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Congregations in Transition

Congregations in Transition Update

by the Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary Since starting this new position on diocesan staff in early September, the learning curve has been nearly vertical but the work is immensely satisfying. So, before I offer this update on congregations in transition, I would like to say that I love this work, and…

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Godspeed, Canon Vicki Wiederkehr

Seventy-five people from across the Diocese of Maine gathered on Saturday morning at St. Mark’s in Waterville to give thanks for the ministry of Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Transition and Ministry Development, as she retires after 16 years on diocesan staff. In his remarks, Bishop Steve Lane said, “I think if you asked Vicki, she…

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St. Stephen’s, Waterboro, on the Emmaus Road

Even when our hopes are dashed, Jesus comes along to feed us on the way. Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane at the last worship service and deconsecration of St. Stephen the Martyr in Waterboro, Maine May 3, 2014 Luke 24:13-35  We turn today to one of the most beloved stories in all…

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Congregations in Transition: (Almost) Spring 2014

Canon for Transition and Leadership Development Vicki Wiederkehr offers this brief listing of the status of all congregations in transition. St. Mark’s, Augusta Canon Vicki Wiederkehr, Lay Pastoral Administrator St. Margaret’s, Belfast The Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick’s Service of Leavetaking June 1. She leaves to become rector of St. Barnabas’, Wilmington, Delaware. St. Patrick’s, Brewer The…

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St. Matthias’ Church in Richmond secularized today

St. Matthias’, Richmond, a set on Flickr. Update: Bishop Steve Lane’s reflection on yesterday’s service More than a year after the people of St. Matthias’, Richmond, voted to conclude holding worship services and ten months after the Diocese of Maine Convention approved the closing of this mission, Bishop Lane, other diocesan leaders, and officials from…

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Transition ministry update from Canon Vicki Wiederkehr

Here’s an update on Maine congregations in transition from Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry: Aroostook Cluster (St. Luke’s, Caribou; St. Paul’s, Fort Fairfield; Advent, Limestone; St. Anne’s, Mars Hill; St. John’s, Presque Isle): The Rev. Kevin Kinsey will be ordained priest and the Aroostook Cluster congregations will celebrate their new ministry with…

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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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Congregations in transition update – June 2012

Here’s an update on Maine congregations in transition from Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry. Aroostook Cluster (St. Luke’s, Caribou; St. Paul’s, Fort Fairfield; Advent, Limestone; St. Anne’s, Mars Hill; St. John’s, Presque Isle):  The Rev. Bob Smith has announced his retirement effective September 1, 2012. St. Michael’s, Auburn:  The Rev. Jim Low,…

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Congregations in Transition Update

Here’s an update on Maine congregations in transition from Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry. Canon Wiederkehr may be reached at vwiederk@episcopalmaine.org or by calling 772-1953 x123. St. Michael’s, Auburn:  The Rev. Jim Low, Transition Priest in Charge St. Mark’s, Augusta:    The Rev. Stephen T. Foote, Transition Priest in Charge effective January 2012…

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August update for congregations in transition

Here’s an update on Maine congregations in transition from Vicki Wiederkehr, Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry. St. Michael’s, Auburn:  The Rev. Jim Low, Transition Priest in Charge St. Mark’s, Augusta:    Vestry interviewing for Transition Priest in Charge. St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor:  The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard has announced his retirement effective October 2011. St. Columba’s,…

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