Thursday, August 4, 2011

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




August 4, 2011



Pentecost 8, Sunday, August 4

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

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


Psalm 4; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

Celebrant: George Swanson

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Ken Cochrane

Second Lesson: Patsy Fogarty

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Spencer Ervin (8:00); Chloe Hatcher (10:00)

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

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett


12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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Next week the church office will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then closed until August 18. 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.

Fundraising Recital for the Westside Food Pantry at St. John’s: (Monetary donations for the Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted at the door.) Monday, August 8th, 7:30--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. This is the third in a series of benefit recitals for the Westside Food Pantry.


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.



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


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, a Free Community meal each Monday from 3-6 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan’s Church, 134 State St., Ellsworth.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

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


Military Casualties (July 29-August 2)

Afghanistan: Jered Ewy, Augustus Vicari, William GrossPaniagua, Christopher Wrinkle, Patrick Dolphin, Dennis Kancler, Brice Scott, Leon Lucas Jr., Kirk Owen


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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The Episcopal Church enables me to worship God with my mind. It doesn’t install an idol like the Bible or the Pope as the source of ultimate authority. It has lived in the tension between ancient truth and living history and has evolved into something fragile but beautiful, something that is worthy of being defended and it becomes a sign of the inclusive Kingdom of God.  The Rt. Rev. John S. Spong, Diocese of Newark