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Contribute to Diocese-Wide Anti-Hunger Initiative

Contribute to Diocese-Wide Anti-Hunger Initiative

Join congregations and individuals in the diocese to help feed those in need and assist Maine farmers. This spring, the diocese and several parish partners purchased many pounds of Aroostook County potatoes. These were bought from farmers whose crops would have otherwise spoiled because they were unable to get them to market in the pandemic. They were driven by donated trucks to food pantries throughout the state.

The diocese is now expanding our response to local food insecurity beginning with a second purchase of 30,000 pounds or more of potatoes through the Maine Farmers Exchange. Our immediate goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase our next truckload and make shipping arrangements, and we need your help!

Please consider making a contribution. You can donate by check made out to Episcopal Diocese of Maine with subject line “Food Insecurity Fund” mailed to:

Attn: John Hennessy
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
PO Box 4036
Portland, ME 04101

We also have set up some ways for you to give electronically:

  • Mobile app – Download the GivePlus mobile app on the App Store or on Google Play, enter our zip code “04101”, select “Episcopal Diocese of Maine” and give. [Find more instructions for the app here.]
  • Visit episcopalmaine.org– Easily enter your donation from our website. Click on the “donate” button on the top of the home page. 
A Prayer for Racial Justice

A Prayer for Racial Justice

Wake us, O God, so that the sin of racism is purged from this land; break down the barriers that oppress all people of color; strengthen our resolve to work personally for justice; deliver us from complacency, indifference, and a return to the status quo; protect all who protest and all who are commissioned to protect and to serve; heal our addiction to privilege and power; and lead us, by your grace, to build your new community of love; we ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.

  • The Rev. Steve Muncie. From the Diocesan Zoom Town Hall, June 2, 2020.

Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

The Pastoral Care Committee of St. Peter’s Church presents a series of programs led by experts on topics related to health, physical and mental well-being, and spirituality.

The series will open on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 PM, with the subject of Stress, Coping and Mental Health, presented by Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, MD. The program will cover how people cope with stress to maintain balance and mental health and, additionally, how to have conversations with family members and friends that are supportive and respectful of personal boundaries. The program is not intended to provide individual diagnoses or treatment. Dr. Lonkuyzen is a psychiatrist working in community mental health at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Behavioral Health. He works with patients from all walks of life, with all manner of mental health concerns, but especially those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory, and cognitive decline. These topics involve difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations, even with close family members.

  • March 29, 2:30 PM, Living with Cognitive Decline & Alzheimer’s, presented by Cheri Blouin, Director of Social Services at the Knox Center and Quarry Hill.
  • April 26, 2:30 PM, Opening to Grace as Death Nears, presented by Abby Pettee, Chaplain at Pen Bay Medical Center and Sarah Dwelley, RN, Palliative Care Coordinator at Pen Bay Medical Center.

All the programs will be held at St. Peter’s. The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the St. Peter’s parish administrator at 207.594.8191.

Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Palm Sunday, April 5, services at 9:00 AM, and 5:30 PM with Liturgy of the Palms, and
reading of the Passion Narrative.

Tenebrae, April 8, 5:30 PM, a dramatic service of readings and music.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 5:30 PM. Agape Meal/Dinner in the Parish Hall.

Good Friday, April 10,

  • All day, Self-Directed Stations of the Cross;
  • 5:30 PM, Good Friday Liturgy with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament.

Holy Saturday, April 11, The Great Vigil of Easter (St. Thomas, Camden).

Easter Sunday, April 12, 9:00 AM, Choral Festival Eucharist, followed by the parish Easter Brunch.

  • 12:00 noon, Easter Egg Hunt, and
  • 12:30 PM, the Easter Community Meal
Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

In his daily meditations, Richard Rohr mines the depths of his Christian tradition through his Franciscan and contemplative lens. You can receive these meditations in your inbox each day. Each week builds on previous topics, but you can join at any time. Sign up here. You can discontinue these emails at any time.

From his website:

One of Richard’s foundational convictions is that God—who is Love—is with and in us and all of creation. But we’ve been conditioned or taught to see ourselves as separate from God and each other. Contemplation opens our hearts to experience this union and become an embodied presence of healing and creativity in our world. As Quaker author and elder Parker Palmer suggests, ask these important questions: “What do we want to let go of? What do we desire to give ourselves to?”

Whether or not you identify as a Christian, Richard invites you to see the Christ—the unifying principle of wholeness at the core of the universe—in everything and everyone. What does it mean to be the Body of Christ, the cosmic and coming Christ, now and for the future?

Richard dives deep into this theme with 1-2-week segments over a full year. Every Saturday includes a summary of the previous week’s meditations and an invitation to contemplative practice. “Gateway to Presence” (at the bottom of each meditation) is an invitation to deepen your experience of reading that day’s reflection.

Please join our growing community of people finding support from these meditations in their daily lives. We offer them with our hearts full of hope that they will meet you where you are and provide a contemplative experience. Learn about contemplative prayer and other forms of meditation.

Creation Care – September

Creation Care – September

Creation Care Month at St. Peter’s coming in September – For the five Sundays between September 8 and October 6, we will focus our Sunday liturgies, our readings and sermons, and hear invited guests talk with us on the topic of Creation Care.  What does the Bible say about how faithful people are to understand this earth and the universe around us? What does right relationship with all of God’s creatures look like? In what ways does our tradition support and challenge us to live more faithfully in the world regarding this planet and its ecological systems? Please stay tuned for this exciting phase in our parish life of worship and ministry. 

Update on Area InterFaith Organization Food Pantry

Update on Area InterFaith Organization Food Pantry

AIO by the Numbers

St. Peter’s representative on the AIO Board, writes that the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) served 301 families, representing 773 people in June. This is down from May and is normal — as the weather becomes warmer, assistance with heating and electricity bills decline. 

The AIO food pantry, though, always needs soups (Progresso is great), pasta, pasta sauce, and cereals. Keep forgetting to bring your cans? Money is actually the single most useful donation. With money the AIO is able to purchase milk, yogurt, and butter, and provides emergency vouchers for utilities. You can find out how to donate by visiting the AIO Website HERE and following the “Donate” tabs. You can read Ron’s full report by clicking HERE.  He also wants to direct your attention to a recent and powerful Story on Maine Public Radio, whose picture we have used above. You can read and listen to that by clicking HERE

A Journey to the Holy Land

A Journey to the Holy Land

You are invited to join other pilgrims from the Episcopal Church in Maine and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The pilgrimage will be under the direction of the Rev. Thomas Mousin, spouse of Bishop-elect Thomas Brown, and the Rev. Jeffrey Mello, rector of St. Paul’s Church. Together, we will visit the places of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Our experienced personal guide Iyad Qumri, will lead us in exploring ancient places, vibrant markets, and modern museums in a land that is suspended between East and West, past and present. Detailed information will be available soon. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Tom at: tmousin@gmail.com or 802-380-8913. 

June 23 Presiding Bishop in Maine

June 23 Presiding Bishop in Maine

June 23, 2019 10;30  TEMPLE PARK, OLD ORCHARD BEACH You are invited to join us for a special worship service at the Ocean Park Temple with guest preacher, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry is excited to be in Maine with us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone not just Episcopalians but people of all faiths and even those who are “just looking”.  The Temple at Ocean Park is a historic, interdenominational  space open only during the summer months. We are thrilled that Bishop Curry is the first preacher for the 2019 season. 

Remember how Bishop Curry captivated the world with his words at the Royal Wedding last year?  Well, this will be an extraordinary opportunity to hear Bishop Curry preach in his inimitable style. Bishop Curry is quick to say it is not about him. Rather, it is the message itself. “The God who loves us into being and redeems us envisions more for us than we can imagine. Our call, in faith and hope, is to live in to that dream by following in the footsteps of Jesus – not just in our heads, but with our hearts and with our feet.” 

If you cannot join us, you will be able to see the sermon via live stream or a recorded version on the Diocese of Maine website. And, in case you don’t already know, Bishop Curry will be back with us in Bangor, Maine on May 2, 2020 to help us celebrate the Bicentennial (200th) Anniversary of the Episcopal Diocese in Maine.