Thursday, January 13, 2011

Events and News




DECEMBER 30, 2010




Sunday, January 16, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Psalm 40:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42


Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson & Psalm: Elaine Theriault

Second Lesson: Joan Bromage

Prayers:  Ann Cox Halkett

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Rita Redfield (8:00); Ted Fletcher (10:00)

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

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 16 – The Church and the Sexual Abuse of Children, Robert Gossart

January 23 – Celebrating Life: Writing Obituaries on MDI, Nan Lincoln


St. John's is responsible for the service at Sonogee on Sunday, January 23rd at 10:45 am. If you'd like to participate, please contact Michael Shook at or 244-4425.


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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. John’s:

Annual Meeting: January 23rd. Reports are due by January 17th.

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 Calendar: St. John’s has posted a calendar of events on the web. You may access it: or there is a link at  


Church of Our Father:

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.


Episcopal Relief and Development, Haiti One Year Report may be viewed at


Community News:

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is recruiting volunteer mentors from Hancock County to work with individuals who are about to be released from area jails and re-entry facilities. There will be an orientation and training for mentors scheduled on four consecutive Tuesdays, January 18, 25, February 1 and 8, from 5:30-8pm at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, located on 3 High St. in Ellsworth. The orientation and training is free of charge and a light meal is included. For more information about RJP and to download an application, visit online at or contact the RJP office at 338-2742.


Westside Food Pantry: On January 2, the Westside Food Pantry gave out vouchers totally $13,470 to folks in need from the communities that we serve in Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Mt. Desert.


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


Military Deaths (December 28-January 7)

Afghanistan: Michael Beckerman, Maung Htiak, Jacob Tate, Eric Nettleton, Joseph Giese, Robert Pharris, Christian Romig

Iraq: Jose Delgado Arroyo, Jose Rosado                                                                   


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.