On October 27, Bishop Bill visited with Maine clergy on Friday afternoon. There was a time of fellowship and prayer, updating our Maine clergy on details of the past September ACNA College of Bishops conclave and the announcement regarding the election of a new bishop for the ADNE. Fr. Joe Car, of Diocese of Christ our Hope, offered to provide hospitality for a sudanese anglican community in Lewiston, ME, for their worship service on November 11. There will be a Sudanese celebration for over 300 on that day with the Abp. of South Sudan visiting the Greater Maine Sudanese community.
After the Maine clergy meeting, Bishop Bill traveled to Topsham, ME, and the Sky-Hy Conference and Retreat Center for the Imago Dei ALPHA Holy Spirit weekend. The retreat weekend went from Friday night to Saturday afternoon and consisted of ALPHA teaching through video, prayer ministry, testimonies, and times of food and fellowship. Bishop Bill was very impressed with the power and facility of the ALPHA course to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To begin believers living a spirit-filled life in obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit makes the ALPHA weekend a unique experience in the life of the local church. Several guests gave their lives to the Lord as they encountered Him through the Holy Spirit and prayer.
The next day, Bishop Bill visited Imago Dei for their Sunday worship services. They had more than 130 worshippers and a total of 30 children enrolled in two levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The leadership of Canon Justin Howard and The Rev. Piper Runnion-bareford has played a key role in growing missional communities through the 3DM model of mission and ministry. The reality of the Holy Spirit’s supernatural ministry in the church is taught and demonstrated as a normal experience of the Bangor community.
Bishop Bill preached and celebrated at the service, which included a conditional ordination of a deacon, The Rev. Thomas Gilbert, who comes to us from the Episcopal Church. Deacon Thom has been very involved in Imago Dei’s discipleship process since attending last year’s Men’s Encounter Weekend. He also received Patricia Leveille and Allen Fisher into the Anglican Communion. In addition, the Imago Dei community admitted Kristian Philbrick to the Catechumenate, who came to faith at the beginning of the Fall and is preparing for baptism.