The Dio Log

News & Events in the Episcopal
Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 22, Number 22
November 19, 2020

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Join worship online with the diocese this Sunday! Watch the service compiled by a diocese-wide team that includes music and a sermon from Bishop Brown on our YouTube channel, anytime after 7:30 am, or watch the video 'premiere' on our Facebook page at 10 am.
Please join in praying with the diocese using the 2020-2021 Cycle of Prayer that begins November 29. It's available here and you can also view the cycle here on at any time.
Let us give thanks for those who care for the sick. May the Lord protect and sustain all healthcare workers and medical facility staff through these most challenging times.
Please join us in praying for Hannah Rockefeller and Sybi Dienstag who were baptized by Bishop Thomas Brown on October 25 at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth during an in-person, outdoor service on a glorious sunny day.
Let us offer prayers for Timothy Joseph Zidle who was confirmed on November 1 at St. Ann's, Windham.
We offer prayers for the life of Rev. Cn. James P. Dalton-Thompson, former rector of Saint Mary's, Falmouth, upon the tenth anniversary of his death. Saint Mary's will hold a virtual gathering in remembrance on December 1 at noon with prayer livestreamed on Facebook followed by a Zoom gathering at 12:30 pm. Please contact the office for more information.
Voices among us
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called for divided Americans to find common ground during his November 5 appearance on TODAY. “We all came here on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now,” he says.
St. Philip’s, Wiscasset and First Congregational Church have partnered on the Feed Our Scholars’ program for many years. The program, which currently provides food for 43 students, has moved its base of operations to First Congregational in order to gain more visibility, awareness and hopefully, more volunteers. Read more here in the Wiscasset Newspaper: "Feed Our Scholars moves"
Bishop Thomas Brown spoke to WMTW-TV about asking churches in the diocese to revert back to online only services in response to the state's rise in cases. View the video and transcript here: "Churches adjust to new restrictions from state amid surge in COVID-19 cases"
Sophia's House in Lewiston, a 2019 UTO grant recipient, is a Maine Preservation award winner for 2020! They are a residential community of healing for women housed in the former St. Patrick's Convent. Through the restoration of an early twentieth century convent, they've continued a unique heritage of place which has served women of the area for over a century. The video here provides details about the building and restoration.
St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth converted their holiday fair benefitting the area's DCP THAW Fund to an online format this year. Carol Mason, Chair of St. Dunstan's Holiday Fair Committee, told WABI-TV how meaningful it can be for someone to receive heating oil. View video here: "St. Dunstan’s starts online market to raise funds for THAW"
Around the diocese
Discernment isn't just for those seeking Holy Orders
Maine's Commission on Ministry invites lay people in the diocese to consider a new offering from the Bexley Seabury Seminary - because discernment is for all the baptized, not only clergy! Discerning my path for faithful living is a Zoom course that will help you explore your gifts and your call as a Christian. 

The course employs an innovative communal process which invites participants into a time of deep listening and spiritual disciplines to uncover insights regarding individual gifts and passions. The course will take place over 6 months in synchronous Zoom meetings of small groups of 6-8 with a trained facilitator.

The course begins with orientation on Saturday January 23 and ends mid-June. Cost is $200 with applications to the Wolf Fund welcomed. Deadline to register is December 15. To register or if you have questions, please email Darreby Ambler.
Be a part of the 2021 Camp Bishopswood season
Sign up today for summer 2021! As of now, Camp Bishopswood plans on opening this summer for all of our mini-camp, youth camp, and Counselor in Training (CIT) programs. If for some reason camp cannot open, or we need to modify the season, we will refund 100% of your deposit and tuition.

Camp Bishopswood is also hiring! Multiple positions available. If you are interested in working outdoors with children in a supportive community environment, apply online today.
Digital Onboarding Grants available for Maine churches
Established by Bishop Brown and Diocesan Council in 2020, Digital Onboarding Grants are a one-time program designed to assist churches in pivoting to worship online or via broadcast. This could be through the purchase of livestreaming equipment, extending their Wi-Fi, purchasing video editing software for recorded services, purchasing technology for broadcast and more. 
All churches of the diocese and diocese-related organizations are eligible to apply for a Digital Onboarding Grant to support digital and broadcast ministry. Find detailed guidelines and application here on
Good news from our congregations
The Kneeler Guild of St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland has long had the goal to represent every body in the diocese with a kneeler. There's a story behind every kneeler created through this project! St. Michael's, Auburn shared theirs here in advance of the blessing ceremony, which will be a part of the diocesan service this Sunday. Another reason to tune-in here at 10 am!
You can "Take One, Share One or Leave One" at St. Brendan the Navigator, Deer Isle. The parish is back to Zoom services but the Kindness Rocks are still available 24/7 on the church porch!
St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland invites you to join a virtual, ecumenical service of gratitude on Thanksgiving Eve with the clergy and congregations of Greater Portland. It will be held at 7:00 pm on November 25 here on Facebook. Held annually, it's been a very moving service and will be especially meaningful this year when many won't be able to gather with loved ones. All are welcome!
Strength, Hope, Action, a multi-faith gathering following the 2020 Election, organized by the Winthrop Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) will be held on Zoom on November 22 at 2:00 pm. The gathering will be a space for the expression of the different emotions we are all feeling and a place to find strength in our own spiritual traditions, pray and move into action. It will include music, teachings from various faith traditions, and a prayer for our country. All are invited to join. For the Zoom link, please email or call St. Andrew's, Winthrop at (207) 395-2015.
St. George's, Sanford is using the How2charist digital series that explores the practices used in our liturgy. The series helps us think about what Holy Eucharist means to us during this time when we aren't able to physically receive the elements of consecrated bread and wine. The Rev. Lauren Kay is hosting the series in four parts held on Zoom where the community can watch, learn and discuss the teachings together. Interested in doing something similar? The film and companion resources are available for free here.
Enjoy music shared by Stephen Sampson on the website of The Parish of St. Andrew and St. John, Southwest Harbor at any time. Just go to their website and click on the music tab in the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
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#AdventWord podcast launches in 2020
New this year to the #AdventWord offerings include a podcast for each day. The short, daily podcasts provide another way to enjoy the lectionary-inspired writings by 27 different authors.

The 27 days of podcasts will mirror the same meditations included on social media, found in the daily email, and will be included on the website. You can find and subscribe to AdventWord on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and others.
Watch Tell Me Something Good, a new web series
Tell Me Something Good is a new web series from The Episcopal Church that highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests. New episodes will be released every two weeks. Episode 1 is available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website, here on Facebook, and on Instagram TV @theepiscopalchurch. Read more here.