Friday, March 4, 2011

St. Andrew and St. John Weekly News




March 3, 2011



Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. (St. John's)

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

10:00 a.m. – Joint Service at St. Saviour's

Celebrant: The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard


Psalm 99; Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

Participants from St. John's:

Psalm: Sarah Flynn

Prayers:  Susan Buell

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Spencer Ervin

Penny Basket: Gracie Carreno

Counter: Floy Ervin


Ash Wednesday Services on March 9th:

Church of Our Father—7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

St. Saviour's—8:30 a.m. and noon

St. John's – 12:00 noon

St. Mary's – 5:00 p.m.


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 6 – No Forum

March 13 — St. John's Present and Future, Parish Discussion

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 closed until March 17th. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).



MDI Episcopal Church Events


Saturday, March 5, from 10:30 am until around 1 pm, at the Somesville firehouse:  Please Come! Appreciating Our Gifts: 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 collabor-atively.  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.


What exactly does it mean to be the Episcopal Church on 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.  "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)  (bad weather date of March 6 in St. Savior's parish hall, following the combined service)


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 16: What in the world is the church for?; 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:

The 2011 Quietside Fair @ St. John's will take place on Saturday, July 16th.  There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 a.m. in the Undercroft to get this year's fair set up.  Please think about how you might make this year's fair a grand success.


Sawyer House Prayers:  On Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m., the Sawyer House Committee will hold a prayer vigil at St. John's Church.  "Our meditation will be dedicated to opening our hearts to God's guidance in our delibertations on the future of the Sawyer House.  We hope we will be joined by members of Saint John's and by members of the community."  Please contact Floy Ervin for more information.


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 10: Truth and Wilderness; March 17: Poetry and Prayer; 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.

Prayer group meetings in support of Alpha – Mondays mornings at 7:00, Parish Hall, The meetings will continue until the end of May.


St. Saviour's:

Stress Reduction Through Meditation facilitated by Sandy Haggett, Mondays at 11:30 a.m. Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain and illness, it is possible to relate to these unwanted parts of our life in a very different way. Open to the public –$1.00 per session donation to St. Saviour's.


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.


BEAN SUPPER - A Big Thank You to all who helped with the Bean Supper to benefit the Capitol Campaign: Nicole, Floy (and daughter), Anne W., Joan, Pamela, Michele, Glenn, Peggy, Wanda, Sue, Chloe, Karen, Vesta, Rita, Mary V., Patsy, Marilyn, Sarah, Vicky V., Ida, Ann C.H., Alice, Edie, Ellen, Carol, Margot, Vickie L., Elaine, Bob, Dean, Lori, Beth, and everyone who came to eat and/or purchased our leftovers Sunday morning. You all helped to raise over $700 towards our goal and fed our community. Thanks Be To God.  Mary, Jean, and Dianne


Community News:

The Emmaus Center is a candidate for a "Community Matters More" grant of $5,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation.  Selection for the grant will be based on votes from people like you. Voting is open to Maine residents of all ages. Voting ends on March 7.

If you would like to support the Emmaus Center in the selection process, you can vote in one of a variety of ways:

·      Since you are reading this on the internet, go to and cast your vote online; or

·      Print the ballot from the website (above) and mail it to any Bangor Savings Bank branch (i.e., 59 Foster Street, Ellsworth 04605); or

·      Visit the Emmaus Center (Main & Water Sts., Ellsworth) and pick up a ballot to mail.


Assisted Living Community – Wouldn't it be wonderful to have, in Ellsworth, a not-for-profit Assisted Living community/facility for elders?  One where individuals and couples could live, even to the end of their lives, with appropriate levels of  in home care available as needed; with rates based on a percentage of income, so that it was financially available for all?  Where one could have community and privacy?  Where one could feel safe and comfortable, knowing that there would be no need to move again?  Where all aspects of life, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual could be attended to?  It is a dream that could become a reality.  Perhaps as you've driven eastward on US 1 out of Ellsworth you've noticed a large FOR SALE sign on an empty parcel of land.  This 14 acre parcel, between Rts 1 & 184; has significant frontage on both roads and would be a very convenient and accessible place for such a community.  Interested?  Please come to an exploratory meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 7 PM to discuss the possibilities.  Comments, ideas, thoughts, and suggestions from as many individuals and groups as possible would be welcome.  The meeting will be in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (175 Downeast Highway), which just happens to be next to the land under consideration.  FMI contact Priscilla Hukki (207) 610-0480


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.


Underground Railroad Quilt Presentation—On Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 9 Summer Street, Augusta, Helen Neff will present a program on quilts used during the era of the Underground Railroad.  Quilts were used to direct the runaway slaves on their journey to freedom. This is a fascinating story and will be accompanied by Caro Kaiser on piano. This program is of interest to not just quilters but to anyone with an interest in American history. This program is free of charge and handicap accessible. For more information, please call 622-2424.


The Great Car Wars of 1911 – One hundred years ago the most contentious topic on the island was "Will the automobile exclusion be lifted?"  We invite you to spend an evening with George B. Dorr, William H. Sherman and Luere B. Deasy for a reenactment of this lively debate.  Participate in a pivotal moment in Mount Desert Island history, what some called the "Cottagers' Last Stand". Join Bill Horner, grandson of Luere B. Deasy, for this lively presentation, Thursday, March 10th at 7 PM at the Jesup Memorial Library.  The Honorable L. B. Deasy was chairman of the library trustees in 1911, so we expect he will be in his element.  Contact the library at 288-4245 for additional information.  Check out their website at for details.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Barbara, Vonnie, Patti, Ron, Scott, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Stella, Cuff, Bob, Yoojin, Terri, Spencer, John and Tom.


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.