Mid Maine District UMC Newsletter No. 162
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“What do you do?”  It’s a common question.  If you haven’t thought about the answer lately, maybe the first month of a new year is a good time.  “What do you do” is quite like “who are you” but feels safer to ask for some reason, more focused, specific, defined.  Asking “who are you,’ depending on the context, can either sound defensive or overly familiar.  It’s the question on peoples’ minds as John the Baptizer comes of the wilderness at blockbuster force. Instead of answering “are you the Messiah?” John tells them what he’s doing……  Read more….
Transforming Ministry
Resource Day Update

Rev. Dr. Jim Melson, Cornelius Corp founder, returns to MidMaine for a day of    

“Transforming Ministry” with MidMaine Covenant Group 1 facilitating (Jinwoo Chun, Kristin White, Jennifer Reed, John Baker Streevy, Kathleen Decker Szakas, Myung eun Park)

When: January 26, 2019
Where:  Cox Memorial UMC, Hallowell, Maine
Lunch:  $10
8:30 am Gathering (host church provides coffee, tea, simple snack food)
9:00-12:00 Morning Session in the fellowship hall
12:00-12:30 PM: Lunch          
12:30-1:30 Covenant Group experience         
1:30--2:00 PM Feedback and planning from Covenant Group experiences.
2:00-3:00 PM  Extended Session: 
*Adapting existing churches to Inward/Outward/Together model
*Planning new faith community starts using Inward/Outward/Together model
Next MidMaine Leadership Webinar:  SPRC Training
Facilitator: D.S. Rev. Dr. Karen Munson
Time: January 23 SPRC 7:00-8:00
Mid Maine UMC invites you to join this Webex meeting. 
SPRC Training 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 
7:00 pm  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  1 hr 

Meeting number (access code): 926 946 876 


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January’s Feature Preacher 

And now for something (not completely) different!  This month we encourage you to visit this list of top United Methodist podcasts:
Podcasts have rapidly become an extension of church’s preaching ministry.  How might listening to these colleagues become part of your own spiritual formation or professional development?  What would a podcast from your church sound like?  Who do you hope might listen?

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

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) Explore the interrelationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church.  Open to all. Fulfills the Polity requirement for those seeking Lay Speaker credentials.
Instructor Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, MidMaine District Superintendent

Dates: Feb. 10, 16, (Sat). 9:00am-12:30PM, March 10 (Sun) 2-5PM  Time: 1:00 – 4:30pm
Where: Choir Room, UMC of Auburn
Required texts: 
1) “The Method of Our Mission” by Laceye C. Warner
2) 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church
Note:  Both books are available at Cokesbury and Amazon.  


Mark Your Calendars Now!

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

Ministry Day
January 17, 2019     
All clergy are invited to join colleagues in Camp Mechuwana’s Commons as Rev. Stephen Bascom leads worship for the New Year and D.S. Karen Munson offers creative exercises for time management.   Does trying to get everything down ever feel like an exercise in standing on your head while playing the piano?  Let’s have some fun working together to create less stressful approaches.
8:30 -9:15        Bible Study with DS Karen Munson
9:00 am           Gathering of food and fellowship*
9:30 am           Rev. Stephen Bascom leads worship with Communion
10:15-10:40     Sharing/Prayer Circles
10:40-10:55     break 
11- -12:00        Program –Creative exercises for time management
11:45               Announcements
12:00               Sermon feedback over lunch
1:30               MidMaine Committee on Superintendence (District Office)
…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

January 13
Monmouth United Church
New Harbor UMC
New Sharon UMC
North Pownal UMC
North Searsport UMC

January 20
North Sebago UMC
North Vienna UMC
North Woolwich UMC
Oakland-Sidney UMC
People's UMC, Union

January 27
People's UMC, South Thomaston
Pleasant Street UMC
Randolph UMC
Readfield UMC
Round Pond UMC
AA (Lori's) 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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