PERU – Students in grades 7 to 12 are invited to a prayer rally on Wednesday, April 30, the eve of the National Day of Prayer.

Participants will join with the Friends on a Mission youth group for an evening of singing praise songs, praying for this country and celebrating the freedom to worship.

The event will be 7 to 8 p.m. in the United Baptist Church, with refreshments following.

For more information, people can contact Cathy Hazelton at 562-8278 or Liz Cihak at 369-0222.

Conversational French opens

RUMFORD – The Acadian Society is inviting the public to attend “Conversational French” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the St. Athanasius & St. John Parish center.

For more information, people can call 364-2697 or 364-4629.

Prayer gathering to be held May 1

RUMFORD – On the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1, all Christians in the River Valley are being encouraged to unite in prayer for the nation at a special prayer gathering.

The prayer gathering will be at 4 p.m. in Memorial Park, at the intersection of Congress Street and Route 108. People may want to bring a lawn chair with them.

In case of rain, the prayer gathering will be in the First Baptist Church of Mexico, 20 Roxbury Road.

For more information, phone Paul Collins at 562-0933.

High school hosts ‘Night of the Arts’

RUMFORD – Mountain Valley High School will present a Night of the Arts on Thursday, May 1. Doors open at 4 p.m.; the event will begin at 6.

Photo day

DIXFIELD – The Dixfield Congregational Church and its Youth Group will hold a photo session fund-raiser from noon to 6 p.m on Saturday, May 3. This event is being held to raise funds to support the church and its youth group. A certificate for $19.95 buys a 10-by-13 inch portrait valued at $69.95, according to organizers. It also earns a credit toward the purchase of any optional photo package. Portraits arrive three weeks after the photo session. Organizers will set up portrait-viewing dates and times on the day of the photo session. Groups are urged to coordinate outfits or dress with a theme in mind, such as having all wear the same jeans or color patterns. For more information, phone the church office at 562-4582, Deb Morang at 562-8006 or Pastor John Gensel at 652-2777.

Daughters of Isabella

RUMFORD – St. Timothy Circle 504 Daughters of Isabella members will celebrate the circle’s 73rd anniversary at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Teena’s Restaurant. Three members will receive 25-year pins: Leola LeCours, Janette Blouin and Pierette Bolduc. Seven will receive 50-year pins: Mary Beachesne, Constance Belanger, Gemma Bishop, Patricia Gautreau, Alfreda Kaubris, Barbara Milligan and Gladys Gilbert. The committee includes Chairman Pat Hopkins, Millie Harlow, Lillian Irish, Margaret McInnis, Myrtle McKenna, Charlene Johnson, Marcelle Miller and Anita Zitoli.

Bible conference

MEXICO – The Mexico First Baptist Church at 20 Roxbury Road will hold its annual Spring Bible Conference from Sunday, May 4, to Tuesday, May 6. The featured speaker will be Rev. David Miles of New York City, and his topic is “Revitalizing The Local Church.” Miles will speak in the Sunday service at 10:45 a.m., which will also include special music. A luncheon will be provided by the church at noon. Miles will also speak at 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, with special music by the Fishers of Men quartet, a local singing group. Miles works for Church Resource Ministries, an organization committed to working with leaders to strengthen and start churches around the world. His expertise is in church revitalization, and he specializes in working with churches in transition or in need of intervention. He has a doctoral degree in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Queens, New York City with his wife, Janet, and their three teenage daughters. The Rev. Robert Peters, pastor of Mexico First Baptist, invites the public to attend these meetings. For more information, phone (207) 364-8850.

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