News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999
Volume 23, Number 5
March 11, 2021
Around The Diocese
Maine Episcopal Youth welcome all to diocese-wide service
Join a diocese-wide online worship service brought to you by Maine Episcopal Youth this Sunday, March 14!

The service will be available on YouTube at 7:30am, and there will be a Facebook Premiere at 10am.

The diocese will also gather online for Prayers & the Blessing of Oils on Tuesday of Holy Week (March 30) at 11:00 am on YouTube

Mark your calendars for future diocesan worship on April 11, May 9, and June 13.  If you have questions, please email Katie Clark, Director of Communications.
Learn how to form a stewardship team on March 27
The Diocese of Maine has partnered with The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) to create free webinars just for our clergy, lay leadership, and stewardship volunteers! These will be information-packed sessions with time for you to ask questions and get answers.

Next up, learn about "Recruiting & Training a Stewardship Team" on Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Read more and register here on our website.
Help create a digital VBS program for Maine
Join Christian Faith Educators in Maine on Thursday, March 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm for a conversation that will focus specifically on creating a digital vacation bible school (VBS) program that all parishes in the diocese will be welcome to use in their contexts.

The meeting will lay out what program will be and include discussion of how to build it most effectively. All are welcome to come learn more. There is no requirement to attend the planning meeting in order to use the program we create- merely an invitation to help!

If you would like the Zoom information to join or if you have any questions, please contact Emily Keniston, Consultant for Christian Formation.
Listen to first episode of new podcast series
When you hear the phrase, “Rule of Life” in the context of living a Christian life, what do you think of?

In this, the first episode of our Way of Love podcast series, we discuss a brief history of a rule of life and its relevance for today.

Subscribe today! The Faith in Maine podcast can be found on any platform where you get your podcasts - iTunes, Spotify, Pocket Casts and more.

You can also call and listen by dialing 207-223-6402.
Sophia's House invites you to their anniversary gala
Sophia’s House in Lewiston, a UTO grant recipient, provides healing and housing for women who are survivors of prostitution, trafficking, prison, and addiction. Join Sophia's House as they “Lean In Toward the Light” to celebrate their first anniversary, thank supporters and look toward the future. Read more about Sophia's House and their anniversary gala here and below:

Saturday, March 20 at 8pm: Lean in Toward the Light Enjoy a virtual benefit concert with Carrie Newcomer, American singer and songwriter. Thanks to a donor, 100% of proceeds from the concert will come to Sophia’s House. Tickets available here.

Sunday, March 21 at 3pm: Afterglow
Come to a virtual tea party to celebrate and thank all those who helped create Sophia's House. The free event will include the dedication of the dining room; a video tour of the house; sharing of poetry; and an introduction to the Klara Tammany Endowment Fund for our future. Register for free here.
Saint Mary's presents Faces of Stigma discussion
Saint Mary's Falmouth invites you to join a program in The Faces of Stigma series on Sunday, March 21 from 4:00-5:30pm.

Hear from the directors of Milestone Recovery and Grace House for Women as well as the founder of MaineWorks as they discuss stigma in Maine's recovery community.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Join using the Zoom link here.
News From Our Congregations
The École Saint Jacques in Haiti shared this sweet video thanking Christ Church, Gardiner for their support. Christ Church received a Diocesan Grant of $3800.00 in 2020 for the salaries of teachers, but COVID has restricted most of their fundraising efforts. If you would like to donate to their Haiti Fund, click Give on their website.
The Episcopal Churches on Mount Desert Island offered a service to remember those we have lost to Covid on Sunday, February 28 which they share with us. Watch here.
St. Nicholas, Scarborough has announced that they have called the Rev. Dr. Ted J. Gaiser to be their priest-in-charge! He will lead his first service on March 21 on Zoom. Ted most recently served as rector at Grace Church, Bath. His experience includes several years as an Episcopal missionary in Colombia. Although he considers himself a New Englander, he has also lived in Bolivia, Paraguay and Colombia. Please join us in welcoming Ted to St. Nick’s!
Fourth grade students from St. Brigid School in Portland helped assemble 143 cleaning/personal hygiene kits which were recently delivered to St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry via Maine Needs. Each kit contained laundry detergent, a cleaning spray bottle, toilet bowl cleaner, sponges, shampoo, and toothpaste, and the kits were distributed to neighbors last Tuesday. Learn more about the work of St. Elizabeth's, a Jubilee Center of the Diocese, here.
Thank you to Marianne Pinkham who took the photos below of Bishop Thomas Brown preparing video for his visitation and at Zoom coffee hour with St. Andrew's, Newcastle on Sunday, February 28.
Voices Among Us
“The way I see it, Ralph and Marc are given a chance to learn and we have a chance to focus our gifts and our love – and be changed. We often cannot help everyone, especially in situations that seem completely overwhelming. But in this case, we can help two, which in turn will change their world,” says Bishop Thomas J. Brown in the recent ENS article here.

Donate to the effort to bring Marc and Rob Zoorob to Maine at LebanontoLincoln.org.
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry says, "I always find that listening to an audiobook or reading a book is the best way to wind down before bed, so I’m thrilled to be featured in Penguin Random House #readtosleep campaign!"

Love is the Way read by Bishop Curry is available here. See the full list of suggested books here.
Come and experience a World Too Beautiful service on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:45 pm here on Zoom featuring a reflection by Lili Pugh of St. Andrew's, Newcastle.

Lili is an informal and formal educator. She teaches Marine Biology at USM, is a swim and x-c ski coach, and has taught environmental and marine science to students of all ages. She has an MS in Oceanography from the University of Maine and is a past graduate of the Maine Volunteer Master Naturalist Program.
The Maine Council of Churches was represented by Rev. Carolyn Lambert (UCC) on Maine Public's "Maine Calling" radio show on Tuesday, February 22, to discuss the challenges of conducting funerals during the pandemic. Listen to a recording of the discussion here: "Funerals During the Pandemic: Challenges in How To Conduct Funerals During Covid Crisis"
The Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) shared diocesan testimony in support of LD 2: An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process in their recent call to action here.

Prayers
Please continue to pray for Bishop Stephen Lane and family. Sunday, February 28, was the first anniversary of Gretchen Lane's death and they gathered by Zoom to mark the anniversary and tell stories. Read a note from Bishop Lane to the diocese here.e written on this occasion.
Please join in praying for the repose of the soul of Michael J. Knudsen and the Knudsen family as they face this loss. Mike, husband of the Right Reverend Chilton Knudsen (Bishop of Maine 1997-2008), died at home on March 9. During their time in Maine, Mike was an active lay leader at Grace Church, Bath. Funeral arrangements are pending in both Maryland and Maine.
Please continue praying for the healing and restoration to health Rev. Myrick (Rick) Cross of St. Patrick's, Brewer. Rick had surgery in Portland last month, and is now recuperating at a rehabilitation hospital in Waterville.
Let us join Episcopalians everywhere in prayer to celebrate the life of Bishop Barbara C. Harris on the anniversary of her death one year ago on March 13, 2020. Harris, who served as suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts from 1989 to 2002 and assisting bishop in the Diocese of Washington from 2003 to 2007, died at age 89, just as the COVID-19 began to prompt lockdowns. Find resources here from the Diocese of Massachusetts and read about ways Episcopalians will celebrate in the ENS article here.

Image: Portrait in oil, 2002 by Simmie Knox / Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts