Mid Maine District UMC Newsletter No. 89
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The Right Start
My first 2017 morning started off in the best Wesleyan way, with covenanting worship and communion at Lisbon UMC in Lisbon Falls. During the “you pick hymn” sing, a man seated behind me asked for Let There Be Peace on Earth.” From the immediate appreciative murmurs, I knew other hearts were as grateful to sing our hope and commitment aloud as mine was.   Read more……
Preparing for Reboot: Get Your Churches on Board!

Greetings, Mid Maine District!  We are looking forward to being with the churches in your district for the Reboot Your Worship online training starting January 8! Currently you have 1 church signed up. We want to help you get out another communication to your churches to be sure they are motivated to sign up. Here is some language to get you started:

"Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to 'Reboot Your Worship' in 2017 by simply signing up to get e-mails to guide you through an online training experience with Dr. Marcia McFee, a nationally-known teacher of worship. Our district has purchased access so that you can do this for FREE! Over 6 weeks, Dr. McFee will be offering you articles and videos that will help you in 5 "basics" that can improve your worship immediately:
  1. more deeply spiritual journeys (creating anticipation which builds attendance)
  2. more congregational participation (make worship more engaging for everyone)
  3. more sensory-rich communication (whether or not you have a big budget or fancy technology)
  4. better leadership (how to get to worship while you are leading worship)
  5. flow and transitions (making worship less disjointed and more like a spiritual journey from beginning to end)
And then she will help us all understand more about conflict over worship and what to do about it.
We encourage you to take advantage of this gift and join us for this series. Even though it lasts 6 weeks (with 6 live webinars), you can do this at your own pace (webinars will be recorded) but you must sign up at this link: You can have any number of people from your church sign up at that link to get the e-mails to their inbox as well. This is a great way to learn together!"
Presiding Elders of 2016 Church Conferences
Please save the date of January 26th from 11:30-1:00 at the East Pittston UMC for a catered luncheon with Karen to share experiences, ideas and to celebrate our ministry together.  
Clergy Pre-Lenten Gathering
Please save the date of February 16 at Pleasant Street UMC, Waterville.  Read More...
On Jan. 15, 2017, United Methodists will celebrate God's call to empower people who struggle and equip change agents to transform the world.

Download resources from the Human Relations Day leader and pastor's kit to help make your celebration meaningful and easy to implement.

Order leaflet offering envelopes and posters to enhance your Human Relations Day celebration or call 888-346-3862.

Your generous gifts through the Human Relations Day offering support the Community Developers Program, United Methodist Voluntary Services and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

Learn more at

Thank you for your support.
Mid Maine Clergy Days Schedule
January 19 (3rd Thursday)
February 9
March 9
April TBD
May 18 (last one)
The Clergy Days are located at Camp Mechuwana: 8:30 Bible Study (NEW);  9:00 fellowship; 9:30-10:00 worship and 10:00-12:00 program.
Closing Date for 2016 Mission Shares Extended
The Conference Office is extending the Closing date for 2016 Mission Share Remittances.
 The original date of January 6th has been modified to Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  2016 Mission Shares must be in the office of the Treasurer by 4:00 pm to be credited as 2016 payments.
Please note that churches may check the balance of their Mission Shares for 2016 by going to the conference website under Finance & and Admin and clicking on Mission Shares, then clicking on Mission Shares-Current for All Churches (or Click Here), and then clicking on their church name. Past history is also now available. This page will be updated daily until the Final Closing on January 11, 2017.

This week you are invited to pray for the following:
East Monmouth UMC
Monmouth United Church
North Pownal UMC
Bath UMC
North Woolwich UMC
NEW events on the district, click on the image below
Mid Maine District Contact
Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, DS
Lori Umberhind, AA
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:00 or by appointment. 
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