Thursday, June 30, 2011

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




June 30, 2011



Pentecost 3, July 3

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

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


Psalm 145:8-14; Zechariah 9:9-12; Romans 7:21-8:6; Matthew 11:25-30

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Sandy Watts

First Lesson and Psalm: Ann Cox Halkett

Second Lesson: Chloe Hatcher

Prayers: Elise Felton

Chalice: Neela Zinsser

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Mary Vekasi

Flowers: Scott Martin


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


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The church office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (closed on July 4th). 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 and Silent Auction ~ please bring your items to the church office next week.

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

Divine Luncheon – Sunday, July 24th, 11:00-2:00, on the lawn. The luncheon benefits the Westside Food Pantry and features fresh herbs and edible flowers. Cookbook and inspirational author Katie Moose will be on hand with tastings from her books and to sell and autograph them as well. Helpers for setup, serving and/or cleanup should contact Mary Mitchell, Jean Rohrer or Dianne McMullan. 

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. Raffle tickets for Judy Taylor’s watercolor Bell House at Hockomock Head to benefit the Westside Food Pantry are on sale each Friday. (Drawing will be October 23rd)


St. Saviour’s:

Meditation group for practicing together every Monday from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Parish Library; led by Sandy Haggett. This offering is for those who have some experience in meditation.

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:

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (2008), by Tim Keller, on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Led by Holly Craighead, summer intern.  The book is based on Jesus’ parable from Luke 15 that we know as “The Prodigal Son.”  In his book, Keller opens up the mysteries of God’s amazing grace at the heart of our faith, and exposes the errors of both moral relativism and religious moralism. 

Summer Reunion: an Old Fashioned Evening at the Hulls Cove Schoolhouse, Friday, July 8.  Come at 5:30 pm; potluck supper at 6:30; dance the night away to the music of the Breakneck Boys. Donations accepted for the band and other expenses.  For more information call Joanne or Tony, 288-5193.


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Contemplative Prayer/Book StudyWednesdays. Study of the Gospel of Thomas is held at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, 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. 


Thanks to Edie Stanwood for planting flowers in the barrels in front of the parking lot at St. John’s.


The Northeast Guild for Spiritual formation presents:

Divine Wisdom in the Biblical Mystical Traditions with Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Friday, July 22nd, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, at St. Andrew by-the Lake, Seal Cove.


Benefit Suppers at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth, Friday, July 15th, benefits Maine Migrant Health Clinic.


Dine-Around Day – all day on Friday, July 29: A fund raising event for Island Connections, one of MDI's most necessary, volunteer driven, non-profit organizations which endeavors to improve quality of life for senior citizens and people with disabilities.  MDI residents and visitors are encouraged to demonstrate their financial support for Island Connections by dining at participating restaurants on Dine-Around Day. How does it work?  Restaurant owners participate by contributing a portion of their Dine-Around Day receipts to Island Connections.  Some give a percentage of their receipts while others donate a flat amount.  Newspaper ads and posters will include a list of all participating restaurants.


Andrew Harvey, founder of The Institute for Social Activism, internationally known author, scholar, and spiritual teacher will present two evening programs on MDI:

Wednesday July 20, 6:00 p.m. at Cove End cottage, 30 Neighborhood Road, Northeast Harbor (limited to 40 people, please call 244-3445 to reserve a place). An informal talk and conversation about the 13th century poet Rumi. A free-will donation for Andrew's work is appreciated.

Thursday July 21, 8:00 p.m., St. Saviour's Church, Andrew will speak on "Sacred Activism." Suggested donation is $15.

Andrew's books include: Son of Man: The Mystical Path To Christ; The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi; The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism; and The Return of the Mother. He also co-authored The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.


The American Red Cross Blood Services is having a blood drive on Thursday, July 7th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Mount Desert Elementary School


Musical Evenings:

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   


Quiet Day at the Alcyon Center will be observed Friday, July 1st, with a slight variation on our accustomed setting.  We will begin in the main house at 9:00 AM with a reading and a silent sit for 20 minutes followed by 3 hours of silence.  At noon we will enjoy a lunch of soup and bread in the gazebo (rain or shine) down by the cove.  Beginning at 1:00 PM, those who wish to stay or for those just arriving, we will begin with a 20 minute sit at the gazebo followed by 3 hours of silence.  A Contemplative Worship Service will be held in the gazebo or on the lawn at the cove at 5:00 PM. 


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

Mark, Alice, Patsy, Chris, and Pat


Military Casualties (June 22-28)

Afghanistan: Gurpreet Singh, Levi Nuncio, Nicholas Hensley, Nigel Kelly, Dimitri Del Castillo, Marlon Myrie, Kevin Hilaman, Daniel Douville, Ralph Pate Jr., Michael Nolen, Donald Stacy, John Farias, Mark Goyet 


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.


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“[W]hen Anglicanism is at its best, its liturgy, its poetry, its music and its life can create a world of wonder in which it is very easy to fall in love with God.”  Urgan T. Holmes, III