March 17, 2020
The MidMaine Office, in alignment with recommendations from the Maine CDC and local school district decisions, will move to homebased operations effective immediately. This will be assessed on a weekly basis going forward.
Administrative Assistance Lori Umberhind will work normal office hours from her home. Calls to the office, 207-395-4079 or 207-395-4080, will be forwarded to her mobile phone. District Superintendent Karen Munson is available as normal by email and phone. Physical availability will be limited.
The Transition Workshop scheduled for March 29 will be held via webinar for churches and pastors expecting a 2020 pastoral change. Webinar invitations will be sent to those churches and pastors.
More information will be included in a special edition MidMaine E-news on Tuesday. We will publish the e-news weekly during this challenging time. Please send your stories of how people in your community are caring for one another, how you are innovating, and what adaptations are working so that we may all be inspired and learn from each other.
March 16, 2020
Bishop closes Conference Center in Methuen
In response to directives from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and in an effort to stall the spread of the coronavirus, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar has announced that the Conference offices in Methuen will be closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and remain closed through Friday, March 20.
The bishop said he will consider whether to keep the Methuen offices closed on a week-by-week basis, and will announce his decision by noon each Friday. We will post the decision on the homepage of the website.
The work of the Conference and Episcopal offices will continue throughout. Staff will be working from home as much as possible. You can reach staff members either via email or by leaving a message at their office phone extension.
District offices and camps will follow the guidance of the respective district superintendent or conference executive made in consultation with the bishop. We will post that information on our coronavirus response page (see link below). See our page on responding to coronavirus