February 20,
Volume 17 
No. 4 
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999
St. Ann's, Windham, has created "Lent in a Bag" for every household in their congregation. Each bag contains sand, a rock, a candle, a wooden figure, and devotional cards in exploring the materials. Also included is a daily devotional and a calendar of Lenten activities. St. Ann's clergy offered the bags to those who stopped by the Windham Post Office for Ashes to Go.

Prayers for...


the Rev. Peter Jenks, rector of St. John Baptist, Thomaston, and his family upon the death of his mother, Susan Jenks of Stillwater, Minnesota, on February 8.

for the members of Diocesan Council at they hold their quarterly meeting on Saturday at St. Patrick's, Brewer. Council members represent 18 congregations across the diocese.

The Sisters of St. Margaret in Boston offer this litany for snow storms. May we not need it 
again. (Hat tip: the Rev. Maria Hoecker of St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor.)

in the news...

This feature story in The Bangor Daily News reports on a community partnership to assist homeless people in Knox County. In 2013 St. John Baptist, Thomastonwas awarded a New Initiatives Fund grant of $6,850 from the Diocese of Maine to help get the project off the ground. 

Check out this wonderful profile of the Rev. Paul Tunkle in the Lincoln County News. 

        Portland clergy offering Ashes to Go on Monument Square caught the attention of a Portland Press
Herald photographer this week. View the gallery here. (No one was more surprised than Deacon Dick Rasner of St. Luke's Cathedral to discover, according to the caption in the PPH, that he is now a priest.)

voices among us...

"Lent is the time of essentials"
 a Lenten message from Bishop Lane

In the New Northeast blog, Maine Episcopalians describe the moving moments they experienced in taking Ashes into the public square on Wednesday. "Creating a sheltered center with Ashes to Go."

The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offers a Lenten message

Bishop Lane's blog post, "Guns and domestic violence can't be separated" is featured on the Bishops United Against Gun Violence website this month.


Adult Formation Resource Exchange 

Praying in Color has a variety of resources for using art to enrich your prayer life. At the FORMA faith formation conference, Jennifer Davidson of St. George's, York Harbor, attended a workshop on Praying in Color principles and was surprised at how profound the experience could be. Follow this  link for printable materials and calendars for praying through art each day during Lent.   

Visit the Adult Formation Resource Exchange webpage for more recommendations from Maine Episcopalians. 



Only three more congregations need to subscribe for a big discount on ChurchNext education videos.

For $100, each church will receive access to unlimited online classes for a year, with up to ten people participating at a time. So far six congregations and the diocese have signed on. 

ChurchNext is an online education company that is kind of like the Netflix of Christian formation resources for the Episcopal Church. They offer hundreds of presentations by well-regarded presenters on a host of topics including scripture, liturgy, prayer, family, self-care, church history, theology and more. Equip your small group leaders with great curricula, or learn individually with a blended learning model. Learn more at the ChurchNext website at www.churchnext.tv


To find out more or to participate, contact Jane Hartwell this week at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.

Deadline for submitting the Parochial Report is March 1

Just sayin'

Need assistance? Have questions? Contact Canon Terry Reimer at treimer@episcopalmaine.org or 772-1953 x134.





Message Sent/Message Received," an ECF webinar on February 24


A common challenge for any congregation, large or small, is communications. How can we effectively and efficiently share information with our congregations? Where do we start? In "Message Sent/Message Received" you will see how linking communication to mission can be an effective way to connect people to each other, creating opportunities to share experiences and good ideas, and helping us to recognize the intersection of faith with our daily life. We will share examples of ways to incorporate individual stories of how God is working in and through members of your congregation into your parish e-news or printed newsletter - using the resources at hand.


Presented on Tuesday, February 24, at 7 p.m. by two experienced Episcopal communicators: Melodie Woerman, director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, and ECF associate program director Nancy Davidge. Register online here




Bishop Gene Robinson to preach at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth on February 22



The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, retired bishop of New Hampshire will be the distinguished guest preacher at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, on Sunday, February 22, at 9:30 a.m. All are invited. Bishop Robinson is one of the featured guests during St. Alban's Centennial year. 


The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, he is the co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults, and has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa (Uganda and South Africa). He has also been an advocate for antiracism training and for LBGT inclusion in wider church.






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

Register now 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. Click here for a flyer.




Christian Ed Collaboration Meeting - March 5


Bishop Lane will join the next gathering of people interested in Christian formation for kids and teens.  The Christian Ed Collaboration group will meet on Thursday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Diocesan Office in Portland. If distance is prohibitive, you can join us online at episcopalmaine.webex.com. If you have connection problems, call Jane Hartwell at 776-0460. For more info, contact Emily Keniston or Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.





"Know Your Stuff" webinar with Lisa Meeder Turnbull on March 9


What if someone wishing to make a generous memorial gift walked in the  church door, would you have some needs, ideas, thoughts, and suggestions ready to discuss with the family? Do you have a feel for when you should expect to face some building needs, perhaps one right after the other? 


Physical inventories and building maintenance plans aren't just good practice for insurance purposes; they play a key role in annual, capital, and planned giving as well. Join Lisa Meeder Turnbull on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. for a stewardship webinar "Know Your Stuff." Visit episcopalmaine.webex.com to participate in the conversation.


Also, If you missed Lisa Meeder Turnbull's webinar on Strategic Thinking because of the latest storm, have no fear! Lisa is repeating the session again on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Winter will certainly be on its way out by then. Details to follow.






"Faces of Easter" Formation Workshop, March 18


Please join us for a faith formation workshop focusing on Lent and Easter! We will explore the Godly Play lesson the "Faces of Easter," which details the life and death of Jesus. Participants will hear the story and discuss ways to use the lesson to explore the complex concept of the resurrection so central to our Christian faith. Open to all, this workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend in person at St. Ann's in Windham, or online via WebEx at episcopalmaine.webex.com





Breathing Life into the People's Song and Prayer: a music workshop in Maine


At Bishop Lane's invitation, Dent Davidson, musician to the House of Bishops from the Diocese of Chicago, will visit Maine to offer a presentation, "Can These Bones Live? Breathing Life into the People's Song and Prayer," on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at St. Bart's in Yarmouth. This special workshop is open to all musicians, choir directors, song leaders and others involved in music ministry. Clergy members are welcome to attend with their music leaders. 


The program is free, but so that we can make appropriate plans for supplies and food, registration is required (registration will close on March 16). Morning hospitality and lunch will be provided. 

Dent invites Maine Episcopalians to "come sing with us in exploring our role as leaders, teachers, inviters, transformers, and so much more, as we preach the Good News through God's gift of Song."


Bishop Lane says, "I'm very excited that Dent Davidson will be joining us. The Diocese of Chicago leads the way in innovative worship and I know you will enjoy this workshop." 


Register by clicking here.





 Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Maine Chapter to meet 
on March 21 (Please note: change of date)


All are welcome on Saturday, March 21, to the next Episcopal Peace Fellowship meeting at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and continue through a potluck lunch. Members are encouraged to contribute a simple food item. The meeting will end by 2 p.m. at the latest.


Click here for a map and directions. Please join the small but faithful group of EPF members gathering to discuss issues of peace and how to address them prayerfully and effectively.  




Invite high schoolers to TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) 


Register now at www.maineyouth.org for our diocesan Lenten high school event, led by high school senior Kate Rogers at Trinity Church, Portland on March 20 to 22. 

The Rev. Roy Partridge will join those gathered as the priest for the event. Teens are coming from all over Maine and New Hampshire.
Learn more about TEC with this informational flyer.  









Clergy retreat registration coming soon


The 2015 Clergy Retreat will be held from Sunday afternoon, March 22, through 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at Grace Church, Bath. Registration (required) will be available very soon. Look for an email. 


All people, clergy and lay, are invited to attend the Chrism Eucharist and the Renewal of Vows on Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at Grace Church.


Please contact Barbara Martin at bmartin@episcopalmaine.org or 772-1953 x 125 with any questions or concerns.





Bishop Michael Curry to keynote the Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Conference, April 17-18, in Boxborough, Mass.


"Stewardship in the Changing Church: Moving from Consumerism to Generosity," is the title of the 2015 Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Conference to be held in Boxborough, Massachusetts, on April 17 and 18. In addition to the ever-dynamic Bishop Curry, the event will feature inspiring stories, practical helps, engaging worship, and networking opportunities to learn from others around New England. Come hear about what is working in churches, new forms of stewardship, learn some skills and get resources to take back to your congregations.  

More information and registration can be found at www.nestewardship.org.



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