Friday, March 18, 2011

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




March 20, 2011



Sunday, March 20, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Psalm 121; Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17


Celebrant: The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson & Psalm: Patsy Fogarty

Second Lesson: Elise Felton

Prayers:  Elaine Theriault

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Ginny Agar


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.

March 20: Working for Peace in Palestine, Robert and Maurine Tobin

March 27: End of Life Issues, Alice Downs


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The church office will be 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).



MDI Episcopal Church Events


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Lenten Teachings: Wednesday evening soup supper (6:00) and study, For the Life of the World: Congregations Turned Inside-Out.  This newly designed curriculum walks us through how to go from having a “church-shaped mission to a mission-shaped church”. Designed to help us explore how all that we do is part of the mission of God.  Bring your Bible. March 23:  Mission is not a dirty word; March 30:  What does mission look like?

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:

Lenten Teachings: Lent is traditionally a wilderness time. It is a time to contemplate and to reflect upon all that keeps us from a deeper communion with the love of God in Christ that we encounter in the light of Easter. Using scripture, poetry and various other writings to guide us, we will explore what wilderness means to each of us, what prayer can give voice to in that wilderness and finally what forgiveness and freedom mean to each other. Come willing to talk, write, sing, and draw what shape each of these themes take in our lives. Bring your lunch on Thursday afternoons, 1:15-2:15 and join us on this journey together. March 24: Forgiveness and Freedom

Westside Food Pantry: Open the first Sunday (12:00-2:00) and third Sunday (12:00-1:00) of the month. Questions? Susan Buell - 244-3124 and Dean Henry - 244-3539.


Church of Our Father:

Lenten Teachings: “Justice and the Poor,” a Lenten Study led by the Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin in the parish hall, Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.


St. Saviour’s:

Lenten Study using Judy Cannato’s Radical AmazementFridays at 12 noon in the Rectory Library. Facilitated by Sarah Flynn and Jonathan Appleyard.

Palm Sunday at St. Saviour’s: The 4 island parishes will be having a joint 10 am worship service on Palm Sunday, April 17 at St. Saviour’s, and I’d like to invite interested people to sing with our choir.  We will sing two anthems that day:  Lift Up Your Heads by Mathias and O Bone Jesu by Palestrina.  In addition we will premiere some new service music composed for the occasion by St. John’s member William Hawley. We will rehearse for this service on March 31, April 7 and April 14 (Thursdays) from 7:00 to 7:45.  It is necessary that you commit to these 3 rehearsals so that we all will be prepared to sing.  It was great fun having additional voices for Lessons and Carols and I hope to see you for this service! Please let me know if you want to sing so that I can prepare a folder for you. Julia Morris-Myers, Organist/Choirmaster, 288-4215 (work), 667-9529 (home), 460-6433 (cell),


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.


Outreach Easter Dinner Baskets. Last year St. Saviour's, with the assistance of the MDI Christian community, the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry, provided Easter Dinner Baskets to more than 240 island families. This year the need to likely to be even greater. Jesus tells us:  “You have been treated generously, so live generously.”   With this in mind, below is a list of food items needed for this year's baskets.  Bringing something with you each week can be a part of your Lenten observance.  Or consider setting an extra plate at your dinner table during the season of Lent and putting aside the cost of serving your unseen guests as part of your Lenten Alms.  For cash donations, please put “Easter Baskets” on the memo line of your check.  Thinking about, and acting upon, the needs of others each week can be a poignant reminder of Christ's generous gift of himself to us.  

Shopping list: canned ham, canned green vegetables, canned carrots, canned fruit, canned or boxed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned cranberry sauce, chicken broth, Jello, cake mix, cake frosting, chocolate bunny.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Bob, Patti, Scott, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Stella, Cuff, Yoojin, John, Deb, Kristin, and the Kowalski family.

Military Casualties (March 9-16)

Afghanistan: Jordan Stanton, Mark Wells, Kalin Johnson, Andrew Wade, Loren Buffalo, Eric Trueblood, Andrew Harper, Ian Muller, Daehan Park, Arturo Rodriguez, Travis Tompkins.


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.