Thursday, October 2, 2008

Weekly news from St. Andrew & St. John Church

OCTOBER 2, 2008




Sunday Services: Sunday, October 5th: 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s in Southwest Harbor.


Lectionary readings for October 5th: Psalm 121, Lamentations 1:1-6, Galatians 6:14-18, Matthew 11:25-30.


Sunday School: Sundays during the 10:00 service in the undercroft, with the Godly Play lessons.


Sunday Forums at 9:00 a.m. in the Undercroft: October 5: Peter Welles, Growing Up in Faith: On Being a Bishop’s Kid; October 12: Neela Zinsser, Good News from Elsewhere: How a Unitarian Became a Confirmed Episcopalian; October 19:  Cuff Train, Ripples of Meaning: Spiritual Dimensions of Poetry.


At the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, October 5, we will again celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.  As part of our remembrance of this gentle servant of Christ, we will offer blessings for all God's creatures. Members of all species and denominations are welcome to join us in procession as we gather for Sunday worship.  (Larger critters may find it more comfortable to receive their blessings outside).  Please join us for this wonderful celebration of God's Creation!  Call Fr. Richard at 244-4037 if you have questions.


Informational meeting re sale of Sawyer property: Sunday, October 19th after the 10:00 service. MDI Marathon runners will be crossing the finish line mid-morning--come early to find parking, or carpool! 

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


Farmer’s Market: still open each Friday from 9:00-1:00 in St. John’s parking lot.


Come Home for Supper: The first festive gathering will take place on Friday, October 17.  Sign up this Sunday, or call/email--Frank & Mimi Barnes, Ted & Joan Bromage or Karen Craig.  New host/esses always welcome!  Invite the person next to you or call a friend Remember the details?  The committee divides up the list into groups of 6 to 8 going to different houses.  The hostess (can you be one?) plans a simple main dish and asks guests to bring appetizer, salad, dessert, etc.  There’s lots of good conversation, laughter, and fellowship. Invite a fellow parishioner or a friend from outside the parish to join you.

Regional pre-Diocesan Convention Hearing:
Sunday, October 5, 4:00 p.m. at St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth. All welcome. Rita Redfield and Jean Rohrer will be attending Convention as our lay delegates; it will be held October 24 & 25 in Bangor.

Presiding Bishop Visits Cathedral this Sunday: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, returns to the Washington National Cathedral this Sunday, October 5, as Sunday Forum guest and preacher at the 11:15 Holy Eucharist service. Join us as she discusses The State of the Episcopal Church: 2008, in person or streamed live at 10:10 am. Questions will be taken from both live and online audiences.


New “Extraordinary Sundays” at St. Dunstan’s : The community is invited to attend and take part in the first St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church “Extraordinary Sunday” on October 5th beginning at 9:15 a.m. “The Gathering” will be the first of nine intergenerational events. All are invited to meet downstairs in the church at 9:15 a.m. to join in special activities for all ages. This first creative program will include art projects and music around “The Gathering” theme. All participants will then join together for a special 10:00 worship service followed by a potluck coffee hour. St. Dunstan’s is located at 134 State Street, Ellsworth.  For more information, call 667-5495.

Centering Prayer Workshops Continue: Six weekly meetings for practicing Centering Prayer are being scheduled now in several locations in Maine.  These meetings present material prepared by Contemplative Outreach. Areas and Facilitators for the 6 weekly sessions are:

Ellsworth: Nancy Fairfield, 667.0018,

Steuben/Cherryfield: Marty Resotko, 546.9724,

MDI: Kathryn Booth, Joan Jordan Grant, Eric Erickson, 244.1060,

Blue Hill: Anne Cushman, 374.3295,

Ellsworth area, 11th Step Follow-Up Sessions: John Murphy, 266.4389, and

Mary Henry, 667.7182

Jackman: Judy Clark, 668.7717,

Owls Head: Judy Mullins, 593.7079,


Hancock County Medical Mission is collecting donations of OTC unopened medications for adults and children: vitamins, painkillers (ibuprofen, Tylenol), cough medicines, anti-fungal/biotic creams. Place in the “back pew.”


United Thank Offering (UTO) will be collected during the first three weeks in October. A check will be presented at the Diocesan Convention on October 24-25. UTO’s Vision is to significantly impact the lives of women and children because of Christ’s love. To achieve this vision they will focus particularly on projects that implement significant change toward alleviating profound human suffering that the Millennium Development Goals address.


Youth Invited: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, will be hosting a planning session for youth and adults on Wednesday, October 8, from 6 – 8 PM. There will be supper, games and some planning time to discuss what the youth would like to do in the future. Some possibilities might be lock-ins, concerts, skating, Souperbowl Sunday activities, etc. If you are in 6-12 grade or the parent of the same, please put this date on your calendar. Call Pastor Priscilla 667-7641 for more info.


Office hours next week: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.