ORRINGTON, Maine — Calvary Chapel will help celebrate Orrington’s 225th birthday with special events. The festivities start Saturday, July 13, with a parade focusing on Operation Christmas Child.
The church baked bean benefit supper at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Wiswell Farm in the hay barn, 109 Wiswell Road will include a dessert auction. The cost is $10, $20 family of four. Proceeds will support the Nowell family. The evening also will offer a silent dessert auction, the continuous on-site historical encampment-re-enactment, two large cannon muster and firings starting at 8:30 p.m., the 21-gun Marine Corps League salute and ending at 9:30 p.m. with the playing of Taps.
At the 11 a.m. parade beginning a half-mile south of Calvary Church on the River Road, bystanders and participants will be asked to bring simple gifts such as school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, flashlights, etc. for less fortunate children in the world. These items will be collected by parade sponsor Casella who will deliver the items to local churches, such as Calvary Chapel, that participate in the Samaritan’s Purse program. Casella will have a roll-off dumpster painted to look like the Christmas Shoe Box.
At the Sunday evening service on July 21, Pastor Ken will review Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain’s ties to Orrington and Brewer. He will provide insight into Chamberlain’s religious foundation and deliver excerpts from his famous sermon on “Providence,” which will close the week-long celebration of the town’s birthday.