Thursday, January 27, 2011

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




JANUARY 27, 2011




Sunday, January 30, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Psalm 15; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12


Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson & Psalm: Elise Felton

Second Lesson: Mary Vekasi

Prayers:  Ann Benson

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher (8:00); Margaret Fletcher (10:00)

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: Susan Buell


Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – A service that offers healing and hope to all.

Sunday Forums at 9:00 a.m.

The public is invited.

On January 30, the Sunday Forum embarks on a three-part series of discussions focused on a provocative book by Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.  Tickle, a lay minister in the Episcopal Church, recently received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale in recognition of the high quality of some 20 books she has written.  As one critic notes, The Great Emergence is one of those rare books that "make things make sense." Tickle sees a pattern of monumental shifts roughly every 500 years in the history of religious thought and authority.    Around 1000 A.D. western Christendom suffered a great schism; shortly after 1500 A.D., the great Protestant reformation occurred.  Now the "Great Emergence" signals a new spirituality, fresh opportunities for religious commitment without denominational barriers, and a renewed passion for social justice.

January 30, Sarah Flynn, will lead discussion on "The Great Emergence: What is it?"

February 6, Jennifer Reece, an ordained Episcopal priest, will lead discussion on the heart of Tickle's book: "How we got here"

February 13, Ted Fletcher, Senior Warden at St. John's, will lead the discussion on "Where we go from here”


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MDI Episcopal Church Events


Appreciating Our Gifts: What exactly does it mean to be the Episcopal Church on MDI?  As we struggle with this question, it makes sense to identify the strengths of each individual parish and it's unique ways of doing God's work.  What does each parish on MDI bring to the island community?  We don't know—we need your help!  Corinthians speaks of the body of Christ thus:  “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  The body does not consist of one member, but of many.”  (I Corinthians, 12, 14)  


A gathering is being planned for Saturday, March 5, from 10:30 am until around 1 pm, at the Somesville firehouse, (bad weather date of March 6 in St. Savior's parish hall, following the combined service).  The purpose of this meeting will be to: identify strengths, to learn from each other, identify resources, and brainstorm ideas of how we can work collaboratively.  We know that there are things we could do together that we could not do as individual parishes, with limited resources and overworked individuals.  The Christmas card collection is an example of a project that showed us how much more can be done when we work together. It does not seem coincidental that the date available to us is still in the Epiphany season.  Perhaps we will have an 'epiphany', a revealing of God's purpose for the church of MDI.  We know that the whole is greater that the sum of its parts.  We as a whole, the Episcopal presence on MDI, the body of Christ, can accomplish much in bringing Christ's light to others!  Bring your ideas and join us for discussion and a light lunch on March 5th.


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:

Bean Supper - Saturday February 26, 5:30-7 PM to benefit the handicapped access project for the Church. Beans/fixins/beverage/pie included for a donation to the fund. Volunteers needed to bake/set up/serve/clean up - see sign up sheet in the undercroft. Cash donations to defray the cost of ingredients always welcome.

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.


St. Saviour’s:

The community is invited to a Valentine potluck dinner, Sunday, February 13, 6 pm at St. Saviour's.  Come on your own or bring your sweetheart ~ good food, fun and company for entire community, singles, couples and families. Beverages will be provided; all who are able are encouraged to bring a dish to share. The dinner is free and open to the public. Donations to St. Saviour's Fire Fund welcome.


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.

Community Supper – sponsored by the Outreach Board for any and all of our neighbors on Tuesday March 15th. There will be no cost, just an opportunity to eat together with old and hopefully new friends.


Episcopal Relief and Development:

Haiti One Year Report may be viewed at

News from US Disaster Program may be viewed at


Community News:

Island Connections – Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals and groceries, to drive neighbors to healthcare appointments, and to shopping and community centers. As MDI's population ages Island Connections is getting more requests than ever. Often it’s just a short drive to a healthcare appointment or grocery store and back.  Island Connections match neighbors' requests with drivers' availability and geographic preferences. Call Mary Parker at 288-4457 for more information.


Westside Food Pantry: Open the first Sunday (12:00-2:00) and third Sunday (12:00-1:00) of the month. The Food Pantry committee meeting will be held after church on Sunday, January 30- 11:30-1:00.  Questions? Susan- 244-3124 and Dean- 244-3935.



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Keep in your prayers this week: Barbara, Vonnie, Patti, Ron, Scott, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Elizabeth, Ian and Oren, Ted, Ezra, Jonathan and Stella.


Military Casualties (January 17-20)

Afghanistan: Joseph Whitehead, Joshua Lancaster, Jason Amores, Amy Sinkler

Iraq: Michael Evarts

Gulf of Oman: Dominique Cruz                                                


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.