Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekly E-mail from St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church

MARCH 19, 2009




Sunday, March 22nd: Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.


Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21.


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.

March 22: Moorhead Kennedy, A Christian Looks at Islam

March 29: Tina Baker, The Power of One in Three Cups of Tea


Evensong: Annunciation Day, Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 p.m. No Bible study this week.


Noonday Prayer and Organ Music: 12:15 p.m., Fridays during Lent.


Help Wanted: Ginny Agar is looking for men or women to help her decorate the church with items found in our local landscape, flowers, and wall hangings.  If you are interested in helping her and being on the committee please call Ginny at 266-1705


Pysanky Workshop Offered: Ellen Gilmore is offering a Saturday morning workshop on March 21 from 9:30-12:00 for those interested in learning this ancient technique. The cost is $15/person with all proceeds going to the church. Please call Ellen at 244-7338 to sign up.


The Living Last Supper, a chancel drama, will be performed by the men of the Church of Our Father on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm, at the church in Hulls Cove.  Everyone in the community is invited.  There is no admission charge.


Financial Planning Seminary: MDI Hospital invites you to this free seminar on Wednesday, April 8th, 3-5 p.m., conference room at MDI Hospital. Mr. Chadbourne Smith, Attorney at Law, will provide information and answer your questions regarding wills, trusts, planned giving and healthcare directives. Call Brenda Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198 if you would like to attend.


Ministry Fair: Join Bishop Steve and Episcopalians from across Maine on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Martin's Church in Palmyra for the diocesan Ministry Fair:
"Living Our Baptism; Celebrating Our Journeys." This day, to explore ministry together, will include singing, faith stories, workshops, and more.  Lunch will be provided by the people of St. Martin's with an $8 suggested donation. Registration is free but required to help plan for food and materials. Call or e-mail:
Canon Vicki Wiederkehr at 207.772.1953 ext. 23 or

Each workshop will be offered in the morning and afternoon.
-  The Ordination Process in the Diocese of Maine with Bishop Lane and members of the Committee on Holy Orders
-  Learning to See Hidden Possibilities Among Us with the Committee on Baptismal Ministry
-  Finding (and Keeping) Our Deep Inner Peace with the Rev. Jim Gill
-  "Circles of Light," the Diocesan Discernment Process with the Rev. Ann Kidder and Canon Vicki Wiederkehr

Seder Passover Service: SWH Congregational Church will present a special Seder service presided over by Oded Cohen of Jews for Jesus on Monday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Come and participate in a ceremony that has been an annual part of the Jewish life for over 3,500 years.


Concert by the St. John’s Chamber Choir of Bangor: Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish. Directed by Kevin Birch, the auditioned choir of 20 voices will perform Dietrich Buxtehude’s monumental cantata, Membra Jesu Nostri (1680).  This work, a masterpiece of Baroque sacred music, is a meditation on the passion of Christ. Individual movements will be interspersed with music performed on organ and period instruments. Admission is by donation (suggested $10) and a reception to meet the choir and director will follow.  For more information please call St. Saviour’s at 288-4215.


Best Ever Spaghetti Dinner: Come join us for SWH Congregational Church’s 6th annual dinner to benefit the Westside Food Pantry, Saturday, April 4th, 5-7 p.m. They will be serving homemade meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, bread, and desserts. Cost is $6/person or $25/family.


Emmaus Homeless Shelter Wish List:

coffee, sugar, margarine, butter

plastic twin mattress and pillow covers

quart and gallon storage and freezer bags

prepaid phone cards and postage stamps

dish and laundry detergent and dishwasher tabs; dryer sheets

diapers, baby wipes, baby monitors

trash bags (30 & 13 gallons), toilet paper, paper towels

Lysol disinfectant, Pine Sol, Top Job, glass cleaner and bathroom cleaner

Adult Advil, Tylenol, ibuprofen, Excedrin,

Batteries, pens, markers


Real Relief: With the cost of food and health care skyrocketing, families losing their homes, retirement accounts shrinking and millions of Americans without a job, AARP recently launched, an online resource to help people weather these tough economic times. Created to help individuals and families seeking assistance and guidance, this one-stop online portal offers programs and tools for those struggling to make ends meet, seeking employment or job training, worried about retirement, cutting back on expenses, or protecting investments. 

Content on the Real Relief site includes:

· Retiree information─helpful tools and resources for retirees who may be facing economic challenges.

· Programs to help make ends meet─including free tax preparation assistance and help accessing and applying for public benefits.

· Job tips­─direction on what to do if you are seeking full or part-time employment; and specific companies that value older workers.

· Tips on protecting your money─learn how to avoid scams, protect your assets, and choose a financial planner.

· Financial calculators─all designed to help you keep your finances on track.

· Money saving tips─suggestions on how and where to cut back on expenses.

· Economic news─featuring specialized articles in AARP Bulletin Today.


The church office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.