Briefly: Religion

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Daughters planning March supper

JAY — Circle 677, Daughters of Isabella, St. Rose of Lima Parish, will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

A baked bean supper and raffle will be held on March 10 at the parish hall. Members are asking for help with the desserts, raffle items, serving and clean-up.

A “baby shower” social will be held to help young mothers in the area.

Details about the Daughters Mass  will be announced.

Purpose and divine intervention to be explored

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LEWISTON — Questions about life’s purpose and divine intervention will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

The program, “Does God Have a Plan for You?, features a filmed interview with Operation Baby Lift volunteer LeAnn Thieman. In the final days of the Vietnam War, Thieman and other volunteers extracted hundreds of at-risk babies from Vietnamese orphanages.

During the interview, Thieman explains she originally traveled to Vietnam to escort six orphans to the United States. Upon arrival, she learned she would have a different mission.

“When I reached Saigon, I was greeted with the words ‘Have you heard the news? President Ford approved Operation Baby Lift. You’re going to help us take home 300 orphans,’” she said.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is located at South Lewiston Baptist Church 1919 Lisbon Road

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Travis Burleigh at 207-783-3316 or travisburleigh@gmail.com.

Phillips Community Church annual meeting

PHILLIPS — The Phillips Community Church-Congregational will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Phillips Community House, 31 Main St.

There will be a potluck lunch, beginning at about 12:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow. All are welcome.

Annual committee reports should be submitted to Kate Dunham, 207-639-2012, by Sunday, Feb. 11. For more information, call Mary Dunham, 207-491-9986.

‘Souper’ Bowl of Caring collects $15K

PORTLAND — Thanks to the efforts of many young Maine Catholics, local soup kitchens, food banks and food pantries were the big winners on Super Bowl weekend. Nearly $15,000 and hundreds of food items were collected.

Holy Savior Parish youth ministry members collected nonperishable food items and monetary donations at each door following Masses at St. Athanasius and St. John Church in Rumford and Our Lady of the Snows Church in Bethel. The donations totaled nearly $1,100 and will go to several local food pantries.

Kid’s Connection at The Ark

LEWISTON — The Ark & Olive Branch Cafe will host Kid’s Connection at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month at 791 Lisbon St.

This monthly program includes creative, hands-on learning with arts and crafts, Bible stories, practicing healthy habits and nature exploration.

The program is free for children ages 6 to 12, but registration is required.

FMI, register: 603-759-1994, 207-333-3668, info@lewistonark.com, www.lewistonark.com.

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