19 July 2022
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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, Diocesan Staff, and Diocesan Convention Delegates

Similar to last year, all diocesan convention-related news and updates
are highlighted in yellow.
Updates and Announcements
15th Lambeth Conference begins next week

The 15th Lambeth Conference begins next Tuesday. Bishop Brown will be joining bishops from across the globe to explore what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a 21st-century world.

Download the prayer guide and join us as we pray for those gathering. Watch for special updates from Lambeth beginning next week!
Mission Priorities Grant Application for 2023

The Diocesan Finance Committee is preparing a budget for the coming year (2023) and in
order to allocate funds in an appropriate and responsible way to the programs,
committees, and ministries of the diocese, they've established a grant process tied
to Mission Priorities. For more information about the process, including guidelines and
the application, please click here.

Below is a brief overview of the process:
  • Who should apply? Established programs with a proven track record.
  • How do we apply? Download the application form (PDF or Word) and complete it (save your work!). Send the completed application as an email attachment to the Rev. Suzanne Roberts and cc Canon Barbara Martin.
  • Expectations: Those program groups that receive grants will be expected to use their funds in the budget year for which they are granted (2023). Funding will go to active, functioning program groups.
  • Review process: Applications for grants will be reviewed by the Mission Priorities Subcommittee of Diocesan Council and evaluated using the Seven Criteria for Mission.
  • Funding Limitations: In 2023 the diocesan budget is anticipated to include no more than $60,000 total for all Mission Priorities grants. Keep this in mind as you consider the amount of your request for funds.
  • Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1 August 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be
  • accepted
  • Questions: Email the Rev. Suzanne Roberts
Diocesan Convention
Lead On!

Please consider whether you or someone you know may be called to serve in any one of the open leadership positions listed below! Click here (scroll down the page) to learn more about each position.
  • Diocesan Council - Lay Representative - one for each of the six areas (3-year term)
  • Treasurer (1-year term)
  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Trustee
  • Standing Committee - Clergy (3-year term)
  • Standing Committee - Lay (3-year term)
  • General Convention - Clergy Deputy (four to serve at General Convention 2024)
  • General Convention - Lay Deputy (four to serve at General Convention 2024)
  • Provincial Conference - Clergy Deputy (2-year term)
  • Disciplinary Board - Lay Representative (2-year term)
Nominate yourself or nominate someone else (check with them first, please!) by completing this form by September 16th, 2022.
Upcoming Events
Project Resource - Happening this Fall! Register Now...
5 consecutive Sundays, September 11 to October 9, 2022
5:00 to 7:00 pm ET, via Zoom

Congregations, program groups, ministries, and committees of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine are invited to participate in "Project Resource" a vibrant new method for transformation in all areas of stewardship. Cohort groups are also encouraged to consider this program.

"Project Resource teaches culture and systems change around financial development in the worldwide Episcopal Church. Project Resource provides teaching, focus, and adaptable resources to equip clergy and lay leaders to develop their year-round annual stewardship campaigns and to plan, ask for, and receive major gifts."  

To find out more, or to register, please click here.

In order to make this worthwhile program accessible to interested groups, educational grants are available through the Wolf and Loring Funds, to cover all but the first $100 of the cost of participation. For more information about obtaining funding to participate (1 clergy person and 2 lay leaders, minimum per team), please email Canon Barbara Martin.
The BTS Center's Summer Arts Series
featuring Halcyon String Quartet and the artwork of Jill Pelto
Tuesday, July 26 & Thursday, July 28

The BTS Center presents their third annual Summer Arts Series — Listening to the World’s Edge. During this two-part series, they will engage the music of the Halcyon String Quartet and the artwork of Jill Pelto to surface questions about what it means to live an adaptable life in a climate-changed world. The series consists of:

  • An online Pre-Concert Panel Discussion on Tuesday, July 26 and
  • An In-Person Concert with Halcyon String Quartet at Williston-Immanuel United Church on Thursday, July 28

Everyone who reserves tickets for the concert will automatically receive access to the online Pre-Concert Panel Discussion. For those who are not local, registration for the online Pre-Concert Panel Discussion only is also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thebtscenter.org or email BTS. 
Have questions? We have answers!

Who helps with church websites? Who can answer payroll questions? Who handles the bishop's calendar? If you ever find yourself asking those questions, never fear, our staff listing is here! On our website, the staff listing also includes our primary roles and responsibilities, so you can see at a glance whom to contact.
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, July 21st from 11 am - 12 pm.

Click on the "Register Here" button below if you'd like to attend.
Job Openings
St. George’s, York Harbor is hiring a part-time communications-focused Administrative Assistant. Use your creative gifts to help them connect people and build community through print and digital media.They are excited to work with someone creative and curious about how to build greater connections in the community and tell their story through digital engagement. Click here for a full job description. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Ryan Mails.

St. David's in Kennebunk is seeking an experienced, technically-minded individual to contract to run their audio and video system to livestream and prerecord their worship services and other events. For more information, and to apply, please email Rev. Andrew D'Angio White.

Christ Church, Gardiner, is seeking a part-time Music Director (pianist/choirmaster) or (pianist/organist/choirmaster). They are seeking a skilled, dynamic, and enthusiastic music director to support their 10:00 AM principal Sunday services and to provide music on other Holy Days and special occasions. Organ skills are optional. The church has an organist willing to continue playing at services if a qualified music director who does not play the organ is found. Read the full job description and instructions on applying 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! For the full events calendar, click here.

26 – 8 August The Lambeth Conference
31 Pool Party & Farewell to Grads

26-28 Summer Finale Weekend

27 Clergy Day with the Bishop, Christ Church Gardiner
27 Town Hall