Bicentennial Celebration

Celebrating 200 years as God's people in Maine: 
Honoring our Past, Embracing the Present and Building our Future



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Let's start celebrating 200 years! The Diocese of Maine will be celebrating its 200th birthday in the year 2020. The Bicentennial Committee has planned a year long multi-event celebration, beginning with a kick-off at convention 2019. A highlight of the year will be a service at the Cross Center in Bangor in May 2020 with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching. Please mark your calendars for the planned events below. More info to come!
Diocesan Bicentennial Celebrations 
October 26, 2019                Diocesan Convention in Portland & Bicentennial Kickoff
November 16, 2019             Historic Worship service at Christ Church, Gardiner 
May 2, 2020                        Energizing for the Next 200 Years: Revival with The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry in Bangor
October 2020                      Diocesan Convention: Continuing the Celebration (location TBA)
November 2020                   Bicentennial Celebration Closing Ceremonies with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral in Portland
Repurposing liturgical items to make new worship spaces vibrant and joyful
One project underway to help join together our diverse state is to use worn, no longer used, discarded liturgical items such as stoles, altar and pulpit hangings, chasubles, etc. to make to make new hangings, banners, stoles that will tie our history and diversity together and symbolize our new future.  All of the items will contribute to make our worship spaces, especially the Cross Center, vibrant and joyful, sacred and holy.  

We are hoping that all congregations and altar guilds will dig deeply into their sacristy closets and drawers and find at least one item to send us. Items do not need to be perfect. Particularly welcome will be items from churches which have closed. (We especially need blue fabric.) All items will be treated with respect and blessed for a new use. 

It is also our hope that Diocesan quilters, fiber artists, designers and seamstresses will volunteer to help with this project. All ideas will be welcome. Items may be sent to, or dropped off at, Loring House c/o Barbara Martin, 143 State Street, Portland, Maine 04101. Questions or comments can be sent to Rev. Virginia Urbanek (); Rev. Stephanie Batterman () or Rev. Kerry Mansir ().

Telling the story of our diocese through a photgraphic timeline

The Bicentennial Committee is building a timeline to tell the story of our diocese! We'll take a look at all of the congregations, chapels and ministries of which we are comprised. Organizations should send their favorite three photos, the name of their congregation or ministry, the date founded, location, ministries, along with a few (25-50) words about something that excites the group and contributes to their unique story. Send your information to Rachel Zoller at .

 Belfast pic  Eastport Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2018  Machias Working with UMM students Sept 2018
Bicentennial Committee
The Rev. Ginny Urbanek
Ms Elizabeth Estey
Ms Rachel Zoller, Chair
Ms Billie Ellis
The Rev. Kerry Mansir
Mr. Chris Glass
Presiding Bishop's Visit Planning Committee
The Rev. John Balicki, Chair

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