AUGUSTA — About 2,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses from central Maine will gather for their annual two-day assembly today and Sunday at the Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. The scriptural theme is Safeguard Your Mind.

The sessions, featuring talks and interviews, will begin at 9:50 a.m. each day and will conclude at 3:55 p.m. today and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The talk “Meditation That Safeguards the Mind” will be delivered by Todd Donna at 1:40 p.m. today. Donna, of Augusta, is a traveling representative for central Maine. Sunday morning’s program will feature the symposium “Reflect the Mind of Christ in Your Family,” which offers encouragement to help with the challenges of family life.

A talk, “Keep Close in Mind Jehovah’s Day!,” will begin at 1:40 p.m. Sunday. Brown Payne, district supervisor for New England, will give the presentation.

For more information, call Jason Burridge at 354-2658 or visit www.jw.org.

Beth Israel Synagogue holiday services set

WATERVILLE — Beth Israel Synagogue, 291 Main St., will celebrate High Holiday Services Rosh Hashana at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Yom Kippur will feature Kol Nidre at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, and at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

For more information, call Rabbi Rachel Isaacs at 872-7551.

St. Mark’s overhauls

Sunday school format

WATERVILLE — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will begin a new model for its Sunday school classes on Sunday called the rotation model. Children will rotate to three classrooms through the course of three weeks. The first room, Movie Morning, will include popcorn and beanbag chairs where children can watch a film. The first film is about how children participate in God’s creation, followed by films on Harriet Tubman and the pilgrim William Bradford.

Another room, Arts and Friends, will allow the children to spend time with a member of St. Mark’s to learn how he or she helps to make church happen. The children can do an art project about the experience.

The final room, Hearing the Story, is a more traditional classroom, where children can begin to learn about the prophets.

Classes begin at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and will last 45 minutes. Classes are designed to fit in between the 8 and 10:15 a.m. services. Godly Play, a program for 3- to 5-year-olds, will continue to be offered at the same time, and nursery care is available 9-11:30 a.m.

A meeting will be held to explain the new program at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. For details, email [email protected] or [email protected]

Salvages Soul

to perform in Solon

SOLON — Salvaged Soul will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at New Hope Church. Salvaged Soul is a Christian Contemporary/Wor-ship Band.

Proceeds will benefit the New Hope Women’s Shelter. The event is free, but a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 643-5601 or visit newhope-efc.org.

Solon Congregational plans Sept. 23 concert

SOLON — The Solon Congregational Church will host a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the church.

Local entertainers will be Linda Cone, Essie Golden and Douglas Drown. Refreshments will be served and a love offering taken during the concert.

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