July 7,
Volume 17 
No. 13
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Pastor Erik Karas of St. Mark's, Augusta and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Rev. David Matson of St. Matthew's, Hallowell and St. Barnabas', Augusta at the Mustard Seeds K6 Service on June 7th. Kids earned tickets to throw pies at David and Erik by bringing friends to Mustard Seeds.

Prayers for...
...in Thanksgiving for the ministry of The Rev. Lu-Anne Conner, who celebrated her final service at St. Andrew's, Newcastle on Sunday, June 28th
...the family of The Rev. Edwin A. Garrett III, 91, of Bar Harbor, upon his death on July 2nd. Funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 11th at St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor.
Read his full obituary here. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
...The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop-elect. You can see a video of the Presiding Bishop-elect and read his answers to questions from the nominating committee here. Bishop Curry will become Presiding Bishop on November 1st.
Photo from General Convention courtesy of Dick Rozene


 Welcome to...
...The Rev. Reed J. Loy, who joins St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth and St. Peter's, Portland as Assistant Rector this summer







Bishop Lane writes.... 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:


I remember saying to you that the 78th General Convention would be memorable - or not - depending on the courage of the deputies and bishops. After the fact, I think the 78th Convention was not only ...


...click here to read the rest of Bishop Steve's letter.   Click here to read the Statement of Clarification from General Convention.






2016 program 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: 



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



July edition of the 2015 Directory


A new edition of the electronic 2015 Directory will be distributed this month. Clergy should report any changes and updated contact information here by July 17th. 



Exhibit registration for 2015 Diocesan Convention open


The 2015 Diocesan Convention is ready to accept registrations for ministry exhibits here. Note that space is limited and tables will be shared. Please sign up early! Deadline is September 25th.

The 196th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine will assemble at the University of Southern Maine, Portland on October 23 and 24, 2015. All available convention information is online at  www.tinyurl.com/diome2015.



Camp Bishopswood openings 

It's not too late for your child to enjoy some time at Bishopswood!
There are still a handful of openings:

July 5th-11th- Giddyap Western Week
July 26th- Aug 1- The Big Freeze and
Aug 9th -Aug 15th- Bishopswoodstock

Don't let price stop a child from attending camp. Some scholarship money is available and they can set up easy affordable payment plans. Give your child a experience they will never forget!  Register at www.bishopswood.org.



St. Paul', Brunswick seeks Music Ministry Director 


St. Paul's is seeking a permanent, half-time Music Ministry Director to develop expanded ministry for all ages and to deepen parish spirituality through exuberant worship of

God. Sunday worship with music includes a 9:30am Sunday Family Eucharist and 10:30am

Sunday traditional sung Eucharist.  Once a month, there is limited organ accompaniment of hymns at 8:00am Eucharist. See full job description here. Applicants please submit cover letter, resume and three references to stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org no later than August 1, 2015. 




Please send listings and photos for possible inclusion in a future issue of The Dio Log to diolog@episcopalmaine.org. Thank you!









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.

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.


Brenda Hamilton, one of the lay delegates to General Convention, will attend and brief us on resolutions regarding peace and justice that will have been considered at the Convention. Our discussion of where to go from here and how to prepare best for Diocesan Convention in October will be greatly aided. Budget issues will also be discussed as well as the informal survey we did this spring of our members.


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. 




On the Move with God

Vacation Bible School at St. Bart's Episcopal Church, Yarmouth

August 10 - 14, 2015 9am-12pm 


Tents! Stories! Crafts! Games! Songs!


Join us as we take a closer look at biblical journeys and the presence of God along the way. Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14th from 9am to 12pm for ages 4-12. Snacks provided. $30 suggested donation per child to cover the costs of food and craft and game supplies. Download a flyer here.


FMI and to register, please email Kerry Mansir at kerrymansir@gmail.com.




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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