Week of May 3, 2021
In the News This Week:
Celebration of Life – Rev. Stan Ross
Livestreaming District Assembly and Child Care (new)
Funding the Mission (new)
Crisis Care Kits (new)
District Assembly/Ordination Service
NYI Convention (Update)
Children’s Camp (new)
Celebration of Life Service for Rev. Stan Ross (retired elder)
Saturday, May 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the South Portland Church (525 Highland Avenue, South Portland, ME). All are welcome. We are especially encouraging all clergy to attend the service if at all possible to support your colleague.
Livestreaming District Assembly and Child Care
To livestream the 2021 Maine District assembly and ordination service on Saturday, May 15, use this link: https://youtube.com/channel/UCtCOvaW1QCr-wcWY85MwGlQ OR go to YouTube.com and search for “South Portland Church of the Nazarene.” Assembly will go live at 9:00 a.m. and the ordination service will be at 2:00 p.m.
Also, we have been asked if children may come to the assembly and ordination. The answer is “Yes,” with a caveat. The usual facilities in the day care side of the building are closed. There are changing tables in both the men’s and women’s restrooms, adjacent to the lobby. There is also a room adjacent to the downstairs youth room that will be available for relaxing and nursing.
Funding the Mission for the Maine District Website has been updated and is ready to be used.
Crisis Care Kits
Please bring your Crisis Care Kits with you to district assembly. The NMI will have a trailer at assembly. You may put the Crisis Care Kits in the coat closet just inside the main doors of the South Portland Church or see John M. Evans to put them directly into the trailer.
District Assembly and Ordination Service
Saturday, May 15, 2021. District Assembly will be from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Unfortunately, the assembly will have to be limited to delegates and their spouses and invited guests. The ordination service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The ordination service will be limited to delegates and spouses, candidates’ immediate family and invited guests. The assembly will be held at the South Portland Church (525 Highland Avenue, South Portland). Dr. Carla Sunberg will be the General Superintendent in jurisdiction.
NYI Convention is only about 3 weeks away
Saturday, May 22nd from 10am - noon at Augusta Church of the Nazarene. Use the resources HERE to promote it to your students and their families. The promo pack includes a flyer/bulletin insert, social media graphics, slides, and instructions. If you haven't elected delegates yet, please do! (This year's convention is for delegates only due to space restrictions.) Delegates, including pastors, can register using this link: https://forms.gle/8iXrUBFNjANiTZXa6
“Christian Youth In Action”
An Evangelism Training opportunity for teens, offered through Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine. (https://www.cefofmaine.org/programs/cyia/ ) This year’s training will be held June 21-26 at Camp Good News in Livermore Falls. Because COVID limitations have shortened the length of the training and the number of spots available, CEF of Western Maine is also offering mini-sessions at area churches throughout the summer. Augusta First Church of the Nazarene will be holding a “CYIA Lite” on August 6 & 7. On Saturday, teens will participate in hands-on training, learning to share the Gospel through various evangelistic tools including the Wordless Book, Evangecube, face-painting, crafts, and games. On Sunday they will partner with Augusta First Church to put what they learned into practice by hosting a “Pop-up” Party at an Augusta playground. Augusta would like to open this mini-session to any teen in the Maine District who might be interested. Additionally, CEF of Western Maine is willing to schedule the same mini-session at any of the Maine District Churches, if there is an interest in hosting/partnering during a time that might work better for them. For more information, contact Kim Martin at email@example.com (or via the Augusta First Church office email/phone). See attached flyers for more details.
Celebration of Life Service for Rev. Reggie Clark
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the Maine Coast Baptist Church (867 Bangor Road, Ellsworth, ME). Time of service is 2:00 p.m. Joanna is requesting a minister’s choir to sing at the service. We are requesting that as many clergy as possible plan to attend the service for your colleague. All are welcome.
(from Rev. Vanessa Betancourt – SDMI President)-The SDMI council met and we are not going to be able to offer the traditional overnight children's camp this summer due to the covid protocols established for overnight camps. We ARE committed to providing a special event for the children this year and want to hear from our churches and parents.
We have created a short survey to assess what would work best for this year. The council will be meeting on May 18th to review the survey results so please take a few minutes to answer 5 brief questions so we can plan a really special day of events for our children. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NHF69K
The Maine NYI is planning on having Teen Camp July 18-21. We are still working on what that looks like due to Covid restrictions, so more details will follow later.
Please continue to keep those in prayer that have been diagnosed with the Covid-19 Virus. Pray that they will have quick recoveries. Pray for the families that have lost loved ones. Pray for all the caregivers. Pray for those that are unemployed. Pray for those that are alone and need encouragement. Please pray for the churches seeking a new pastor. Remember to lift-up Jesus in all you do and say and point people to Him!!
The District Center Address is: 296 Route 202, Greene, ME 04236. This is also the home address for Steve and Glenda Dillman. District Superintendent (Steve Dillman) Info: Cell Phone: 717-421-5147; E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org; District Office (Glenda) 207-946-6210 or cell 724-355-9183, E-Mail Address: email@example.com; District Website: www.mainenazarene.org; Calendar Information to Kim Martin at Augusta First Church, E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer Requests to Kathy Joyce at E-Mail Address: Kathy_joyce@yahoo.com.
District News and Prayer Requests
If you know of someone that would like to be included in the district news, please send their name, church name and e-mail address to the district office. We will gladly add them to the list. Also, please update the office if your E-Mail Address changes. (email@example.com)
Church Sponsored Events
Please send information for any special events that your church is sponsoring at least 3-4 weeks prior to the start date of the event if possible. We would love to put your events on the Weekly District News. Please make your announcement as brief as possible, and with the details that are needed including contact person and contact information.