14 December 2021
This newsletter sent to Churches, Priests and Deacons (active), Diocesan Council, Standing Committee and Chancellor, Wardens, Treasurers, Parish Administrators, Jubilee Center and Camp Leadership, Trustees, Summer Chapel Leadership, and Diocesan Staff
Announcements & Updates
Save the Dates!

Vigil of Pentecost
June 4, 2022
Cathedral of St. Luke, 1pm

A celebration of regathering, unity, and reunion! This event will include appreciation for canceled events (especially the Bicentennial Celebration and Presiding Bishop’s visit). This celebration will include worship and fellowship.

203rd Annual Convention
October 22, 2022
Online, start and end times TBD

**Please note the 2022 Convention webpage is live, and provides helpful information about what it means to be a delegate, the dates of pre-convention hearings/Town Halls, and more! This is a great resource to share at your Annual Meeting and with your delegates. Click here for that page.**

A handy recap of the feedback received regarding the 2021 convention can be found here.
Diocesan Shared Services Update

There’s an exciting development in our commitment to shared services across the dioceses of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Effective this month, Katie Clark, Director of Communications, will expand her role and also serve as Director of Communications for the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire. The work is similar to what she is already doing for Maine: evaluate the communications resources of the diocese, direct communications strategies (website, social media, communications management, media relations), and support the communications needs of the churches.
Upcoming Diocese of Maine Events
Tonight!
Town Hall: “Where is God calling me, in my real life, right now?” : A Question for All of Us!
December 14th at 5pm

Every week we ask God to “send us out to do the work you have given us to do.” 
We’re doing something unique and exciting in Maine that we hope will spread and influence the wider church. With the leadership of the Commission on Ministry, we’re asking what God is up to in each of our lives at this moment in time. We are looking for ways to offer discernment for all of us: laypeople, people seeking holy orders, and even clergy - because discernment is not a “one-and-done” event!

This Town Hall will:
  • Introduce you to this exciting work
  • Invite you to take part in it
  • Update you on the work the Commission on Ministry is doing to shepherd the ordination process

You should have received an invitation on Saturday, 12/11. If you did not, please let us know. All are welcome!
Upcoming Events
Greeting the Stranger: Serving the Afghan Refugee Community
Wednesday, December 15th
3:00pm EST
Presented by CEEP

Christian communities across the country are stepping in to welcome the stranger and support their integration into communities. Many Episcopal parishes are part of this Christian witness and, during this panel, Kendall Martin of Episcopal Migration Ministries will talk with some of the clergy and lay leaders supporting these new neighbors. Learn about these parishes leading in their local communities and how the Episcopal Migration Ministries has engaged in organizing the response to the largest mass evacuation in decades. Be inspired by stories of the church stepping up at all levels to welcome and support the Afghan community and learn ways you can support these efforts.

Panelists include:
  • Kendall Martin - Senior Communications Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries; New York City, New York
  • Allison Duvall - Senior Manager for Church Relations & Engagement, Episcopal Migration Ministries; New York City, New York
  • Elizabeth Marie Melchionna - Rector, The Chapel of the Cross; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Mary Kent Hill - Parishioner, The Chapel of the Cross; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • John Spicer - Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Susan Paynter - Adult Christian Formation Liaison, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Leah Sandwell Weiss - Deacon, St. Philip's in the Hills; Tucson, Arizona
  • Jane Prescott Smith - Volunteer Coordinator, St. Philip's in the Hills; Tucson, Arizona

Click here to learn more and to register.
The Micah Paradigm Building a Culture of Justice, Mercy, and Solidarity in Your Church’s Children and Youth Programs
Thu, December 16, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online monthly “Conversations with Noted Speakers.” On the third Thursday of each month, participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. The next session is on December 16th and is led by Kelly Demo and Barbara McCall speaking on: The Micah Paradigm Building a Culture of Justice, Mercy, and Solidarity in Your Church’s Children and Youth Programs.

To register, click here.
Project Resource - Starting in February

Save the dates for Project Resource - a stewardship formation offering of the College of Bishops. The online conference is kicking off in February 2022 (which is right around the corner!)

More information is below, and remember you are welcome to submit a Wolf Fund grant application to help defray the cost.
Resources
Communications Office Hours

Are you interested in a working session regarding technology, social media, or how to communicate your message?

These are all topics for discussion at CommsChat - aka Communications Office Hours. The discussion each week is guided by the questions of those who attend.

This is a non-mandatory, come-if-you'd-like open discussion session.

This week's CommsChat is on Thursday, December 16th from 11am - 12pm.

Click on the "Register Here" button below if you'd like to attend.
Job Openings
St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth is seeking a Director of Music who will bring exceptional talent to their newly commissioned Ortloff pipe organ (due Spring ‘22) and will conduct the Chancel Choir at the principal Sunday service and other special services. The Director will also provide regular leadership/administration for the Shore Ringers Handbell Choir, instrumentalists for Sunday morning and evening, and special concerts. Click here for more information.

First Congregational Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church are hiring a part-time shared Office Administrator/Bookkeeper to support their work and ministries in Wiscasset. The Office Administrator will be hired by both churches to fulfill the specific duties needed in their separate and shared ministries. The position will begin January 2022 and will require 15-20 hours per week. The successful candidate will be comfortable with Office programs, Word, Excel and Publisher as well as QuickBooks. Click here for a job description. For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Junkert at 218-205-0420 or by email.

Trinity Church, Castine is seeking a part-time Administrator/Bookkeeper. This position requires a good working knowledge of QuickBooks for non-profits and Office programs such as Publisher, Word and Excel. If you have an interest or know of someone who would be interested, please contact Trinity's Treasurer, Kate Noel.

Is your church hiring? Would you like us to share out the job description in the CLL (this email), the Dio Log, and/or the diocesan LinkedIn page? If so, let us know!

As a reminder, churches that are in the search process for a new clergyperson are listed on the diocesan website here.