Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited Everyone masked indoors Socially distanced seating is available, not required Communion in one-kind, Bread only Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion.
God bless you for keeping our church, our community, and our loved ones safe.
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.
Weekly Sermons and More
Sermon Easter IV
Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Easter IV read by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann May 8, 2022 at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor, ME. "So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them."(Acts 9:36-43).
Assisting at Services
We are in need of support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild,Flower Guildand Officiants for Morning Prayer. If you would like to help at any of our services, please contact the parish administrator of your church. Thank you!
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
Remember that wearing your name tag at worship is helpful to each other, Mother Holly, supply clergy, and to visitors! If you would like a new name tag, contact your Parish Administrator.
Pastoral Care Requests
Holy Communion: If you are unable to attend an in-person worship service and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the church office (contact information is at the bottom of this email). We will arrange a time for the clergy or Eucharistic Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home or hospital bedside.
Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please let Mother Holly know. She is glad to come visit you in the hospital or call you during your stay.
Upcoming Events and Dates
May 12-14th: 2022 Global Episcopal Mission Network Conference
Conference Theme: Women in Mission online, via Zoom Free, donations welcome
Registration is open for the 2022 Global Mission Conference that will be held May 12-14 online on the theme of Women in Mission. Sign up now to join with people around the world to celebrate and reflect on the vital role of women's participation in God's mission.
Sponsored by the Global Episcopal Mission Network, the conference will meet for 3 hours via Zoom on each of the 3 days, 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Conference plenary speakers will highlight the history of women in mission, Mothers Union work in Africa, women missionaries' work today, and Anglican women's work at the United Nations. Workshops will feature the mission work of women in Mozambique, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, India, and Korea. The work of religious orders, Episcopal Relief & Development, Five Talents, and the United Thank Offering will be featured, and Mission Spotlights will offer further insight into women's global work.
The conference is free and open to the public, and donations are encouraged. Attendees will receive the Zoom connection information upon registration.
Click here to visit the conference page for more information and to register.
May 14 Diocesan Spring Training 2022: Register Now
Spring Training 2022 - Featuring a Conversation with the Bishops of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Saturday, May 14 9 am -12 pm Online
Join us for a morning of conversation, prayer, and learning. Participants will attend two workshops of their choice, as well as engage in a conversation between our own Bishop Brown, Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont, and Bishop Hirschfeld of New Hampshire.
All reports for this year's Annual Meeting are due to be emailed to the church office by Sunday, May 15. Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE Annual Meeting Dates are:
Church of Our Father, June 19 after 9 am worship St. Andrew's and St. John's, June 19 after 4 pm worship St. Saviour's, July 17 after 11 am worship
Folks may attend in person or on Zoom.
May 21: Evening Music Concert Series Continues
at St. Saviour's at 4 pm
Baroque Orchestra of Maine's mission is to present dynamic world class period instrument performances to the rural Downeast Maine area featuring local artists. The group strives to engage and educate a wide audience about historically informed performance by presenting concerts in accessible, eclectic, non-traditional concert venues. For more information, visit: https://www.baroqueorchestraofmaine.org
Future concerts for the season will include: May 27, 4 pm — Dueling Clavichords: Gregory Crowell and Kevin Birch play clavichords
May 22: Island-wide Shared Worship
Island-wide worship on the fourth Sunday of the month will be held on May 22. This service will be held at St. Mary's by-the-Sea at 10 am.
Loose plate collection at this service will be offered to support Camp Bishopswood.
If you would like to donate by check, simply make the check payable to "Camp Bishopswood," and we will mail your donation with a note from our four parishes.
June 1: Outreach Meeting, 9 am
The Outreach, Evangelism, and Mission committee meets every first Wednesday at Church of Our Father after 8 am worship. Please join us Wednesday, June 1! We conclude by 9:30 am, so people can attend the 10:00 am Bible study led by Fr. Steve Muncie over Zoom.
We will discuss plans for outreach this summer and look ahead to initiatives for the fall, too.
Ways to Support Those Suffering from Violence in Ukraine
Continue to pray for Ukraine and those in danger. Collect for Peace from the BCP:
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Members of the Partnership parishes gathered in the first week of the month to discuss Outreach projects for the spring. There was a strong desire to focus our energies on promoting organizations that are helping those living in the Ukraine. Two organizations that are being recommended are:
Episcopal Relief and Development is working closely with Anglican agencies and ecumenical partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. People quickly packed up and fled Ukraine to safety and are now in need of basic supplies and will need long-term support. Your contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development International Disaster Response Fund will help provide clothing, food, water and other items. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: www.episcopalrelief.org or call 1.855.312.4325
Save the Children: UKRAINE CRISIS RELIEF FUND Ukraine's children are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Your donation to Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: https://www.savethechildren.org
Bar Harbor Food Pantry for May 2022 Thanks to all who gave so generously last month. The need for May is the same. The Pantry has difficulty getting these items from charitable food suppliers. The BH Food Pantry Facebook page says they now are in considerable need of jams, jellies coffee and tea. Bring to basket at COOF if able. Thank you.
Sunday Fellowship Outdoors
As the warm weather returns, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship outside.
If you are interested in assisting with refreshments for these times, please be in touch with the parish administrator of your church, and she will connect you with others assisting in this ministry within our community.
At St. John's, speak with Dianne McMullan. At Church of Our Father, speak with Joanne Sousa.
Covid Task Force Update
Our MDI Covid Task Force meets regularly to discuss our protocols. Updates:
An area (not the whole worship space) will be marked off for Social distancing for those who want to sit in an area designated for this seating arrangement
We will no longer keep a list of attendees at services to assist in contact tracing.
At meetings of the church (ex. Vestry and including choir) and those who use our buildings (like AA), masking will be encouraged but not required. (All vestry meetings on MDI have the option to be attended via Zoom.) Masking will continue to be required for indoor worship and large public events for all people in attendance.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited.
Age 5+ eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccination, Age 12+ eligible for booster
COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots are available by appointment at the Community Health Center, Cooper Gilmore, Trenton Health Center, and Carroll Drug Store.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for children ages 5-17. Everyone age 12+ is eligible for a booster shot. You must be 5 months past your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months past your first dose of Johnson & Johnson to receive a booster dose. If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, please call one of our vaccination sites below or check our Bar Harbor Regency Clinic calendar. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are also available by appointment at local pharmacies in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth.
Call now to schedule your vaccine or booster (Pfizer/Moderna/J&J):
Cooper Gilmore Health Center: 207-288–502417 Hancock Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Community Health Center: 207-244–563016 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Trenton Health Center: 207-667–5899394 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605
Project ACT 2) Additional Free Tests can be ordered for those living in some communities in Hancock County. Search by Zip Code: https://www.accesscovidtests.org
Growing in Faith
Youth & Family Formation
Children's Faith Formation at Home on MDI
Brad Berry and Chris Krenicki of Church of Our Father send home materials to support faith formation at home monthly for elementary and middle school aged youth. If you would like to receive these materials or be notified when in person events are happening here for youth in this age range, please be in touch with the parish office. Contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Episcopal Maine Youth of all ages are gathering online
All 6th-12th grade youth are welcome to join in for prayer, song and community on third Mondays, the next being May 16from 6:30- 8 pm. If you haven't yet joined us on our Dungeons & Dragons-style epic adventure, we invite you to hop on! You don't need to know anything about D&D to attend. We'll welcome you into a co-created mystical realm of mischief and magic. Click here to join us on Zoom.
High schoolers and young adults (21 and younger) are invited to gather for conversation and prayer online.
They can click here to join on Zoom on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, June 6 at 6:30 pm. The group will talk about current events, their faith, God, and everything in between - wherever the conversation goes!
Start thinking about summer! Families and households from the Diocese of Maine are invited to celebrate the end of summer together at Camp Bishopswood. Spend a night or two cabin or tent camping while you swim, boat, hike, rest, and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook. All meals included.
There will be free diocese-wide programming during the day on Saturday, August 27 including worship with Bishop Brown. Come for the day or stay for the weekend!
A new series of the Faith in Maine podcast began last month with "An Invitation to Listen Better". Listen here. The series will focus on the four themes from Bishop Brown's 2021 diocesan convention address: Listen, Connect, Adapt, Hope. Be on the lookout for a new episode next week!
Advocacy 101 for Individuals and Teams A six-week course offered by Bexley Seabury Seminary May 15-Jun 25
Online Taught by John Hennessy, Director of Public Advocacy for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine $200
Sometimes we need to work to address issues from an institutional or systemic perspective. This course is designed to help individuals or teams (two or more members of a community) to move from understanding their theological grounding for social action to developing and implementing a plan for change.
Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am through the month of May, but not Holy Week or the two weeks after it. If you would like to be added to the class mailing list please send Fr. Steve an email here: Email Father Steve.
Contemplative Prayer Group: Mother Regina Christianson and the Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece are gathering those who have or would like to learn a centering prayer practice every Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Oranbega Retreat Center in Orland, Maine. Beginners are always welcome, as are the more experienced, so long as they have "beginner's mind"! Participation via Zoom will be available for those who live too far away to come to Orland for an hour on Fridays. To receive a link, use the above contact info. If you intend to come to Orland in person, please call or text Jenny at 207-952-2363 for the schedule (or if you need directions), as the meeting will be Zoom only on the weeks when she is absent and Mother Regina is leading the group.
Prayers of the Parishes
We pray for the victims of the recent natural disasters around the world. We pray for all essential services personnel, the first responders and healthcare workers affected by the pandemic.
Church of Our Father Please let us know if we don't have your birthdate or anniversary date to firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthdays: May 16 Andrea Horner May 19 John Reeves May 27 Liz Libby
We pray for Bill Scott, Gregory Berube, Connie Brush, Yolanda Ferrari, Cheryl Kolodziej, Julie Grindle, Geoff Schuller, Eleanor Raynes, Howard Brush, John Stewart, Ruth Westphal, Gretchen Westphal, Lucy Triplett, Gail Leland, Christopher Lebida, Christopher Walls, Linda Carman, Mary Smith, John Fibiger, Ray McDonald, Emily O'Connor, Sarah Cleaves, Nicholas, Janet Flood, Rachel, Mimi, Charlie, Sarah B., Dickie, Alex, Penny Ayer, Arletta Sullivan, and Anne Cleaves.
Please let us know of any updates.
Please let us know if we don't have your birthdate or anniversary date to email@example.com
Birthdays: May 16 Andrew Leiser May 16 Stephen Leiser May 18 Bea Gray May 24 Martin Sharp May 31 Eliza Vallette
Anniversaries: Are we missing yours?
St. Andrew and St. John
We pray for Pamela Hattem, Alice Downs, Katharine Thompson, Dean Henry, Bill Merrill, Mary Ann Mahoney, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Paul Haertel, Chuck Bradshaw, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Birthdays: May 15 - Ward MacKenzie May 19 - Anne L. Welles May 21 - Stephen Byers Sampson May 28 - Fred Benson May 29 - Doris Walton
Anniversaries: May 19 - Steve and Wanda Fernald
A Prayer for Ukraine from Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell
Mother Holly's Office Hours Sunday as scheduled and where needed Monday at St. John's Tuesday at St. Saviour's Wednesday at Church of Our Father Thursday where needed and sermon preparation
She is happy to schedule an appointment on Zoom or in person, if you would like to see her! Call the parish office or E-mail her
For pastoral emergencies, call her at 207-244-8144 and leave a message, if you do not reach her immediately.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .
An Easter Message from The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Tenth Bishop of Maine.
Easter is the celebration of the victory of God," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2022 message. "The earth, like an egg, has been cracked open, and Jesus has been raised alive and new, and love is victorious."
View or read Presiding Bishop's Curry full message here.
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann read a letter by Bishop Brown to the diocese about Creation Care on Sunday, April 24 in recognition of Earth Day. To read this letter and to learn more about the Climate Justice Council, visit: https://episcopalmaine.org/ministries/social-justice-outreach/creation-care/If you would like to be involved in this ministry on MDI, please be in contact with Linda Foster. Her contact information is in the parish directory.
Participate in General Convention Hearings - Happening Now + April/May!
The 80th General Convention will convene in Baltimore in July 2022. The Convention is the Episcopal Church's governing body, making decisions about:
Worship, authorizing new liturgical materials and deciding about revision of the Book of Common Prayer
Programs and policies in areas such as racial justice, congregational and diocesan vitality, and Christian formation
The Church's stance on issues such as the economy, poverty, war, health care, violence, climate change, racism, and human rights.
The budget of the Episcopal Church
The Convention works by adopting resolutions. Legislative committees have begun meeting to review resolutions assigned to them.
All Episcopalians, and all members of the public, are invited to register to attend or testify at online hearings on resolutions being considered for the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.
Some important notes to help you plan your participation:
Online hearings are being scheduled for April 30-May 21. Committees will meet throughout the winter and spring.
More than 100 resolutions have been submitted so far, and one way to narrow your focus is to browse the list of Committees. Select a committee whose topic is of particular interest to you, then view the resolutions assigned to that committee.
Anyone can observe a meeting of a legislative committee and/or testify at an online hearing. Registration in advance is required. The Legislative Committee Calendar lists upcoming meetings and hearings; additional meetings will be posted as committees schedule them with the General Convention Office. Links for "more info" on the Legislative Committee Calendar will take you to the sign-up page to observe or testify.
There are two types of Legislative Committee meetings: deliberation and hearing. Only those listed "Video - Open Hearing" are available for members of the public to testify. Members of the public can opt to attend and observe hearings, but will not have the option of speaking unless they change their registration to testify prior to the meeting. If the meeting is listed as "Video - Ctte Deliberation Only - No Testimony," members of the public are invited to request to observe the meeting.
To testify, you must indicate a specific resolution. The time allocated to each witness may be limited to as little as one or two minutes, so prepare your remarks carefully.
Summer Study at Yale Divinity School: June 6-10 on Zoomhttps://summerstudy.yale.edu/classes This program is open to anyone interested in theological education. There are no prior educational requirements necessary to participate. Courses can count towards continuing education requirements for some clergy. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week. Courses are not for academic credit, but can count towards continuing education requirements for some clergy. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week. All courses are offered exclusively online via Zoom. Yale Divinity School's Summer Study program is open to the public, and all are welcome.
The Center for Continuing Education at Yale Divinity School provides opportunities and resources for churches, clergy, and laity to foster the knowledge and love of God in their communities. The Center makes available the theological resources of YDS —events, lectures, programs, instructional resources, publications, and more—to enable and enrich ministry and lay learning. These resources are intended to support faith formation, religious education, and personal and professional enrichment. https://divinity.yale.edu/continuing-education
An Invitation to Pray: Transformation Northeast
David Janssen. Email questions to here to "start to pray". Sign up for a time slot that isn't yet taken. You will receive an automatic reminder to let you know your prayer time is coming. Find prayer guidesClick hereJoin them in praying 24/7 for Church and regional renewal, transformation, and awakening. Tony Sousa, Senior Warden of Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, encourages churches in our diocese to become involved. is a nondenominational effort to renew Christianity in New England. Transformation Northeast
Praying Compline in the Diocese Monday-Friday at 8 pm
A core community at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland have been praying the service of Compline together for sometime. They would now like to invite anyone in the diocese to come and pray with them! Follow this Zoom link to join them Monday through Friday at 8:00pm. They look forward to meeting you as they end the day in prayer together.
AND, AS ALWAYS . . .
$$ No Frills Oil Discount $$ No Frills Oil gives a discount to all Episcopalians for a private home: 8 cents off the cash price. Inquire directly with No Frills and contact Andrew McMullan, Junior Warden of St. Andrew and St. John, with questions.
Support Your Church Online Giving
To facilitate stewardship, the Diocese of Maine has an online giving site at no charge to the parishes. The Diocese will transfer the funds you give to your church or summer chapel using this online payment system.
If you would like to set up automatic payments for your pledge, simply select your church and set up your one-time or recurring gift or establish automatic weekly or monthly donations to the parish, either charged to your credit card or to your personal checking or savings account.
Stewardship: If you haven't returned your pledge card, please do so now. If you did not receive a pledge card and would like to, please contact the parish office.
Gifts of appreciated stocks are greatly appreciated and can have significant tax advantages. (Please consult your tax advisor for details.) To make such a gift to your church, please follow the following procedures:
Teen Simple Daily Devotionalhttps://d365.org/ This resource is used by teens across the country. It walks you through simple daily devotionals (sort of like meditations). You could use it any day, to strengthen you on your faith journey.
Forward Movement has the daily office (morning prayer, noonday prayer, evening prayer, or compline) on the Forward Movement Daily Prayerwebsite.
There is also a daily podcast, A Morning at the Office, with various people leading the prayers and reading the scripture lessons for the day.
Hardcopies of the Day By Day readers are available by contacting the church office or stopping by when the parish office is open.
AA recovery groups, online and in person, in Downeast Maine can be found by clicking here.
Downeast Community Partners DCP brings community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. Our Housing division helps people maintain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing (including heating assistance through the THAW program). Our Transportationdivision staff travels over a million miles each year, helping people get to medical appointments, senior food programs and other important services. Helping Hands Garage helps people buy affordable roadworthy vehicles. Friendship Cottage in Blue Hill offers an Adult Day Service Program. Our Energy Services division provides a variety of services to prevent hunger, hypothermia, and homelessness. At Home provides services to assist seniors aging in place. Everybody Eats! provides a free community meal each week to Ellsworth area residents. Our Early Care and Education program provides Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K and Childcare services to local families. Our Supportive Services division provides support to individuals and families working to make changes in their lives. Nurse Bridging and Maternal and Child Health services provide caring nurse support to families with infants and small children. Peninsula Free Health Service provides free medical care to the uninsured on the Blue Hill Peninsula. https://www.downeastcommunitypartners.org
Open Table MDI exists to inspire strong, loving, and inclusive communities by bringing people together to share in nourishing food. For more information visit their website here.
Westside Food Pantry Distribution of vouchers at St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor occur on the first Sunday (12:00-2:00) and third Sunday (12:00-1:00) of each month from November through April and beyond, if necessary. We invite you to visit the facebook page where you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry. Please visit the page at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry and like it.
Warning about email, phone and text scams.
Neither the Rev. Holly Hoffmann nor any member of the church staff or leadership will solicit gifts, specifically gift cards, via email, phone or text directly. Neither will we ask if you are "free now" and request only an email or text response. Always check the actual email address from the sender to see if it matches Mother Holly's email and do not respond to the email, text or call. Please report these emails as phishing/scam attempts and block the sender or caller from your inbox or phone . If you are in doubt, or need more information, please contact the parish office. We will return your call.
The MDI Episcopal Partnership
St. Andrew's and St. John's PO Box 767 Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 GPS Location: 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine