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

Volume 21, Number 13  ~  July 11, 2019

 

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Maine youth marked the Consecration of the 10th Bishop of Maine and the Presiding Bishop's visit with an overnight celebration of games, worship, and making new friends! See them above proclaiming "The Way of Love" and welcoming The Most Rev. Michael Curry before he preached June 23 in Orchard Park. 

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

the  middle school youth and adult leaders  as they prepare to hike, camp, worship and enjoy creation in New Hampshire's White Mountains July 14 - 17

the Rev. Dr. Suzannah Rohman and the people of St. Andrew's, Newcastle, who request your presence at a Celebration of New Ministry on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm at 11 Glidden Street, Newcastle. Bishop Brown will preside and a reception will follow.

the Maine teenagers and adults on our Mission Exchange trip, who traveled to  Thunderhead Episcopal Center's overnight camp in the Diocese of South Dakota, where they are creating and teaching fun and faith-informed games and activities for the campers.  Learn more about the Youth Mission Exchange here .  

Thanksgiving for...

the people of Trinity Church, a summer chapel in York Harbor, for their generous donation of $5,000 for the needs of new asylum seekers arriving in Portland. The gift was allocated to the City of Portland to support their work to safely accommodate 300 asylum seekers and to the St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center (Essentials Pantry) to support their weekly outreach.  St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is supported by direct donations of dollars and goods like bar soap, toilet paper, diapers, clothing, towels, bedding and other household items. Because the demand always outstrips supply, they purchase additional goods with cash donations from individuals, congregations and the occasional foundation grant. Gifts like this one from Trinity Church will support the bulk purchase of high demand items such as diapers and toilet paper and are extremely welcome. Many of our new neighbors have begun to make their way to us on Tuesday mornings and thanks to this donation and others we will be able to make a big difference. Find more information  here .
Around the Diocese...
Diocesan Payroll Service Survey for Employees & Treasurers

The Payroll Service of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine pays every other week. In a normal year, there are 26 pays. However, once in every eleven years, there are 27 pays using the every other week pay method. 2020 is such a year. In 2020 there will be 27 pays.

Please read the two ways to deal with this, tell us which method you prefer, and share any thoughts you may have here: https://EpiscopalMaine.formstack.com/forms/2020payroll. We value your input!

Questions? Please contact:  Terry Reimer , Canon for Finance and Stewardship or Tom Sumner, Assistant for Finance.
Join Bishop Brown to learn about ministry in the Holy Land
 

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) will host its first-ever Maine event on Thursday, August 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick.

Friends, pilgrims, and Maine supporters of the humanitarian institutions of the Diocese of Jerusalem, such as Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, are invited to join Bishop Thomas Brown, who has led several pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and the Rev. Tom Mousin, who will share information about the upcoming pilgrimage he will lead in January 2020.

AFEDJ Executive Director John Lent will offer a presentation about current conditions in the region and share insights from his recent visits to the ministries AFEDJ supports across the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. 

Gather for Middle Eastern food, fellowship, and a chance to learn more about the work of American Friends and our partners in the Diocese of Jerusalem.

Please RSVP to Betsy Wilson at 203.655.3575 or bwilson@afedj.org by July 25.

Click here for an invitation to share with your congregation.  
Coming soon: Episcopal Church digital invitation kits
for Back-2-School and Back to Ministry
Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the seasons of the year, The Episcopal Church is developing additional free and downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith.  Coming this summer are a Back-2-School Digital Invitation Kit and the Back to Ministry Digital Invitation Kit!
  
Each of these kits include: a customizable poster and postcard; a social media-ready graphic; and a Facebook cover image. Each kit also includes a video prayer message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry which can be embedded on a church's website. These resources are themed both with and without Way of Love graphics. These will be posted along with all of the current available evangelism resources here.
Stock donations temporarily suspended

We are temporarily suspending stock donations through the Trustees of Diocesan Funds.  Bank of America/U. S. Trust/ Private Bank, our custodial bank, is no longer providing that services. Please contact Canon Terry Reimer if you have any questions. 
Consecration bulletins available

There are consecration bulletins available if anyone would like an extra copies (pick up is preferred, but we are happy to mail smaller parcels). FMI: Barbara Martin bmartin@episcopalmaine.org.
Guitar Concert at St. John's in Thomaston - July 12

On Friday, July 12 at 7 pm, guitarist Peter Griggs will be performing a selection of Spanish an Brazilian music for guitar, including flamenco, bossa nove and samba at St. John's Church, 200 Main Street, Thomaston.

Peter Griggs has presented more than 600 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany, the UK, France, Scandinavia and eastern Europe at art centers, festivals, museums, churches, jazz clubs and other venues.  FMI contact the Rev. Peter Jenks at  stjohnsinthomaston@gmail.com .

Save-the-Dates:  Reading the Gospel of Matthew with Deirdre Good this Fall

Reading the Gospel of Matthew with Deirdre Good is a three week Zoom class preparing for Lectionary Readings in Year A (2019-20). Each class will be recorded. 

The course is free of charge and will run from 6-7pm on Sept 26, Oct 3 & 10, 2019.  Contact Deirdre at deirdregood@mac.com FMI.


Head of Episcopal Relief and Development to preach and lead forum - July 21

Dr. Robert Radtke, Executive Director of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) will guest preach at St. Luke's on July 21 at 10:00 am. There will be a special forum following the service.  ERD is well known for its work around the world, including responses to Hurricane Mitch; civil unrest in Kosovo; the terror attacks of September 11, 2001; the 2004 South Asian tsunami, and the earthquake in Haiti.

Radtke's expertise includes building partnerships for the Asia Society with United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private funding sources, including the Ford Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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