Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Events and News




NOVEMBER 23, 2010


Thursday, November 25th

Eucharist and Hymns at 9:30 a.m.

Come give thanks for your gifts.

First Sunday of Advent, November 28th

8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Scripture Lessons:

Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44


The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Ellen Gilmore

Second Lesson: Ann Benson

Prayers: Susan Buell

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Flowers: Susan Buell

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MDI/Ellsworth Episcopal+ Church Events

St. Mary's and St. Jude's:

Crèches Needed: Do you have a crèche set that you would be willing to loan to the parish for the weekend of December 11-13? We would like to have a display in the Parish Hall during the annual Christmas Festival in Northeast Harbor to help folks "remember the reason for the season." Sets from a variety of cultures and designs are most welcomed. If you are interested in contributing, please have your crèche at the church no later than Wednesday, December 8. Those of you who live away are welcome to mail a set and we will see that it gets mailed back to you. All sets should have a card describing its origin, if possible and the name of the owner. Thanks!

Contemplative Prayer/Book Study to begin December 1, 5 to 6:15 pm at the Somesville Meeting House, Parish Hall. Beginning Wednesday, December 1, Contemplative Prayer will move from its current location at St. Mary's Chapel to the Parish Hall of the Somesville Meeting House in Somesville. In addition to prayer, we will be learning about the contemplative perspective and life through reading interesting authors. Conversation will begin at 5 pm and Contemplative Prayer (chanting, silence and prayer) will begin at 5:45 pm. Those who show up for the first meeting will pick our readings! This study/prayer group is open to anyone interested, so bring your friends. Led by The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson, Rector, Parish of St. Mary and St. Jude in Northeast and Seal Harbors. All faiths welcome.

Church of Our Father:

Coats for Kids: Please donate coats for girls (sizes 2-8); adults and boys.

Class on Paul and his writings in the New Testament. The class meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm in the parish hall. The format includes a 30-minute lecture heard on audio CD by Luke Timothy Johnson, followed by a discussion. Weekly readings in the New Testament will be assigned. Call 288-4849 for more information.

St. Saviour's Parish:

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas, December 19, 10:00 a.m. This service, modeled on the one from King's College, will include 9 lessons with appropriate carols and several anthems. Julia Morris-Myers invites interested singers from the other parishes to join the St. Saviour's Choir for this service. To do this you will need to commit to and attend the 3 Thursday night rehearsals on December 2, 9 and 16 from 7-8 pm. Please let her know if you plan to sing by December 1, 667-9529 or jmorrismyers@myfairpoint.net. This is a "Singers' Service," full of both treasured music from the past as well as music written as recent as last year. It is a meaningful event and a blessed way to begin the week before Christmas.

St. John's:

Thanksgiving Day Service will be at 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Fair: Saturday, November 27th, 9:00-2:00. Christmas wreaths, baked goods, craft items, and lunch.

Net Tender Deadline: articles are due Friday, November 26th.

This week the church office will be closed until Monday, November 29th. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).

Bar Harbor UCC

Annual Healing Service, Sunday, November 28, 3:00 p.m. The service consists of prayer, music, candle lighting for those whom we wish to remember and anointing and laying on of hands for those who wish. It is open to everyone who would like to attend.

If you have a desire to study scripture more closely and learn some positive techniques for relaxation, meet at BH United Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert Street, for a guided meditation group which meets at 9:00 AM on Mondays; at 2:00 on Tuesday; and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, in the downstairs library.

Christmas Flowers: St. John's will be decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation in honor of or in memory of friends or relatives, please send your checks along with the names you wish to remember to the church office. (Please designate "Christmas Flowers" on your check.)

Common Good Soup is offering free lunches and musical entertainment starting on Thursdays at noon. Island Connections will try to provide rides for seniors and the disabled who'd like to attend.

Island Connections is in dire need of volunteer drivers. The demand for rides for medical appointments, errands, shopping for food, etc. has increased by 37% over the past year. They are in need of help to keep up with the demand. If you can help, even once a week, please call Island Connections at 288-4457. Gas cards are available if you are willing to make a trip off island.


Keep in your prayers this week: Ray, Bob, Norm, Phillip, Paul, Cindy, Ginny, Judy, Molly, Vonnie, Beth, Marjorie, Susan, Patti, Ron, Scott, Sam, Pete and Mark.

Prayer for the Community of St. Andrew & St. John

Gracious God, we offer thanks for our parish, for your inspiration, and for the spirit of ministry which is our heritage. We acknowledge your call to continue serving each other and the people in our community through open hearts and open doors. Guide us all, especially our Capital Campaign and Design & Construction Committees and Vestry, as we seek funding and plan expansion of the facilities, including accessibility for all at St. John. Inspire us to share faithfully the love that you have revealed to us through the ministry and sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Military Deaths (November 3-13):

(Afghanistan): Edward Bolen, David Lutes, Andrew Bubacz, Shawn Fannon, Shannon Chihuahua, Juan Rivadeneria, Jacob Carver, Jacob Carroll, Jesse Snow, Christian Warriner, Scott Nagorski, Nathan Lillard, Shane Ahmed, David Senft, Kevin Pape, Javier Ortiz Rivera, Justin Culbreth, Kyle Holder