Thursday, September 1, 2011

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




September 1, 2011



Pentecost 12, Sunday, September 4

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

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


Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Exodus 3:1-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Celebrant: The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman

Preacher: The Rev. Scott Planting

Usher: Dean Henry

First Lesson and Psalm: Neela Zinsser

Second Lesson: Peggy Engel

Prayers: Patsy Fogarty

Chalice: Floy Ervin

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Ted Fletcher (10:00)

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

Flowers: Floy Ervin



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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The church office will be closed on Monday (Labor Day) then open 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).


Joint Parish Meeting

between St. John and St. Saviour

Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m.

at St. John’s.





MDI Episcopal Church Events


St. John’s:  

A discussion on Episcopal Practice: Liturgy, Spirituality, and Theology will be held on Thursdays following the 12:30 Eucharist service. Bring a bag lunch, along with your

curiosity, questions, and concerns. What is alive in you? Jonathan Appleyard leads this discussion each Thursday through October 6th. All are welcome.

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


St. Saviour’s:

Taizé Service: September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. A time for silence, reflection, prayer and song. All are welcome. Sit, stand, lie down, bring your own pillow, make yourself comfortable, take part silently or aloud.

Sunday, September 11:  A Community Memorial Service will be held in the evening to honor those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.  Plans for this event are underway. To help plan and/or coordinate this service, meet with Jenny Reece in the Parish Library at 4:30 on Friday, September 2.

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.

Church of Our Father:

Calling all Cursillistas!  Maine Episcopal Cursillo will sponsor A Day of Deeper Understanding from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 10 at the Church of Our Father.   Who should attend? Anyone who hopes to serve as a team member for a future Cursillo 3-day weekend; or intends to sponsor a candidate for a future Weekend; or any lapsed Cursillista (or pilgrim who has attended a Tres Dias, Walk to Emmaus, or other 3-Day Weekend) who wants to re-connect with the Cursillo Movement. Contact your tablemates from your 3-Day Weekend and call a reunion!  ¡De Colores!


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.


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Joint Celebration of Holy Eucharist & Picnic on Sunday, September 18 at Suminsby Park, Northeast Harbor. Gather at 10:00 a.m. for Holy Eucharist, followed by a time for fellowship, BBQ and potluck. The Rev. Jonathan Appleyard, who retires in October, will be the preacher. Don’t miss this sure-to-be wonderful event!



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.


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.


2012 Garage Sale: If you have items you would like to donate for next year’s sale, you may drop them off at Priscilla Trafton’s garage on Seal Cove Road.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  

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


Military Casualties (August 19-23)

Afghanistan: Douglas Cordo, Travis Nelson, Timothy Steele.


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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Asking questions about our faith is expected. In the Episcopal Church, God doesn’t get upset if I wonder why some things are as they are. And God doesn’t get upset if I suggest that some things should not continue as they are.  

La Reverenda Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vasquez, Diocese of Delaware