Deacons serving the Aroostook Episcopal Cluster: Jeri Williams, Judy Burleigh,  Steve Summerson, and Cindy Beaulieu

The Aroostook Episcopal Cluster describes itself as a group of five Episcopal parishes who share a common faith tradition, ministry and mission in northern Maine. The cluster concept not only provides mutual support between the parishes but maintains a parish presence in each of the local communities: The Church of the Advent in Limestone, St. Anne’s in Mars Hill, St. John’s in Presque Isle, St. Luke’s in Caribou and St. Paul’s in Fort Fairfield. The four deacons who serve there are part of a unique ministry support team.

In their own words, here are ways in which three of them minister:

Judy Burleigh: Assist with services at the five cluster churches and at Leisure Village (retirement home), serve on the board of PrISM (student ministries at UMPI and NMCC), participate in: two Bible studies at St. John’s, Aroostook Cluster Lenten Study Series (co-faciliate two sessions), Aroostook Cluster Book Club, monthly meetings of deacons with priest, weekly support group for widows, serve on: the Steering Committee of Seniors Achieving Greater Education, Diocesan Council and its committees.

Cindy Beaulieu:  I am the coordinator of our local prayer shawl ministry. I am part of a busy ministry team that share the responsibility of helping providing coverage for Sunday worship services. I am very involved with our local Hospice where I do home visitations as a respite care giver. I bring communion to shut ins who are no longer able to attend Sunday worship, and do hospital visitations for those members of our cluster who are ill, and I am currently busy setting up a diocesan health program for the cluster with the help of Bruce Nickerson of St. George’s in Sanford. I also lead weekly Bible study when Fr. Bob is not available.

Steve Summerson: My diaconal ministry includes serving five parishes in the Aroostook Episcopal Cluster, providing pastoral care within the parishes as needed. Serving diaconal duties with the priest in charge, preaching and interacting with other deacons. Assist in leading an evening Bible study. Provide Safe Church Training. My ministry is providing a ministry wherever God directs me!