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Volume 19, Number 13 ~  June 23, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

In the news...

Pictured are Helen Belise; Pat Light; Rebecca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms; Nancy Reynolds; Sonia Turgeon. 
Not pictured: Sue Coker.
Five women from the Center for Wisdom's Women in Lewiston  - which began as a ministry of Trinity Church - were among 300 others who recently attended the Thistle Farms National Conference. This and two other previous shorter training trips were funded by a New Initiative Fund grant. (See below for details on the next round of funding.)

Magdalene Houses of Thistle Farms are for women survivors of trafficking or prostitution, addiction and prison. They offer long-term, community based, holistic, residential recovery support.  The women's center is planning to replicate the model in Lewiston by creating Sophia's House. The story is featured in today's Lewiston Sun Journal

Voices among us...

Averyl Hill, a member of Saint Mary's, Falmouth, will visit (and chronicle with words and photos) every summer chapel in Maine over the next few months on her blog, Serene Maine. Her first visit was last week to St. Ann's, Kennebunkport. Follow her travels here.

Around the Diocese...

Application process for the 2018 diocesan budget is out

Maine congregations interested in applying for Strategic Mission Support and diocesan program groups, ministries, or committees wishing to receive funding have until June 30 to apply.

Guidelines, instructions, and details for applying are available online at the links below. The SMS process was also emailed to all priests-in-charge and senior wardens. The diocesan programs process was emailed to leaders of groups that have received funding over the past few budget cycles, however all established groups and diocesan ministries are welcome to apply.

Click here for SMS and here for diocesan programs.

Grant funding available for your church's new or expanded ministry
New this round! Applications to discern the feasibility of new projects/ministries now accepted

At its meeting on June 2 and 3, Diocesan Council issued a call for a second round of New Initiative Fund grants in 2017. Each congregation, organization, committee or program group in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Council also approved a new channel of funding to be considered. Groups that seek funds to discern the feasibility of new projects, ministries, and partnerships are welcome to apply. All applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Diocese's  Seven Criteria for Mission.

Applications must be submitted to the online form by the end of business on Tuesday, August 1 for consideration at Council's September 9 meeting. Download this  application worksheet Word doc to use as a working copy of your application. Then cut and paste your responses at

At this meeting Council also decided to set the deadlines for New Initiative Fund grants in 2018. Round 1 will be due on January 1 and Round 2 will be due on July 1. Applications received by the deadlines will be considered at the next Diocesan Council meeting.

Applications now accepted for funding international outreach and domestic poverty 

Since 2007, the Diocese of Maine has made .07% of its income available to support international efforts and ministries that help to alleviate poverty. Any Maine congregation or program group may offer a proposal to Diocesan Council for consideration to fund an international outreach or development effort. Past grants have awarded funds to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza run by the Diocese of Jerusalem, midwife education support in Haiti, teachers salaries at a school in the Diocese of Liberia, and support for the ministry of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad. In 2016 the $12,000 available was split between school projects in Kenya and South Sudan.

In 2015 an additional $5,000 was included in the diocesan budget to fund ministry that serves those living in poverty in Maine. The first year's recipients were Church at 209 in Augusta to support the settlement Iraqi refugees and the "Dinner is Served" community meal program out of St. Brendan's, Deer Isle. In 2016 the grant went to the Compassionate Housing Initiative, founded by churches in Yarmouth to offer emergency housing for newly-arrived refugee families.

Diocesan Council will meet on September 9 and consider proposals for both grant programs. The deadline for a letter outlining a proposal is Tuesday, August 1. It should be addressed to Diocesan Council and emailed to Heidi Shott at Please be in touch with Heidi if you would like to receive copies of proposals that were funded in the past.

Stewardship of Creation grants available from The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.
This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030, Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.
Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.  Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here Deadline for applications is  August 20 .

Certificate of Delegates deadline approacheth

Congregations are reminded that the deadline to submit the certificate listing delegates to diocesan convention is June 30. The certificate is available here.

Quarterly Trustees of Diocesan Funds performance reports are now available online

Performance reports for diocesan funds for the first and second quarters of 2017 are now available on the Trustees of Diocesan Funds webpage. Peruse them here.

Locked out after visiting Bishop Lane?

The key pictured turned up in Barbara Martin's office a few weeks ago. Please help us solve the mystery. If it belongs to you or someone you love, please c ontact Barb at and she will return it to its proper home.

Vestment? Altar hangings? Other church stuff?

Trevor Floyd, whose eponymous New Jersey company just completed our gorgeous new diocesan banner,  will travel throughout the Diocese of Maine this summer in order to visit with clergy, churches and altar guilds.  

If your church has any projects under consideration and would like a consult on designs, feel free to be in touch with Trevor so he can set a date to meet with you while he is in Maine.  Contact him at  or 973.875.8974.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Save the Date: "Faith-Rooted Organizing with Alexia Salvatierra," September 15-16

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, in partnership with The Episcopal Church's Office of Social Justice and the Diocese of New Hampshire, will host a workshop with the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.

A Lutheran pastor, Salvatierra is the author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. This workshop, open to all Episcopalians in New England, will be limited to 40 participants. Because of support from The Episcopal Church, the training-session will be deeply subsidized to make it affordable.

Registration will be open soon. Stay-tuned!

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