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Mid Maine District UMC Newsletter No. 99
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Guest Columnist - Anne Carter is a member of the Winthrop United Methodist Church and a candidate for Deacon. She recently completed a Master of Theological Studies degree at Boston University School of Theology.

Near the end of 2016, my good friend Susan invited me to participate in a new group she and a friend had initiated. I was there at one of the first meetings when the group adopted the name Capital Area New Mainers Project, CANMP for short, pronounced camp – so very appropriate for Maine! The purpose of the group is to welcome and support immigrants in the Augusta – Waterville area. In particular, Susan asked me to consider being on the transportation working group, since I work at Maine DOT and have studied and participated in different Rides ministries.

After the first meeting I was excited about having found such a good fit for sharing my gifts. I volunteered to be the note-taker for the transportation subgroup. But it wasn’t long before that bliss was crowded out by anxieties about recent controversy around US immigration policy. Might people at work, or in my neighborhood, or even people within the church, be critical of CANMP or of me for participating in it?

I turned to the biblical witness, or I should say it turned to me; Read More……
 
Learn more at the upcoming forum sponsored by the UMA Senior College: “Getting There When You Can’t Drive”. It is free and will be held Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 PM in Jewett Hall on the University of Maine Augusta campus. See http://www.uma.edu/announcements/forum-getting-cant-drive-march-19th/  Please feel free to contact Ann Carter at aecarter@bu.edu if you would like to learn more about the event at UMA or about CANMP.
 
From Strength to Strength: Developing Asset-based Ministries, Rev. Dr. Lynne Caldwell

The same workshop will be repeated in three MidMaine locations
April 28, 5:30-8:30 PM hosted by Brunswick UMC
April 29, 9:00AM-1:00 PM hosted by Belfast UMC
April 30, 1:00-4:00 PM hosted by Auburn UMC

Description: Through facilitated dialogue and guided leadership development exercises, Dr. Caldwell will assist participants in celebrating core values and strengths, already giving life to their faith communities, and then guide a process for imagining new ways of reconfiguring assets for dynamic ministries with high impact potential in their own backyards.
 
These workshops are for LAITY and CLERGY, and are most effective when clergy attend with lay members of their churches.  I highly encourage folks to come as a team from their church.  They will be able to do the best work together, rather than one representative trying to take back the information or the exercises.  Read more...
Interested in “Fresh Expressions” and want to know more? 
 
Never heard of “Fresh Expressions” and are curious? Here’s an introduction to this way of creating new, non-traditional, faith communities. June 10, in New London, New Hampshire. You can register or download a free e-book outlining this movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations to reach a changing world. Over 2,500 new communities have been birthed in the UK alone.

Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is also taking shape in the US. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.
 
Watching Over One Another in Love:
Covenant-Making for Support and Accountability in Ministry

March 18th 11:00-1:00
Highland Avenue UMC, Gardiner


 “Watching Over One Another in Love” will Introduce covenant-making as a means by which pastors and laity can engage in purposeful shared ministry through mutual support and accountability.  Receive tools and resources for developing a ministry covenant.  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
Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries at Discipleship Ministries, is available to share his knowledge and stories about Mission Shares at a lunch on Friday, May 5. 

Please let Lori know if you are interested.  If there is sufficient interest, we will set it up.

Note:  This is the Friday after our Spring Resource Day Weekend.
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 Note:  If you are considering or testing One Board, or any other alternate governance structure, the Book of Discipline requires consultation with your District Superintendent and adoption by Church Conference when ready to fully launch your new structure.

We have resources that can help you in the journey! Please contact the District Office!
Transition Workshops in the Mid Maine District Scheduled
April 23 at Green Street UMC, Augusta 1:00-4:00
May 21 at Trinity UMC, Farmington 1:00-4:00

 
Changing pastors is part of the connectional life of The United Methodist Church. If you are a pastor changing appointments this year or if you are a member of a congregation with a change in pastoral leadership, you will need some support to make the transition an easy one. The transition workshops have been designed to ease the stress of transition from one pastor to another.   ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW!
Mid Maine Clergy Days Schedule
 
April 6: Worship Leader Rev. Dr. Karen Munson and Program Leader, Rev. Kristin White

May 18 (last one)
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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.

The next weeks you are invited to pray for the following:
 
March 19
North Searsport UMC
North Sebago UMC
North Vienna UMC
North Woolwich UMC
Oakland-Sidney UMC

March 26
Waldoboro UMC
Wayne Community UMC
West Cumberland UMC
Wilton UMC
Winthrop UMC
Reflecting On Death Awareness and Grief:
How to Effectively Journey With Others
Presented by Pamela Brown, RN,CHPN
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Location: Augusta Civic Center
Time: 9:00 am- 2:00 pm 
Registration begins at 8:30
Fee: Early Bird Discount! $25 if PAID by 5-15-17
$35.00 If paid after that or at the door
Fee includes workshop attendance, lunch and continuing education credits.
Continuing Education: 4 Hours 
For registration and more information click the link
 
Training and mission opportunities offered by Barbara Burnside, Disaster ERT & Missions Coordinator New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.  
Please read below and follow the links for more information or to register. 
Two Opportunities to attend a LENTEN ONE DAY RETREAT
“Holy Listening and Healthy Communication:
Speaking Words of Life!”

Retreat Leader: Rev. Heidi Chamberland 
When: Saturday, April 1st OR Monday April 3rd
Where: At Heidi and Joe’s “retreat house” in Gray
Time: 9:30am – 3pm (latest)
Cost: $25 (Includes lunch)

We live in an age with constant communication…but how much time do we spend listening…and who are we listening to? Perhaps you are overwhelmed with all that is going on in the world, TV media coverage, Facebook, social media…plus all the conversations within friends and family. What about all the conversations you’re having with yourself and God?! At any given time there are at least four conversations going on within each of us. “Come away to a quiet place” for one day….to learn more about listening and speaking/hearing “words of life.”  Read more... 
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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
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:00 or by appointment. 
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