To: The People of the Diocese of Maine
Re: Healing the Church of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
Dear Friends in Christ:
As you are well aware, the church is not immune to the sins that beset every human institution. The news frequently carries stories of improper and abusive behavior on the part of clergy, a great deal of which is coming to light in response to the activism of victims, the #MeToo movement. The Episcopal Church has made great strides over the last generation in educating clergy and lay leaders about the maintenance of personal boundaries and the responsibilities we share to protect the most vulnerable from harm. But we are not exempt from bad behavior. There are far too many instances of sexual misconduct in our church.
At last summer’s General Convention, The Episcopal Church suspended for three years the statute of limitations for reporting and addressing sexual abuse and misconduct by clergy against adults………to continue reading this letter, please click here.
+Stephen T. Lane
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine
Here is a brochure about the duties of the bishop and the quest for the 10th Bishop of Maine for you to use if you would like to know more about who and what a Bishop is…. Trifold Brochure
As many of you will have already learned, Bishop Stephen Lane has announced his retirement in June of 2019, and has called for the election of a Bishop Diocesan to succeed him (Bishop Lane’s letter can be read here: https://tinyurl.com/DioMaineTransition).
The Consecration of Bishop Elect Thomas Brown will be June 22, 2019. For more information as it becomes available, click here.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bless you all for the response to our pledge mailing so far. There are still a few pledge forms sitting on people’s desks. Currently we have over 96,000 of the 99,000 hoped for pledge amount. We are hoping to hear from everyone else soon!
Remember, you don’t have to be a year-round resident or an ‘official member’ to be a full-time friend of St. Saviour’s. Every pledge helps!
Find out what is happening at the Diocese and our Sister Parishes – just click on the links below!
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
St. Dunstan’s, Ellsworth
St. Andrew & St. John, Southwest Harbor
St. Mary & St. Jude, Northeast Harbor
Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
Bar Harbor Congregational Church, Bar Harbor
First Baptist Church, Bar Harbor
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Ellsworth
From the Diocese of Maine
As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshipping community.
If you are not subscribed to the Diocesan twice monthly email newsletter, the Dio Log, you can go to the Dio Log link at www.episcopalmaine.org. If you are subscribed, don’t forget to open it and read it every time! There is a lot going on in every corner of the Diocese, and you wouldn’t want to miss anything! And if you are a Facebook fan, “like” Episcopal Diocese of Maine and you will see all the regular great pictures and posts!
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St. Saviour’s is handicap accessible from our Mt. Desert Street parking lot. We use Gluten Free Bread and De-Alchoholized Wine.
Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of the Sanctuary by clicking on “Panorama” in the Photo Gallery tab on the left side of the main page.
The sanctuary is open for your enjoyment from 9 am until 5 pm every day through Sunday, October 30th. If there is an event or service in progress, please return when you can! We will be happy to open the Sanctuary for your pleasure any time the office is open all year around!
Donations may be made by credit card or PayPal through the “Donations” link or scan this QR code with your Smartphone!
Note cards of some of our beautiful stained glass windows are available for sale from the office year ’round. See the link with pictures of them all.
Guided tours are available any Sunday after the 10 am service year ’round as well as well as at dates and times posted on our Google Calendar (see link in the tabs above).
Please note that construction in the Kennebec Street parking lot has started and, sadly, there will be NO parking there weekdays. There will be parking by permit on Saturdays and for groups using our facility and parking on Sunday mornings for church, of course! We apologize for the inconvenience
Katharine Whitney with the assistance of Eva Davis and Lee Garrett spoke to “Coffee’s On” and the Acadia Senior College at the Maine Seacoast Mission on Tuesday, February 16th, about our stolen Tiffany Easter Lily Window, and some of the technological improvements in the pursuit of stolen fine arts, which give rise to a cautious optimism, that we may be closer to the possible recovery of our window than at any point since it was stolen 28 years ago. (Photograph used with permission of Mt. Desert Islander/Liz Graves.)
St. Saviour’s Parish is committed to support, prepare and pray for all engaged couples as they prepare for marriage. Please see our brand new 2013 guide to weddings, available on our Weddings Page. We look forward to hearing from you!