The Dio Log 
news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 25 ~  December 15 , 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Congratulations to...

Christ Church, Norway, upon being awarded a $5,000 domestic poverty grant by Diocesan Counci on behalf of the child hunger program coordinated by the Oxford County Food Bank.

Each fall the diocesan budget sets aside $5,000 to be awarded to congregations and their community partners for work in alleviating poverty in Maine. Look for grant guidelines after Labor Day.

Voices among us... 

Watch (or read) Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas message.

Check out Bishop Lane's Advent 2 sermon, " Joy! We Win."

Bishop Lane's open letter to Senator Susan Collins on the tax bill is available on his blog,

Around the Diocese...

Prayer for the Episcopal Transition 

God of Grace, we give you thanks for all of the 
blessings of our common life and ministries as the 
Episcopal Diocese of Maine, and for our leaders who are guiding us through this season of change.

Grant to the Discernment and Transition Committees open hearts, minds, and spirits as they receive the Holy Spirit's gifts of faith, hope, and love to aid their work.

We ask also that you send courage and vision to our next bishop of Maine as she or he discerns your call. 
In Christ's Name,

- written by the Rev. Nancy Moore, Chaplain to the Episcopal transition process

Download the prayer card pictured (two cards to a page) to share with members of your congregation.

From the Bishop - Delegates to the Electing Convention

Dear Friends in Christ,

By now you know that the Episcopal Transition Process is well underway in Maine. The Discernment and Transition Committees met last week for their retreat, and once the celebrations of Advent and Christmas have been accomplished, they'll begin their work in earnest. I think we have a great Transition Team in place.

One matter of concern for every parish and every Maine Episcopalian is the process for electing parish delegates to the Diocesan Convention in 2018 and the Electing Convention in 2019.

Most parishes elect their delegates to Convention early in the year at their Annual Meetings. When you do so this January or February (2018), you may want to decide that your delegates will also serve for the Electing Convention in February, 2019. There will not be sufficient time in early 2019 to elect and register new delegates for the Electing Convention. (Registration takes place at least 30 days before the Convention.)

The alternative approach would be to hold a special parish meeting in the Fall of 2018 to elect delegates specifically for the Electing Convention. Such a special meeting requires advance notice in writing and may address only the issue of electing delegates.

Each of these processes is a legitimate way to choose your delegates to the Electing Convention. It will be up to each church to decide which process is best.

If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call at 800-244-6062.

+Stephen T. Lane

St. Bartholomew's seeks an education coordinator

St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth, is searching for a Religious Education Coordinator to support and further the youth programs of our church community. We are looking for an energetic, dedicated person who is skilled at engaging children and adults, to fill this important role.  

The position of Religious Education Coordinator requires eight hours each week. This schedule is flexible, but includes being present at church on Sunday mornings for 3-4 hours weekly, from early September through mid-June. The remainder of the work time will include preparation of teaching materials, managing teacher and childcare room staffing schedules, teacher support, communication with parents, inclusion of the congregation in Sunday School projects as needed, planning family friendly community building activities, and quarterly meetings with the Rector and Education Committee.

There is an opportunity for the Religious Education Coordinator position to grow in the future, if desired. This would include the development of older youth programs (and could also include Adult Education). The Religious Education Coordinator will report to the Rector and Vestry of the church, and will be supported by the Education Committee.

Applications for this position are being accepted until January 11, 2018,  with hiring expected to be completed by the end of January. Please send a current resume, three references with contact information and a letter of interest for the position to St. Bartholomew's Church, 396 Gilman Rd, Yarmouth, ME   04096, attention:   Education Committee, or email to: and indicate in the Subject line: Education Coordinator Position.

Resources Exchange

A Nazareth Manifesto: Being With God  by Samuel Wells is a thought-provoking book about re-envisioning Christianity's approach away from working "for" people to being "with" them.  The prologue is a stirring sermon about relationships, Christmas, the incarnation and the character of God.  

The author moves into a tight synopsis, ten principles of "being with," and an exploration of "doing for," "doing with," "being for" and "being with."  

As the book jacket says, "Supported by a range of historical, contemporary, exegetical and anecdotal illustrations,  A Nazareth Manifesto  will prove to be a provocative and valuable contribution to the conversation surrounding Christianity's role in confronting the social challenges of today's world."    (Recommended by Deacon Chick Carroll  and Jane Hartwell)

Bringing Church Home - for the six Sundays in Epiphany - is a resource created by Merle Marie Troeger of St. Mary's, Falmouth, for use this winter.  

These six resources are designed as bulletin inserts for January 7 - February 11, or you could also extract pieces for other uses.  

Each is a single page containing short passages from the lectionary, a ritual to try at home, talking points for conversations, an idea for putting faith to work, a prayer and more. 

Many Maine churches used the Easter Season version that Merle Marie made available earlier this year. To receive them by email, please contact Jane Hartwell at

New Initiative Fund grant applications now accepted - Deadline January 1

Now in its ninth year, the Diocese of Maine New Initiative Fund grant program is designed to help congregations and groups fund exciting and creative new ministries in their communities.

At its June meeting in Millinocket, Diocesan Council voted to regularize the deadlines going forward. From 2018 on, the deadline for Round 1 applications will be January 1 and the deadline for Round 2 applications will be July 1. Applications for both rounds will be considered at Council's next regularly scheduled meeting.

For more details and links to the online application and application worksheet, please visit the New Initiative Fund page of the diocesan website.

United Thank Offering grants available for 2018

The 2018 United Thank Offering grant application materials are now available at The focus of the 2018 UTO grants will be "Becoming Beloved Community: Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice."

Instructions, forms, and guidelines are available on the UTO website posted above. Because each diocese is allowed to submit one application, all applications must first be submitted for the Bishop's review. The diocesan deadline for submission of a completed application (and required documents) is Friday, February 16, 2018. One application will receive the Bishop's endorsement with the final application submitted to the UTO office by the deadline of March 2.

If you need assistance or have questions about the application, please contact our new Diocese of Maine UTO Coordinator Tracy Shaffer at or the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering at 

Also, there will be two webinars in January: Tuesday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17,
and two in February: Tuesday, February 6, and Wednesday, February 7. All webinars will
be held at 7 p.m. Join online at

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

It's not too late to sing the Messiah this season!

Due to bad weather, St. John Baptist, Thomaston, postponed its annual Community Messiah Sing to Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. 

The Messiah sing will feature Anthony Antolini, conductor; Sean Fleming, organist; Nina Tilander, soprano; Amanda Mahaffey, contralto; David Myers, tenor; Dominique Rosoff, bass; and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra. 

All singers are welcome! 

EPF-Maine welcomes all to its January meeting

Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Maine Chapter will meet on Saturday, January 13, from 10 a.m. through lunch at St. John Baptist, Thomaston. 

The  main agenda item will be preparing to put into effect the resolution passed at Diocesan Convention and hearing from the gun violence subcommittee with possible action. All are welcome.

Click here for a flyer.

Diocesan Music Workshop: Paperless Songs - on Saturday, February 3 

Everyone who leads or loves music is invited to the diocesan music workshop on Saturday, February 3. Thew Elliott will teach chants, rounds, intercessions, acclamations and other pieces that can easily be shared with choirs and congregations and worked into community life. These pieces work on a variety of levels, and can be used with multiple levels of accompaniment, harmony and participation. Attendees will have a chance to try leading and teaching some of the songs, and Thew will also provide sources for continuing exploration and practice (print and on-line).  

The workshop will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church in Augusta. Stay-tuned for details and registration in early January.

Clergy retreat in February open to all clergy

Living in the Presence of God , a clergy retreat led by Bishop Stephen Lane is open to any clergyperson who would like to attend. The retreat will be held at the Samoset in Rockport, and begins with a reception on  Sunday, February 25,  and concludes before lunch on  Tuesday, February 27 .  

This is a residential retreat opportunity; there will be no option for commuters. Registration will open in January is required for both the retreat and the hotel. Invitations will be sent electronically. If you are new to the diocese, think you may not be in the clergy database, or have other questions, please be in touch with Barbara Martin at

2018 Dates to Save

Living Local: Joining God   Saturday, February 17

Interfaith Advocacy Days in Augusta - Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20

Spring Training - a diocesan day of workshops for everyone - Saturday, April 28

Diocesan Adult Retreat at Bishopswood - June 15-17

Summer Finale Week at Bishopswood for adults, teens and kids - August 20-26

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