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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 21 ~  October 20, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

the Rev. Emily Gibson, priest of this diocese living in Delaware, upon the death of her mother, Jane P. Gibson, 95, of West Paris on October 11. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at Christ Church, Norway. Her obituary may be found here.

Voices among us...

Eileen Kleinman of Camden, a member of the Diocese of Maine's Committee on Indian Relations recently published an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, "Indigenous Peoples' Day is a Step Toward Justice for All."

Around the Diocese...

Materials 198th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor


Download the updated Convention Booklet - 50 pages (updated)

or its parts

Please park in the Casino parking garage, across the street from the Cross Center on Main Street.  Handicap parking is also available at the garage.  

Hollywood Casino at 500 Main Street is directly across from the Cross Center's Rotunda entrance (at the corner of Main Street and Buck Street) which is the entrance Convention guests should use.

The University of Maine Basketball teams have games in the arena the same day, therefore, the Southwest Entrance will only be accessible for UMaine Basketball ticket holders. 

This map illustrates where our Convention will be held, the Rotunda Entrance that we should use, and where the casino garage parking is located in relation to those places.

Please set your destination as 500 Main Street (the casino garage) then cross the street to the Rotunda Entrance at the Convention Center.

Click image to enlarge.

Links to on-demand 

St. Martin's, Palmyra          Trinity, Portland 
Watch  here                     Watch  here


An ingathering to the United Thank Offering will be included in the closing worship. Churches are encouraged to hold an congregational ingathering and bring checks for the offering at Convention. 

Need ideas about how to promote UTO giving? Please be in touch with our diocesan UTO Coordinator Sherri Dietrich at

Questions about Convention? Please contact Teresa Pinney at .

Grace Church, Bath, seeks Director of Music Ministry

Grace Church, Bath, seeks a part-time Director of Music Ministry (DMM), to provide choral, vocal, and instrumental music (organ and/or piano) for worship, sacramental occasions, parish events, and concerts, and to assist the Rector in liturgical planning, education, and execution. 

They seek a someone whose skill, enthusiasm, and collaborative spirit will support and help develop the musical aspect of their worship and life together as a faith community. 

Applicants should send a cover letter or statement of interest, resume, and three references to . Questions? Call 443-3792. Review of applications will begin on November 6, and continue until the position is filled.
Click here for a full position description.

Marking the end of an era 
Beginning today, October 20, the era of the fax has ended at the Diocese of Maine office. Technology updates and cost-savings measures have rendered the fax machine obsolete. 
Thanks for understanding.

From Bishop Steve and the Clergy Continuing Ed Committee

The Clergy Day scheduled for November 7 has been cancelled. We were unable to secure a program leader for that day, and the fall schedule has become crowded with events.

The winter Retreat at the Samoset and the Spring Clergy Day remain on the schedule.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Learn about the ministry of deacons on October 21

Are you curious about the Ministry of Deacons?

You see them in church but have you ever wondered what else they do and why they became a Deacon? Would you like to know what's required to become a Deacon in the Diocese of Maine?
On Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. you are invited to gather at St. Patrick's in Brewer to answer those questions and learn more.
The format will be quite informal with lots of time to ask questions. There are no obligations associated with attending, this is strictly informational and hopefully really informative!
If you would like more information, please be in touch with Archdeacon Aaron Perkins at

Trinity, Portland's 7th Annual Butterfield Series, October 25

Trinity, Portland, offers its seventh annual Butterfield Memorial Series on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. This year's speaker is Linda Orsi Robinson, a Maine nurse midwife who has served in Congo with Doctors without Borders and set up the first midwifery practice in American Samoa.  Linda has been teaching in Malawi this last year and will return to Africa after this presentation.

Doors open at  6:15 p.m. and the program will begin at  6:30 with a reception and book signing to follow.  This is the seventh year for the Butterfield Memorial Series providing compelling speakers free of charge for the community.  (Goodwill donations are always gratefully received as they help Trinity to perpetuate this great series.) Click here for a flyer.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration in Waterville

St. Mark's in Waterville is participating in an Ecumenical Gospel Celebration of the 500th  Anniversary of the Reformation on  Sunday, October 29, at 11 a.m.  at Lorimer Chapel on the Colby College campus. The service will feature visiting Gospel artists David Dupree and David Powell and a word from the Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes. This event is co-sponsored by the Colby Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity, the Pugh Center, Waterville United Church of Christ, Pleasant Street Methodist, St. Mark's Episcopal and Winslow Congregational Church. All are welcome to participate.

Brahms Requiem at St. John's, Bangor, November 2 at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the Brahms Requiem on All Souls' Day, Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at St. John's in Bangor. With guest preacher, Rev. Renee U. Garrett (Minister of Christian Nurture at All Souls Church), the St. John's Choir will sing Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the context of a Requiem Eucharist for All Souls' Day. Donations will benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.   Childcare is provided.  

A German Requiem uses texts from the Bible instead of the traditional liturgical Latin text. Brahms himself said he would have gladly called the work "A Human Requiem." The overarching theme of the piece is comfort. Probably the most famous section is the beautiful fourth movement - in English translation "How lovely are thy dwellings." 

Join us for this special service to remember all faithful departed. You are invited to submit names to be remembered during the service - either by mailing them to the parish office or emailing them to

Formation Training for Maine EfM Mentors

On Thursday, November 2, through Saturday, November 4, Education for Ministry mentors will gather for a training at St. Thomas, Camden. Those  interested in learning more about Education for Ministry mentors, please contact: Diocesan EfM Coordinator Patricia Buck Welton at or 592-8762.

Upcoming clergy events

Please mark your calendar and save the dates.  Updated information will be available soon and posted on the diocesan web calendar; registration is required for all events except ordination.  FMI:  Barbara Martin  
November 7 Clergy Day has been  CANCELLED

Clergy retreat
Sunday, February 25 - Tuesday, February 27
Samoset Inn, Rockport (residential retreat; no commuters, please)
Clergy morning with the Bishop; Chrism Eucharist/Renewal of Vows
Tuesday, March 20, Waterville
And down the pike...
Saturday, April 28: Spring Training Day (clergy program included during the training day)
Tuesday, June 5: HOLDING: Clergy Day
Saturday, June 9:  Ordination(s): Cathedral 

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