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February 28, 2014

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young people and adult leaders from across the Diocese of Maine gathering this weekend for the Winter Middle School youth event at St. Paul's, Brunswick.

the success of the diocesan United Thank Offering submitted today for 2014. The people of
St. Anne's, Calais, hope for funding to install sprinklers in the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry so it may reopen the temporary emergency family shelter located in the building. The only shelter of its kind in the region, it serves survivors of domestic violence as well as families who have lost homes to fire and other causes.

Around the Diocese
Ashes to Go in Windham, Winthrop, Waterville, Portland, Falmouth and Brunswick -

For the third year, Episcopal clergy and laypeople in Maine will join other Episcopalians across the country to take the traditional Ash Wednesday practice of the imposition of ashes from inside of church buildings out to the people on the streets. This year the practice expands to three new Maine communities.


On Wednesday, March 5, Ashes-to-Go will be available to all who wish the imposition of ashes and a brief blessing  

  • in Portland at Monument Square from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • in Windham at the Windham Post Office parking lot on Route 302 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • in downtown Winthrop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  
  • in Falmouth at the Pratt and Abbot Dry Cleaners parking lot on Route 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • in downtown Waterville from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the REM building at 93 Main St.    
  • in downtown Brunswick from 6:45 a.m. to 7:05 a.m. at the train station, 7:45 to 8:05 at the bus stop at the corner of Pleasant and Maine Streets, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the soup kitchen on Union Street, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m at Bowdoin College Chapel, at the Tontine Mall 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  

Here's a link to a short video produced by the Portland Press Herald in 2013 interviewing clergy and people who stopped for ashes at Monument Square in Portland.  


It's not too late for other congregations to offer Ashes to Go in your community. Consult this Ashes to Go checklist from the Diocese of Washington or contact the Rev. Larry Weeks at Trinity, Portland, 772-7421 for tips and suggestions. 

Opening for Part-Time Coordinator for Children and Families, St. Mark's Waterville

St. Mark's, Waterville, is looking for a new Coordinator for Children and Families. 

Responsibilities include organizing and administering a Sunday School curriculum for Pre-K through 5th grade, facilitating activities for parish families, assisting families who would like to have a child baptized, and possibly overseeing a Vacation Bible School program for one week in the summer.

The position is approximately quarter-time; hours are very flexible but include three Sunday mornings each month during the academic year (September through May) and regular, usually bi-weekly, staff meetings with the rector and music director. The CCF works closely with the rector to ensure that the needs of parish families are being met and that the Sunday school program engages students with a wide range of learning styles.

St. Mark's has invested significantly in a Godly PlayŽ curriculum, and while extensive Godly PlayŽ and Sunday School teaching experience is not required, a comfort level with children of all ages is, as are excellent organizational and communication skills. Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Rev. John Balicki at jbalicki17@gmail.com by March 14, 2014.

Everyday Basics Essentials Pantry at St. Mark's, Augusta, appeals for help

Everyday Basics is experiencing a high demand for services and facing a significant shortfall in financial resources. We serve more than 100 people each time we open (we have served 175 people on some days) on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Support of this outreach program located at St. Mark's Episcopal Church has given us the opportunity to serve hundreds of individuals and families, many of whom are the working poor in our communities. The program has no eligibility requirements and serves a wide area with guests coming from Waterville to the north, Somerville to the east, Richmond to the south, and Lewiston to the west.

There are two ways to help: First, collect and donate soap, shampoo, toilet paper, tooth paste, feminine hygiene supplies, laundry powder, and diapers. These donations can be dropped off at St. Mark's, 9 Summer Street, Augusta. Second, make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to Everyday Basics and sent to St. Mark's Church, 9 Summer Street, Augusta, ME 04330.


Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

ECF webinar offerings in March


Don't miss out!  ECF is offering some great web conferences this March.  There is no cost to participate and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to take part. 


Topics include endowments, communications, capital campaigns, evangelism and church growth, Latino ministries, and annual giving.  



Gould Academy to host reading by the Rev. Spencer Reece, Episcopal priest and poet, on March 6

The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers' Program at Gould Academy will host a public reading and reception featuring Spencer Reece with an introduction by Blanco on Thursday, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bingham Auditorium on the Gould Academy campus in Bethel.

An Episcopal priest ordained in 2011, Reece's poems explore faith and family. His debut collection, "The Clerk's Tale," was published in 2004 and received the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for poetry, selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Gluck and awarded by the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He is also the author of the collection "The Road to Emmaus" published in 2013. Reece's honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Council.


Harpsichordist, Gavin Black to perform Music of J. S. Bach


On Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m., Gavin Black, harpsichordist and director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, returns to St. Luke's Cathedral with an all Bach program, played on a German style harpsichord by American harpsichord-builder, Keith Hill.  The performance includes preludes and fugues from both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier and will be held in the Chapel at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, 143 State Street in Portland. 


Admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors.

While supplies last! There are still about eight scorecards and four poster sized brackets available on a first come basis. Please contact Teresa Pinney to claim yours before "Ash Thursday" at tpinney@episcopalmaine.org



Youth, Young Adults, and Christian Ed Events 


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 and teens from Pennsylvania are planning to join us.  You can find all the info you need on the TEC flyer, and it leads to our website for registration.  
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.
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 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. 




Register now for the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference -

Featuring poet, Celtic scholar, and peacemaker John Philip Newell

July 11 and 12 at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine