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April 14, 2014

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 The Presiding Bishop's Easter Message


News and addresses from last week's conference in Oklahoma City: "Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence"


From ENS here and here  

from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
video and text 


Bishop Eugene Sutton of Maryland



Bishop Edward Konieczny of Oklahoma 



Maine's representative at the conference Canon Heidi Shott and others held brief video interviews with ENS


Find them here.




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Prayers for...
the people of St. Stephen the Martyr, Waterboro, and their vicar, the Rev. Kit Wang, as they ready for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and ministries of the church and a Service of Secularization of the Building on Saturday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.

The congregation voted last fall to hold its last service in May. All are invited to gather with them for this service. For those who can't attend, prayers are most welcome.

for the family of the Rev. Oscar Swensen, 82, of Lyman, who died on April 3. A priest of the Diocese of Massachusetts, Oscar, and his wife Constance, retired to Maine where he was appreciated as a supply priest to congregations in York County. A funeral service was held on April 6 at Trinity Church in Saco. His obituary may be found here.

Welcome back to Bishop Steve Lane who returned last week after his four-month sabbatical. Visit his blog at www.roundmaine.org to read his Palm Sunday sermon preached at St. George's, Sanford, God meets us with the power of love.

A Collect for Monday of Holy Week

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Around the Diocese

Bullet points from Camp Bishopswood 


  • We are currently 75% full for the summer, register soon! 
  • Looking for RNs for 3-4 days a week, a week, or multiple weeks. 
  • Looking for priests to spend either a week as a chaplain or a Friday evening with us to lead Eucharist.
  • Open House Weekend - June 6-8 
  • Free Spring Work Weekend - May 30-June 1 
  • Have you heard about Mini Camp?  A 2 night, 3 day, camp experience for 6-8 year olds?
  • Please check out our wish list? Maybe you have something on it to share or can help us to purchase! 
  • There are still a few openings in spring and fall for a parish retreat. 
Contact Bishopswood Director Mike Douglass at mike@bishopswood.org for more details.

Employment opportunities in Maine congregations

Director for Formation for Children and Youth
Trinity Church, Portland
The position requires 15-20 hours per week from the middle of August to the first week in June. The Director will work with the rector to develop and implement Christian formation experiences for children and teens. The director will also recruit and support volunteers in the Church School and Youth Group. Additionally the Director will also work with the rector to facilitate family activities and identify family issues in the community on which the parish may have some impact.
For a complete job description, interested candidates should contact the Rev. Larry Weeks at 772-7421 or rector@trinitychurchportland.org

Minister of Music
St. George's, York Harbor

St. George's Episcopal Church in York Harbor, Maine is seeking a dynamic Minister of Music to develop and lead our music program.  Applicants should have experience leading congregational singing and directing choirs. Proficiency in both organ and piano is preferred. Expected start date is in late May or early June. Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of the Rev. Calvin Sanborn by Monday, April 21, or until the position is filled.  St. George's Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about St. George's Church or to see the position description click here.

Organ free to good home

All Saints, Bailey Island, has replaced its organ and would like to give away a 1997 Galbransen "Paragon." The Rev. Ben Barnes describes it as "not in perfect condition but fully-functional." It has had some documented repairs. Those interested in more information or to arrange for pick-up should call Fr. Barnes at 729-6936.



Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Foot washing offered to public on Maundy Thursday in Portland
At noon on April 17, clergy from five denominations will gather to offer foot washing at Monument Square. Representatives from the Episcopal parishes in Portland, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, Woodfords Congreational Church, and Williston-Immanuel United Church will be on hand for this first-time offering to all those who wish to participate.

Join the Christian Ed conversation!

Everyone interested in Christian formation for children and teens is invited to the Christian Ed Collaboration meeting on Monday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Diocesan Office, 143 State Street, Portland. If you want to join by phone, call 800-244-6062 and enter code 184756#. For more information, contact co-chairs Julie Morrison at jmorrison500@yahoo.com and Emily Keniston at emilykeniston@yahoo.com.

Maine Episcopal Cursillo to hold Annual Meeting

On May, 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maine Episcopal Cursillo will hold its annual meeting. Elections will be held for the following: Secretary, 3-Day Representative, and Servant Community Representative. Anyone who has  
completed a Cursillo may submit their names as candidates for office. For the meeting location and more information, please contact Melissa Mercier (mm83987@aol.com) or Lucia Elder elderlucia@gmail.com.  

Maine walks with Haiti on May 31 


Konbit Sante will host the 5th Annual Maine Walks with Haiti and 4 Mile Run on Saturday, May 31, beginning at
Back Cove Park in Portland. All are welcome to participate, including those churches whose members would like to raise funds for their parish partnership or a specific ministry. Participants are encouraged to learn more and register online at www.mainewalkswithhaiti.org. Registration is also available on the day of the event. The first 250 paid registrants will receive a free T-shirt.