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February 14, 2014

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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called for a Day of Prayer for South Sudan for February 16

"The world is increasingly concerned over the rampant violence in South Sudan," the Presiding Bishop said.  "The recent increase in armed conflict, murder, and mayhem has been fomented in part by inaccurate reports of tribal partisanship. The new nation needs peace, in order that all its people might thrive. The Episcopal Church of Sudan is partnering with others on the ground in that work of peace-building. The Sudanese communities within our own Episcopal Church have been important and effective leaders in this work. I ask your prayers for peace, as well as your awareness and involvement in the lives of our brothers and sisters across the globe. The Prince of Peace serves the whole world.  As his disciples, may we do no less!"

Please visit Episcopal Relief & Development's South Sudan updates page for more.

On February 18 and 19, members of the Passamaquoddy community at Motahkomikuk  (Indian Township) will share their painful experiences and stories of survival with the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Please regard these days as a time for reflection and prayer in support and solidarity for this historic process of truth, healing, and change.

Learn more at www.mainewabanakitrc.org.

Around the Diocese
Mainers learn about "life-wide" learning at national conference

Kim Wallace, St. Ann's, Windham; Julie Morrison, Saint Mary's, Falmouth; Canon Missioner Jane Hartwell; Emily Keniston (with Meredith), St. Ann's, Windham; Deacon Bob Landry, St. Andrew's, Millinocket; Sherry Sivret, St. Anne's, Calais; Ryan and Amber Corum, St. Matthew's, Hallowell; the Rev. Kelly Moughty, St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, and St. Peter's, Portland.

Emily Keniston, Christian Ed director at St. Ann's in Windham, writes about the experiences of nine Maine Episcopalians from seven congregations who gathered last month with others from across the Church interested Christian education, discipleship, and formation at the FORMA conference.

She writes, "Often challenged by the idea that we Christians live out our days with the promise of one day achieving eternal life, [workshop leaders] Kimball and Turner suggested taking a slightly different approach: inviting others to experience a Christian life by focusing on how faith improves the quality of our lives right now."

Lay members of the group were supported by the Wolf Fund, a diocesan fund that subsidizes training opportunities for lay Episcopalians in the diocese.
Read the full post on the NNE blog.

Diocesan Council awards three New Initiative Fund grants

At its February 1 meeting at St. Martin's in Palmyra, members of Diocesan Council considered grant applications for the 2014 New Initiative Fund and made three awards. In its fourth year, the NIF program awards Maine congregations with funding for start-up ministries or new programs within existing ministries. Funds come from two sources: $10,000 from the 2014 diocesan budget approved at Convention and up to $15,000 from income from the Foundations for Ministry endowment, a capital campaign effort in the 1990s.
  • St. Peter's, Bridgton - $2,400 for Women's Initiative Mentoring Program
  • St. George's, York Harbor - $4,000 for The Stockell Program to mentor at-risk young adults
  • Diocesan Christian Ed Collaboration - $6,700 to bring Godly Play training to Maine

To read more on each program, visit the post on the NNE blog at episcopalmaine.wordpress.com 


Council to offer second round of New Initiative Grant funding in 2014

Diocesan Council also approved a second round of grant funding for the fall of 2014. Recognizing that new ideas for ministry can emerge throughout the year, Council will publish an application for the second round after its next meeting on May 16-17. The deadline for applications will be September 1. Start now to think about new ministry possibilities for your church or community.

UTO grant at work as school construction advances at St. Simon and St. Jude in Duny, Haiti

Members of the Haiti group at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland are working hard to shepherd a grant of $30,000 awarded by the United Thank Offering grant as well as locally-raised as funds to build a new school for their partner parish in Duny, Haiti. In order to complete the school and establish a sustainable school lunch program, funds are still needed. Visit the project web page to learn more about the project and how even a small gift can help complete the work.

Reminder from the Finance Committee


Parochial reports are due at Loring House on March 3, now only a few weeks away. Many thanks to the congregations that have submitted theirs already.


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 treimer@episcopalmaine.org.  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

Window Dressers coming to St. Paul's, Brunswick

Window Dressers, a non-profit organization from Rockland, has created a system that helps Mainers keep warmer and save heating dollars while protecting the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

On Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m., Co-founder Frank Mundo will visit St. Paul's to explain the process of construction and installation of low-cost, high quality interior storm windows. Volunteers are essential to the success of this project as work of the volunteers helps keep the cost low by performing the less technical part of the construction. Although these windows can help in any home, Window Dressers and their community partners try to raise sufficient funds to place a significant number of the windows in homes that qualify for the subsidized price of $10 for the entire home.

St. Paul's Earth Care Commission seeks to cooperate with other area churches and organizations to conduct a community build led by Window Dressers that will result in several hundred interior storm windows being ready for installation in the Brunswick area prior to next winter's heating season. All are welcome to attend this session to learn more about Window Dressers and how the program might be brought to your community too.
For more information, visit to www.windowdressersusa.com.

Youth ministry and Christian ed events

Winter Middle School Event
The Winter Middle School Event will be filled with creativity and friendships.  We'll swim, eat great food, play games, laugh.  There'll be drama, music and worship led by kids.  The focus is on the connections between Jesus's life and the lives of Maine middle schoolers. People from 11 churches are on the leadership team, and the priest is Kelly Moughty.  Now is the time to register!  This event for kids in grades 6-8 will be Feb. 28- Mar. 2 at St. Paul's in Brunswick.  All the info you need is on the Winter Middle School Event flyer, and you'll find registration at www.maineyouth.org.
E.Y.E. 2014
This is a wonderful opportunity for high schoolers from your church to be with 1,000 Episcopal teens.  They will live on a college campus, take part in HUGE worship, serve in Philadelphia, sightsee, hear great speakers and meet people from all over the world.  E.Y.E. happens only once every three years.  A group from the Diocese of Maine is going, and your teens can be part of it if they register now!  Timing is everything.  Maine's 24 reserved slots will disappear in February or early March. There are scholarships available.  E.Y.E. (the Episcopal Youth Event) is July 8-13.  Information is on the E.Y.E. flyer
TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)
This high school retreat will be March 28-30.  The host church is Trinity in Portland. Kim Wallace heads the leadership team and the priest is Nate Ferrell.  A group from the Diocese of New Hampshire is planning to join us.  You can find all the info you need on the TEC flyer, and it leads to our website for registration.
Sunday Christian Ed Exchange
An initiative of the Christian Ed Collaboration is to encourage Sunday school teachers and Christian Ed directors to visit other churches to experience what's happening. Reimbursement for gas is available.  To participate, contact Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.
Christian Ed Collaboration meeting - March 10
The next Christian Ed Collaboration meeting will be Monday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you want to connect remotely, email Chairperson Julie Morrison at jmorrison500@yahoo.com for instructions on how to call-in.

Last call for Lenten Resources...


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 -

Printed booklets should be ordered by February 15 for delivery by Ash Wednesday, March 5, and can be ordered from Episcopal Marketplace online or by calling 1.866.937.2772.  PDF booklets and other Lenten resources are posted on Episcopal Relief & Development's website at www.episcopalrelief.org/lent, and individuals wishing to receive daily email devotionals can sign up online.



From Lent Madness -

While supplies last! Heidi Shott has 27 copies to give away. For a free copy delivered to your door, email your name and snail mail address to

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.