June 19,
2015
Volume 17 
No. 12
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Bishop Lane with The Rev. Ann Kathlyn O'Sullivan and The Rev. Abigail Bower Pettee ordained to the    Sacred Order of Deacons in the Diocese of Maine on Saturday, June 13th. Ann will serve at St. George's, York Harbor and Abby at St. Thomas', Camden.   Photo courtesy of Marjorie Manning Vaughan.

 

WHAT'S NEW IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN MAINE
 
prayers for...  
 
all the victims of gun violence, especially the citizens of South Carolina, the members of Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston.

 

Let us pray:
  
God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflicts, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.
  
Where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.
  
We lift to you all those who suffered harm and for the nine lost loved ones at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
  
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  
(Prayer by The Rev. Herman R. Yoos Bishop of the South Carolina Synod, ELCA and adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Additional Prayers page 76.)
 
General Convention of the Episcopal Church, our Maine deputation, and those travelling to Salt Lake City next week with Bishop Lane:
 

The Ven. Mary Lee Wile, St. Paul's, Brunswick 

The Rev. Calvin Sanborn, St. George's, York Harbor

The Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh, St. Luke's, Portland

The Rev. Nina Pooley, St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth

Mr. Richard Rozene, St. Ann's, Windham

Ms Brenda Hamilton, St. Andrew's, Newcastle

Ms Elizabeth Ring, St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth 

Mr. Mark Spahr, St. Patrick's, Brewer

Ms Anna Foster, Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland 

  
the election of our next Presiding Bishop
  
the Rev. Tim Walmer and the people of St. Luke's, Wilton upon his retirement on July 1st after 18 years of ministry at St. Luke's. His last services will be held on Sunday, July 5th at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.  
  
the 30 people Confirmed, seven people Received and one person who Reaffirmed  Baptismal Vows in the Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 14th from eight congregations: Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland, Trinity, Portland, St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, St. Mary's, Falmouth, St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth,  St. David's, Kennebunk, St. John's, Bangor and St. Ann's, Windham.   
  
  View the Regional Confirmation slideshow here.
Photography by Marjorie Manning Vaughan.
  
Gretchen Lane in her continuing recovery from surgery. Read the latest update and thank you letter from Bishop Lane here.
  
the Rev. John Phelps and Mrs. Phelps as Fr. Phelps recovers from a mild stroke
  
the victims of the torrential rains and flooding in the United States
  
the Rev. Edwin Garrett III as he transitions from the hospital into rehab 
  
 welcome to...
 
  
the Rev. Christopher Szarke from Ithaca, NY, as the new Rector of St. Margaret's, Belfast, starting July 7th.  Read an introduction from their
Vestry and Discernment Committee here.  
  

our Summer Chapel friends and
summer visitors to the Diocese of Maine
  
       [Photo, right, from All Saints by the Sea,
        Southport Island courtesy of the
        Rev. Maria Hoecker]
  
     
  
in the news... 
  
Scarborough Community Garden, a new project of St. Nicholas, Scarborough and a large network of partners, is up and running! The garden was blessed and dedicated last month.  Read more here on The New Northeast blog.
  
Religious leaders in Maine issued a statement June 10th advocating for a legislative solution to make immigrants seeking asylum in the state eligible for funding.
 "Advocates call for Maine legislators to help on immigrant aid" in the Portland Press Herald quotes Bishop Lane.
  
AROUND THE DIOCESE

 

 

Mark Spahr, of St. Patrick's, Brewer, displayed on  the big screen in the House of Deputies as he speaks to a resolution in 2012

General Convention 2015

 

Get the latest news and updates from the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City.

 

Bishop Steve Lane and clerical and lay deputies will gather with representatives from the 108 other dioceses of The Episcopal Church from June 23 to July 3. Bishop Lane will serve in the House of Bishops while four clerical deputies and four lay deputies will represent Maine in the House of Deputies at the

78th General Convention.

 

At this Convention a new Presiding Bishop will be elected and confirmed, recommendations from the church-wide Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church, and much more. 

 

Read reports of the Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards to the General Convention in The Blue Book (pdf).

 

Subscribe to the diocese's news blog, www.newnortheast.me to receive the Deputy of the Day posts from a new Mainer each day, Bishop Lane's brief daily video recaps, and links to news, features, sermons from the daily Eucharist, and lots of other developments that will affect the Diocese of Maine and the wider Episcopal Church.

 

 

General Convention editions of the Episcopal Journal offered to Maine congregations

 

In late June and late July, each Maine congregation will receive 20 complimentary copies of the national newspaper, the Episcopal Journal, to share with their members. The July edition (actually published before General Convention begins) will highlight issues to come before GC, and the August edition will offer a wrap-up of decisions and actions.  Please be on the look out for these newspapers and share them with all interested members.

 

 

2016 Budget Applications due Friday, July 17th 

 

As the diocesan Finance Committee begins its budget building process for 2016, leaders of program groups and committees received or will be receiving an invitation to apply for diocesan funds for the coming year.   

 

Groups that received funding from the 2015 diocesan budget were sent letters inviting them to apply. Groups not funding in 2015 but with established programs in the diocese may submit applications using the following link:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016program.

 

If you have any questions, please email The Rev. Nancy Moore, Chair of the Mission Priorities Subcommittee, at nancylmoore67@gmail.com.  

 

 

Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC Releases Two Years of Findings

 

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission released their findings in one report on Sunday, June 14th.  Members of the group spent the last two years conducting interviews with those involved in the Native American Child welfare system with the goal of uncovering past abuses and improving conditions for those currently in foster care.

 

The findings and recommendations are available in this report, "Beyond the Mandate: Continuing the Conversation". The TRC will be releasing an expanded version in July which will be posted at www.mainewabanakitrc.org. 

 

 

 The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter meeting July 11th  

 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter, is holding its quarterly meeting on Saturday, July 11, at St. John Baptist Church in Thomaston. Discussion will revolve around action taken at General Convention regarding BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolutions and what action our Maine members might propose for consideration by our Diocesan Convention in October.  [Read more about how EPF will serve as an active advocate at General Convention 2015 (June 23- July 3).]

 

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in St. John's parish hall and will last through lunch. Everyone is invited to bring a food item to share. All interested parties are welcome to come share their point of view with others. 

 

 
Job Openings in the Diocese of Maine

 

Minister for Children, Youth and Families - St. George's, York Harbor

 

St. George's Church in York Harbor, Maine is seeking a compassionate person of faith to serve as a part-time Minister for Children, Youth and Families. This person will lead and work alongside parents and the congregation to help the parish envision new and creative models of ministry for the future.  Applications from lay or ordained candidates will be accepted until the job is filled. Resume and cover letter should be sent to Jennifer Davidson at office@stgeorgesyorkharbor.org by Monday, July 6. Read full job description here

 

Director of Children's Education - St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth 

 

St. Alban's Church in Cape Elizabeth is seeking candidates for an open position as Director of Children's Education.  They seek a gifted, caring, organized, collaborative and highly spirited leader to guide a well-respected Children's Christian education program at a vibrant Episcopal Church. For the right candidate, this position could prove be a stimulating and rewarding professional opportunity. The previous Director of Children's Christian Education served for more than fourteen years. More information and complete position description available here. Interested applicants should contact the Rev. Tim Boggs tboggs@stalbansmaine.org

 

Director of Formation for Children and Youth - Trinity, Portland 

 

Trinity Church in Portland is searching for a Director of Formation for Children and Youth. Trinity is an active faith community in an urban setting. Trinity has a strong tradition of a commitment to children and youth over the last twenty-five years. They are searching for someone to help continue that exciting tradition! They want to develop the spiritual life of children and youth in innovative ways that include families and our community. The Director of Formation will coordinate the church school program, during the school year, with teachers, other volunteers and the Rector (Pastor). For a complete job description, please contact the Rev. Larry Weeks at (207)772-7421 or rector@trinitychurchportland.org.

 

 

Two Stewardship Gatherings Planned for July

 

Lisa Meeder Turnbull will host two stewardship gatherings in July to help you begin planning for your upcoming program year. Working with themes of gifts and generosity and mission and message, conversation will be shaped around the particular needs and interests of the participants.
 
Gatherings are planned for Saturday, July 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Brewer. A second gathering is planned for July 18, also from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Office in Portland. 

 

For more information and registration, please click here.

 

 

Notice of Interview Day 

 

A postulancy interview day, Diaconate or Priesthood, has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th.  Clergy and/or Senior Wardens: please click here for information about the Commission on Ministry's (COM) upcoming Interview Day. For more information, contact Barbara Martin at bmartin@episcopalmaine.org or 207 772 1953 x 125. 

 

 

Maine Episcopal Youth Events announces fall calendar 

 

Here's what's happening for middle and high schoolers in 2015:


BION Camp - for kids completing grades 6-12 - at Camp Bishopswood - August 18-22
Deadline to apply for Diocesan Youth Representatives to Convention - Sept. 18
Leadership training for high school event - Friday, October 9
Fall High School Event - Columbus Day Weekend - Saturday to Monday, October 10-12
Diocesan Youth Reps at Convention - October 23-24
Leadership training for middle school event - October 30-31
Fall Middle School Event at the Cathedral for grades 6-8 - November 20-22

 

 

 Diocesan Office Summer Hours

 

The diocesan office in Portland closes at noon each Friday. Monday through Thursday, diocesan staff will keep regular hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Summer hours will end on Friday, September 4th.

 

UP AND COMING IN MAINE AND BEYOND

 

June

  

Christian Education Collaboration Meeting

June 22, 2015

Join Christian educators from all over our diocese at the Diocesan Office (143 State Street in Portland) or remotely through episcopalmaine.webex.com on Monday, June 22 from 10:00am to noon.  For more information, contact Emily Keniston at emilykeniston@yahoo.com.

 

July 

 

Stewardship Workshops

July 11, 2015 & July 18, 2015

 

Lisa Meeder Turnbull will host two stewardship gatherings in July to help you begin planning for your upcoming program year. Working with themes of gifts and generosity and mission and message, conversation will be shaped around the particular needs and interests of the participants. 

 

Gatherings are planned for Saturday, July 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Brewer. A second gathering is planned for July 18, also from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Office in Portland. 

 

For more information and registration, please click here.

 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter Meeting

  July 11, 2015

 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter, is holding its quarterly meeting on Saturday, July 11, at St. John Baptist Church in Thomaston. Discussion will revolve around action taken at General Convention regarding BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolutions and what action our Maine members might propose for consideration by our Diocesan Convention in October. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in St. John's parish hall and will last through lunch. Everyone is invited to bring a food item to share. All interested parties are welcome to come share their point of view with others. 

 

 August

 

BION Camp

August 18 - 22, 2015

BION is a five-day camp for teens and kids completing grades 6-12 held Tuesday through Saturday, August 18-22 at Camp Bishopswood. Celebrating its 16th year in 2015, BION offers kids activities like ultimate Frisbee, archery, kayaking, swimming, theater games, creative crafts and more. There will be music, campfires and s'mores, teen-led worship, focus groups, high school coffee house and the middle school games night.

 

Financial aid is available, so no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay. Download a flyer here and register at www.maineyouth.org.  

 

 

 

  

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