members of Diocesan Council who meet tomorrow at St. Martin's, Palmyra, to do the work of the Diocese between Conventions. They represent 27 congregations across Maine.
Bishop Steve Lane as he continues his study trip in the Diocese of Minnesota as a part of his sabbatical. Here he's pictured earlier this week attending to the conversation at a gathering of bishops and church leaders called, "Cultivating Missional Imagination." See the link at left for the ENS story on the summit.
The Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw as they continue to serve as missionaries in Mityana, Uganda. Read their latest newsletter for updates on their work and life in Africa.
Around the Diocese
Apply for a United Thank Offering to support your congregation's ministry
Each congregation in Maine is welcome to submit a UTO grant application to fund ministry in your local community. Each diocese if invited to submit one diocesan-based application and one international application.
In 2013 the Diocese of Maine received a grant to build a school in Duny, Haiti, through the partnership with St. Luke's Cathedral, and a grant to help feed children in midcoast communities through partnerships with St. Andrew's, Newcastle, and St. Philip's, Wiscasset.
The deadline for grant applications to the Diocesan Office is Friday, February 14. Each grant will be reviewed by the UTO Grants Committee and one will be recommended for submission to the UTO office by the national deadline, February 28.
Click here for an overview of the application process. If you have questions about the process, please contact Canon Heidi Shott at email@example.com.
Immediate opening for part-time Christian Education Director at St. Paul's, Brunswick
This vibrant, Christian community-oriented parish is seeking an energetic, experienced Christian Formation Director to develop programming and nurture children and families in the Christian faith. Knowledge of the Episcopal Church is a plus. This 20-hour a week, 10-month position comes with a one-year Letter of Agreement. Church school for all ages runs September through mid-June. The position includes planning, communicating, supporting and preparing for Church school. It also includes being present at the worship of Sunday morning Family Eucharist. Click here for a full position description.
Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund, Rector. No phone calls, please. Position closes February 17.
Reminder from the Finance Committee
Parochial reports are due at Loring House March 3, now only weeks away. Please take care to prepare your report fully and carefully and follow directions for submitting it electronically. If your report preparers have any questions, please phone Canon Terry Reimer at 772 1953 X134 or email him at email@example.com. If asked to leave a message, please begin with Parochial Report Help! it is invaluable for the reports to be timely and accurate. Thank you for your attention.
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
Episcopal Peace Fellowship meets on February 8 at St. John Baptist, Thomaston
Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter, is holding its winter quarterly meeting on Saturday, February 8
, at St. John's in Thomaston. The meeting begins at 10 a.m.
and concludes with lunch at noontime (bring a simple item of food to share with others). The agenda includes an account by the Rev. Bob and Maurine Tobin of their Sabeel pilgrimage to Palestine in November 2013. All members are encouraged to attend and become part of EPF planning and events.
A Matter of Balance
Cape Elizabeth: Offerings from St. Alban's Health Ministry
"Consider the Conversation"
Sunday, February 9th from 2 - 4 p.m.
St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth invites adults of all ages to a screening of the award-winning film, Consider the Conversation, A Documentary on a Taboo Subject.
Motivated by their personal experiences with loss, two long-time friends present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end of life. Consider the Conversation
examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, medical professionals, clergy, social workers and experts from across the country. The film's goal is to jump-start the conversation we each will want to have with loved ones. Rather than being a story about death, this is a film about living life to its fullest up to the very end. An opportunity for open discussion will follow the hour-long film. The film will be screened at St. Alban's for the whole community. Free to all.
The screening is part of a series of four Sunday afternoon conversations offered at St. Alban's entitled The New Art of Dying... the conversation continues. Click here
for more information about this series and to download a printable flyer.
For more information and to RSVP, you may call the church at 207-799-4014 or visit the web site: www.stalbansmaine.org
February 17-April 17
Meets weekly on Mondays from 1 -3 p.m.
You CAN stay active and be independent. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized class designed to help you manage falls and increase activity levels. The classes, a program of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, will be held at St. Alban's once a week for 8 weeks.
Registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $20 to attend. For more information, or to register for a class: 1-800-400-6325 or 207/396-6583 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a part of our Frontline initiative, St. Paul's, Brunswick, in conjunction with MPBN, is pleased to show the MPBN production A Matter of Duty on Friday, February 21.
Frontline Film Night:
A Matter of Duty at St. Paul's, Brunswick, February 21
A Matter of Duty details Kennebec Sheriff Randy Liberty's personal battle with PTSD and that of several veterans in his charge at the Kennebec County Jail. Liberty's honesty about his own condition and his efforts to help other veterans vividly depicts the continuing impact of war on the men and women in Maine and elsewhere who have served our country. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Admission free (donations for "Disabled American Veterans" accepted). For more information call the church office at 725-5342.
Join the Christian Ed Collaboration
The next meeting of the Christian Ed Collaboration is Monday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Those interested in Christian education is invited to come in person to Loring House, or to connect through WebEx by contacting chairperson Julie Morrison at email@example.com
Flyers for upcoming youth events
From the Society of St. John the Evangelist -
SSJE's 2014 Lent Online Offering is now available at www.SSJE.org/lovelife. The theme is love in the Gospel of John. There will be a daily short video starting Ash Wednesday through to Palm Sunday. There is a free downloadable workbook or print copies for sale. A resource page and promotional material for group leaders and clergy is available at www.SSJE.org/loveliferesources. This series is designed so that everyone connected to a church can participate even if they can't show up in person. Materials for groups and for people who prefer to access the series via a smart phone or computer are also available.
From Forward Movement -
A variety of low-cost Lenten and Easter booklets and resources are available here.
From Episcopal Relief & Development -
From Lent Madness -
The definitive guide to Lent Madness 2014, Saintly Scorecard features the biographies of the 32 saints in contention for the golden halo. (This year Maine's Heidi Shott will shepherd J.S. Bach, Phillips Brooks - celebrated preacher and the rector behind the building of Trinity, Copley Place, Boston, and Harriet Bedell - a missionary deacon who served native people in Alaska and Florida.)
The booklet includes tips on how congregations and individuals can use Lent Madness as a devotional tool, as well as a handy glossary and fold-out bracket. Bulk pricing: 10-24 copies are $2.00 each; 25+ copies are $1.00 each.