January 9,
Volume 17
No. 1
 The Dio Log

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999
Dio Shield
waiting in the wings at the Epiphany pageant, St. John's in Bangor
Remember the ice storm of '98?

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to 1998 Ice Storm in Maine

Here's a blog post and a short video to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Episcopal Relief & Development and to remember the support it provided with a $25,000 emergency grant to the Diocese. Those funds allowed 15 congregations, including Christ Church, Gardiner, to assist their neighbors affected by the disaster. Thanks to the Rev. Jack Fles and Becky Fles for sharing their memories of that time.

in the news...

"Celtic Service fill need, pews at Cape Elizabeth Church," a story about St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth's new celtic eventide service in the Portland Press Herald on December 28.

"Helping Lewiston's Jubilee Center with 'a servant's heart,'" a profile of Trinity Jubilee Center's new volunteer coordinator in Lewiston Sun Journal on December 23.

voices among us...

Bishop Steve Lane's Christmas Eve sermon, "Christ is born in us: Not an ordinary miracle." Bishop Lane is on vacation until January 20.

Christmas 2014 Maine2Mityana newsletter from the Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw who serve as missionaries in Uganda.

from the Rev. John Rafter in this week's edition of Tidings, the parish newsletter of St. Thomas' Church, Camden:

In Times Like These
The violent appearance of the so-called Islamic State... Terrorists murdering journalists and police in Paris... How are we to live as Christians in response to times like these? It may help us to distinguish between actions that are done "in the name of" a religious faith, and the beliefs and practices of the faith itself. In our own history, the Crusades of the Middle Ages were an aberration, even though they were carried out in the name of the Church. Likewise, the Holocaust was abhorrent, even though the anti-Semitism was stoked by some who called themselves Christian. Today, Islam is seeing acts of terror done in its name. That does not mean that Islam is a terrorist faith, nor does it mean that today's terrorists are acting in accordance with the tenets of historical Islam. Similar to some of our own history, the current "religious terrorism" is an aberration. So how are we to live in times like these? By loving God and our neighbor; by praying for peace; by working for justice; and by forgiving our enemies. Hard work? Of course! But remember, we who are in Christ have not been left on our own!

Adult Formation Resources Exchange/ Bishop's Book Group


The newest recommendation in the Adult Formation Resources Exchange is Being Christian by Rowan Williams. This 80-page book focuses on fundamental practices of Christians: Baptism, Bible-reading, Eucharist and Prayer. It's Williams at his best: lucid, accessible and provocative. Preview the book here. 


The book is recommended by Bishop Steve Lane, who is offering an online workshop for book group leaders in January and a Lenten online workshop for groups who are reading Being Christian. Details to follow. 


UTO Offers Young Adult Grants 


Do you know a young adult who is interested in applying for a grant to help start a new project?  The UTO will award nine grants of $1,250 to young adults (age 21 to 30). The projects must serve one of the  Five Marks of Mission. The application deadline is February 1. Read more here and feel free to contact Canon Jane Hartwell for advice at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.



Last chance to give to the Advent Campaign for Bucksport Mill Employees


The Advent Campaign will conclude at the end of January. If you have not yet made a donation and wish to, please visit the campaign page on the diocesan website to find out how you may lend your support to the families of 579 Verso Paper Company workers who lost their jobs in December.


Below are links to Bishop Lane's letter of invitation to participate in the campaign, a bulletin insert, and a sheet detailing donation options.


Bishop Lane's letter

Donation page

Donation options

Bulletin insert




 Submit! (your 2015 congregation report, please)


Happy New Year! Please remember to submit an Annual Congregation Report for 2015 informing the diocesan office of election results within 30 days after your annual meeting. Access this electronic report here.



2015 New Initiative Grant applications welcomed


Dreaming about a new ministry in your community? 


Apply now for a 2015 New Initiative Grants from Diocesan Council. Each congregation and organization in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Seven Criteria for Mission, approved at Diocesan Convention in 2011.


The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, February 6. Diocesan Council will make grant recommendations at its February 21 meeting.


The online application and link to application worksheet may be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015newinitiative or check out the announcement in the newnortheast.me.


Dream big!






EPF-Maine to meet January 10 in Camden

The Maine Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship will host its next meeting on Saturday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Camden. Agenda items will include a debrief of what happened with our resolutions presented at Diocesan Convention in October and action plans for the future.


Please bring a simple food item to share with other members at the potluck lunch at noon. Click here to view minutes from our September 6, 2014 meeting.




Planned Giving on Demand resource kit offered to Maine congregations

Check out a post on the NNE news blog by Diocesan Stewardship Consultant Lisa Meeder Turnbull. She explains a new program from the Episcopal Church Foundation on planned giving.


Lisa has purchased a number of Planned Giving on Demand toolkits on behalf of Maine congregations and would love to include as many congregations as possible in launching a network. 


Not quite sure? On Monday, January 12, she will host a mainestewards webinar, "Planning for Planned Giving," from 7 to 8 p.m. This discussion will include an introduction to Planned Giving on Demand. To participate, simply go to episcopalmaine.webex.com at the appointed time; look for "stewardship" on the list of meetings scheduled for that day; click "join" to enter the meeting site.


Want to talk it over? Clergy and lay leaders are invited to be in touch to talk by phone or via Skype. Email Lisa at  mainestewards@yahoo.com to set up a time.




Saint Mary's, Falmouth, to host conversation on police and community
relations on January 14

All are welcome to a gathering of police officers, including the Falmouth police chief, and local clergy at Saint Mary's on Wednesday, January 14, at 6 p.m. They will discuss how police officers are trained and supervised and other issues related to policing in the local community.


Saint Mary's is located at 43 Foreside Road. Click here for a flyer.




Diocesan Young Adult Gathering

This event for young adults age 18 to 25 will be January 16 to 18 at St. Luke's Cathedral. The new Lutheran Young Adult Pastor Maria Anderson and young adults from Episcopal churches are designing and leading this exciting weekend.  Register and find out more here.  FMI, contact jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org or carpenter.solange@gmail.com.   




Trinity Institute's webcast "Creating the Common Good"


St. John Baptist, Thomaston, will host the webcast that begins with the Archbishop of Canterbury's address on Thursday evening, January 22, at 7 p.m. The annual event is hosted by Trinity Church, Wall Street. A full schedule continues on Friday and Saturday. The schedule and details for viewing from home are available here.



In advance of the webcast, Cornel West will offer an online class at Churchnext.tv titled "Called to Common Good." Offered at no cost, registration includes: 

  • 24/7 access from January 11-21 to all video lectures, downloads, and course content.
  • Video lectures with Cornel West
  • Downloadable Discussion Questions for groups and The Takeaway, for personal study.
  • Interaction with Trinity Institute staff and other students through discussion questions and sharing notes.



Winter Safe Church Training in Augusta


A Safe Church Training session will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 209  Eastern Ave. in Augusta Saturday, January 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Register now on the Safe Church page of our website.







Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to the Winter Middle School Event  

Registration is now open for the diocesan Winter Middle School Event, which will be held March 6 to 8, from 6:30 p.m. on Friday until 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. Paul's Church in Brunswick. It's a great time for your kids in grades 6 to 8 to be part of something bigger. There'll be discussions, games, swimming, music, activities, youth-led worship, new friends and fun. Fred Fowler, Sherry Sivret and Rev. Nancy Moore will lead. The Sunday Eucharist - open to everyone - will be at 1:00. Registration is at www.maineyouth.org.

Also, TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) for high schoolers will be March 20 to 22 and BION Camp for middle and high schoolers is August 18 to 22.  Registration and more information will be at www.maineyouth.org. 



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