Thursday, October 6, 2011

Weekly news from St. Andrew & St. John




October 6, 2011



Pentecost 17, Sunday, October 9

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


Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Exodus 32:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Celebrant: The Rev. Paige Ford Fisher

Usher: Ken Cochrane

First Lesson and Psalm: Spencer Ervin

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Patsy Fogarty

Chalice: Bob Theriault

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

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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Sunday Forum on October 9 at 9 a.m.:  Eleanor Watts will talk about "Good Grief: Poetry through Pain towards Peace."


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


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). Vestry Member on call this week: Ann Cox Halkett


Upcoming Events:


Ground Breaking!!!!   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, Southwest Harbor, has made the Westside Food Pantry the recipient of all profits from their last dinner of the season.  Please encourage family and friends to go out for dinner to help  support the 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.


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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 Dean Henry, 244-3539, to learn what is involved.


Christmas Carols - We have been invited to to sing Carols at the Straus Center on December 14th from 1-2 p.m.   Please let Fred Benson (288-9892) know if you'd like to participate so he can organize a brief rehearsal. 





 Other 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, 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, 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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When asked if he was saved, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple replied, "I have been saved, I am being saved, I hope to be saved." That understanding of faith, hope, and humility reinforces me as an Episcopalian/Anglican.

Dean George L. W. Werner, Diocese of Pittsburgh


Ann Cox Halkett
P.O. Box 505
Mount Desert ME 04660
home: 207 288-5832
work: 207 288-9880 ext 132
cell: 207 266-4227