15 February 2022
Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730
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 and Updates
Note from the Trustees of Diocesan Funds

Until recently, the Trustees of Diocesan Funds utilized Bank of America/Private Bank as its custodial bank for investment purposes. The services provided by the custodial bank included checking account services, holding and accounting for securities purchased and sold at the direction of the Trustees' investment managers, and sub-fund accounting services.

Sub-fund accounting is the process by which the individual investors in the Trustees' pooled investment funds are allocated earnings, investment manager fees, bank costs, and unrealized gains and losses for investments. Individual investors, i.e. churches, the Bishop of Maine, Trustees, Camp Bishopswood, and the Diocese, have separate sub-fund accounts for which they receive quarterly statements. In 2021, Bank of America/Private Bank made the business decision to discontinue offering sub-fund accounting services as part of its custodial bank services package. November 2021 was the last month for which the Trustees received sub-fund accounting reports.

The Trustees chose to go with Stellar Technology Solutions LLC, a national firm, to replace Bank of America/Private Bank in the provision of sub-fund accounting services. We have been working with Stellar to make the transition to our new services provider — it has been a slow process. We have received December 2021 statements and are in the process of preparing the fourth quarter 2021 distribution. Our current target date is to have December 2021 reports and fourth quarter distribution checks in the mail no later than Monday, February 21, 2022.

We apologize for any inconvenience this puts our church and Diocese-related organizations and ask your patience as we continue to work through this transition. If you have any questions, please contact Canon Terry Reimer.
Nominations for Executive Council Lay Representative Due February 28

This representative will serve on Executive Council of the General Convention for a term of 5 years. All lay members in good standing of a diocese in Province 1 are invited to consider if they are called to this role in church governance. The election will be held at the Province 1 virtual conference on May 7.

The first step is to submit the Nominees Information Form by Monday, February 28, for submission to the General Convention Office for canonically required background checks.

The next step is to begin filling out the nomination information in the Position Description and Nomination Requirements and consult with Bishop Brown and a delegate of the Province 1 Conference for their approval of your qualifications.

Finally, fully completed nominations should be submitted to Province 1 Coordinator Will Harron by March 31, 2022. Only nominees who have completed and submitted the above Nominees Information Form and the additional nominee information will be considered.

Nominee information will be distributed to delegates in advance of the Province 1 Conference on May 7.
Youth Confirmation Collaboration?

Does your parish have one or a small handful of youth looking to get confirmed? St. John's, Bangor is hoping to partner with a few other parishes to offer an online confirmation class. Collaborating parishes would be asked to provide a mentor from within the congregation for each of their confirmands. If you are interested in learning more about this possibility, please reach out to Anne-Marie Miller, Family Faith Formation Director at St. John's, Bangor.
How Many Lay Delegates Should My Congregation Elect for the 2022 Diocesan Convention?

Your congregation’s lay delegation to the 2022 convention should be identical to 2021 and 2020. We continue to calculate representation based upon your 2019 average Sunday attendance report. If you have questions about what this means for your congregation please contact Canon Barbara Martin
Upcoming Diocese of Maine Events
Clergy Retreat: Risk-taking in Christian Ministry
Thursday, March 10
10am - 3pm
On Zoom

Risk-taking is a part of life and an important challenge for those of us in Christian ministry
at this time. What is the nature of risk-taking? Why should we consider taking risks, and when is it appropriate to do so? What kinds of risks might the Spirit be asking us to consider taking in these challenging times? Join us for this one-day retreat for a chance to reflect on these questions and on their implications for y/our ministry in the Church and in the world.

Click here for the detailed agenda
This clergy retreat will led by Br. David Vryhof, SSJE.

Br. Vryhof is an ordained brother of the Society of St John the Evangelist, a religious order for men in the Episcopal Church, founded in Oxford, England in 1866 and in Boston in 1870. For over thirty years he has been engaged in the Society’s mission of teaching, preaching, offering spiritual direction and leading retreats. Currently, he serves the community as Vocations Brother and as a member of the Community Council. He resides at the Society’s monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Upcoming Events
EDS at Union has selected the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond as their Spring 2022 Community Read. This landmark work of scholarship and reportage takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Please join EDS on Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm EST, as they welcome Dr. Matthew Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University for the Spring 2022 Community Read Lecture and Interview. An RSVP is required to attend this virtual event.

Learn more and RSVP here.
Resources
Town Hall Recording Now Available

Click on the video below for the recording of last week's Town Hall meeting, focused on Safe Church.
Click on the buttons below for all your parochial report needs!
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, February 17th from 11am - 12pm.

Click on the "Register Here" button below if you'd like to attend.
Job Openings
St. George’s in York Harbor is hiring a part-time Parish Administrator. The weekly schedule will be developed with the minister. This position is partly office administration, and strong candidates will manage lots of details effectively. Above all, though, the role is about engaging people. Our Parish Administrator (PA) is often the first person contacted when needs arise. And, the PA will also have significant responsibility for congregational communications. We’re excited to work with someone creative and curious about how we can connect people and tell our story through digital engagement. Read the full job description here. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Ryan Mails.

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland is seeking an Organist and Choirmaster. They seek a classically trained musician with a Master's degree or equivalent who will set an example for the Diocese of Maine in terms of inspiring hymn playing, compelling organ voluntaries, and training an all-volunteer choir. The individual should possess a high level of leadership, organization, graceful communication and work collaboratively with various teams, including clergy. For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, click here.

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.
Diocesan Event Calendar
Save these dates below! More information will be forthcoming
as each event's information is finalized

FEBRUARY
15 Diocese of New Hampshire Clergy Retreat (ME Clergy Welcome to Attend)

MARCH
1 Parochial Reports Due
10 Clergy Retreat: Risk-taking in Christian Ministry with Brother David Vryhof, SSJE

APRIL
7 Chrism Mass & Renewal of Vows at Good Shepherd Church, Rangeley

MAY
1-3 Clergy Conference, Schoodic Institute with the Rev. Jay Sidebotham
14 Spring Training

JUNE
4 Diocese of Maine Worship and Picnic, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke
18 Ordinations, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke
21 Retired Clergy Gathering with the Bishop, St. Mark’s in Waterville
22 Retired Clergy Gathering with the Bishop, Loring House and Emmanuel Chapel
29 Quiet Day for the Deacon Community, Loring House and Emmanuel Chapel