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June 27, 2014

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"In the face of fear, God holds us while nudging us into the world."



  Here's a nice piece on centennial celebration of St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth


Portland's effort with the homelessness campaign, 100K Homes, is featured on Channel 6.

Dean Ben Shambaugh is interviewed for the story.


Sunday is Episcopal Social Media Sunday! Make it a point to tweet, pin, post, share, or like stories and photos that tell the story what's going on in your church. Use #Episcopal   

Here's an ENS story about how easy it is to be involved. 




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Prayers for...

the 53 people attending the three-day Godly Play training tonight through Sunday. Thanks go out to the Christian Ed Collaboration group, the New Initiatives Fund, and Saint Mary's Church in Falmouth.


the staff and campers at Camp Bishopswood as they kick-off their season on Sunday. This afternoon staff members took a break from staff training week to enjoy a picnic and swimming in Damariscotta Mills. Director Mike Douglass reports that he still needs a priest to celebrate Friday evening Eucharist on July 18. Please contact him at mike@campbishopswood.org if you can help.

the family of the Rev. John Woolverton, 87, of Cumberland, who died on June 25. John was rector of Trinity, Portland, from 1983 to 1989, and served most of his 60 years of ordained ministry as a seminary professor and author. Service details will be shared as they become available.

the people of St. Luke's, Caribou, as they mark the closing of the congregation with a last worship service on Sunday, June 29, at 11 a.m.

Congratulations to...

the Rev. Lynn Rutledge and the people of St. Aidan's, Machias, as she joins them in ministry as priest-in-charge this month.

Around the Diocese

Godspeed, Canon Vicki

Today marks Canon Vicki Wiederkehr's last day before she retires. Check out the NNE for a report on her retirement celebration last Saturday as well as Bishop Lane's remarks.

With her departure - and until the Rev. Michael Ambler comes aboard diocesan staff after Labor Day -  if you find you have questions about transition ministry, Title IV issues, or other concerns, please be in touch with the Bishop's Office. Barbara Martin, executive assistant to Bishop Lane, will field your questions and pass them along to a staff member to assist. Contact her at bmartin@episcopalmaine.org.

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 here or grab the link on the "Featured Stories" box of the diocesan home page at www.episcopalmaine.org.


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


Biennial Convention Task Force invites you to weigh in on their recommendations

Last winter the Biennial Convention Task Force was charged by Bishop Lane to study and make recommendations about the possibility of moving from an annual convention to a biennial convention. A draft report from the Task Force, two proposed resolutions, and a case for location are now online. The Task Force invites members of the diocese to read and reflect on their recommendations and offer comments, ideas, and suggestions. Find everything here. The link for the documents and comment form is also available in the "Featured Stories" box on the newly designed diocesan home page at www.episcopalmaine.org.


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.

Items from St. Stephen's, Waterboro, looking for a good church home

With the closure of St. Stephen's, the Rev. Kit Wang is hoping to place many liturgical items, pieces of furniture, an organ,  and other treasures from the church. To view a photo album of all the items, visit St. Stephen's Facebook page (you don't need to be on Facebook to view them) at www.facebook.com/ststephenthemartyr. Be in touch with her at ststephensvicar@yahoo.com

St. Columba's, Boothbay has an organ to give away

St Columba's, Boothebay Harbor, has a very nice Technics organ to offer to a good home, either a church or an individual. Just pick it up, and it is yours. It measures 22 inches by 43 inches and includes the bench. For more information, please contact Leslie Cook  at 441-2512. 

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 this summer

Christian Ed Collaboration

Join with other people who are interested in Christian formation for kids and teens. We'll meet on Monday, July 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 at the Diocesan Office at 143 State Street, Portland.  If distance is prohibitive, you can call in at 800-977-8002, code 184756#.

"Creating the King James Bible" at St. Andrew's, Newcastle

On Sunday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Undercroft of St Andrew's in Newcastle, Director of Christian Formation, Ben Cooke, will offer a short presentation on the creation of the most famous translation of the Bible ever: the King James Version. This monumental translation has been an integral part of the lives of millions, both as a work of faith and as work of history and literature, for the last 400 years. All are most welcome to attend.

Events with Youth Ministries

  • E.Y.E. (Episcopal Youth Event) in Philadelphia - July 8-13
  • BION Teen Camp - at Bishopswood for grades 6-12 - August 18-23
    There's still space at BION Teen Camp! Invite kids who have completed grades 6-12 and who want to have a great summer week. The price is $240. Financial aid is also available so that no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay. Find out more here. Register online here.  
  • 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