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Mid Maine District UMC Newsletter No. 107
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Mothers in Faith:  Fruitful Leadership
 
A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a woman who was the spiritual mother of many. Gwen White inspired through music, programs in children and spirituality, retreats, and spiritual direction. She inspired me to be patient with my wiggly young children in church. But what I admired most about her was way she could take an assortment of friends and craft a circle of discipleship that endured over years. Read more…..
 
Sports Camps offered at Camp Mechuwana this summer!
The addition of soccer camp and basketball camps was made possible by the building of our athletic fields and basketball court. The soccer field has recently been expanded to meet even college standards. Our sports camps emphasize skill development and sportsmanship. Campers also have time to do all the other camp activities such as swimming and boating. One of the highlights of the weeks is the traditional game with the permanent staff.   Read more... 
2017 Annual Conference session
Thursday to Saturday, June 15-17
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101
 
The theme for this year's Annual Conference is:
"Vital Conversations: Race."
“How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?”
– Psalm 137:4 (NIV)
 
Latest News Annual Conference registration opens March 6

Hotel/dorm room registration is open now

Leadership and Fund Raising Course at the UMC Cyber Campus

05/23/2017 to 05/25/2017
Completion Time: 2 hours, May 23 & 2 hours, May 25
CEUs: 0.4
Tuition: $100 (includes textbook, Leadership and Change: A President's Story)
Instructor(s): Dr. G. Douglass Lewis

This 4-hour online course will answer the following questions about fund raising:

  • What are four basic steps to effective fund raising for an organization?
  • What is the role of an organization’s leader in a fund raising effort?
  • How can a leader insure the successful application of these four steps for his/her organization
Summer 2017 Day Retreats in Belgrade Lakes 
Retreat Leader: Rev. Heidi N. Chamberland at the Union Church of Belgrade Lakes, UMC on the last Monday of each month from 9:30AM – 2:30PM. Cost: $20/person, light lunch provided:  yogurt, fruit and homemade granola
(feel free to bring your own  lunch or something to add
to what’s being offered.)
Who can come?  Open to All….invite your friends, neighbors
and those visiting for the summer.  For full brochure and dates, click here!
 
Prayers of Confession and Intercession:
 
Holy Friend, loving God and Savior we pry to you, both when we are at our wits end and on those days when we feel reasonably capable and competent.
We ask you to bless our attempts to aid at least some of the lonely, suffering, bewildered, and grieving people on earth.
 
Yet our efforts toward loving our neighbor, even at their best and most efficient, are piecemeal.
Sometimes, in spite of our good intentions, our endeavors may be ill advised and ill directed.
 
Please, by the loving work of your Holy Spirit, do for our fellow human being that which we cannot manage to do.
May no child of earth, be they friend or stranger, ever face distress or calamity on their own.
 
Please guide and bless those gifted people who seem to have the knack of loving others in appropriate, practical ways.
Give each of us the commitment and wisdom to express our compassion more wisely and lovingly.
 
Loving God, to you all persons are precious. No neighbor is a nuisance. No enemy is beyond the pale. Please teach us your ways.
Let no person be forgotten, none neglected, none despised, and none judged as unworthy of the best care that is available.
 
Bring the day nearer when your church on earth may become more truly a redeemed and redeeming community of grace, mercy and peace.
                Through Christ Jesus. Our Lord. Amen!
 
Written and used by permission from 
Rev. Kristabeth Atwood

 

Dear Friends,
MCH, originally known as Maine Conference Home and now as Making Community Happen, is a vital service provider in our coastal communities.  The demise of Coastal Trans last year created a budget crisis for 2017.  While donations are welcome at any time of the year, Golden Cross Sunday, on Mother’s Day, is when we specifically raise this ministry up for support.  Because we are absolutely committed to making sure it’s essential services to our communities continue, Jeff and I will match up to $1,000 in donations from MidMaine Churches. Please be sure to mark “MCH” on your Golden Cross Sunday donation and let me know the level of contribution that I should match.  And thank you for your partnership in reaching out to the elderly members of our rural Maine Communities.
For more information and for Golden Cross Sunday materials visit http://www.neumc.org/goldencrosssunday.  

 Read full letter from the MCH

Mid Maine Clergy Days Schedule
 
May 18, 2017
Saying goodbye and celebrating new ministries in the MME District.

Bible Study 8:30-9:15 Acts 17: 22-31 
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.
This Saturday, May 13 from 8am - 1pm the Bath United Methodist Church is hosting a huge yard sale, in addition to bake sale and plant sale. We hope you will stop by! You can read more here
 
Pre Conference Briefing Saturday, June 3rd 9:30-12:00 at Green Street UMC, Augusta ME.

Gathering for voting members of conference (local church lay members, district and other equalization members, and clergy) to prepare for annual conference

There will be no voting but we will have time to review and discuss the proposed legislation for annual conference. For schedule and agenda click here.
2017 Appointment Announcements

Please follow the link for up to date appointment announcements in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Please pray for the following:
 
May 14
Trinity UMC, Farmington
UMC of Auburn
UMC of Minot
Union Church of Belgrade Lakes
Unity UMC
Vassalboro UMC


May 21
Aldersgate UMC
Bartlett Memorial UMC
Bath UMC
Belfast UMC

Rev. Thom Blackstone and family for the loss of his grandmother.

Rev. Joe and Joy Beardsley and family, displaced for about 2 months from their home by smoke damage.

 
…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6b
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Mid Maine District Contact
Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, DS  kmunson@neumc.org
Lori Umberhind, AA mmedist@neumc.org
207-395-4080
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