Thursday, June 23, 2011

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




June 23, 2011



Pentecost 2, June 26

8:00 – Holy Eucharist at St. Andrew by-the-Lake

10:00 — Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine


Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Jeremiah 28:5-9; Romans i6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Ken Cochrane

First Lesson and Psalm: Margot Haertel

Second Lesson: Susan Buell

Prayers: Elise Felton

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Elaine Theriault (10:00)

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: Ellen Gilmore


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


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The church office will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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. John’s:  

Quietside Festival on Saturday, July 16th

Basket Raffle ~ please contact Dianne McMullan, 244-4582, or bring it to the church office.

Silent Auction ~ If you have something that you believe will draw interest and bids--antiques, higher-value goods, a vacation rental, or a creative entertainment project or outing--please email Dean Henry at with a brief description of the item for bid. He will get back to you with questions and instructions for pick-up or delivery.  Be creative!  Find something from your treasure trove that will draw interest and bids! All donations are tax deductible. 

Sign up sheets ~ are in the undercroft for working at or donating to the various booths.

Divine Luncheon – Sunday, July 24, 11:00-2:00 on the lawn.

St. John Singers – Meet the 2nd and 4th Monday from 5:00-6:00 to practice hymns for the upcoming services.

Farmer’s Market: Held in St. John’s parking lot each Friday during the summer from 9:00 to 1:00.


St. Saviour’s:

Meditation group for practicing together every Monday from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Parish Library; led by Sandy Haggett. All invited. A knowledge of “how to meditate” is required.

Yard Sale – July 1st, 9:00-1:00 – Hand to hand vendables, gently used and new clothing, treats for all ages, baked goods; all at reasonable prices. 
Taizè Worship Service, July 1st at 7:00 p.m. - Silence, Readings and Song take us away from the busyness of the day. All are welcome! Come as you are! Info: Sue, 288-4390 or Carmen, 288-2739.
All are welcome: sit, stand, lie down, bring your own pillow, make yourself comfortable, take part silently or aloud.


Church of Our Father:

Thrift Shop AlertECW is accepting good clean clothing and household linens for the thrift shop. Please consider supporting this ministry to our church and the Island Community. If you have not worn it the last ten years you probably won’t - make room in your closet! Bicycle Trek: On Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m., Pastor Blake Brown, from Southwest Harbor Congregational Church, will share the story of the bicycle trek he took during his sabbatical. He rode from Maine to Florida to raise awareness and funds for the mission program at his church. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. All are invited to attend! 


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Meditation Hike: 10:30am, Thursday, June 30th, at Great Head. Do you like to hike? Do you enjoy the silence of the forest and the ocean? Come for a different hiking experience. We will walk slowly and meditatively along a trail together in silence, pausing at particular points to listen to a reading. We will conclude our hike with prayer, followed by lunch and an opportunity to reflect on the experience. Call the Church Office (276-5588) or email Patricia Robertson to register so we know you are coming. Bring your own lunch and water. Gather at the Great Head parking lot at 10:30AM. This is a short hike with some moderate climbing over rocks. We will being slowly and should return to the parking lot no later than 1PM.

Contemplative Prayer/Book StudyWednesdays. Study is held in St. Mary’s Chapel, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Contemplative Evening Prayer (with 20 minutes of silence) begins at 5:30 pm. Led by The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson. 


Bake Sale - The MDI Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a Bake Sale on Tuesday, June 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in front of The First on Main Street in Bar Harbor. Monetary donations and baked goods accepted. Luncheon items will be available, along with home baked goods and pies! Bring home a treat for your sweetie! FMI contact Mary Grindle at 288-2392.


The Northeast Guild for Spiritual formation presents:

Cynthia Bourgeault speaking on her latest book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: The Woman at the Heart of Christianity, Friday, June 24th from 9 am - 3 pm at St. Andrew by-the-Lake in Seal Cove. FMI –  

Coming in July: Divine Wisdom in the Biblical Mystical Traditions, with Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Friday, July 22nd 9:00 am-3:00 pm at St. Andrew’s.


Wednesday Scholars Group: For the next several weeks, Rev. Jenny is facilitating this group at 10:30 am, at Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill, in taking some time to share stories of their spiritual journeys. No one is obligated to participate but everyone is warmly invited to tell about their struggles and triumphs on the journey to connect with the Divine.


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.


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.


Musical Evenings:

Friday June 24 ~ Guest musicians: Bill Myers (cello) and Julia Morris Myers (piano). FMI contact Susan Buell at or Stephen Sampson at

Thursday, July 7 ~ Open rehearsal with the Arthur Russell Strings Camp (1:30-2:30) at St. John the Divine (to benefit Westside Food Pantry)

Tuesday, July 19 ~ Amos Lawrence (son of Susannah Jones) and Stephen Sampson will perform a violin and piano concert at St John’s at 7:00 p.m. as a benefit for the Westside Food Pantry. Suggested donation: $15.00.

Friday July 22 ~ Harpsichords - the art of building them and their music. Hosts: Steve and Mary Ann Mahoney. FMI contact Susan Buell at or Stephen Sampson at   


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

Mark, Josh, Chelsea, Jim, Pete, Marie, Alice, Patsy, Chris, and Pat


Military Casualties (June 15-21)

Afghanistan: Ryan Larson, Mark Bradley, Scott Smith, Brian Backus, Tyler Kreinz, Alan Snyder, Edward Dixon III, Alvin Boatwright, Josue Ibarra, James Harvey II, Gustavo Rio-Ordonez, Jared Verbeek 


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.