Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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

MARCH 24, 2009




Sunday, March 29th: Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.


Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 51:1-13; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33


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


Evensong Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00.


Evening Prayer and Bible Study: Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m.


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


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


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

Documentary on Truth-Telling and Forgiveness - -To Be Shown at Reel Pizza

Long Night's Journey Into Day, a powerful documentary depicting four cases brought before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor. The film is being sponsored by The United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor to benefit its justice and community outreach work. There is no admission fee, but a suggested donation of $6 per person for the church's work will be accepted at the door.

Food will be available for purchase at the theater. Following the film there will be a 30 minute discussion. The film is not suitable for young children.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed at the end of a 40-year struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. The Commission's work was based on the belief that punishing perpetrators of violence would not provide healing for the nation; but telling the truth in a safe environment and the possibility of receiving forgiveness had the potential to heal and restore right relationships in the nation. The viewer is challenged to ask: Is justice achieved by retribution or punishment; or is justice achieved by forgiveness and restoring right relationship?


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.


Financial Planning Seminar: 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.


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.


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


EASTER BASKETS: St. Saviour’s, will be assembling Easter Dinners for both the Westside Food Pantry and The Bar Harbor Food Pantry.  To date we have 108 families for The Westside Food Pantry alone.  Please consider helping this effort by contributing non-perishable foods (specific list below) or money, which will go towards purchasing the perishable items (chicken, potatoes, carrots, and such).  You may leave the items in the back pew or the church office.  If you have any questions on how you can help, please call Barbara Campbell (244-9087).

Non-Perishable items:

Canned Hams (1-3 lb)

Canned green vegetables

Canned yellow vegetables

Canned fruit

Boxed cake mixes and frosting

Chocolate bunnies (for each child, in the family)

Also nice to have:

Stuffing mix

Canned chicken broth

Cranberry sauce


The Green & Lean Discussion Series: Sustainable and frugal methods for living well.

Co-sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, ROOTs, and the Sierra Club. As a society we faced the twin challenges of addressing unprecedented environmental problems (climate change, species extinction, air & water pollution) and coping with extremely uncertain financial times. Our purpose is to provide usable and up-to-date information to local residents and island visitors that will enable them to reduce their consumption of resources, increase their understanding of energy saving technology and save money. Experts on appropriate topics will be invited to speak and lead discussions on how to implement the techniques and ideas presented. Monthly meetings will start on Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Daryl DeJoy from Peneopscot Solar will be the first speaker on Energy Conservation & Home Solar Power. For more info contact Erika Shriner, 244-3536, jerika@roadrunner.com


Church Directory 2009:  Now available in paper copy (office or undercroft) or by e-mail. It is formatted in Word document, Publisher, or Acrobat; whichever is best for you. Let Michele know and she will e-mail it to you (244-3229 or saints315@myfairpoint.net ).


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