Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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

DECEMBER 2, 2008




Sunday Services, December 7th: Second Sunday in Advent, 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Stewardship/Pledge Ingathering at St. John’s in Southwest Harbor(One service only!)  Brunch will follow the service.


Lectionary readings for December 7thPsalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8


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:  December 7: Michael Shook, An Advent Read--Aloud.


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


Wednesdays evenings in Advent: Fr. Tardiff will conduct a Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark at 6:00 followed by Compline.


Vestry Meeting: Thursday, December 11th (note change of date) at 6:00 p.m.


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.


The Southwest Harbor Library is collecting food for the pantry throughout the month of December.

The Community Nativity will be in our church yard during Advent. On December 19-20 the wooden figures will be replaced with people from the community. If you would like to participate please call Chloe at 669-2801.


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!


Christmas Fair: Friday, December 5, 10:00–2:00, at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. There will be a luncheon, baked goods, craft items and plants, attic treasures, toys and books, a raffle, and wreaths.


The Acadia Choral Society will present their holiday concerts at St. Saviour’s on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm.  One of the featured works this year is Vaughan-Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” with Geoffrey Knowles as soloist.  Tickets are available at St. Saviour’s office.

Epiphany Pageant: Sunday, January 4th.  The script is available for your review at the back of the church. If you would like to participate as an actor, reader or dresser, please sign up on the sheet or talk with Susan Buell (244-3124) or Floy Ervin (244-4195).



Annual Meeting: Sunday, January 18 at 11:15 a.m. following the service. Reports are due in the office by January 8th.


Office hours next week: Thursday and Friday (December 11 & 12), 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please call Richard at home (244-4037) if you need assistance this week.