Thursday, May 5, 2011

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




May 5, 2011



Third Sunday of Easter, May 8

8:00 and 10:00 — Holy Eucharist


Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm: Mary Vekasi

Second Lesson: Patsy Fogarty

Prayers: Nicole Carreno

Chalice: Floy Ervin

Acolyte: Rita Redfield (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Susan Buell


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


9:00 Sunday Forums

May 8 – Parish Meeting

May 15 – Making Sense of the Nicene Creed, Floy Ervin and Dean Henry

Ay 22 – Faithful Action: the Mission of the Seacoast Mission, Scott Planting


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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!

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.

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.

Acadia Choral Society will perform on Saturday, May 7 at 7pm and Sunday, May 8 at 3pm. Suggested donations are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Family pricing is also available. Tickets are available at Sherman’s Books, Northeast Harbor Library, Southwest Harbor Library, and Seven Arts gallery in Ellsworth. Tickets are also available from chorus members and at the door.


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!!


The Southwest Harbor Public Library will hold its annual Mother's Day Gift and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7 at the Library. All types of gifts and goodies available.  Proceeds benefit Summer Story Camp, the library's tuition-free summer literacy camp.  Festivities include music with Ruth Grierson and free crafts with Mike Duffy.  Call 244-7065 for more information.


Musical Evening on Friday, May 20, Songs of the Sea (including sea shanties by Skip Fraley). Hosts: Beth & Joe Renault. For more information, please contact Susan Buell, or Stephen Sampson,


The American Red Cross is having a Blood Drive on Friday, May 6 at MDI Hospital from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please come and help the Red Cross assist patients in need.


Everybody Eats, a free hot, nutritious meal offered to anyone who comes every Monday from 3-6 pm in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan’s in Ellsworth. This program relies entirely on donations and grants. If providing a meal for a family or individual in need is something you would like to support, please send a tax deductible donation to Everybody Eats, P. O Box 776, Ellsworth ME 04605.


The second annual Fiber Faire will be held in downtown Southwest Harbor on May 21, from 9:00 to 3:30. It will be a gathering to celebrate knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, quilting and rug hooking. Whether you are an expert or are just curious to learn about these crafts there will be something for you. Free demonstrations will be held throughout the day, and there will be children’s activities as well as a great market place with many wonderful vendors. Also you can bring a project to work on along with other fiber people. There is no admission but we hope you will make a generous donation to support Summer Festival of the Arts. All of our proceeds will go to funding fiber art education.

We invite you to attend an opening reception on Friday, May 20 at the Causeway Club Barn from 5-7PM. Our guest speaker is Judith Gossart who will talk about “Three Centuries of Rug Hooking”. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person. There will be light fare served compliments of local restaurants and wine will be available for purchase.

For more information on the Faire, please visit


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 27-May 2)

Afghanistan: Charles Ranson, Nathan Nylander, Raymond Estelle II, Frank Bryant Jr., Tara Brown, David Brodeur, Jeffrey Ausborn, Philip Ambard, Jonathan Villanueva, Adam Jones, Ronald Freeman, Preston Dennis, Matthew Hermanson, Robert Friese, Kevin White.


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.