Thursday, October 13, 2011

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October 13, 2011




Pentecost 18, Sunday, October 16

One Service Only!  Ring in the Marathon Runners!

9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine


Psalm 96:1-13; Isaiah 45:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Ken Cochrane

Second Lesson: Ellen Gilmore

Prayers: Mary Vekasi

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Rita Redfield (10:00)

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage



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).


Upcoming Events:


Ground Breaking Tomorrow!!!!   After years of hoping and planning, it's finally happening! The Right Reverend Stephen Lane will be at St. John's to preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition and improvements to the church building on Friday, October 14th at 3:30 p.m.  Bring friends and neighbors and celebrate!


Monday, October 17th THE TOP OF THE HILL restaurant will donate all profits to the Westside Food Pantry in memory of Sam Beal.  5:00pm to closing -- Cash and checks only please.


Saturday, October 22nd - BAKED BEAN SUPPER--sponsored by St John, held at Pemetic School cafeteria,  5-7pm,  Beans, dogs, sausage, coleslaw, brown bread, drink and homemade pies; $8.00/person, 5 and under free;  all proceeds will go to the Westside Food Pantry!


Saturday, October 29th - Clean-up morning at St. John's, beginning at 8:30 a.m.   Please bring a rake if you can; camaraderie provided.


Save the date!  On SUNDAY, November 13, Island-wide Episcopalians are invited to "Come Home for Supper"—a time to share good food & friendship in small groups at the homes of parishioners from each church.  Signup on Sundays at church, or call Rita Redfield 244-4025, Elaine Theriault 244-946l, Ida Smallidge 244-7266, orJoan Bromage 244-3227.   We hope you'll come again—or for the first time!   Let us know if you'd like to host!  Signup deadline: Sunday, October 30.


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Correction!  Christmas Carols - We have been invited to to sing Carols at the Straus Center on Friday, December 17th , not on the 14th as previously announced.  Still  from 1-2 p.m.   Sorry about the confusion, and please let Fred Benson (288-9892) know if you'd like to participate so he can organize a brief rehearsal. 






MDI Episcopal Church Events



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.

5.    Budget line item for Maine Cursillo.


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

Question, concerns?  Talk to your Convention delegates: Margot Haertel and Mary Mitchell.

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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, Joe


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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