Thursday, December 2, 2010

Events and News

Four Purple Advent Candles Two LitST. ANDREW & ST. JOHN



DECEMBER 2, 2010





Second Sunday of Advent, December 5th  

 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Scripture Lessons:

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans  15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


The Rev. Chuck Bradshaw

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm: Patsy Fogarty

Second Lesson: Elise Felton

Prayers: Elaine Theriault

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Spencer Ervin

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Susan Buell


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Thursday, December 9th  

12:30 p.m.



MDI/Ellsworth Episcopal+ Church Events


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Festival on Main Street in Northeast Harbor, Friday, December 10th starting at 5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Northeast Pole, decorations abound, the Bonfire is lighted, and cheer fills the air. Delicious home-made soups are on sale at the museum. Come to the Parish Hall between 3 and 6 PM to view crèches from around the world and Gingerbread Houses made by the Sunday school children. Donations go to the Campfire Coalition to keep our neighbors warm.

Crèches Needed: Do you have a crèche set that you would be willing to loan to the parish for the Festival? If you are interested, please have your crèche at the church no later than Wednesday, December 8. All sets should have a card describing its origin, if possible and the name of the owner.

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.


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 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.

A Service for Remembering on Friday, December 10th at 5:00 PM in The Rectory Common Library.  During the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the wonder of child birth, the gathering of family and the miracle of child-like joy can touch us deeply and also hit a raw spot. For many of us, this is a hard time when we remember those who are not with us to celebrate. We are not alone; and unless we need to be, we do not have to be alone. All are invited to celebrate the Eucharist with the special intention of thanking God for the lives of loved ones and asking God to comfort those who are grieving and those whose children have died before them. Such losses change life forever. We seek a way to remember and to go forward. We have a need to embrace grief and hope. If you have lost a child or someone else, if you feel deep emptiness, I hope that you will find time to sit still and to be embraced by God’s care. Please come if you can, and pray for those who have died, for all who grieve and for those who have lost a child. 


St. John’s:

Jessup Prison Christmas Card Project - Elaine Theriault and Mary Vekasi packed close to 3,000 Christmas cards for Chaplain Bellamy to be given to Jessup Prison inmates in Maryland. The inmates will select several cards and mail them home to family members over the holidays.  This was a 4-parish project and many thanks are given to all that participated.



The church office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-2:30. If you have questions or need assistance at other times, please call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).


Church of Our Father:

Christmas Craft Party – Saturday, December 4, 9:00-noon. Share the joy of an old fashioned Christmas by making gifts for your family and our friends in nursing homes.

Sisters on a Journey, Mondays at 5:30pm., is a monthly program for all women who want to share food, fellowship and prayer. Gathering for the potluck meal begins at 5:30pm with the program beginning about 7pm.  All women are invited. For more information contact Sharon Linscott at 288-9304.


Bar Harbor UCC

Christmas Fair - Friday, December 10th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM!  The Fair has something for everyone…. Yummy baked goods, and amazing attic treasures.  In addition there will be a raffle table featuring the art of several area artists, cash gifts, and specialty baskets.  Our famous luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m., which gives you a whole hour to shop before you take a break for lunch.  The menu will include savory soups, super crab rolls, scrumptious sandwiches, and delicious pies.

Guided meditation group meets in the library at 2:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings at 7:00.  On the fourth Wednesday of each month we will meet at 6:00 PM. Please join us if you have a desire to study Scripture more closely and learn some positive techniques for relaxation.


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. 


Acadia Choral Society will hold their Holiday Concert at St. Saviour’s on Saturday, December 4 at 7pm and Sunday, December 5 at 3pm. There will be selections from The New Three Log Night Songbook, Ave Rex Angelorum (anonymous), Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem II, Durante: Magnificat in Bb Major and pieces by Walker.  Come hear the beautiful performance and enjoy the start of this wonderful holiday season!


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


We give thanks for the life of Sam Parkman who died Sunday. Keep his family in your prayers.


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.