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news and events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 18, Number 7  ~  April 8, 2016

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

prayers for...

the Rev. Steve Crowson, of Trinity, Lewiston, upon his retirement. His last Sunday will be April 24. All who can make it are welcome to a noon-time music-filled celebration of his ministry at the Women's Literary Union at 19 Elm Street in Auburn.

the Rev. Mary Lee Wile, deacon at St. Paul's, Brunswick, upon the death of her father, George Hanford, in Massachusetts on April 3. 

all those (150 strong from 36 congregations!) who will gather - presenters and participants - for the Spring Training 2016 day tomorrow in Brunswick. 

The Presiding Bishop calls for a season of prayer

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called for a season of prayer for regions of the Anglican Communion which are experiencing violence and civil strife.

"In this season of Resurrection, I call on everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters in areas where there is much burden and little hope," the Presiding Bishop said.

Citing Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ - Presiding Bishop Curry called for prayer throughout the holy season of Easter. Beginning on April 3, the First Sunday of Easter, and proceeding through Pentecost May 15, The Episcopal Church is asked to pray for a particular province or region:

* Burundi
* Central America
* Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Middle East
* Pakistan
* South Sudan

More information is available here; be sure to check back for additional information throughout the Easter season.

in the news...

News from the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, starting today, ACC rebuffs primates' "requirements" as meeting begins. Apparently even the water bottles are urging Anglicans to unite. (See photo in the linked article.) Also, here is a comprehensive story from Episcopal News Service

A story of hope for young Syrian refugees from Episcopal Relief & Development. If you would like to know more about how your congregation can participate in ER&D efforts, please contact our diocesan coordinator, Margaret Reimer, at

Check out the April newsletter from the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice which includes its first Call to Action regarding the Cover Maine Now Medicaid expansion effort.

Read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's statement presented to the Church Center Staff on April 4 about the results of an independent investigation of three senior staff members suspended in December.

voices among us...

Bishop Steve Lane's Easter sermon offered at St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill: "God's love cannot be broken."

Around the Diocese

Joining God in the Neighborhood: A One-Day Introduction to the New Thing God is Doing

"We haven't failed: the world has changed"
-Bishop Lane in his 2009 Convention address

The world has changed. More and more of our neighbors are encountering God in places other than church buildings and services. And more and more, if we want to encounter God with our neighbors, we have to go out into our neighborhoods and see what God is up to.

Over the next two years, Episcopalians across Maine will work with our friends in the Dioceses of Connecticut... Southwest Virginia... and East Tennessee, doing experiments in how we might join God in our neighborhoods, and coming together locally to learn from the results.

This will be exciting! We'll have great support, from people like Dwight Zscheile (People of the Way), Alan Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder. We'll help and learn from one another. And we'll move step by step so that everyone can take part.

The first step is coming up soon, and you're invited!

WHAT: Joining God in the Neighborhood, a one-day program that will offer ways you can meet God where your neighbors are, and that will invite you to consider trying a few experiments in company with others
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (coffee's on at 9:30)
WHERE: Christ Church in Gardiner
WHO: Everyone! We especially hope that a clergy person and at least a couple of lay leaders will come from many congregations, big and small, all across Maine
WHY: Because God is doing a new thing, and we're part of it

The fine print: Every Episcopalian in Maine is welcome and wanted. It's best (but not required) if you come with a few lay leaders and a clergy person from your congregation. Registration is NOT required, though it would be helpful if you let us know you're coming. Please send an email to Michael Ambler at Same thing if you need further information or have any questions. Bring a brown bag lunch, and whatever you need to take notes.

The Gathering Place in Brunswick has a new web site 

The Gathering Place offers a safe, welcoming, and comfortable space for people to gather in downtown Brunswick and offers guests respect, encouragement, companionship, and hope. In four years, the Gathering Place has received more than 50,000 visits. Thanks to Deacon Chick Carroll for sharing the link to its updated website and for his original post about his ministry with Brunswick's most vulnerable residents in a blog post earlier this year.

Pilgrim: A new teaching and discipleship resource for the Christian journey

Pilgrim, offered by Church Publishing, Inc., is a brand new teaching and discipleship resource that helps inquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. It's meant to be a way to help people answer Presiding Bishop Curry's call to follow Jesus.

There are two stages of material in Pilgrim. There are four short books in the Follow stage designed for those who are inquirers and very new to the faith. Then there are four books (available in August) in the Grow stage designed for those who want to go further in their journey.

Learn more at 

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Bishopswood fundraiser at St. Peter's, Portland, on April 23

St. Peter's, Portland, will host three seatings for a roast pork dinner to benefit Camp Bishopswood on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online at or at the door. Click here for a flyer.

Reminder of upcoming annual clergy retreat

The 2016 Clergy Annual Retreat (click here for the agenda) will be held April 24-26, 2016 at Grace Church in Bath.  Accommodations are at the Hampton Inn in Bath and reservations close April 15th. The Retreat registration deadline is April 19th and late registrations cannot be accepted .  All clergy have been emailed registration and hotel reservation information.
For more information, please contact Barbara Martin at

Women of the ELCA Spring Gathering welcomes Maine Episcopalians

On Saturday, April 30, Lutheran women of Maine will gather for a day of learning and fellowship. Convener Liz Burgess of Church at 209 in Augusta, extends an invitation all Episcopal women to attend. The gathering will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in South Paris and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presenters include the Rev. Nancy Moore from Trinity, South Paris, and Christ Church, Norway; the Rev. Mary Bourque, deacon at St. Matthew's, Hallowell; and Deborah Ripley of St. Peter's, Bridgton. 

First time participants are offered a registration rate of $8. Advance registration is appreciated. Call or email Liz at 622.2001 or Click for a flyer or a detailed schedule of the day.

Another kind invitation from New England Lutherans
3G: Generating Generous Giving 

Bishop Jim Hazelwood of the New England Synod and the Rev. Renee LiaBraaten, Associate for Generosity, will bring their one-day presentation to First Lutheran Church in Portland on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $5.00 to defray the cost of lunch. Please email Martha Whyte a list of names of participants from your congregation no later than May 7. This is the fourth and last of these workshops offered across New England. Maine Episcopalians are most welcome to attend. Click here for a schedule and flyer.

School of Healing Prayer at Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove - April 28-30

With the charge to learn how to love, listen, and pray, the Church of Our Father will offer a three-day School of Healing Prayer from April 28 to 30. Offered by the Diocese of Albany in partnership with Christian Healing Ministries, Inc., the April training will offer the first of four levels of instruction.

All are welcome. An informational brochure is available for download here. Click here for an application.

Invite middle and high schoolers to BION Camp! - August 16-20 at Bishopswood - register by June 20 for the early price
Even if you're not in grades 6-12, please invite kids to BION - our diocese's camp created especially for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Campers will make new friends and enjoy living in the outdoors with kids their age from all over Maine.  They'll choose activities like ultimate Frisbee, archery, kayaking, swimming, theater games, creative crafts, challenge games and more. There will be music, campfires, s'mores, teen-led worship, interesting focus groups about God and life, high school coffee house and a middle school games night.   Staff include musician Thew Elliott, the Rev. Christopher Szarke, A.K. Akera and adults and young adults from all over our diocese.  Please consider providing a scholarship for a teen from your town.  Register at Download an information flyer here.  For more info, contact Jane Hartwell
 or Camp Director Kerry Mansir.

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