August 14,
2015
Volume 17 
No. 16
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

 Children attending St. Peter's Choir School (5 days) in Rockland learning to read music, learning to sing together, and having fun. Watch a short Choir School video here.


WHAT'S NEW IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN MAINE
 
prayers for...   
  
the Rev. Janice Schuyler and her family. Janice has been diagnosed with stage four cancer.  Rev. Janice Schuyler retired from St. Stephen the Martyr, East Waterboro in 2007, and her husband, The Rev. William Schuyler, retired from St. George's, Sanford in 2007.  
  
for the 85 middle and high school kids and adults at BION Camp this week.
  
congratulations to... 
  
Sherri Dietrich of St. Andrew's, Newcastle, Maine's United Thank Offering coordinator, upon being elected to represent Province 1 (New England dioceses) on the national board of the UTO for the 2015-2018 term.     
 
welcome to...  
Thew Elliott, new Music Director at Trinity, Portland. Thew is a composer, teacher, pianist, and singer who moved to Portland from Washington, DC. He begins his duties later this summer.   
  
  
  
  
  
a message from Bishop Lane...
  
Dear Friends in Christ:
  
I want to share with you the good news that my wife, Gretchen, has been cleared to return to normal activities. She is not yet fully recovered from her bout with kidney cancer, but she is well on her way.  We are walking regularly, and she has resumed her several volunteer activities.
 
There is no follow-up treatment for kidney cancer; no protocol that has been shown to reduce the risk of a recurrence. Therefore, we now begin five years of watchful waiting and regular testing. The likelihood of a recurrence is in the range of 35%, and we are grateful that the greater likelihood is for continued good health.
 
I, too, am well on the road to recovery after my surgery. I have returned to work full time and am eager to see you and continue our participation in God's mission together. My desire to do God's work with you is undiminished.
  
Thank you for your prayers, for the cards and letters you have sent, and for the meals you have prepared. Gretchen and I feel well and truly supported by you, and we know that your care has made a major contribution to our healing. We believe that our good God has walked with us daily through this time, and we have experienced the mystery of grace in the midst of distress. We are confident of God's continuing presence in the days ahead.
  
Gretchen and I will continue to hold all of you in our prayers, as we know we will continue in yours.
  
Faithfully,
  
Bishop Steve
AROUND THE DIOCESE
  
2015 Diocesan Convention registration opens
  
  
196th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
"We Are God's Dwelling: Rooted in Scripture and Nurtured by Grace"
Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24
Portland, Maine 
  
  
Dear Friends in the Diocese of Maine:
  
The Convention Planning Committee has been working with Bishop Lane to create a most eventful and educational Convention (October 23 and 24) at the beautiful Abromson Center on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. We will be gathering in the auditorium there for our business sessions, having lunch, breaks and exhibits in the ample atrium, and setting up interesting workshops in modern, techno-capable classrooms. Parking will be provided in the connecting parking deck and is free of charge. Local parishes are planning exciting renewed worship to share, including perhaps, African drumming, Celtic prayers and prayers from a variety of sources, while also retaining the best of our tradition. I'm very pleased that our Closing Eucharist on Saturday will be at St. Luke's Cathedral and will include a "Convention Choir."
  
The theme this year is "We Are God's Dwelling: Rooted in Scripture and Nurtured by Grace." Workshops will help us be rooted in Scripture as we share best practices and resources for Christian Formation for all ages. Bishop Lane will address us at the Friday evening banquet at the Italian Heritage Center when we gather together to renew friendships. The Convention Planning Committee is pleased to stand by our current Diocese of Maine Alcohol Policy for all of our official activities, so there will be no alcohol served at the reception or banquet. [read the policy here]
  
Be sure to visit the Convention page of our website for the outline of activities. Updates and new information are added regularly. Everyone who will be attending Convention is asked to register online (delegates, clergy, spouse/partners, guests, workshop presenters and others). [register here] And please help me thank our Bishop Lane, the Convention Planning Committee and our Diocesan Staff for what promises to be an inspiring and productive gathering.
  
Your friend in Christ,
  
The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Convention Planning Committee Chair
  
 
 2015 Diocesan Convention Deadlines
  
September 1, 2015 - Resolutions Due
September 1, 2015 - Nominations Due
September 28, 2015 - Exhibit Registration Due
  
 
  
St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor hosts Episcopal Relief & Development photo exhibit
  
Women in India, Micro-Finance Program
Courtesy of Episcopal Relief & Development
In celebration of Episcopal Relief &
Development's 75th Anniversary, St. Saviour's Episcopal Church is hosting the organization's traveling photo exhibition at 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor from Sunday, August 16 to Monday, August 31.  
  
Featuring 33 iconic photos of Episcopal Relief & Development's work around the globe, the exhibition leads viewers through a vivid, intimate exploration of the organization's history and programs.
  
As a capstone to the exhibit, Episcopal Relief and Development President Dr. Robert Radtke will be visiting MDI, preaching at a service of Evensong at St. John's Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor at 6:30 PM on Saturday August 29, and preaching at the regular Sunday services at St. Saviour at 7:30 and 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 30.
  
Download this bulletin insert to share this event with your congregation.
  
  
Safe Church Training program now offered online
  
The Diocese of Maine requires that people who work with children or with shut-ins have training in "Safe Church" practice like how to maintain appropriate boundaries and what the danger signs are when someone might be transgressing those boundaries. 
  
The Diocese of Maine's Safe Church Training Program is now online. Instead of an in-person seminar, people are invited to enroll in the online program, complete several short courses which are assigned based on their area of focus, and print two copies of their certificate upon completion - one for their congregation, one for their own records.
To get started, please visit the Safe Church Training page of episcopalmaine.org for details and instructions. 
  
 
Medical Benefits Task Force releases progress report
  
A task force of Diocesan Council members was convened this year to try to wrap our heads around some upcoming changes in medical benefits plans offered to clergy and other parish staff through the Denominational Health Plan (DHP).  Read our Progress Report here. 
  
  
General Convention summary available
  
Read about the important work of the 78th General Convention. Visit generalconvention.org to download the Summary of Actions.
  
  
Save these dates for Maine Episcopal Youth Events
  • Deadline to apply for Diocesan Youth Representatives to Convention - Sept. 18
  • Leadership training for high school event is Friday, October 9
  • Fall High School Event is at St. Ann's in Windham on Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday to Monday, October 10-12
  • Youth at Convention as regular delegates, Diocesan Youth Representatives or helpers - October 23-24
  • Leadership training for middle school event - October 30-31
  • Fall Middle School Event at the Cathedral (for grades 6-8) is November 20-22
Registration and more information will be available soon at maineyouth.org.
  
  
Camp Bishopswood needs your help
  
Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to assist Camp Bishopswood in their struggle to maintain an overwhelmed septic system. Update: including Bishop's donation, we have raised over $9,000. The septic system still needs daily attention and your support is needed. Thank you for your generosity.
Please consider making a credit card donation by clicking on the "Give Now" button on our website
or directly here or by check payable to Camp Bishopswood labeled "septic system" to 98 Bishopswood Rd., Hope, ME 04847. 
 
  
Together we can help Bishopswood to continue its important work!
  
  
  
  
2016 CREDO for part-time and bi-vocational clergy offered
  
Church Pension Group will be offering a 6-day Part-Time/Bi-Vocational CREDO conference June 15-20, 2016 at the Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Barbara Martin, bmartin@episcopalmaine.org or 772-1953 x 125. Please note: enrollment is limited to those who are currently active in the Church Pension Fund.
  
  
Wayside seeking gardeners to donate harvest
  
Join Wayside in its effort to provide healthy food to people in need by donating produce from your garden.  Donated food is distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters and is used in the Wayside Community Meals Program.

Gardeners can bring donations to Wayside's operations center at 135 Walton, St., Portland. Wayside can arrange pickup of large donations. To learn more, contact Don Morrison at (207) 712-4929 or email Morrison at dmorrison@waysidemaine.org.  
  
  
Nominations due Sept. 18 for Diocesan Youth Representatives to Convention
  
Do you know someone who is either in high school or a young adult (up to age 20) who would learn something and contribute by serving at Diocesan Convention? Eight (8) young people will be selected as "Diocesan Youth Representatives to Convention." The congregation and priest are responsible for  preparing the youth, encouraging him/her to attend pre-convention hearings and mentoring her/him during convention.  The youth will sit with your delegation.  Our diocese will provide all meals and supervise the group of teens between meetings.
  
Click here for information and here for the simple on-line nomination form.  For more info, contact Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org. Please also let me know if you have regularly elected teen delegates or teens in grades 6-12 who want to help out at Convention.
  
UP AND COMING IN MAINE AND BEYOND
   
August
 
Christian Ed Collaboration Meeting
August 24, 2015
  
Come and join leaders, clergy and teachers from around the diocese on Monday, August 24th for a Christian Ed Collaboration meeting. Everyone is invited to meet at the diocesan office, 143 State Street, or through episcopalmaine.webex.com, from 10:00 - 12:00.  For more information, contact emily.keniston@yahoo.com.
  
    
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