Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Events and News from St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church







Wednesday mornings

Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.


Pentecost 16, Sunday, September 12th

8:00 a.m. – Eucharist at St. Andrew by the Lake, Seal Cove

10:00 a.m. – Eucharist at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Celebrant


Scripture Lessons:

Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10


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The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard, rector of St. Saviour’s Parish in Bar Harbor, will NOT be in the church office at St. John’s the next two Thursdays. He will resume his schedule on Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 on September 23 when at 2:00 he will continue to offer a Bible study based on the lectionary. Everyone is welcome.


The St. John Singers will meet on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to join this group which chooses and then practices the hymns sung on Sunday mornings.


Farmer’s Market – will be in St. John’s parking lot from 9:00-1:00 each Friday until mid-October.


COME HOME FOR SUPPER! on Friday evening, October 8!  A time to "reconnect" and enjoy great food and conversations. Invite friends and sign up at church on Sundays, September 12, 19, or 26.  Or call/email Joan Bromage, Rita Redfield & Ken Cochrane, or Ida Smallidge before Monday, September 27th.  If you would like to host, please let us know--new volunteers welcome--it's an easy way to entertain!


Launching of the latest book by Cynthia Bourgeault, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene is receiving rave reviews, and Cynthia, herself, has become quite an international figure in recent years. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a spiritual teacher, writer, and seminar leader aside from her life calling as Episcopal priest.  She also serves as the principal Teacher and Advisor to the Contemplative Society, an ecumenical, not-for-profit association that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian tradition. Bourgeault has studied and taught in a number of Benedictine monasteries in the United States and Canada and is passionately committed to the recovery and discovery of Christian contemplative principles; having worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating as a teacher of Centering Prayer, Fr. Bruno Barnhart, and other Christian contemplative masters, as well as in Sufism and the Christian inner traditions. Bourgeault is the author of countless articles and many spiritual books. The event will take place at St Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill on Tuesday, September 14th from 10:00 AM - Noon. Books will be available at a discount and Cynthia will sign all books as refreshments are being served. St. Francis is partnering in this event with The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation. There is a $25 fee. Please call Eric Erickson at 244-5168 seerickson@roadrunner.com for reservations.


The Gospel of the Beloved Companion: A special event co-sponsored by The Alcyon Center and the Aspen Wisdom School, Thursday, September 16, 9:30-4:30 at St. Andrew By-the-Lake Episcopal Church. In this one-day program, you will be introduced to the Gospel of the Beloved Companion. Preserved within the Tradition in the Languedoc region of Southern France, this work is a translation of a previously unpublished 1st century Gospel. Although this text has strong resonances with both the canonical Gospel of John and the so-called "Gnostic" gospels of Mary Magdalene and Thomas, empirical evidence establishes a strong case that it may actually pre-date all three of these works, thus presenting itself as one of the very earliest Christian sacred texts, whose forty-four short chapters both confirm and revolutionize our understanding of the path that Yeshua actually walked. During the day, you will hear the Gospel of the Beloved Companion read in its entirety, explore its philosophy and teachings, and will learn about the political and historical context of the times in which it was written.
THE INSTRUCTOR: Jehanne de Quillan, teacher and author, presents this program. Raised from childhood in the Laconneau Tradition, and educated in Southern France and Ireland, Jehanne has recently presented the Magdalene Seminar at the Washington National Cathedral. She spends her time teaching and leading pilgrimages and retreats in Europe and the United States. Jehanne is presently working on her second book, The Gospel of the Beloved Companion: a Full Commentary, which is due for publication in early 2011.


College of the Atlantic’s Community Connections Program (CCP) pairs COAinternational students with local families to engage in communal activities on an informal basis. CCP is not a host-family program in the sense that students actually live with local families, but rather a friendship program that encourages the development of more global perspectives for both the students and families through cultural exchange. Students are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of culture in the United States through participation in the everyday activities of a local volunteer family and local families are enriched by the opportunity to learn about the traditions, cultural practices and perspectives of the international student with whom they are connected. For more information about the Community Connections Program and application process, please go to our website: www.coa.edu/internationalstudentservices. If you would like to apply, or have questions or concerns, please contact the Coordinator of International Student Services, Kylee Allen, at 207-801-5673 or kallen@coa.edu.


MDI Churches

Singers Invited - In the spirit of our MDI parishes cooperating and working together I’d like to invite singers from St. Mary’s, St. John’s and Church of Our Father to join the St. Saviour’s Choir in a performance in honor of All Saints on Sunday, November 7 at 3 pm.  The program will include Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Mendelssohn’s Grant Us Thy Peace, Mozart’s Ave Verum, The Souls of the Righteous by Geraint Lewis and an arrangement of the Shaker tune Lay Me Low.  The choir will be accompanied by strings and organ.

Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7-8:15 or so, and the dress rehearsal is Saturday, November 6 at 1 pm.  This is the third year for us present a concert in honor of our loved ones who have died and it has proved to be a meaningful experience for the choir and also well-received by the community. I would love for all parishes to be represented and please contact me if you are interested so that I can prepare a folder for you.

Julia Morris-Myers, Organist-Choirmaster, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

288-4215 (church) 667-9529 (home) jmorrismyers@myfairpoint.net


Remember to bring your composting materials to church: St John’s has 2 compost bins at the rear of the church yard.  If you are not composting at home, we encourage you to bring compostable material from your kitchen to add to our compost bins.  Just place your material in our bins.  You need not mix, stir or add anything else.  Material suitable for adding to the compost bins includes:   banana peels, apple skins, coffee grounds, apple cores, and uncooked fruits and vegetables that are past their prime.   The hard ends of lettuce,

cabbage, broccoli and asparagus are welcome.  Please DO NOT ADD ANY MEAT, DAIRY OR COOKED FOOD to the bins.  Questions, call Susan Covino Buell, 244-3124


This week the church office will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The office will be closed from September 13-24. If you have questions or need assistance at other times, please call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).


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Keep in your prayers this week: Ray, Bob, Norm, Phillip, Paul, Cindy, Ginny, Judy, Molly, Caleb, Vonnie, Beth, Betsy, Charles, Marjorie, Elizabeth, Ian, Susan, Patti, Ron, and Scott.


Cursillo Weekend: As many of you know, during the weekend of September 9 through 12, the 37th ME Ep Cursillo Weekend -- "Make me an instrument of your peace" -- will be held at Sky-Hy Conference Center in Topsham.  One of the ways we all can support Christ's work in this world is by sending prayers and greetings to the members of this group to encourage them on their Christian walk. Mail them to the address below.  Please keep them in your daily prayers. 

Sky-Hy Conference-Renewal Center
32 Sky-Hy Drive
Topsham, ME   04086-5772

Somewhere on the envelope please write for "Episcopal Cursillo"


Attending Cursillo #37 will be the following: 

Dick Salisbury, Chuck Bradshaw+, Mike Bullard, Beth Bradshaw, Steve Johnson, Norman Dodge, and Jon Turner of Church of Our Father, Hull's Cove; Su Locsin and Dawn Cates of St Barnabas' Church, Augusta; The Rev. Alicia Kellogg, Melissa Mercier, and Diana Doiron of St Matthew's Church, Hallowell; The Rev. Bob Landry and Ben Barr of St Andrew's Church, Millinocket; Deb Lipton-Morin and Ray Morin of St Giles' Church, Jefferson;  

Karen Milliman, Hugh Awalt, and Marjie Awalt of Christ Church, Gardiner; Tom Nugent of St Paul's Church, Brunswick; Carol Parks, Tony Bessey, and Sandy Makofsky of St Ann's Church, Windham; Jeni Lewis of St Andrew's Church, Readfield; Peggy Gatchell of St Michael's Church, Auburn; John Foster of St John's Church, Bangor; and Deborah Ripley of St Peter's Church, Bridgton. 

All Cursillistas are also invited to the closing eucharist and launching of all candidates into their forrth day on Sunday, September 12, and you are asked "to be quietly present at 3pm in the Main Hall."