Thursday, August 18, 2011

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




August 18, 2011



Pentecost 10, Sunday, August 21

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

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


Psalm 138; Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm: Susan Buell

Second Lesson: Ken Cochrane

Prayers: Patsy Fogarty

Chalice: Floy Ervin

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

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage (8:00); Edie Stanwood (10:00)

Flowers: Scott Martin and Tina Baker


12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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

A class on Episcopal History begins today following the 12:30 Eucharist service; led by Jonathan Appleyard and will continue each Thursday through October 13th.

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

Congratulations to Ron and Evelyn Rowland who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 26th.


St. Saviour’s:

Cool Potluck: September 16th at 6pm St. Saviour’s invites the wider community to a film screening of the 16 minute film “Nourish” and a panel discussion by local farmers. If you can, go to the local farmers market, make a dish with local, organic, or seasonal foods, bring a friend or two and join us for a community celebration making the food, faith and climate change connection. It promises to be fun, delicious and educational.

 SummerFriday Organ Series from 12:15-1:00 pm.

·     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:

Book on Genesis: Our summer intern, Holly Craighead, will present a program on the Book of Genesis. Holly will offer a morning (9 am) and evening (6:30 pm) option.  Bring the Bible you use for your personal study and devotions.

International Get-Together, Friday, August 26, 6:30 to 9 pm at the Hulls Cove Schoolhouse. This evening of food, fellowship, and music will be a send-off and thank-you to departing international summer employees, and a welcome to the incoming college students from other countries. Hosted by Church of Our Father and other area churches; the Bar Harbor Food Pantry; College of the Atlantic; and the MDI YWCA. Parking is available at Church of Our Father. For more information call Wendy Copson-Higgins, 460-7446.



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.

FREE Ice Cream Socials in front of the Firehouse in NEH every Thursday through the summer from 4-5 pm. Donations are welcome to help support the Food Pantries on MDI. Ice Cream and cones are generously donated by The Docksider. Please stop by and thank them!



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). Volunteers are needed. Contact Linda Lewis at 244-0005 or


The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is hosting a Weekend Retreat on Poetry, Prayer, and Spiritual Practice with Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Ph.D. The retreat will be held at St Andrew by the Lake Episcopal Church, Seal Cove, on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27.  Dr. Staudt works as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at several institution s in the Washington, D.C. area, and she has offered retreats and workshops at the Washington National Cathedral.  Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in a number of journals, and she is the author of two books of poems.  For more information contact Eric Erickson at 244-5168.


Flash in the Pans performs for Everybody Eats: Labor Day, Monday, September 5th, Ellsworth Harbor Park at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and chairs and settle in for an evening of great entertainment by noted area steel band Flash In the Pans – always a hit wherever they perform. Donations will be welcomed for Everybody Eats, which provides a free community meal each Monday from 3-6 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan’s Church, 134 State St., Ellsworth.


August 26 Musical Evening: Guest musicians will be the Balkan singers group "Trio Elitsa" who will provide a program of Balkan folk music and teach a few songs. Host: Susan Buell, 68 Fernald Point Road, Southwest Harbor, 244-3124.


A new Education For Ministry (EFM) group is forming for the Fall, and we are looking for new members of any year, but especially year 1.  Anyone interested, or for more info, call Sarah Flynn at 244-9496.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

Josh, Chelsea, Cuff, Mark, Betty, Jean, Wanda and Bill, Kristin, Fr. Doug, David, Ginny.


Give thanks for the life of Reg Hudson, who died August 11. His service will be Saturday, August 27th at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s.


Military Casualties (August 5-14)

Afghanistan: Nicholas Null, Andrew Harvell, Jared Day, Jesse Pittman, Heath Robinson, John Faas, Nicholas Ott, Patrick Lay II, Reuben Lopez, Jameel Freeman, Jordan Morris, Edward Frank II, Riley Gallinger-Long, Charles Price III, Joe Cunningham, Matthew Harm;on, Joseph VanDreumel, Dennis Jensen, Damon Leehan.


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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I’m glad to be a member of the Episcopal Church because it’s evangelical, catholic, Pentecostal, and liberal. It is evangelical because its glories in the cross of Jesus Christ as salvation for all people. It’s catholic in that it is a church that lives as resurrection people beyond the blight and bondage of death. We’re Pentecostal because we trust in the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And we’re liberal because we yearn for the Kingdom of God in the world as it is in heaven and labor in the hope that will make it so.  

Bishop Alden Hathaway, Pittsburgh, retired, Diocese of Florida