Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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

JANUARY 20, 2009




Sunday, January 25th: Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. Fr. George Swanson, celebrant.


Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 62:6-14, Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20


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

Sunday Forums – 9:00 a.m. in the Undercroft.

January 25: Joe Wright, The Work We Have Been Given to Do

February 1: Bill Baker, If Christ Came to the Super Bowl

February 8: open

February 15: George Swanson, As You Did It to the Least of These: Prison Matters

February 22: Linda Robinson, Reflections on Humanitarian Mission to the Congo


Weekly Study of the Gospel of Mark will resume on Wednesday evening, January 14th at 6:00. Floy Ervin will lead the study while Fr. Richard is gone. Compline to follow.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18-25. The theme for 2009 is “That they may become one in your hand”. Use the Daily Scripture and Prayer Guide (www.geii.org) to join with Christians around the world praying “that all may be one... that the world may believe” (John 17:21). A community service (originally planned for January 18th) has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 25th at St. Peter’s in Manset at 3:00 p.m.


Trinity Institute 39th National Theological Conference: January 21-23; Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability. Schedule: Wednesday – Evensong session begins at 6:00 p.m.; gather in the parish hall and watch the opening conference Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. Thursday – Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00. Friday – Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Contact David Andrews at 207-326-4180 or e-mail trinitycastine@verizon.net.


Saturday, January 24th, Learn How to Find Energy Leaks and Fix Them! Maine Interfaith Power and Light will host this free workshop at St. John’s Church, 224 French Street in Bangor from 9:00 am to 12:30.  You can get more information online at www.meipl.org and you can register by email to Jessica@meipl.org or call her at 721-0444.


You are invited to a South of the Border Winter Fiesta, Hulls Cove Schoolhouse (on Rte 3), Saturday, January 24, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Enjoy an assortment of Latin American coffees, non-alcoholic Sangrias, hot mulled cider, and South of the Border hors doevres. Digital Orchestra performance by Kaveh Haghkerdar; dance instruction provided by Genes Place to Dance. Ample parking across the street at Church of Our Father. Admission $15 per person.  Proceeds will support the World Missions programs of the Church of Our Father.Come out and dance,  eat, and be merry!


Winter Fun! Sponsored by St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, Saturday, January 31st at 1 p.m. for youth and families. Weather permitting: sledding at the Black House and skating at the Searchfield Home (519 Mariaville Road). If weather is not good for either, the Searchfields have a ping-pong table and pool table with a lot of other inside games. The event will end with a Pasta Feed! FMI:  Contact St. Andrew at 667-7641 or email: standrew@gwi.net


End of Life Planning Workshop facilitated by the Rev. Carolyn Metzler, an Episcopal priest serving a small community in Winn, and the Hospice and hospital chaplain in the Lincoln area.  She began leading these events when she noticed how few people had any conversation with their families about their choices at the time of their death, and how much more difficult that silence made everything.  She encourages people to have these discussions with their families and to do the paperwork that needs to be done while people are still healthy.  The first part of the workshop will be held Saturday, January 31st, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at St. Saviour's.  The second part will be the next day, Sunday February 1, following the 10 AM service of worship at which Rev. Metzler will preach.  People are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions if at all possible.  There is no charge for this event, but a good-will donation will be taken to cover printing costs.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of faith affiliation. Light refreshments will be served (soup on Sunday) and pre-registration is encouraged to enable us to plan appropriately. To pre-register please contact Muffet in the St. Saviour’s office at 288-4215 or stsaviour@roadrunner.com.  For more information, contact Gail Leiser at 288-9083 or gail.leiser@gmail.com


Coffee Hour help wanted for this Sunday at 9 a.m.  Please call/leave a message for Joan (244-3227) or "just do it."   Signup will be available for following weeks.  Thanks!


Pamela VanWechel would love to have hats, mittens, children's socks and/or underwear for her "perfect attendance in March" incentive.  After her forum you can picture where they are going!  You may leave them in a box in the back pew and Fr. Richard will mail them on or before Valentine's Day.


Come Home for Supper on Friday, February 13.  Sign up this Sunday or on February 1, or call Joan & Ted Bromage (244-3227), Ida Smallidge (244-7266) or Rita Redfield (244-4025).  New host/hostesses welcome! This is good practice for coming out of hibernation and being sociable right before Valentine’s Day.


Members of the Design Committee will be traveling to St. Columba’s Boothbay and St. Martin’s Palmyra.  The purpose is to look at two new churches and how those parishes resolved building problems. We will be leaving the church parking lot at 7 AM on Saturday, January 24, returning by 6 PM.  Members of the parish are welcome to join us in this junket.


Office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.