Mid Maine District UMC Newsletter No. 161
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The first step can be the hardest, and often involves overcoming fear.  Luke’s gospel is full of first steps, beginning with the pre-nativity story. Again and again we see people confront their fear while God sends the words:

Read more….
The Mid Maine office will be closed from December 24-January 2. Lori will be working from home during that time. 

Please feel free to email at or call at 207-837-8694. 
Rev. Dr. Jim Melson returns to the MidMaine District for our next Resource Day, January 26, 2109.
MidMaine’s Transforming Ministry Mission Group, generated by Jim’s last visit, will help present and lead experiences in mission based mutual discipling groups.   

Join us at Cox Memorial UMC, 29 Middle St, Hallowell, ME. Child care will be available.
We appreciate advance notice if you will need this so that we can plan for numbers.

A message from Rev. David Calhoun

I am the cabinet liaison to the United Methodist Men in New England, and we are gathering information about how many active men’s groups we have in the conference. If a church in your district has a group of men that gets together for breakfast and discussion, for instance; or a bible studies, work projects etc., we would like to know which church it is, the type of group, and a contact person.

Would you please help me in gathering this information by sending an email to the churches in your districts? Your assistance is greatly appreciated! If you have questions, please let me know. My email is

Blessings to you all . . .
Rev. David V. Calhoun D.Min. APC
District Superintendent Connecticut/Western Massachusetts

MMD Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course - January 2019

Where: People’s UMC, 21 Depot St, Union, ME (behind the Post Office, on Rt 235) 

Instructor: Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell

When: Three Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm w/potluck soup & bread supper

Required texts:  Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Guide (ISBN 97808817762) available from The Upper Room Bookstore. Or Cokesbury.  Available in print or Kindle format. Participant is responsible for purchasing text. Check w/your church for possible scholarships.

Assignment for first class is reading Chapters 1 & 2 and the Biblical reflections.  At our second session, we will work with chapters 3 & 4, and for the final class, Chapter 5 and closing worship.  Attendance at all three classes is necessary to receive a completion certificate.


Polity with Rev. Karen L. Munson (DS) “Before and After” Special General Conference 2019.

Auburn UMC, ME Feb. 10, 16, (Sat). 9:00am-12:30PM, March 10 (Sun) 2-5PM  

Registration open SOON!

Mark Your Calendars Now!

January 26, 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 PM Resource Day with Jim Melson:  Structures that support and sustain Discipleship.
All Clergy should plan to attend, and laity are encouraged to attend.
Location: Cox Memorial UMC Hallowell Maine

March 21, 2019 MidMaine Clergy Consult Breakfast 
with DS Rev. Karen Munson.  

All clergy are required to attend one of two sessions:

    9:30 am- 12:00 PM          Location: Governors Restaurant, Lewiston
    7:00 – 8:30 PM Web-ex.     RSVP to  to receive link
Please note that these conversations are for clergy.  

March 24, 2019, Courageous Conversations 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  Special General Conference 2019 Debrief with NEAC and MidMaine Discussion Leaders.  Required for all clergy and encouraged for all laity. 
Location: Brunswick UMC 320 Church Road, Brunswick ME
May 18, 2019, Resource Day with the United Methodist Foundation of New England 9:00-2:00.
This Resource Day is especially designed for laity, though clergy are welcome to attend. 
Location: Brunswick UMC 320 Church Road, Brunswick ME

December 2018 Featured Preacher:  Gordon Cosby
Few preachers have had more impact and less public recognition that Gordon Cosby, who founded the Church of the Savior in Washington DC with his wife Mary.  This archive is a unique resource of 2,300 sermon recordings. Treat yourself to an Advent season sermon from this master preacher.

Maine State Law now requires that all mandated reporters complete the Maine state training in person or on line.  
Our goal is to have all clergy trained by 2018 church conferences.


The purpose of this training is to promote child safety by increasing the knowledge of mandated reporters regarding the identification of the signs of abuse and neglect and explaining the process for reporting abuse.

The objectives of the training are to: 
• define the role of mandated reporters.

• identify behavioral and physical indicators of child abuse or neglect.
• understand steps necessary to make a Child Protective Services report.

Online training (as a PowerPoint or PDF) on the website of the State of Maine Child and Family Services office here

Those clergy who complete the training are asked to contact the District Office to record that information.
…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6b
Join the United Methodist Women for a birthday celebration of 150 years – and counting – in the city where the UMW began: Boston. 
Among the exhibits will be the historic stained glass windows from the Tremont St. Methodist Episcopal Church, where the UMW was founded. 
Hosted by the New England Conference UMW, the Conference Commission on Archives & History and Boston University School of Theology, the day's events will include dynamic speakers (see the featured speakers below), entertaining re-enactments, worship, fellowship, and more.  

The day includes breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is Feb. 1, 2019 and space is limited, so don't delay. Click the button to find the registration form. 
A Year of Proclaiming Excellence: May 2018-May 2019
MidMaine District United Methodist Church

*What is the good word of Jesus Christ that you are particularly given to share?
*How well equipped are you to share it within the “walls” of your ministry?
*How well equipped are you to share it BEYOND the “walls” of your ministry?
No matter how new or how mature your preaching and proclamation skills are, join your colleagues in ministry, clergy and laity, on a journey into proclamation excellence this year!  

For dates and more information click here! 


Please pray for the following

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, DS

December 28
Fairfield Center UMC
Fairfield UMC
First UMC, Boothbay Harbor
Friendship UMC
Green Street UMC, Augusta

January 6
Highland Ave UMC
John Street UMC
Kingfield UMC
Lisbon UMC
Mercer UMC

January 13
Monmouth United Church
New Harbor UMC
New Sharon UMC
North Pownal UMC
North Searsport UMC
AA (Lori's) Fall and Winter office hours 
M-W 7:30-2:00
T-Th 7:00-2:00
Friday 7:30-9:30
Mid Maine District Contact
Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, DS
Lori Umberhind, AA
Office Hours
Monday-Friday 7:45-2:00 or by appointment
Summer Hours Monday-Thursday 7:30-2:30 or by appointment. 
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