ALTON — United Methodist Women to learn about human trafficking in the United States, 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Alton United Methodist church, 3594 Bennoch Road. Everyone is welcome. 862-4281.

BANGOR — Thanksgiving Day service, 10 a.m. Nov. 28, Bangor Christian Science Church, 939 Broadway.

BANGOR — Thanksgiving Eve interfaith service, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St. 947-0156.

BANGOR — “Catholics Can Always Come Home,” four sessions for Catholics who wish to rediscover their faith, beginning 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary’s Church hall, 768 Ohio St. 217-6740.

BANGOR — Chamber Choir of St. John’s Catholic Church, with Kevin Birch as director and organist, Musica Sacra Advent 2013 event “Music in Honor of the Blessed Mother,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St. For information, visit

BANGOR — Glad Tidings Church’s 90th anniversary celebration, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the church, 1033 Broadway. David Arnett, president of North Point College in Haverhill, Mass., will be guest speaker at 10 a.m. service; anniversary meal, 1 p.m., in the gymnasium, followed by afternoon service with Pastor Ron Morris; dessert and coffee, 3 p.m.; concert with singer Easton Goborune, 3:30 p.m.; and concluded with burial of a time capsule. For information, call 947-0324 or visit

BANGOR — Candlelit Advent Lessons and Carols followed by Advent tea, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St. St. John’s choir will present seasonal music by Palestrina, Orlando Gibbons, Bach, Handel, Arvo Part, David Willcocks, Bob Chilcott and Peter Warlock. Donations will benefit Penquis Community Action Program for Heating and Fuel Assistance. For information, call 947-0156 or email

BANGOR — World Jewish Music weekend, program and Sabbath service, 7 p.m. Dec. 6; and program 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. Presented by Cantor Robyn Helzner, vocalist and storyteller; Dov Weitman, virtuoso on mandolin and guitar; Matt Holsen, singer and instrumentalist. For information, call 945-4578 or email

BAR HARBOR — Workshop with Paul Weiss on “The Foundation of Love and Compassion in Buddhism and Christianity,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, The Whole Health Center. Registration and information at 288-4128 or email

BAR HARBOR — Fortieth annual Living Nativity to feature three original participants in their original costumes as The Wise Men, 6-7:20 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St.

BELFAST — Advent Traditions Activity Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, 8 Court St. Family fun. 338-2282.

BELFAST — Advent Vespers “Goin’ to Bethlehem,” featuring The First Church Choir and Friends directed by Ron Dow and accompanied by Barbara Kemp, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, The First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church St.

BLUE HILL — Open Mind: Sacred Scriptures from Around the World, 4:30-6 p.m Sundays, at First Congregational Church, Blue Hill. “Tao de Ching” begins Nov. 24. For information, call Soni Turanski at 266-9530 or email; or the church at 374-2891; email or visit “Open Mind Study Group” Facebook page.

BLUE HILL — Bagaduce Chorale Holiday Concert celebrating chorale’s 40th anniversary season, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13; 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at Blue Hill Congregational Church, Main Street. Directed by Bronwyn Kortge. Admission $15; students free. For reservations, call 326-0575.

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

BLUE HILL — Concert to benefit new Peninsula Free Health Services program, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at Blue Hill Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill. Musicians David Dodson, Doug Day, Lisa Redfern, Dean Stevens, Dillon Bustin, and special guest Rob McCall will read a passage from “Great Speckled Bird: Confessions of a Village Preacher.” For more information, call 266-3239.

BUCKSPORT — The Franklin Street and East Bucksport United Methodist churches are collecting household items and adult gifts for needy families for Christmas. Children will be able to come shop free for one household item and gifts for mom and dad 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14, at Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St. Items needed for the “shop” include new small microwaves and appliances, bedding, kitchen and bath supplies and other items that families on a low income would not be able to afford to purchase; in addition to gifts appropriate to men and women. Call 469-3622 for information. Items and monetary donations would be appreciated by Dec. 12.

BUCKSPORT — Mount View High School Chamber Singers performing “Carols in the Round,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St. Love offering will be taken to help defray the group’s expenses. CDs of a prior performance will be available. 469-3622.

CAMDEN — Testimony meetings, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Sunday service, 10-11 a.m.; Sunday school, 10-11 a.m. for up to age 20. Christian Science Reading Room open to listen to chats, 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. For information, visit

CAMDEN — “Walk Through Bethlehem” as part of Camden’s “Christmas by the Sea” 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St.

CAMDEN — Anne Dodson and Friends 26th annual seasonal program as final even in “Christmas by the Sea” celebration, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, First Congregational Church Sanctuary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets at The Owl and the Turtle in Camden and Rock City Cafe in Rockland. Adults, $13 advance, $15 at the door; children ages 6-12, $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Free for children under 6 years. Refreshments. Information and reservations, call 236-9576.

CASTINE — Special Thanksgiving worship service led by the Rev. Tim Hall, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine, 68 Main St. Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be distributed to local food cupboards. For information, call 326-9486 or visit

CASTINE — Sermon, “How Can I Help?” by the Rev. Charles J. Stephens, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine Meeting House, town common. For information, call 326-9083, or email or

CHERRYFIELD — Annual bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Cherryfield Congregational Church. Lunch. To reserve table, call Alice Duston at 460-7559.

ELLSWORTH — Church of Life and Praise craft fair and silent auction, 9 a.m.-2 pm. Nov. 23, at Ramada Inn. Some items being auctioned off include $3,000 worth of orthodontist work, gift cards from restaurants and more.

ELLSWORTH — Evolution’s Edge, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18, at Unitarian Universalist Church. Free series of classes in psychological and spiritual growth and human development with Paul Weiss, therapist and director of The Whole Health Center in Bar Harbor. For information, call 288-4128 or email

HAMPDEN — Christmas fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23, at Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, 44 Kennebec Road.

HOLDEN — East-of-the-Penobscot Clergy Association’s community Thanksgiving service, 6 p.m. Nov. 24, at Holden Congregational Church. There will be no evening service Nov. 24, at First Congregational Church of Brewer.

LEVANT — “A Night at the Bethlehem Inn,” a Christmas dinner theater including a six-course meal and acting and music. Performances 6 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, at Harvest Chapel of Levant Village, 3531 Union St. Reservations required at 848-2921 or 949-3888. No admittance without reservations.

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

MILO — Park Street United Methodist Women’s annual Christmas fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church’s fellowship room, 15 Park St. Beef stew luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

ORLAND — The Orland United Methodist Church annual Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Orland United Methodist Church, 24 Narramissic Drive. Luncheon.

PORTLAND — The a cappella University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St. Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral studies, conductor. Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. $12.

ROCKLAND — Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship service of music, sacred readings and prayers, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15 Wesley Lane. The Rev. Peter Jenks, Rector, St. John Baptist Episcopal Church in Thomaston, will preach on “Finding Peace in our Thanksgiving.” Local faith community choirs under the direction of Susan Jones will provide music. Contributions will benefit Hospitality House in Rockport; and contributions of canned goods and staples will be given to Area Interfaith Organization Food Pantry for Knox County. Sponsored by Midcoast Interfaith Alliance. For information, call Nativity Lutheran Church at 594-4665.

ROCKPORT — Performances in 34th season of Down East Singers from Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road: “Black Nativity,” Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Newcastle; Sunday, Dec. 15, at Camden Opera House. For information, call 619-0413 or visit

SANGERVILLE — Eleventh annual Procrastinator’s Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft, Main Street, Sangerville. Live music; breakfast and lunch available.

THOMASTON — Annual Christmas fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Green streets. Historical Society’s open house at Montpelier, and Thomaston Baptist Church will host Christmas sale.

UNITY — Holly Berry Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Unity Union United Methodist Church, Depot Street. Pie auction, 11 a.m.; luncheon.