Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Weekly News from St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church

NOVEMBER 18, 2008




Sunday Services, November 23rd: 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist at St. John’s in Southwest Harbor


Lectionary readings for November 23rdPsalm 100, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46


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:  November 23: Vesta Kowalski, Faith Caring for Our Island Earth, final discussion based on a book by Nancy Roth (Grounded in Love: Ecology, Faith, and Action.) Between the services on November 30, please join us at coffee hour to honor Frank & Mimi Barnes, at the advent of their new life in Orono.

Weekday Morning Eucharist: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. George Swanson will be the celebrant.

Vestry Meeting: Thursday, November 20, 6:00 p.m.  Patsy Fogarty, Stewardship Chair, asks any Vestry members available to come at 5:00 p.m. to help write thank you notes.


Net Tender deadline: this Saturday, November 22.  Send copy to Nicole Carreno & Mary Vekasi at stjohnandandrew@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Day Service: November 27, Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m.
Bar Harbor Congregational Church is looking for monetary donations so they can purchase turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed to the Westside Food Pantry. Checks can be made to Bar Harbor UCC and mailed to 29 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor ME 04609.


Craft and Food Sale: Saturday, November 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Mary Mitchell (244-9951) to help.

Food Pantry Gift Cards: For every $10 donation to the Food Pantry, you are entitled to an attractive gift card suitable for Christmas giving, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. The cards are available on Sunday mornings, in the office and at the craft fair on November 29th. Give a gift that helps our island neighbors through this really tough winter.

Quietside Nativity: an ecumenical community project will be displayed outside at St. John's throughout the Advent season with a “live nativity” prior to Christmas. Volunteers are needed for: carpentry, painting, sewing (contact Mary Mitchell), choir development, refreshments, and coordination. To help or for more information call Bruce Carlson at 244-5003.


Taize Ecumenical Prayer Service: Sunday November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at Somesville Union Meeting House, Somesville, Maine. The Acadia Taizé Community will hold an evening service of song, scripture and silence in the beloved tradition of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France whose focus is cultivating world peace through prayer.  Chant, a scripture reading, and meditative silence amid candle light are central to Taizé prayer. Bring a friend or come alone; your prayerful presence is always welcome. Come celebrate the true spirit of gratitude and the beginning of this blessed holiday season. For more information on this event: Call Gerry Gregersen – 244-3650. For more information on the Taizé Community, visit www.taize.fr/en 


Christmas is coming: If you would like to adopt a child (or family) for Christmas through the Emmaus Center, please contact Rita Redfield at 244-4025. You may buy the gifts yourself or write a check and Rita will buy them.


The Essentials Pantry desperately needs your donation of diapers (any size) or money to purchase them--the demand is very high, but so is the cost.  If you bring diapers, Ted & Joan will deliver them.  Or you may send a check, payable to St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry, to Diocese of Maine, 143 State Street, Portland ME 04101 (mark Essentials Pantry on envelope.)  Thanks!


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