A time of transition
After Bishop Thomas Brown conducted a “Service for the Ending of a Pastoral Relationship and Leave- taking from a Congregation” on January 3, 2021, followed by a fond farewell from the parish, our rector of 13.5 years, the Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley, left to answer a call in Massachusetts. With guidance from the Diocese of Maine, St. Bartholomew’s has now entered a time of discernment, seeking the answer to two questions: Who are we? and What is God calling us to do? before beginning the search for a spiritual leader to lead us down that chosen path. In the meantime, a dynamic worship committee has stepped up to bring back St. Bartholomew’s services online, and we have clergy on call to provide support to our Pastoral Care team as needed. Though our building is closed due to the pandemic, our staff and lay leaders are all working together to keep our parish engaged and our programs up and running during this exciting time of transition.