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Weekly news from St. John's Church

MAY 18, 2008


The 20 May 2008 issue of The Dio Log, "electronic news from The Diocese of Maine" is here.

This Sunday May 18th – Holy Eucharist: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Lectionary readings: Psalm 8; Genesis 1:1-2:4a; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20.

Sundays in May, Holy Eucharist: – 8:00 and 10:00.

Sunday Forums at 9:00: May 18: The Seacoast Mission: An Update, Gary Delong.

Upcoming Forums:

May 25: Bible Study, Part I: Floy Ervin, The Book of The Revelation

June 1: Bible Study, Part II: Floy Ervin, The Book of The Revelation

Weekday Eucharist: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Church Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 8:30-2:30.

Westside Food Pantry: May 18th from noon to 2:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Harbor House.

Spring Cleanup at St. Andrew's (inside & out): Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. See you there!

St. John’s Bake Sale: This Saturday, May 17th, 8:00-noon – in conjunction with the SWH Library’s Plant Sale on Pemetic Green. Call Ida Smallidge (244-7266), Joan (244-3227) or Chloe (244-4436, 244-3353) – if you can bake something. Thanks!

Office Help: Michele will be away the weeks of May 19 and 26 -- if you could spend some time in the office one of the days the office is usually open, please call Joan (244-3227).

Gardeners Still Needed: The gardens at church look good, but we need to add to our crew of regular gardeners to keep things tidy and attractive. If you can spare a little time each week for this activity, please call Cass Wright (244-5459) or email her

ERD requests help for people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar (Burma) on May 3rd. The powerful cyclone caused tremendous damage to the country’s fertile Irrawaddy Delta region, known as the ‘rice bowl’ of the country, and in the capital, Yangon (Rangoon). So far, more than 30,000 deaths have been recorded. With more than 25,000 people still missing, the death toll is expected to rise. Over 1 million people have lost their homes. Entire villages were swept away by the force of the storm. Millions of people are in need of urgent assistance. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has been working with our Anglican and ecumenical partners for several years in Myanmar. We will rely on these relationships to address the immediate needs of victims such as food, water and shelter. Once the crisis has passed, ERD will continue to work with partners to develop long-term recovery plans to rehabilitate communities and restore livelihoods.

Here is how you can help people today: Pray for the Burmese people who are suffering because of this devastating disaster. Give to help provide life-saving food and other emergency supplies for those most impacted by the cyclone, and to invest in the recovery of these devastated communities. Please send checks to: ERD/Myanmar & Cyclone Response, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058. (see bulletin insert on Sunday)