Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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




April 20, 2011



Maundy Thursday, April 21

12:30 p.m. – a service that offers healing and hope to all at St. John’s

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

10:00 — Celebration at St. John’s

The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Ken Cochrane

First Lesson and Psalm: Chloe Hatcher

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Susan Buell

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Church of our Father – 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.

St. Saviour’s – 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.

St. Mary & St. Jude – 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.


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The church office is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 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:

Musical Evening, April 29, 7-9 pm, hosted by Sydney Roberts Rockefeller. The musical theme is “Spirituals”. We'll be joined by Rebecca Edgecomb - high school senior and award winner in the 2011 statewide jazz festival. Contact St. Mary’s for directions.

Contemplative Prayer/Book StudyWednesdays, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, at the Somesville Meeting House. In addition to prayer, we will learn about the contemplative perspective and life through reading interesting authors. Conversation begins at 4:30 pm and Contemplative Prayer (chanting, silence and prayer) at 5:15 pm. This study/prayer group is led by The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson.


St. John’s:  

Holy Week Morning Prayer, 7:30-7:50 a.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday. Please join us.  In addition to reading the liturgy we sing one hymn.

Lenten Alms Ingathering – We prayed. We fasted. This Lent our prayers and fasting became alms. Now with joy we celebrate God's immense generosity by raising Jesus Christ from the grave and making all things new!  It's Easter and Lent has done its work!  Let us gather our alms as a congregation--so that our prayers, fasting, and alms may benefit our Island neighbors-in-need.  Bring your alms to church this Easter season, and together with St. Saviour's we will designate their use to the ministries of the Westside and Bar Harbor Food Pantries. As God has been generous with you, be generous with your neighbors! Make checks payable to "St. Andrew & St. John Church." On the memo line: "Lenten Alms." Thank you. May God receive the glory and his people benefit!

Vestry Meeting – Thursday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m.

Clean-Up Day – Saturday, April 30th, 8:30 a.m.

Parish Meeting – Sunday, May 8th, 9:00 a.m.


Church of Our Father:

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


St. Saviour’s:

Meditation  group  for practicing together will continue every Monday from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Parish Library. All invited. A knowledge of "how to meditate" is required.  Led by Sandy Haggett.


COME HOME FOR SUPPER – Save the date! On Friday, May 20th,  Island-wide Episcopalians are invited to the second “Come Home for Supper”—a time to share good food and friendship in small groups at the homes of parishioners from each church.  Signup this Easter Sunday, May 1 or 8.  For more info, including details on hosting, please call Rita Redfield 244-4025, Elaine Theriault 244-946l, Ida Smallidge 244-7266. Dick Salisbury 664-0116, Dorothy Clunan 244-5645, or Diane Phipps 664-3204.   Hope you’ll join us!


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: Patti, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Yoojin, and Marie.

Military Casualties (April 13-16)

Afghanistan: Donald Nichols, Joseph Kennedy, Joseph Cemper, Linda Pierre, Cynthia Taylor, Charles Adkins, Charles Ridgley Jr., Paul Atim, Charles Wren, Joel Ramirez.


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.