LEWISTON — Trinity Episcopal Church will celebrate its new ministry with the Rev. William (Bill) Barter at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

Trinity called Barter as priest in August, and the congregation is excited to partner with him in its ministry as a progressive, 21st century center of urban ministries and inclusive worship.

Representing Bishop Lane will be the Rev. Cannon Michael Ambler. Preaching will be the Rev. Jane Field, executive director of the Maine Council of Churches. Barter will preside at the Eucharist.

The worship service is open to all. A reception will follow.

Guests are invited to bring donations for The Center for Wisdom’s Women and The Jubilee Center. For the women’s center, new, unopened and full-size shampoo, toothpaste or deodorant are needed. Canned goods are needed for the pantry. Cash offerings will be designated for the rector’s discretionary fund.

The date for this event was intentionally chosen as Reformation Sunday, the day that Protestants, including Lutherans and Episcopalians, commemorate the placarding of Martin Luther’s 95 propositions in 1517. Barter is serving Trinity under an agreement signed in 2000 known as Called to Common Mission.

Under this agreement, Episcopalians and Lutherans are in full communion with one another, sharing rosters of clergy, thus greatly increasing the pool of qualified candidates for ministry in both denominations.

Barter began his ministry as a Roman Catholic priest at St. Patrick’s in Lewiston and afterward served in various ministries and locations throughout Maine, including Portland and Aroostook County. In 1992 he moved his ordination into the Lutheran Church and has since served as pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Chicago and St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland. He was executive director of the Maine Council of Churches from 2013-14 and has represented the Lutheran Church at the New England Synod and the Maine Council of Churches. He also works as a forensic psychologist.

Barter is a keyboard musician, and his outside interests include personal fitness and physical training, woodworking, carpentry and cooking. He was born in Bath and raised in Portland.

FMI: www.trinitylewiston.episcopalmaine.org/.


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