August 28,
Volume 17 
No. 17
 The Dio Log 

news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Five Mainers completed the spiritual direction program of the Adelynrood School on August 14, 2015. Pictured (L to R) in the front row are Rev. Helen Rousseau of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and Rev. Dr. Judith Burleigh of the Aroostook Episcopal Cluster. In the back row, Ms. Anne Street of St. Paul's, Brunswick,  Rev. Lin Peyton, Pastoral Caregiver for the Elderly, and  Rev. Patricia Ellen of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.

prayers for...

family and friends of George Van Hazinga, husband of The Rev. Ed Greene, who died this week. Funeral will be held at Grace Church, Bath on Monday, August 31st at 11:00 am. May George rest in peace and rise in glory. Read obituary here.

our brothers and sisters affected by the devastating fires in the west:

A Prayer for Forest Fires

God of abundance, giver of this good, green earth: we raise our voices in lament for the forest fires raging across the western states of our country. We grieve for the loss of forested hills and valleys and for the loss of homes and farms. We mourn over the deaths of brave firefighters who gave their lives in the struggle to contain the inferno. We weep for the suffering of birds and animals and for the loss of their habitat. We fear the winter rains that will bring mudslides and further destruction.

Be with us, loving God. Bring cooling temperatures and healing rain. Give courage to firefighters and pilots, to volunteers and helpers from near and far. Help us to repent of the lifestyles and behaviors that are heating and drying our fragile, island home. Give us hope for new growth of plants and trees. May the green blade rise again for our sake and the sake of the world you have created.  Amen.

Deadline for resolutions and nominations September 1st 

The 196th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
"We are God's Dwelling: Rooted in Scripture and Nurtured by Grace"
October 23 - 24, 2015

Important deadlines for the 2015 Diocesan Convention are coming up and registration is now open. If you wish to submit a resolution or a nomination, the electronic forms must be completed by September 1st. More information to help you and your congregation prepare for Convention is available on our website with new content added regularly. Please share this page with your elected lay delegates and check back often.


An important update on Camp Bishopswood from Bishop Lane

Dear Friends of Camp Bishopswood:

As I reported a few weeks ago, the 50-year old septic system at Camp Bishopswood was seriously damaged after being overwhelmed by a summer downpour. With your help - and the some $17,000+ that was donated - Bishopswood has been able to get through the summer camp season. For the campers, the septic problem was little more than a minor inconvenience. Under Mike Douglass' able leadership, the fun and the fellowship of Camp continued unabated. Thank you for generous response in the face of a significant challenge to the Camp.

Today it's apparent that the septic system has been dealt a mortal to read more here 

Free moral injury conference on September 12th

Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) is offering "Bringing World's Together: a FREE Conference for Military Veterans, Family/Community Members & Service Providers" on Saturday, September 19th at the University of Maine, Farmington's Olsen Center from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.  Read the breakout session topics and find the registration link here. 

Copyright resources for churches available on our website

A compilation of resources on the issues of copyright laws and compliance for churches has been posted on While not legal advice, the page provides a good overview of information that you may find helpful. If you know of additional supportive resources, please let us know. Contact Barbara Martin at

EPF-Maine meeting on September 12th

The Maine Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship will hold its next meeting on September 12, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Thomaston. The meeting begins in the parish hall at 10 a.m. and will run through lunch (please bring a food item to share). On the agenda will be a discussion of the resolution EPF-Maine has submitted to Diocesan Convention being held on October 23-24. We will consider ways to carry out future work projected by the resolution. Anyone interested in attending is most welcome, along with members new and old. If you have questions, please contact EPF Convener Gretchen Crawford at

Learn about 
new stewardship tools and the power of small-church ministry

'Tis the Season!

What a great time of year this is in our congregations...
Blessing of the backpacks? Check!
Rally Day? Check!
Sunday School registration, program kick-off, committees re-forming? 
Check, check, and check!

Next up---Stewardship!

All across the diocese, as we "do church" in our many setting and circumstances, our stewardship conversations have become richer and more creative. Generosity is being celebrated in its many forms and new ways of talking about money and time are emerging.

In that spirit, Lisa Meeder Turnbull has brought together some wonderful new tools for congregations, with a particular emphasis on the power of small-church ministry.

Lisa is available by phone or video chat and is happy to spend time with you as you plan your upcoming stewardship cycle. Just drop her a note at to set up a time that is convenient for you!


Hospice Volunteer Training
Fridays, October 2, 9 & 16

VNA is offering special training at to prepare you to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team bringing comfort to individuals and families facing terminal illness. Call Beth Simmons, 400-8852 for an application or email A pre-training interview is required. More details on this flier

Maine Retreat for Men In The Second Half of Life: 
Exploring Who & How You Want To Be
October 5-7, 2015

A three day retreat for men in the second half of their lives on Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine is being offered by Heart At Work Associates. It's for men 50 and older who want to reconnect with and live into what they long for at this time in their lives relative to work, relationships and community. The retreat is limited to 15 men.


Regional Confirmation
 Wednesday, November 11

Regional Confirmation to be held on November 11th at St. Mary's, Falmouth. 
Strengthening communities of faith for God's mission in congregations across Maine