Thursday, March 24, 2011

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




March 24, 2011



Lent 3, Sunday, March 27, 2011

8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John’s


Psalm 95; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42


Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Ken Cochran

First Lesson & Psalm: Susan Buell

Second Lesson: Margot Haertel

Prayers:  Elise Felton

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Elaine Theriault (10:00)

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel


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


Lent 4, Sunday, April 3

8:00 and 10:00 – Holy Eucharist at St. John’s

Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Lent 5, Sunday, April 10

8:00 and 10:00 — Holy Eucharist at St. John’s

Psalm 130; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Palm Sunday, April 17

10:00 — Joint Service at St. Saviour’s

Maundy Thursday, April 21

5:30 p.m. — Joint Service at St. Mary’s

Good Friday, April 22

12:00 noon — Joint Service at St. John’s

Easter Vigil, April 23

7:30 p.m. — Joint Service at Church of Our Father

Easter Sunday, April 24

8:00 and 10:00 — Celebration at St. John’s

The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling


Sunday Forums at 9:00 a.m.

The public is invited.

March 27: End of Life Issues, Alice Downs

April 3: Report on the Camden Conference, Lucy Creevy and Sam Felton

April 10: Religious Themes in Country Music, Fred Benson, Jim Vekasi, et. al.


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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 30:  What does mission look like? April 6: no class. April 13: Where in the world? Preparing for a mission audit.

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 The Wisdom Jesus” by Cynthia Bourgeault. This study/prayer group is open to anyone interested. 

For the Life of the World - Wednesday evenings in the parish hall, a study drawn from a curriculum on mission by the Rev. Christopher Duraisingh. Supper at 6 pm, with the discussion starting at 6:30.

St. John’s:

Lenten Teachings: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling is leading a devotional study on the themes of wilderness, compassion, and forgiveness, based on Season of the Spirit by Martin Smith, using art (poems, pictures, personal letters) to open the imagination. March 24 – Forgiveness and Freedom; then for the next three Thursdays, the Rev. Jonathan Appleyard will lead a study of selections from “For the Life of the World.” Bring your sack lunch on Thursday afternoons, 1:15-2:15 and join us on this journey together.

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 on the topic Justice and the Poor, 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),




Best Ever Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday, March 26, 5-7 p.m. at Southwest Harbor Congregational Church, 29 High Street. They will be serving homemade meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, bread, and desserts provided by some of the best cooks on the island.

Proceeds will benefit the Westside Food Pantry.


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.


Hospice Patient Care Volunteer Training begins April 20.  The 9 week training meets in Ellsworth on Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, for 9 weeks. Total training time is approximately 30 hours. Volunteers provide regular visits and emotional support so caregivers can take a break, do errands, make special appointments, go out for a meal with friends or take a nap. Volunteers provide companionship visits for people who reside in nursing homes or have been admitted to local hospitals. They accompany families who need support during the dying process.  To provide this care, volunteers learn about communication and support techniques, family dynamics, simple bedside care giving strategies, local resources and team care. Registration form and an interview are required.  Please call 667-3531 for more information.


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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 17-20)

Afghanistan: Christopher Meis, Rudy Acosta Donald Mickler Jr., Mecolus McDaniel, James Malachowski


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.