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June 16, 2014

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What do bishops preach on Trinity Sunday? Check out Bishop Steve's sermon:  "No church is exempt from the work of joining God's Project." 


Read Bishop Steve's op-ed on gun violence in the Bangor Daily News. 


More than 412 Maine Episcopalians (and a few friends) from 126 Maine communities and 55 parishes signed on to his letter about gun violence sent to Maine mayors. 




This week at the NNE news blog:


The Rev. Ralph Moore on

how we discern international mission trips for youth


The Rev. Tim Fleck on The Church Bully 




Didn't make it to the e-Formation Conference at Virginia Theological Seminary last week?
No worries, check out its resources page!

Join the Dioceses of Vermont and New Hampshire for four days of events - June 26-29: Pilgrimage for Earth: From Loss to Hope.



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Prayers for...

the people of Iraq and the ministry of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad amid the fearful strife and danger in their country. St. George's was the recipient of one-half of the Diocese of Maine's 2013 MDG funding to support its many ministries serving all people.

Scroll down this link for a June 11 report from Canon Andrew White on the current situation.

Terry Reimer, Canon for Finance and Stewardship, who is recovering from eye surgery and will work a reduced schedule in the coming week.

the family of Jerry DerBoghosian, 91, of Lisbon, and the communities of Lewiston-Auburn, especially Trinity Church and Jubilee Center, upon his death in an automobile accident on Friday. A past member of the Diocese of Maine Standing Committee and a constant volunteer at Trinity Jubilee Center since its founding 23 years ago, Jerry will be deeply missed. Calling hours will be at Trinity, Lewiston, on Tuesday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and his funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at St. Michael's, Auburn. Time to be set. (Here is a lovely feature story in the Lewiston Sun Journal). 

Congratulations to...

the people of St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, as they kick off their centennial year this Saturday.

the Rev. Lee Burns, deacon at St. Giles', Jefferson, as she and the people of St. Giles' mark her retirement from a long season of parish ministry this Sunday.

Around the Diocese

New Initiative Grants for ministry - Round 2

At its May meeting, Diocesan Council approved a second round of New Initiative Grants in 2014.

Have a great idea for a new ministry? Want to collaborate with a local ministry partner to serve your community? Apply for a NIF grant. For more information, an application worksheet, and the link to the online application, visit www.tinyurl.com/nif-round2. 


The deadline for online submission is September  1. Council will vote on new applications at its September meeting. Please direct any questions about the process to Heidi Shott at 207.772.1953 x126 or


Pre-Convention information online

195th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine

University of Maine, Presque Isle
October 24-25, 2014

For the first time, all pre-convention information usually sent to churches will be offered online at www.tinyurl.com/diome2014 (or click the button above).

Look for announcements in the Dio Log as new information is added to the page. Currently all information about nominations, resolutions, making reservations for accommodations and a map locating hotels and UM as well as a link to the delegate certificate is available. Information about meals, bus service to The County, and Pre-Convention Hearings will be posted soon.

The full convention booklet will be printed and distributed to clergy, delegates, and alternates in September.

Three opportunities for young people at Convention

There will be three different ways that teens can serve at convention:

Some congregations have elected a teenager as a regular lay delegate. If you would like your teen delegates to room with other teens on Friday night, contact Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.

Teens in grades 6-12 may serve as a youth ambassador. They will collect ballots and otherwise assist with convention. To volunteer, contact jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.

Teens in high school through age 20 may apply to be a Diocesan Youth Representative who will accompany the congregation to serve with voice, not vote, at convention. 
*  Who can apply?  Baptized members of Episcopal congregations who are either in high school or younger than age 21. 
*  How to apply?  Fill out the online nomination form here.  The nomination form can be submitted by the young person, priest, or lay person. The form requires a brief note of support from their priest. Application deadline is September 15. 
*  The selection committee will choose up to eight representatives. All applicants will be notified within a week after the deadline.  
*  The congregation and priest should prepare the youth, encourage him/her to attend pre-convention hearings and mentor her/him during convention.  
*  The diocese will provide meals, housing, a morning workshop and mentoring. For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at  jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
Help us bid Canon Vicki Wiederkehr a fond farewell this Saturday

Gather with people from across the diocese to celebrate the ministry of Canon Vicki Wiederkehr as she retires at the end of this month. A short worship service and reception will be held at St. Mark's, Waterville, on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. If you can't make it, cards and notes may be sent to Vicki at her home: 31 Peary Drive, Brunswick  04011.

Interested in adult Christian formation?

Join with other people who are interested in Christian formation for adults as we begin to exchange ideas.  We'll meet on Thursday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Diocesan Office at 143 State Street, Portland.  If distance is prohibitive, you can call in at 800-977-8002, code 184756#. Please RSVP to Jane Hartwell at  

BION Camp - register by June 20 for early price

BION Teen Camp is an awesome experience for teens completing grades 6-12. The camp is a collaboration by people from churches all over our diocese, and usually involves more than 20 churches and about 80 people. 

The early-bird price is $215. Financial aid is also available so that no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay.  Download a flyer here. Register online here.

Do you have aging parents?  Are you approaching Retirement?  Are you of "a certain age" and want to know about the many services available? 

Gather at S. Mary's, Falmouth, on Thursday, June 26, at 10 a.m. for a presentation by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Topics covered will include healthy aging (good nutrition, staying active, Maine Senior Games), volunteering,  adult day services, and more. There will be time for Q&A and light refreshments. The session is free and open to all. For more information, contact Beth Shaw at admin@smary.org or call the church office at 781-3366.

Drop into to the Mindful Movement and Breath Series, Mondays at S. Mary's, Falmouth

From 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. each Monday through July 7, all are invited to join a free session that seeks to connect the body mind and spirit. Each class is structured around a universal meditation/intention threading quiet movement and breath through a musical journey designed to create space and drop each participant more deeply into themselves. These movements may be done from a chair or the floor, so are suitable to all ages and physical abilities.

Maine Episcopal youth events for summer and fall

  • E.Y.E. (Episcopal Youth Event) in Philadelphia - July 8-13
  • BION Teen Camp - at Bishopswood for grades 6-12 - August 18-23
  • International Youth Mission to Jalonga - applications available and first meeting later this summer
  • Leadership Prep for Middle School Event - October 17 to 18 - Cathedral     
  • Youth at Convention as regular delegates, Diocesan Youth Reps or ambassadors - Oct.24 to 25
  • Leadership Prep for Happening - October 31 to November 2 - Christ Church, Gardiner
  • Fall Middle School Event - November 14 to16 - Cathedral
  • Happening High School Event - November 21 to 23 - Christ Church, Gardiner
The place to find more information and applications is always www.maineyouth.org