2014-10-03 / Religion

Chapter & Verse

The Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St. in Sanford, The Rev. Sue Gabrielson presiding, welcomes everyone to worship services and church school held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is provided during the service. For more information, call 324-3191, visit www.sanforduuchurch.org or like the church on Facebook.

St. George Episcopal Church, 1 Emerson St. in Sanford, The Rev. Canon Susan Murphy presiding, has regular worship services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Sunday. Childcare is available at the 10 a.m. service. Sunday school for K-6 begins at 9:45 a.m. Youth Group for grades 7-12 meets the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come and worship with a welcoming Christian community committed to all of God's people and creation. For more information, call 324-8119, visit www.stgeorgesanford.org or like the church on Facebook.

Southern Maine Church of Christ, meeting at 159 Alfred Road, West Kennebunk, will host Evangelist Terry Schmidt, who will deliver a sermon titled “How to Handle Adversity” on Sunday, Oct. 5. All are invited and welcome. The church hosts Bible study at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m., evening Bible study at 6 p.m.; and mid-week Bible study, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Call Minister Terry Schmidt at 284-9191 for more information.

North Parish UCC Church, 895 Main St., Sanford, will host Communities CARE, a day of service, on Monday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several area churches are participating. The day will focus on meeting the needs of those who are experiencing challenges. Free meals will be provided, with breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Offered all day will be free blood pressure screenings, hair cuts by Snip & Tone and Meredith Marquis, flu shots (bring MaineCare card if you have one), dental health with Jill Kelly, eye tests for seven basic eye problems by the Sanford Lions Club and Cliff Randall, foot care with Mary Ann Ratteree, chair Massage and manicures. Available activities will include making healthy snacks, arts and crafts for children, a reading corner for kids and a childcare play area so parents can have time to check out resources. Presentations on several programs that offer aid will be given, such as behavioral healthcare, prescription help and recovery programs. Those in need can also get items such as socks, underwear, blankets, first-aid kits, toiletry items, 9v batteries for smoke alarms, winter coats, hygiene products, and other such items for free. A chance to win a $50 grocery card will be raffled off.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk hosts a free bean supper on the first Saturday of the month, open to the community. All are welcome to attend from 4-6 p.m. On the second Monday of the month, a free lunch called the Friendship Lunch is offer at noon, and on the third Thursday of the month, Harvest Cafe offers a free, three-course dinner for the community at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Community Harvest, 967-1911. Visit www.kennebunklutheran.org for a listing of services at the church.

UP! Songs Of Love, Family & Inspiration will be performed by New England modern country duo, MeCa ”“ cousins David James and Ellen Masse ”“ on Saturday, Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m., at The First United Methodist Church, 34 East Main St., Rochester, N.H. A meet and greet with refreshments will follow the two-hour show. For ticket information, email mecaemail@comcast.net or call 603-332-4170 or 603-502-6706.

A Blessing of the Animals ceremony will take place at St. James Catholic School in Biddeford at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. All are welcome to have their animal companions blessed outdoors in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast Day. All pets are welcome to attend. As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water. All are encouraged to participate at the event, including those without an animal friend present. The school is located at 25 Graham St. in Biddeford, and the blessing will take place in the rear parking lot of the school.

The 2014 Public Square Rosary Crusade will pray for the nation on Oct. 11 at noon in the Gowen Park Gazebo, Main Street, Sanford. Contact Simone Forest at 324-4401 or Sandi Martin at 324-1855 for more information.

York County Hebrew School resumes classes each Thursday from 3:45-6 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford, starting on Thursday, Oct. 9. Call 284-5771 or email services@etzchaimme.org with any questions or for more information.

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