Thursday, December 30, 2010

Events and News




DECEMBER 30, 2010




Sunday, January 2, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Psalm 84; Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; John 1:10-18

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson & Psalm: Ellen Gilmore

Second Lesson: Ann Benson

Prayers:  Elise Felton

Chalice: Floy Ervin

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Ginny Agar and Susan Buell


Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John’s


Sunday Forums at 9:00 a.m.

January 2 – The Church and Pedophilia: Sin or Crime?, Robert Gossart

January 9 – Feeding the Hungry, Larry Stettner


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MDI Episcopal Church Events


Save the date! On Friday, February 4th, Island-wide Episcopalians are invited to “Come Home for Supper”— a time to share good food and friendship in small groups at the homes of parishioners from each church.  Look for the poster and sign up sheet at your church.  For more information, including details on hosting, please call Rita Redfield – 244-4025, Elaine Theriault – 244-946l, Diane Phipps – 664-3204, Dick Salisbury – 664-0116, or Dorothy Clunan – 244-5645.


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Contemplative Prayer/Book Study is led by The Rev. Patricia Robertson, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays the Somesville Meeting House, Parish Hall. We are currently reading Richard Rohr’s “Everything Belongs”. This study/prayer group is open to anyone interested. 


St. Saviour’s Parish:

The church office will be closed this week.


St. John’s:

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).

African Bible Study: Father Appleyard will be out of commission due to knee surgery for a few weeks, so the group has elected to take a break until January 13th.

Annual Meeting: January 23rd.


Church of Our Father:

Thursday, January 6—Feast of the Epiphany — 5:30 pm MDI joint Holy Eucharist at Church of Our Father, followed by a potluck (St. John members should bring desserts) and discussion on the MDI Collaboration.

The Alpha Course will meet in the Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor, on Sunday evenings, 5-7:30 pm, starting Sunday, February 27 and lasting for 10 weeks, with an overnight getaway in the middle. FMI contact the Rev. Chuck Bradshaw at the Church of Our Father, 288-4849.


Bar Harbor UCC

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 the group meets at 6:00 PM. Please come if you have a desire to study Scripture more closely and learn some positive techniques for relaxation.


Pledge Cards: Just a reminder for those parishioners who have not yet sent in their 2011 pledges to please not forget, despite all of the holiday "bustle".


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Keep in your prayers this week: Barbara, Bob, Norm, Phillip, Paul, Judy, Molly, Vonnie, Beth, Marjorie, Susan, Patti, Ron, Scott, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Elizabeth, Ian and Oren, Ted, Ezra and Jonathan.


Give thanks for the lives of Albert Trethaway (Diane Krueger’s father) who died December 26th in Macungie, Pennsylvania; and Joyce Norwood, who died December 28th. Please keep their family and friends in your prayers.


Military Deaths (December 17-24)

Afghanistan: Eric Torbert Jr, Conrado Javier Jr., William Crouse IV.


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.