Jewish stories from Maine

ROCKLAND — Professor David Freidenreich of Colby College will lead an interactive program of stories depicting Jewish experiences in Maine and the Midcoast from the 19th century to today on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St. in Rockland. The program is titled “Making It in Maine: Jewish Stories from the Pine Tree State.” Brunch will follow. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 594-4523 or e-mail

Pancake breakfast

CAMDEN — St. Thomas’ Parish Pancake Breakfast will take place Sunday, Aug. 1 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring friends and an appetite and enjoy homemade Maine blueberry pancakes, real Maine maple syrup, and bacon. Services are at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. All are welcomed!

Finnish Congregational Church

SOUTH THOMASTON — The Finnish Congregational Church will hold a worship service Sunday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. The church is located on Route 131 in South Thomaston. The sermon by the Rev. Terence R. Willis is titled “This Is Your Life.” Stephanie Lawler will be soloist, Marion Gray the organist. The service will be followed by a traditional fellowship hour to which all are invited.

Harmony Bible Church Vacation Bible School

SPRUCE HEAD — Harmony Bible Church will offer Saddle Ridge Ranch Vacation Bible School Aug. 9-13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a closing ceremony Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. It is for all children pre-kindergarten (going into kindergarten) through the completion of fifth grade.

St. Giles Country Fair

JEFFERSON — The popular and traditional St. Giles Country Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jefferson. This 56th annual staging of the event under the tall pines on the church grounds features an auction of local treasures and services, and great music from noted folk and blues singers Pixie Lauer and Dan Townsend. Among the items in the auction is a 17-foot boat with 70 horsepower Yamaha motor. And for the first time ever, the fair is offering a full lobster-roll luncheon, in addition to the usual hot dogs (with fried onions) and delicious homemade pies and other baked goods.

Other attractions include new and homemade items at a general store, children’s items and entertainment (including a clown), hundreds of books, a white elephant table, and a raffle of a full-size handmade quilt and other valuable goods. The auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon. The music follows the auction. St. Giles Episcopal Church is located at 72 Gardiner Road (Route 126). For more information visit or call 549-3869.

Clothing Closet open last Saturday of each month

ROCKLAND — Grace Bible Fellowship is pleased to bring you The King’s Closet, which is open the last Saturday of each month from noon to 2 p.m., or during the week by appointment.

Clothing is available for the entire family, and is totally free of charge. If you or someone you know has a need, please stop by! There are no strings attached; our goal is to do our best to help families in the local community, showing the love of God to anyone in need!

You can also donate gently used clothing (for men, women or children) too; simply stop by on the last Saturday of the month between noon and 2 p.m.

Grace Bible Fellowship is located at 30 Sherer Lane in Rockland (Sherer Lane is directly across from Dean’s Flower Shop off Old County Road in Rockland). Please stop by or give us a call at 596-7117.

We also have many other events you or your family are invited to: Sunday morning worship begins at 9 a.m. with a free coffee and refreshment hour, followed by the worship service at 10 a.m. We also have a small group Bible Study that meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the church. There is also a Youth Group and a children’s Sunday school program!

We hope you will give us a call or stop in soon!

God bless!

— Your friends at Grace Bible Fellowship

Love dissolves fear

CAMDEN — The Bible lesson sermon at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Camden for Sunday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. is “LOVE.” Exodus 15:26: “… I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

Soloist Kathy Christie will sing “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” by F. Mendelssohn, text by Henry Baker, adapted by C. Fredrickson. Organist is John Piot. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Young people up to the age of 20 are welcome. Childcare is available for those too young for Sunday school.