Thursday, September 15, 2011

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




September 15, 2011



Pentecost 14, Sunday, September 18

8:00 – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine


Psalm 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Acolyte: Spencer Ervin

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett


10:00 – Holy Eucharist and Picnic at Suminsby Park, Northeast Harbor

Directions to park: at junction of Routes 198 and 233 proceed toward NEH, turning onto Sargeant Drive. The park is on the right (there IS a sign) and is exactly 2 miles from the 198/233 junction.


Exodus 16:2-15; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Celebrant: The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard



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). Vestry Member on call this week: Susan Buell (244-3124)



Joint Parish Meeting

between St. John and St. Saviour

Sunday, September 25th – 5:00 p.m.

at St. John’s.

Remember to return your surveys





MDI Episcopal Church Events


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.


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Contemplative Evening Prayer (with 20 minutes of silence) resumes at 5:30PM on September 28th, moving back to Saint Mary’s Chapel. This midweek offering provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down, breathe, and be restored in your relationship with Christ, each other, and the world. Join us at any time.



Cass Retires After Writing 1,000+ Notes!  In awe we say “thank you” Cass for your years of faithful service to our Lord and his Westside Food Pantry.  Quietly and promptly, Cass would hand-write notes thanking the people near and far who made contributions on behalf of our neighbors-in-need to the Westside Food Pantry.  Without doubt this is one of the most important ministries of our Pantry—a simple and sincere “thank you” for sharing with our Westside neighbors of contributions large and small. Surely receiving such acknowledgement is an important motivation to give again and again.

Now after 1000+ notes Cass is giving her hand a rest, and the Pantry is in need of another to pick up the pen.  This important ministry is a must to our continuing to share with our neighbors who need help with the primary need for food.  Will you respond to this invitation to write notes of thanks for our Westside Food Pantry?  Ellen Gilmore has ably assisted Cass in the past and has agreed to continue to help with the note writing duties.  If your heart is speaking to you to “make a difference” speak to, call, or e-mail me about what is involved.

Dean Henry, Co-Chair with Susan Buell

Westside Food Pantry, Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew & St. John Church



Westside Food Pantry: Susan recently received this note from a former neighbor who enclosed a check for the Westside Food Pantry:

"Though there is no longer any direct connection between my family and Southwest Harbor, I found the article in 'the Working Waterfront' a compelling description of the sad truth about poverty in Maine.  I hope this gift enclosed can do its small part to a large problem that is especially desperate in these challenging economic times."

The Westside Food Pantry has served neighbors in need from Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Mt Desert for over 20 years.  The Food Pantry is the Outreach Ministry of this Parish.  To make your tax deductible contribution please send your check to the church office, PO Box 767, Southwest Harbor, Maine, 04679

Thank you very much, Susan and Dean


Benefit Supper at St. Andrew Lutheran Church – 175 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth, September 16 benefits Robert and Mary’s Place, an adult day program in Ellsworth for people with memory loss.


Listening Presence is a regional and ecumenical program of formation and education for lay people to become effective listeners for people who are sick, in crisis, at risk, lonely or underserved. The series will take place at St. Francis by-the-Sea in Blue Hill and starts Saturday, September 24 and continues on Wednesday evenings, until the ending retreat on November 11 and 12. Registration is required; call the Reverend Peg Thomas at 460-9373 for details and costs.


2011 area CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday September 25, 2:00 pm at Ellsworth First Congregational Church. The Walk is 5K or 1 mile. Call Steve Conroy at 667-5362 for pledge envelopes or more information.  The Hunger Walk helps children and families worldwide and locally to have food for today.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  Josh, Chelsea, Mark, Fr. Doug, Ginny, Alice.


Military Casualties (September 8-10)

Afghanistan: Koran Contreras, Douglas Jeffries Jr., Brian Lundy, Tony Potter Jr., Christopher Horton, Bret Isenhower, Brett Wood, Daniel Quintana, Keith Rudd


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 an Episcopalian because of the incredibly profound understanding of authority in the Anglican Communion. The three-legged stool—with its stout legs of Scripture, tradition, and reason, supported by (but also firmly joined by) the seat of our experience and prayer—isperhaps Anglicanism’s most glorious contribution to theology.  Paull M. Johns, Diocese of Olympia