. 14, in Boothbay Harbor; Friday, Nov. 15, in Dover, N.H.; Saturday, Nov. 16, in Cambridge, Mass; and Sunday, Nov. 17, in Woonsocket, R.I. Call 619-0413 or

WINTERPORT — Indoor yard sale, 8 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; supper, 4-6 p.m., Ellingswoods Corner United Methodist Church, Route 69, Monroe Road. Supper $7 for adults and children 12 and older; $4 for children 4-11; free for children 3 and under. Debbie Calderwood 234-2762.


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