Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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




September 27, 2011



Pentecost 16, Sunday, October 2

8:00 and 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine


Psalm 19; Exodus 20:1-4, 12-20; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46

Celebrant: The Rev. Theodore Kanellakis

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Mary Vekasi

Second Lesson: Ann Benson

Prayers: Elise Felton

Chalice: Floy Ervin

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

Altar Guild: Mary Vekasi



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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The church office will be closed until October 20th. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).




MDI Episcopal Church Events


St. John’s:

Soupstock Festival 2011: Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A day of music, food, art and fun to benefit the Westside Food Pantry and the Common Good Soup Kitchen of Southwest Harbor. There will be soup and chili contests, live bands, arts and crafts fair, farmer’s market, face painting for the kids, and chef-prepared delicious soups and salads for sale. $5 for all day admission and free soup and chili tastings. E-mail commongoodsoup@gmail.com to enter your soup or chili in contest. Call Susan Buell, 244-3124, for more information. Come on down to 566 Seawall Road for a day of fun and help two really good causes.

Marathon Sunday: Since October 16th is the MDI Marathon, there will be only one service that morning at 9:00.

Westside Food Pantry – is in need of another person to write notes of thanks to donors to the pantry. If your heart is speaking to you to “make a difference” speak to, call, or e-mail me about what is involved. Dean Henry, 244-3539, dean1@myfairpoint.net

On Monday, October 17th, The Top of the Hill restaurant will be donating all profits from that evening's meal to the Westside Food Pantry.  Because she had heard that we were running short this year, Debbie decided to make us the recipients of their last meal of the season.  We thank them for their generosity!  So mark your calendars...Our job will be to encourage our friends and family to go out for dinner at the Top of the Hill, Monday, October 17th.

Open Hearts Open Doors Building Campaign—The Right Reverend Stephen Lane will be at St. John’s to preside over the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, October 14th at 3:30 p.m.



Church of Our Father:

The Thrift Shop will be open through October on Saturdays, 9 to noon.  Wednesday hours are discontinued.  Volunteers are needed since some of the regulars will be away on Saturdays.


St. Saviour’s:

A guided tour of the church is available Tuesday to Saturday at 10 am and Sunday following the 10 am service.

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


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.


Diocesan Convention - October 21-22, Sunday River

In addition to filling elected offices for the Diocese, the Convention will deliberate and vote on 14 Resolutions and the 2012 Diocesan Budget.


1.     Two resolutions on voting and representation at Convention (changes to diocesan Constitution and Canons).

2.     Seven resolutions from the Bishops Mission Priorities and Mission Strategies Study Groups, dealing with mission, leadership, and congregational development.

3.     Resolutions on Environmental Stewardship, Clergy and Lay Employee Compensation, and Peacemaking in Palestine.

4.     A Diocesan budget that represents a $44,000 reduction from the previous year, along with a $5,813 increase in the Church of Our Father’s assessment.

5.     Budget line item for Maine Cursillo.


For links to nominations, resolutions, and budget information, go online to this page:


Talk to your Convention delegates: Margot Haertel and Mary Mitchell.

All are invited to the Pre-Convention Hearing at 6:30 pm, Monday, October 3, at St. Dunstan’s, Ellsworth.

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Island Connections – Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals and groceries, to drive neighbors to healthcare appointments, and to shopping and community centers. As MDI's population ages Island Connections is getting more requests than ever. Often it’s just a short drive to a healthcare appointment or grocery store and back.  Island Connections match neighbors' requests with drivers' availability and geographic preferences. Call Mary Parker at 288-4457 for more information.


Feasting on Prayer – A retreat for women, November 4-6, Friday 7:00 p.m. to Sunday 1:00 p.m. at Living Water Spiritual Center in Winslow. Mary-Carol Griffin and Elaine Theriault, presenters. Prayer nourishes us sin our quest for God. This weekend offers a banquet of prayer practices. We will pray “all ways” – noticing God in all things, praying with scripture, centering prayer, body prayer, Taize worship and more. Cost is $185, registration deposit of $100. Due 10 business days before program. Booklets and registration forms are available from Elaine (244-9461). Come and taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)


A Free Community Supper will be held at Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-7 pm. All are welcome – 29 Mt. Desert Street.


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


Military Casualties (September 18-23)

Afghanistan: Timothy Sayne, Jakob Roelli, Robert Dyas, Terry Wright, Carlos Aparicio, Rafael Bigai Baez, Tyler Holtz, Francisco Briseno Alvarez Jr.


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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My four-year-old son has attended the Episcopal Church since birth. He sings the Alleluia from the fraction anthem as easily as the theme from “Blue’s Clues.”  

The Rev. Rachel Endicott, Diocese of Olympia