Thursday, July 28, 2011

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




July 28, 2011



Pentecost 7, Sunday, July 31st

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

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


Psalm 145:8-9, 15-22; Isaiah 55:1-5; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

Celebrant: The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Neela Zinsser

Second Lesson: Elaine Theriault

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Rita Redfield (8:00); Margaret Fletcher (10:00)

Altar Guild: Dean Henry (8:00); Margot Haertel (10:00)

Flowers: Susan Buell


12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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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:  

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)

Kneisel Hall Young Artists in Concert at St. John’s on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Southwest Harbor Library.

Fundraising Recitals for the Westside Food Pantry at St. John’s: (Monetary donations for the Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted at the door.)

·      Monday, August 1st, 7:00--Song Recital--Soprano Rosalind Gnatt accompanied by Stephen Sampson will sing traditional folk songs of the British Isles arranged by Benjamin Britten and songs of Appalachia arranged by John Jacob Niles.  Rosalind Gnatt has sung with the Grand Opera Theater under Boris Goldovsky and principally with the Washington Opera and the Washington Concert Opera.  Currently Ms Gnatt is a Masters in Divinity student at the Union Theological Seminary where she is turning her love of music into a theology and the arts major.

·      Monday, August 8th, 7:00--Piano Recital--Pianist Deborah Swanger Fortier, of the Bar Harbor Music Festival, will play Chopin, Bach, Schubert, Grieg and one of her own compositions.  Ms Fortier has been performing and teaching in the Northeast for over forty years.  A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Applied Arts in Florence, Italy her teachers included Maria Clodes and Orazio Frugoni. Ms Fortier is a private piano teacher in New York and has been teaching at St David's School since 1991.  She has served as accompanist for  her husband, Frances Fortier, on the Bar Harbor Music Festival's National Touring Program.


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.

Summer Organ Series: For four consecutive Fridays, beginning August 5, the church’s exceptional Visser-Rowland tracker organ will be featured in concert from 12:15-1:00 pm.

·     August 5:  Julia Morris-Myers, St. Saviour’s Organist and Choirmaster, performing works of Howells, Bruhns, American Craig Phillips and jazz-influenced composer Joe Utterback.

·     August 12:  Ann Sears (piano), Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton, MA and summer resident of Bar Harbor.  In celebration of the bicentennial of Liszt’s birth Ms. Sears will be playing a program of his works.

·     August 19: Ray Cornils, Portland Municipal Organist and Director of Music, First Parish Church, Brunswick.  Mr. Cornils will be performing works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Jehan Alain.

·     August 26:  Douglas Beck, Organist and Choirmaster, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor.  Mr. Beck will be performing music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and himself.

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. 


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.



Sunday July 31st – Transfiguration Hike up Cadillac, Picnic and Worship.  Hike up or drive up!!  The selection of the hiking trail up the mountain is yet to be determined. Meet at Church of Our Father at 2:30 pm and carpool to the hike start point. The ending point will be the Blue Hill Overlook. We will enjoy a summit fellowship dinner and then attend the Sunset Service at 7:20 held by the Ministry in the National Park organization. BYODD (Bring Your Own Dinner and Dessert with hopefully enough to share.) Drinks and plates/cups etc will be provided. Bring your own water for the hike. In case of inclement weather, we will have an event at COOF or hold the hike on another day. This event is OPEN TO ALL. Call Brad Berry, 667-5087, if you plan to participate.


Haiti Art Festival: On Saturday, August 27, the MDI Episcopal Churches will host a Haitian Art Festival in Northeast Harbor. The Festival will benefit St. Vincent’s School for the Handicapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This school was totally demolished in the earthquake and there is a national church effort to rebuild the entire Cathedral complex (which includes the school and seminary). In the meantime, regular supplies of food and clothing continue to be needed by this most vulnerable of the population.  Volunteers are needed for:  Set-up Friday evening and Saturday morning; Food Preparation (simple Haitian recipes to be supplied) and delivery to the event on the 27th; Take-down tents, tables and general cleanup on Saturday at 5 pm. Questions? Contact Linda Lewis at 244-0005 or Please see the sign-up sheet in the undercroft and volunteer for this worthwhile cause and fun event!


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.


Partners in Peacemaking Festival: Sunday, July 31 from 11:30-1:00, the Somesville Church is planning a community building event, to partner with neighbors in peacemaking, and to celebrate the resources of the community. Along with informational tables and displays, there will be snacks, free snow cones, an easy art project for any who want to join in, and fun for all. You are also invited to attend their worship service at 10:30.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

Josh, Chelsea, Cuff, Mark, Patsy, Chris, Pat, Betty, Frank, Jean, Wanda and Bill, Kristin, Fr. Doug.


Military Casualties (July 5-12)

Afghanistan: Jeremy Summers, Lex Lewis, Christopher Camero, Frank Gross, Wyatt Goldsmith, Raphael Arrunda, Tyler Springman, Kenneth Elwell, Jabari Thompson, Edward Koehler, Kenneth VanGiessen, Brian Mowry, Omar Jones, Jacob Molina, James Christen, Benjamin Stevenson


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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