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Congregational Events

Ashes to Go in nine communities across Maine

On Wednesday, March 1, a group of Episcopal clergy, including Maine Bishop the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, will take the traditional Ash Wednesday practice of the imposition of ashes from inside of church buildings out to the people on the streets of Portland, Rockland, Bath, Waterville, Windham, Brunswick, Winthrop, Wilton, and Farmington. Started by…

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Planning Your Funeral Music Could Be Fun!

by Anthony Antolini, Music Director St. John Baptist, Thomaston originally published in the October 2015 edition of The Antiphon, St. John’s monthly newsletter We’ve had a remarkable number of parishioners pass away in recent months. I cannot remember a time when I’ve played so many funerals in close succession. All this has reminded us of…

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Presiding Bishop’s celebrates with the people of Saint Mary’s, Falmouth, on their 125th anniversary

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, visited the Diocese of Maine over the weekend. On Saturday about 165 people from across the diocese gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland for her talk about “Change and the Church” and to engage in a town hall-style question…

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St. Margaret’s, Belfast, celebrates centennial with gift of books

by Pat Griffith St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast has assembled a cast of notable Americans, mythical characters, adventurous children and creatures from robots to whales to celebrate its Centennial Year with literary flair. They parade through the pages of 100 books that St. Margaret’s parishioners are giving Belfast area elementary schools in the next…

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St. Peter’s, Rockland, seeks to fund vestrymember’s assistive technology

by Marty Rogers St. Peter’s, Rockland John “Mike” Grondin is in his first year as a vestry member at St. Peter’s in Rockland. As we serve with Mike, we are learning the challenges a visually-impaired person faces when serving on a committee. The first point of business at our meetings is to go around the…

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Bishop Steve Lane answers questions about Holy Conversations

Bishop Steve sat down with Canon Heidi Shott this week to answer questions about the Holy Conversations process that each congregation in Maine has been asked to engage in. He answered questions like, “Why are we doing this, anyway?” [youtube=http://youtu.be/nWNhsB5r5wo] Do you have a question you’d like to have the Bishop answer on video? Please…

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Ashes-to-Go set for Portland, Windham, Falmouth, and York

Maine Episcopal clergy offer Ashes-to-Go on Ash Wednesday Several Portland-area Episcopal clergy and laypeople will take the traditional Ash Wednesday practice of the imposition of ashes from inside of church buildings out to the people on the streets of Portland, Windham, and Falmouth. On Wednesday, February 13, Ashes-to-Go will be available to all who wish…

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News from Christ Church, Biddeford

From the Rev. Shirley Bowen, rector of Christ Church – This month Christ Episcopal Church in Biddeford will suspend its Sunday services and be at rest until the annual Diocesan Convention in October 2013. We see this not as a closing of a church but as a transformation of a ministry. The parish will be…

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Praying around the Diocese

Check out a new page (see the tab above) on the NNE and a new weekly feature:  a  brief profile on Maine congregations featured in this week’s Diocesan Cycle of Prayer. Learn more about each congregation by visiting its website and please remember to keep them in your prayers. Visit the 2012 Cycle of Prayer…

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Sharing stewardship successes

by Lisa Meeder Turnbull Diocesan Stewardship Consultant The Diocesan Stewardship Initiative has now been underway for nearly a year, offering consultation and resources in all aspects of stewardship: time and talent, love and compassion, effort and dedication, and funds. It is exciting to see the many creative ways that congregations inspire and celebrate offerings of…

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