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Volume 19, Number 5 ~  March 3, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine


John Diffenbacher-Krall of St. James', Old Town, has been named the new chair of the Committee on Indian Relations. See the press release about his appointment here.

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The Winter Middle School Event has been canceled because there are more staff than participants. We're grateful to the kids, teens, young adults and older adults who came together for the recent Leadership Training weekend and were prepared to lead.

in the news...

At the State House prayer vigil for a just and humane budget, sponsored by Maine Council of Churches, Maine Equal Justice Partners, and Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, the Rev. Maria Hoecker of St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor, offered a prayer and testified on behalf of Bishop Stephen Lane before the Joint Committees on Appropriations and Health and Human Services.

Read about the event and both the prayer and the Bishop's testimony on the New Northeast blog.

More from WCSH-6 

Here's a video of Maria's prayer at the vigil.

Ashes to Go in nine communities in Maine drew a lot of media attention.

Deacon Wendy Rozene and Fr. Tim Higgins offer ashes to go at the Windham PO.

St. Peter's, Rockland, was featured on WABI and in the Bangor Daily News

Ashes to Go with clergy and lay people from several congregations at Monument Square in Portland was featured on WMTW and WGME

and a lovely story featuring the Rev. Jim Gill stationed for four hours! in downtown Winthrop for St. Andrew's in the Kennebec Journal/Portland Press Herald

Around the Diocese...

Music and lunch on Fridays at noon at St. Thomas', Camden

St. Thomas', Camden, is delighted to announce its 11th annual Friday Noon Music in Lent program, an offering of one-half hour of music, followed by a free lunch of homemade soup, bread, fruit, and fellowship in the Parish Hall. Musicians donate their time and talent. A free-will offering is taken to support the Knox County Homeless Coalition. Each program opens with a short noonday prayer.

This year's performers and dates are as follows:
March 10, Kathryn DerMarderosian, voice
March 17, Millie Crocker, harp
March 24, Suzanne Scott and Jane Schroeder, organ and piano
March 31, Howard Walen, organ
April 7, Douglas Beck, organ

All are welcome! St. Thomas's is located at 33 Chestnut Street in downtown Camden. A handicap entrance is around the corner at the Wood Street entrance. For more information, contact Minister of Music Jane Schroeder at 236-2680 or

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Gather for a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Five Sunday afternoons in Lent

Maine pilgrims meet in a cave with our first guest, Daoud Nasser, (second from right) at Tent of Nations outside of Bethlehem
Last October an group of Maine Episcopalians from a dozen congregations traveled to Israel and Palestine and were profoundly moved by the people they met and the conditions they witnessed. 

As they considered how to share their experiences with their fellow parishioners here in Maine, they lighted upon the idea to bring the remarkable Palestinian Christians and Muslims they met to way of online conversations. 

All are invited on a 45 minute virtual pilgrimage on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Time will be allowed for Q&A at the end of each presentation. Learn more about each presenter on the New Northeast blog.

March 5: 
Daoud Nasser of Tent of Nations: The context of occupation
March 19
Walid Abu Alhalaweh, Hebron Rehabilitation Committee: Daily life under occupation
March 26
Father Fadi Diab, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church , Ramallah: The Church's Response to occupation and its call to ministry
April 2: 
Violette Khoury, Director of Sabeel Nazareth: Life as a Palestinian Christian in Israel
April 9: 
Sam Bahour, Muslim Palestinian-American businessman: Economic realities for under occupation, especially for young Palestinians

All that is needed to participate is a trusty Internet connection and a webcam or phone. Please plan to sign in by about 2:50 p.m. so we can start promptly at 3 p.m.

Lenten Evensong at St. Paul's, Brunswick

Join us at St. Paul's with singers from St. Paul's and Grace Church, Bath, for choral Evensong on Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Dr. H. Roy Partridge is guest preacher. 

Dr. Partridge is Special Assistant to the President for Multicultural Affairs at Bowdoin College and a long-time priest of the Diocese of Maine.

Rob Voyle to speak at Saint Mary's, Falmouth, March 24 to 26

The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle (The Appreciate Way and the Clergy Leadership Institute) is coming to Saint Mary's in Falmouth for a special teaching weekend!

Friday, March 24, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Teaching Others How to Forgive - a Continuing Education/Professional Development day with the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle. Designed for clergy, chaplains, counselors, psychologists and social workers to learn practical steps in leading others to a place of sustainable forgiveness.

Saturday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Discerning Your Core Purpose - a retreat with the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle. Co-sponsored by the diocesan Commission on Ministry, this is designed for all people (lay and ordained) who want to love and serve God with the gifts and talents given to them. The goal is for each person to know and embrace their unique call to ministry.

On Sunday, March 26, the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle will be preaching and teaching at Saint Mary's. Everyone is welcome to any or all of these events. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Saint Mary's at or 207-781-3366.

Chrism Mass on April 11 at St. Luke's Cathedral

Everyone is invited to attend Chrism Eucharist and the Renewal of Ordination Vows/Blessing of Holy Oils on Tuesday, Apr 11, at 11 a.m. in Emmanuel Chapel of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland.

Clergy are invited to a time of reflection on ordination with Bishop Steve beginning at 9:30 a.m., and to join the Bishop for a light luncheon after the service. Clergy registration is required. RSVP for lunch here.

Clergy are reminded that there will be a Clergy Day with Dr. Donna Hicks (author of "Dignity") on Tuesday, May 2. Registration is required and will be available soon.

For more information: for either Chrism Eucharist or Clergy Day, please be in touch with Barbara Martin

Invite high schoolers to TEC!

Youth Ministry banner
TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) has been beloved by hundreds of high school teens. It will be at Trinity Church, Portland, on March 24-26. The teen leaders will be Kaleb Eddy and Zach DeFosse from St. Ann's, Windham, and the adult leader is Kim Wallace. The weekend includes fun (games, drama, music, swimming), conversation, worship and creativity. If you ever wanted a weekend of honesty and community, this is for you! Click for a TEC flyer. Register at

Faith in Action: Maine Advocacy Days - March 27 and 28 - Registration is now open.

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice along with the Maine Council of Churches, The Preble Street Faith Advocacy Network, and the Capital Area and Winthrop ministerial associations will sponsor a two-day Interfaith advocacy training on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28 in Augusta.

On Monday participants will gather at South Parish Congregational Church to worship, hear an address by the Rev. Bill Barter, priest-in-charge of Trinity, Lewiston, and attend sessions on two of the following issues: healthcare, poverty/hunger, the environment, and homelessness/housing. 

Each session will be co-led by a Maine policy expert and a person of faith to offer a faith-based perspective on that issue. Sessions will also offer instruction on how best to advocate for that particular issue. There will also be an panel on civil discourse and advocacy led by leaders of different faiths. 

On Tuesday participants will gather at the State House for breakfast and a send-off to meet their local legislators and to attend the legislative sessions and hearings. 

A $20 registration fee will cover two lunches, breakfast, and materials. Registration is now open, register here. Contact MENJ Director John Hennessy at

Save the Date: Spring Training 2017
St. Paul's, Brunswick - Saturday, April 29

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? 

With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. The topic offered by each workshop will be framed around he question: How do I be a Christian? There's no cost for this event, which will be held at St. Paul's Church and the public library in Brunswick.  Stay tuned for details!

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