Thursday, March 31, 2011

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




March 31, 2011



Lent 3, Sunday, April 3, 2011

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


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


Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson & Psalm: Patsy Fogarty

Second Lesson: Chloe Hatcher

Prayers:  Elise Felton

Chalice: Floy Ervin

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Rita Redfield (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood


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


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

Three people are needed to pass out palms.

Please call St. Saviour’s (288-4215) if you would like to do this.

Maundy Thursday, April 21

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

Please sign up on the sheet provided in the Undercroft.

Count is needed since they are making bread and soup.

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.

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 closed until April 14. If you have questions or need assistance, 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. 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: 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.


 Pysanky: (Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated using a wax-resist method.) Ellen  Gilmore will conduct a workshop on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30-12:00. Please call Ellen at 244-7338 if you are interested. The cost will be $15, with all proceeds going to the church.


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.


Easter Flowers: If you wish to remember or honor loved ones by making a contribution to the Easter flower fund at St John, please send a contribution to the church office or leave a check in the offering plate indicating "Easter flowers" in the memo.  On the forms  provided at church,  state who is being honored or remembered.  If you are sending a contribution from home, please include this information.  The names of those being remembered and honored will be listed in the church bulletin on Easter Sunday.


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.

The St. John’s Chamber Choir will be present a program of sacred music for Lent on Sunday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Their beautiful music-making is both a chance to listen and worship. Come and bring your family and friends!

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),


Text Box: Shopping List
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

Outreach Easter Dinner Baskets. Christian congregations across MDI are joining with the Westside Food Pantry and Bar Harbor Food Pantry to provide Easter Dinner Baskets to our neighbors-in-need.  It’s been a long hard winter, our pantries have seen unprecedented requests for food this winter, and Christians are ready to celebrate God’s generosity in raising his Son Jesus Christ to life.  The promise of resurrection life is the joy of Easter.  Let’s invite our neighbors-in-need to join in the Feast!!  Fill a bag with items from the shopping list and bring to church on Sundays, April 3 or 10, or leave in the back pew by April 17.





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, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Stella, Cuff, Yoojin, John, and Deb.


Military Casualties (March 22-26)

Afghanistan: Joshua Gire, Michael Mahr, Vincent Filpi III, Justin RossBryan Burgess, Dustin Feldhaus, Jeremy Faulkner, Jameson Lindskog


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.