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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 8 ~  April 14, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of
all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come
to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all
their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve
them for the sake of him who suffered for us, 
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 276

voices among us...

Bishop Stephen Lane's

From Bishop Lane's blog, Round Maine -  

This sermon at the Chrism/Renewal of Vows Eucharist on April 11, "The Cross Demonstrates the Depth of God's Love." 

Reflections, guidelines, and resources for Maine congregations on the notion of sanctuary as we consider ways to befriend and serve our newest neighbors. 

An Easter message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Over the years many Maine congregations have supported St. Vincent's Centre for the Handicapped in Port au Prince, Haiti. The school was destroyed by the earthquake in 2010. 

Just yesterday Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development posted these wonderful photos of the about-to-be completed new facility designed to serve the needs of disabled young people in Haiti. 

To learn more about St. Vincent's (or to make a contribution), visit its web page

Congratulations to...

the Rev. Lynn Rutledge, who serves Christ Church, Eastport, and St. Aidan's, Machias, upon being named by Bishop Lane as the new Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. 

A big thank you to retired diocesan staffer Elizabeth Ring of St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth, who served in this role for many years. 

Around the Diocese...

Participate in the regional confirmation at St. Luke's Cathedral  

Any congregation that would like to participate in the upcoming regional confirmation  at St. Luke's Cathedral is invited to be in touch with Lynne England as soon as possible at

Summer Finale Week - A new summer program for all ages at Bishopswood
The all-ages camp at Bishopswood - August 21-27 (1/2 week options are available)

The Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopwood invite you to join us for our first-ever Summer Finale Camp. Everyone is welcome - families, adults, grandparents and grandkids, teens, and young adults. 

Enjoy a wonderful, meaningful time in this camp community. Bishopswood is one of the most beautiful places to experience a week of Maine summer. The camp is being designed by Mike Douglass, Kerry Mansir, the Rev. Tim Higgins, Emily Keniston, Thew Elliott, Fred Fowler and Jane Hartwell.  

Visit the Bishopswood website or check out this brochure for more on Summer Finale Week. Register at 

Youth Camp at Summer Finale Week for kids completing grades 6-12

Middle and high school kids are invited to the Youth Events Camp which takes place during Summer Finale Week at Bishopswood. It will be similar to BION Camp, which was offered from 1999 to 2016. There are a few half-week slots for kids who have pre-season sports. 

Financial aid is available so no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay. Find out more here

Register here.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Register now! Spring Training 2017
St. Paul's, Brunswick - Saturday, April 29

"Leading as a Christian, Rooted in Jesus"

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? 

With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. There's no cost for this event, which will be held at St. Paul's Church and the public library in Brunswick. 

More information, the day's schedule, and full workshop descriptions may be found here (or use the link on the diocesan home page at Register for Spring Training here

Reserve a display table to share your ministry here.

Share Spring Training with members of your congregation! Download a flyer and a bulletin insert.

One-day retreat on prayer at All Saints, Skowhegan, May 13

All Saints, Skowhegan, will present a day-long retreat titled, "Deepening the Shape and Focus of Our Prayers." Participants will experience the ancient monastic stages of prayer:   Prakticos  - the practice of virtues;  Theoretikos  - the contemplation of nature;  Gnostikos -  the contemplation of God. 

The retreat is part of a year-long series,  Conversations that Matter . The retreat leader is Brother Nicholas of the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Date:  Saturday, May 13 . Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m . Address: 169 Malbons Mills Road, Skowhegan. Lunch is provided. Registration closes Sunday, May 7 . To register, email the Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace at

Talent show at dinner at Trinity, Portland, May 13

A talent show and dinner will be held on Saturday, May 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Avenue in Portland. Trinity's fabulous chefs will prepare a delicious buffet dinner that will feature a choice of entrees and a selection of fancy desserts. A talent show will follow featuring a variety of great acts. Advance tickets are $20 for a family and $8 for an individual. Tickets at the door will be $25 for a family and $10 for an individual. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 6.

For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Sarah Wilson at or by phone at 632-0937

Register Now: Playing with Fire: The Parables of Jesus, a diocesan retreat for adults - June 9-11

Join us for a weekend at Camp Bishopswood on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden, to enrich your heart, mind and soul. This retreat is for everyone who has wondered what Jesus had in mind when he told a parable. Moral teaching? Confounding truth? Topsy-turvey gospel? Read, pray, sing and embody the parables with others who are wondering the same things. The weekend will be hosted by Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, Merle Marie Troeger, Jane Hartwell and musician Thew Elliott.

There is financial aid for everyone who needs it and also scholarships for Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers. For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at

 Download an information flyer and register at

2017 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference, July 21 - 23

"Your Spirit. Your World. Connecting Heart, Earth, & Soul" is the theme of the 2017 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference to be held July 21 to 23 at the Schoodic Institute of Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor. 

It is your spirit. It is your world. Each of us wants to make a mark on this world. What does your mark look like? Do you express love? Will you help heal the planet and its people? Do you have enough faith in yourself to take up the challenge? 

Registration information, speaker bios, special events, and more is available at  

The Downeast Spiritual Life Conference is sponsored by the Spiritual Life and Learning Center at St. Francis, Blue Hill. 

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