The Dio Log - 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 
since 1999

Volume 20, Number 24  ~  December 14, 2018

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What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...  
the Rev. Holly Clark, upon her
ordination to the priesthood yesterday, Thursday, December 13 at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth. Watch video here

Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder of Trinity on the Green,  New Haven, CT, pictured to the left of Bishop Stephen Lane in the photo at right.

the family and friends of Cynthia Widdows, wife of the late Rev. John Widdows, whose life will be remembered at a service at St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland on
Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 pm. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Katie Holicky, postulant in the Diocese of Maine, who will be taking the General Ordination Exams the first week in January

departing Diocesan Youth Ministries co-chair Fred Fowler, in thanksgiving for his many years of faithful service, and for his gift of finding God in the midst of the blessed chaos of working with teenagers.  

Voices among us...  

Bishop Steve reminds us that we are not alone in the darkness this Advent in his Christmas Message.

The Ven. Aaron Perkins, archdeacon, explains The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols which was developed by the dean of King's College, Cambridge just after World Ward I. "I think people were feeling disjointed, and this was a way to come together in community. There's a case to be made that things are rather disjointed now, and the idea that we can come together I think has some appeal." Service will be held at Trinity Church, York Harbor on December 16. Read more at
Around the Diocese... 

Join the new network of Maine Episcopal Evangelists
Cartoon by Jay Sidebotham

"At its heart, Episcopal Evangelism is a spiritual practice... It's a joyful sharing of what you know to be good news and deep truth, and a celebration of how you see God at work in others' lives and in the world."  If this is the type of evangelism that seems authentic to you, then you may want to find out more. The Revs. Kerry Mansir and Tim Higgins are Co-Chairs of this new network, which grows out of their experiences at the Episcopal Evangelism conference last March and connections with the Presiding Bishop. Join the Facebook group Maine Episcopal Evangelists, which is how we are sharing ideas and things we've done.You'll find other good resources on the Episcopal Evangelists Facebook group and at the Episcopal Church's Evangelism Resources webpage. Read new definitions of evangelism are here. 

Christian Education Collaboration gathering Jan. 12th

The Christian Education Collaboration of the Diocese of Maine will gather on Saturday, January 12th at St. Paul's, Brunswick (27 Pleasant St.). The gathering will focus on formation with children and teens. Coffee and conversation 9am; gathering 9:30am-1pm. Please bring a bag lunch and something to share from your home parish. (Don't stress... it can be a coloring page, book, activity, etc.) Contact Jane Hartwell, or Katie Holicky, with questions. RSVP to Katie Holicky,
2019 United Thank Offering Grant applications now accepted
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 United Thank Offering grants.  The deadline is March 1, 2019 at 5pm.

The focus for the 2019 United Thank Offering grants is "Go: Crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus."

Full details are located here.

Visitation and service schedule for 2019 available online

Keep up with Bishop Steve's and the TBD mysterious 10th Bishop of Maine's travels around the diocese in the coming year! View the schedule here. Or download this pdf copy.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for 2019 is now online

The full Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for the coming year is available hereAnd as a pdf.
Bishop Quest update: register for the electing convention
Visit the Bishop Quest website to view video and check out the nominees' answers to essay questions that were recently added to the site.
Save-the-dates and stay tuned for more information about the opportunity to attend the "Walkabout" gathering events to meet the nominees in person in Bangor, Augusta and Portland the weekend of January 18 - 20.
The Special Convention to Elect the 10th Bishop of Maine will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 (snow date: Saturday, February 23rd) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Canonically resident clergy and duly elected delegates may register here:  Late registration closes January 18. 
Check the list (as of Dec. 13) of certified lay delegates and registration status here

A note about the diocesan office over the holidays
The diocesan office building will be closed beginning Monday, December 24 (staff will work remotely that day, Christmas Eve) and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2.
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Christmas with Renaissance Voices Concert
Enjoy Christmas with Renaissance Voices directed by Harold Stover at the Cathedral of St. Luke, (143 State St) Portland on December 15th at 7:30pm or December 16th at 2:00pm. The group's emphasis is the a cappella performance of early European music. Tickets in advance and more information available at

Attend FORMA: The Episcopal Church's Formation Conference this January
Mainers are usually among the 300 people who attend FORMA (the Episcopal network for Christian Formation ), the dynamic annual conference for Episcopalians interested in Christian formation for adults or kids.  The 2019 Conference "Formed to Proclaim: Conversation on Liturgy and Evangelism" will be held January 23-25 and will focus on two questions: How does Liturgy form us, and how are we forming people for Evangelism? The keynote speaker is Stephanie Spellers. We'll meet in Indianapolis, and there will be an array of workshops. Limited spots are left!  Find out more and register for the FORMA Conference here For more information, room sharing, ride sharing, networking and scholarships, (if spots are still available!), please contact Jane Hartwell. 

Save-the-Date for Winter Diocesan Youth Events

Please save-the-date for the following March Diocesan Youth Events.  Registration details will come out in the new year.  For more information, contact Rev. Sara D'Angio White, Diocesan Youth Missioner, at or 502-7742.

REACH: Reaching In, Reaching Out, Reaching God
Middle School Youth Event (6-8 Grades)
Saturday, March 9 - Sunday, March 10
Christ Episcopal Church, Gardiner

Called to Serve: The Way of Love
High School Youth Event (9-12 Grades)
Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
St. John's Episcopal Church, Bangor

Way of Love Gathering with Jerusalem Greer in March

Join faith formation practitioners from across New England March 14-16 in New Hampshire.  Gather for story-sharing, mutual support, and the opportunity to discover ways to bring the values, principles and practices of The Way of Love into your community. Learn more and register here:   Way of Love with Jerusalem Greer . Contact   Jane Hartwell if you would like to find out about room sharing, ride sharing, networking and scholarships.

Longing for Belonging: Reaching Your Neighbors in the 21st Century
Explore how to connect with your community in this Province I workshop (March 28-30 in New Hampshire) that's ideal for outreach committees, missions groups, and church leadership teams. Leave with ideas you can implement to engage in mission and evangelism that communicates love and welcome to your immediate neighbors. Ideally, two or more members of a faith community will participate together. Find out more and register for the conference here:  Longing for Belonging. To discuss room sharing, ride sharing, networking and scholarships, please contact Jane Hartwell.  You can also find out about Wolf and Loring Fund Scholarships on the diocesan website.
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