The Dio Log 
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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 18, Number 21 ~  November 11, 2016


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What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

prayers for...

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 839

voices among us...

Read Bishop Stephen Lane's message to Maine Episcopalians at the close of the polls on Tuesday evening.

A post-election message from Bishop Lane 


in the news...

Tuesday marked groundbreaking on a project to transform the parish house of  St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, into a supported living facility for local adults with disabilities. Read more in the Mount Desert Islander.


Around the Diocese...

Part-time Christian Formation Director Opening at St. Paul's, Brunswick

St. Paul's, Brunswick, seeks a part-time Christian Formation Director (CFD) for a vibrant, community-oriented, historical parish.  The duties of the CFD will be to enhance formation programs for a growing membership of families with small children and youth. The three most important criteria for the candidate are:
  • one who delights in children
  • is organized 
  • and has a passion to help families grow in the Christian faith.
Download a full position description here. The CFD will be required to have or take "Safe Church" training, and will have a modest Continuing Education budget for professional development. Please email cover letter and resume to St. Paul's Church; Attn: CFD Position,  

A wide range of Advent resources available

During Advent our deepest desires and longings can be awakened as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Here are some resources recommended by Maine Episcopal clergy: 

AdventWord2016 - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar 
This is participatory - using Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Respond to a daily meditation using images and prayers that speak to your heart. Be part of a global Advent Calendar that brings us together in communion.  http://adventword.org/  

Living Well through Advent 2016 - Practicing Simplicity With All Your Heart, Soul Strength and Mind
This booklet of daily meditations is available in bulk from Living Compass for $1 each. http://livingcompass.org/ 

The Text This Week
This website is full of resources for liturgical, sermon and lectionary help. It's a clearinghouse of information from many different denominations. Here's the page for Advent: http://www.textweek.com/yeara/adventa1.htm 

Liberated by God's Grace
This pamphlet contains four reflections by the heads of the Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/attached-files/2016_advent_devotions.pdf 

(If you know of other good resources that other churches may like to learn about, email them to jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.)


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer 2016 to 2017 is now available

Beginning with Advent 1, the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer offers prayers for each congregation, ministry, summer chapel, over the course of the church year. Download a copy here or visit the Cycle of Prayer page on the diocesan website.


Bradshaws available to speak about Maine to Mityana

The Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw have recently returned to the U.S. after three years of serving in the Diocese of Mityana, Uganda. They would welcome the chance to share their experiences in ministry with Maine Episcopalians. 

If your congregation is interested in inviting them to offer a presentation or brief talk, please be in touch with Beth at beth.bradshaw4@gmail.com or Chuck at chuckbradshaw@sams-usa.org .


Open enrollment for health insurance

Open Enrollment period for Diocese of Maine health insurance participants runs through  November 23 . Employees of congregations, non-church organizations of the Diocesan and Diocesan staff that meet the participation requirements will have the opportunity to choose from five medical plan options. This is an increase from the three plan options offered for 2016.

Enrollment letters will be sent to past participants by the Medical Trust. As always, the  Medical Trust  call center  (1-800-480-9967 ) is available to assist with any questions regarding plan choices. Terry Reimer (772-1952 x134) and Tom Sumner (772-1953 x138) are also available to discuss the expansion of plan options and other questions relating to choosing a participant plan option for 2017.

Read the full announcement with plan details  here.


New! Lay ministry license application may be filed online

Applications for Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors are being accepted now through  December 31, 2016 . This year, there's an electronic form that takes the place of the multiple lay license paper forms. 

Find the new online form and more information on the Lay Licensing page of the diocesan website.


Changes in Payroll Treatment of Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year issued final regulations that become effective December 1, 2016. The new regulations change the requirements for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime.  In order to make sure we are prepared for the new regulations, we have been looking at our positions currently classified as exempt from the overtime requirements. Visit the payroll page of the diocesan website for a list of exempt and nonexempt positions or click here to download one.

With the assistance of legal counsel, we have determined that a number of positions paid through the Diocese of Maine Payroll Service are exempt from the overtime requirement and the remaining positions are not.

All non-exempt positions should be converted to hourly wage positions.  Beginning with the November 21 through December 4, 2016 pay period, the submission of hours worked will be required for non-exempt positions.  Overtime will be paid for hours in excess of 40 for any week.

If your congregation/organization has positions that do not fit into these position categories, or you have questions on how to implement hour and wage procedures, please contact Canon for Finance Terry Reimer at  772-1953 x134.

Visit the payroll page on the diocesan website for a list of 2017 payroll dates as well as a sample time sheet to adapt for your church's use.




Upcoming in Maine and Beyond


A Celebration of Hope: 25 years of service at Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston

Trinity Jubilee Center invites all supporters, volunteers, and clients to an open house on Thursday, December 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 247 Bates Street in Lewiston. Refreshments and light fare will be served. Please help mark 25 years by bringing a donation of 25 packs of diapers, napkins, lunch plates, or coffee.

Registration is appreciated but not required at trinityjubileeopenhouse.eventbrite.com.


A one day workshop: Advocacy - Speaking our Faith in New Hampshire and Maine

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice and the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire are joining together to offer a free, one-day workshop to assist people of faith to learn to exercise their voices in the public sphere. All are welcome to gather with other northern New England Episcopalians at St. Thomas, Dover, New Hampshire, on Saturday, December 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To help plan for materials and lunch, please register at www.tinyurl.com/NHMEAdvocacyDay 

At the root of the word advocacy is " vocare," meaning to call, or speak. In our advocacy as Episcopalians, we are calling out the challenges and we are speaking on behalf of those who have no voice. This training will encourage partnership among our communities and parishes, with one another, and between our Church and a wounded society. Join us. 

Click here for a schedule of the day.



Maine Episcopal Youth Ministries announces dates for Winter and Spring Youth Events:
  • Leadership & Music Prep for middle school event February 3-4
  • Winter Middle School Event - for grades 6-8 - at St. Paul's in Brunswick - March 10-12
  •  Leadership & Music Prep for TEC - March 3-5
  • TEC - Teens Encounter Christ - for high schoolers - at Trinity in Portland - March 24-26
  • E.Y.E. - 1,000 high schoolers (including a delegation from Maine) will be at the triennial national Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma - July 10-14, 2017. Applications are due this fall.

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