Thursday, April 28, 2011

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




April 28, 2011



Second Sunday of Easter, May 1

8:00 and 10:00 — Holy Eucharist

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Elise Felton

Second Lesson: Ellen Gilmore

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Margaret Fletcher (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Susan Buell

Thursday, May 4

12:30 – Holy Eucharist, a service of healing and hope for all


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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: Contemplative Prayer/Book StudyWednesdays, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, will return to St. Mary’s Chapel beginning Wednesday, May 11. Study will be held in St. Mary’s Chapel, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Contemplative Evening Prayer (with 20 minutes of silence) will begin at 5:30 pm. Those who gather will choose the topic or book for study. Led by The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson.  


St. John’s:  

Quietside Festival An important organizational meeting for those in charge of the various booth’s will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 8:30 in the Undercroft.  

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.

Ultreya Plus, Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 pm. Gather at the church for an Ultreya-Plus and praise His name, He is always there! You can truly feel His presence!  What a gift this is, and if you have joined us before you know this wonderful feeling. Come and fill your heart to overflowing while we sing and nourish our souls as He engulfs us in His love. Evening Schedule: Praise and Worship, Witness speaker + participation, A chance to nourish your vital union with Christ, Holy Eucharist, Pot Luck Supper Grouping, Cursillo Grouping.


St. Saviour’s:

Friday Book Study Group, facilitated by Sarah Flynn and Jonathan Appleyard, will resume for 6 weeks in the Rectory Library, starting April 29th.

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, June 3rd

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 Sundays, May 8, 15 or 22.  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.   We hope you’ll come again—or for the first time!!


MDI Musical Evenings – Friday, April 29 (7:00 - 9:00) hosted by Sydney Roberts Rockefeller.  The musical theme is Spirituals, and Rebecca Edgecomb(who played for St. John’s on Easter Sunday) will join the group. Music is supplemented by socializing - aided by pot-luck desserts, wine and other beverages.  For more information, please contact Peter Vaux, Susan Buell ( or Stephen Sampson. (


Behold the Beauty of the Lord, a series of workshops exploring the relationship between faith, worship, and the visual arts, presented by First Baptist Church of Bar Harbor.  The workshops will be, Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, May 14, both from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The workshops are free and a light supper will be served.  Reservations are requested.  Registration cards are available in the BHCC church office or you may register online at  F.M.I. call 288-3563.


Stories for All Ages, presented by Hope Lewis and Jude Lamb at the Jesup Memorial Library, on Friday, April 30, from 2:00-3:00.  Hope and Jude tell both original and tradition stories in a program designed for all ages.  Their stories include “How and Why” stories, local tales and stories from other cultures.  All are chosen to intrigue, entertain, and inspire.  For additional information contact the library at 288-4245 or  This program is free and open to the public.


Harbor House fundraiser: Final Island Dining for the Spring will be May 5th at 6pm at Chow Maine Restaurant in Southwest Harbor. There will be a very special 8 course dinner. Reserve early with Dian Novella at 244-3713. cost is $50 per person, including tax and tip.


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.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Patti, Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, and Marie.

Military Casualties (April 18-23)

Afghanistan: Sonny Moses, John Kihm, John Castro, Joshua McClimans, Sean Callahan, Dominic Ciaramitaro, Terry Varnadore II, James Justice, Benjamin Bitner.


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.