Thursday, October 27, 2011

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







October 27, 2011



Pentecost 20, Sunday, October 30

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


Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; Joshua 3:7-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm: Ken Cochrane

Second Lesson: Patsy Fogarty

Prayers: Ellen Gilmore

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Dean Henry



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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The church office has been demolished; therefore, Michele will work at home on Mondays (8:30-11:00); Tuesdays (8:30-2:30); and Thursdays (8:30-11:00). Then on Mondays and Thursdays (11:20-2:30) she will be in the undercroft. 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:

All Saints Day – for all Episcopalians who like to sing or listen to singing: St John will celebrate All Saints Day with Evensong at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, November 1. Please come, and spread the word. We will convene at 5 PM to go over the music. We will sing the same settings to the canticles sung at St. Saviour on October 14, Magnificat by Crotch S-186 and Nunc Dimittis by Naylor plus some familiar hymns appropriate to the occasion.


St. Saviour’s:

Transforming Evangelism continues on Wednesday nights through Thanksgiving, 6:30-8:00pm in the Rectory Common Library. Exploring this spiritual practice of listening and storytelling is important as we explore working in new ways with our neighbors on MDI.

November 1--Living a pilgrim faith

November 9 --Asking good questions

November 16--"Were not our hearts burning within us?" 
Buying and reading (or starting to read) Transforming Evangelism by David Gortner is helpful but not required. It is available new for about $15 and used for about $7 at Contact Liz Graves at for more information. 

Friday, November 18 – Bean Supper to benefit Local Solutions – a non profit group hoping to start a group home for autistic adults in Bar Harbor. Come here are about their program.


St. Saviour’s and St. John’s:

Congregational Pastoral Care.  This time without our own Priest presents an opportunity to discover the ministry each of us is called to in Baptism. The Vestry is supporting a Congregational Pastoral Care initiative in which members can learn how to provide spiritual companionship to each other in times of need. If you are interested in this new venture please come to a meeting with Deacon Jenny Reece on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Saviour's Rectory Library, or call her at 812-2365.


St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s:

Contemplative Evening Prayer (with 20 minutes of silence) starts at 5:30PM at St. 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.


-- Joint Gathering --

“Come Home for Supper”— on Sunday, November 13, Island-wide Episcopalians are again invited 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, Joan Bromage 244-3227, Dick Salisbury 664-0116, Maude March 276-3963, Diane Phipps 664-3204, or Dick Salisbury 664-0116.   We hope you’ll come again—or for the first time!   Signup deadline: Sunday, October 30.



Farmer’s Market: Salty Dog is still doing their farm delivery to Southwest Harbor on Fridays.  Look for the blue truck with the white cab in the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust parking lot between 10 & 11am. You may pre-order by sending email to

Off the Turnip Truck: Hot peppers $.25 ea, potatoes - $2/lb (red, white, yellow, purple, and pink-purple swirly), beets - $2/bunch (large and small), scallions - $1/bunch, cabbage - $1.50/lb, garlic - $10/lb, garlic braids - $15 ea, green peppers - $1/ea, leeks - $3/bunch, winter squash - $1.50/lb, pie pumpkins, buttercup, and a few blue Hubbards for the adventuresome at heart, turnips - $2/bunch; Greens: 1/4lb - $3; 1/2 - $5 -- lettuce, swiss chard, kale; Herbs: $1/bunch -- dill (young and delicious), parsley, basil


Winter Wear - Please donate New and Like-New Winter Coats, Snow Pants, Hats and Mittens. Laundry detergent is also welcome. PLEASE: Zippers and Buttons must work. No sweaters or boots. Thank You! A collaboration of local nonprofits, serving Hancock and Washington Counties. Information call Susan Farley at  664-2424


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.


The monthly Musical Evening will take place on Friday night, October 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  It will be hosted by Linda Lewis, at her home in Somesville (directions below). The gathered will sing some spirituals & gospel hymns, and then listen to a group of songs sung by Bonnie Hersey and accompanied by Stephen Sampson at the piano.  The songs focus on the age-old theme of Love, and most are popular songs composed at about the turn of the last century (turn from 19th – 20th century).  Bonnie will also sing a Renaissance Italian art song.
Directions to Linda's house: 16 Vista Way. Somesville.
Come up Beech Hill Road, and shortly after you pass Beech Hill Cutoff turn right onto Ripples Road. Next, take the first left onto Vista Way and continue around bearing left until you reach the first driveway on the left which is Linda Lewis's house. Please park out on the road as the driveway can be quite a bottleneck when more than four cars park there!


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. Booklets and registration forms are available from Elaine (244-9461). Come and taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)


Believe Out Loud Workshop – Saturday, November 5, 10am–3pm, Cathedral Church of St Luke, 143 State Street, Portland. Please join us for a workshop to empower parishes to increase welcome, acceptance, and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender folk. The workshop, led by John-Albert Moseley, will help you speak to people in your church about why it's important to welcome and include LGBT people in the life of your church communities. Participants will be given tools to engage in meaningful conversations about their inclusive beliefs and be introduced to the process for a parish to become a Believe Out Loud Congregation. You can register for the workshop and get more information at


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

We give thanks for the live of Frank Barnes who died on Tuesday morning. A service will be held at St. John’s on November 11th. Keep Mimi and their children in your prayers.

Military Casualties (September 25-October 23)

Afghanistan: Christopher Horns, Kristoffer Domeij, Ashley White, Paul Rivera, Jorge Oliveira, Jorge Oliveira, Michael Elm, Jerome Miller Jr., Jeremiah Sancho, Robert Cowdrey, Houston Taylor, Scott Harper, Michael Tatham, Nathan Wyrick, Drew Russell, Joshua Lawrence, Ricardo Ceros, Benjamin Schmidt, Danny Chen, Caleb Nelson, Christopher Diaz, Nicholas Sprovtsoff, Billy Siercks, James Butz, John Cagle, Ryan Lannelli, Ivan Lechowich, Steven Gutowski, David Drake, Franklin Watson, Garrett Fant, Andres Zermeno


Prayer for the Community of St. Andrew & St. John                       

Gracious God, we offer thanks for our parish, for your inspiration, and for the generous open hearts making accessibility for all a reality at St. John's. Guide us all, especially our Capital Campaign and Design & Construction Committees and Vestry, as we continue to seek funding for the planned expansion of the facilities. We thank you for the various trades and skills of those who work on the addition. Protect and guide them as they labor, that they may take pride in their accomplishments. 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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