Thursday, December 8, 2011

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





December 8, 2011



Third Sunday in Advent, December 11, 2011

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


Psalm 126; Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28


On Jordan’s Bank, The Desert Shall Rejoice,

Once He Came in Blessing, Thy Kingdom Come


Celebrant: The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm: Patsy Fogarty

Second Lesson: Elise Felton

Prayers: Elaine Theriault

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Rita Redfield (8:00); Spencer Ervin (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett



12:30 – Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman


December 18

Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. at St. John

Lessons & Carols, 10:00 a.m. at St. Saviour's in Bar Harbor

Christmas Eve, December 24

4:00 p.m. – Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Johanna-Karen Johannson

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Johanna-Karen Johannson


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Sunday 9:00 Forums

December 11:  Parish update and discussion


The church office has been relocated; Michele will work at home on Mondays (8:30-11:30); Tuesdays (8:30-2:30); and Thursdays (8:30-11:30) and can be reached at 664-4237 (during office hours). Then on Mondays and Thursdays (12:00-2:30) she will be in the undercroft. If you have questions or need assistance at other times call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Ann Cox Halkett (288-5832).


Dear Church Ladies (Jean, Mary V., Rita, Ellen, Joan, Chloe, Edie, Ann W., Doris, Patsy, Barbara, Ida, Karen, Michele and Mary M.) We have received two lovely thank you notes from Mimi and the Barnes Family for all you did to honor Frank. A generous gift has been given towards the Capital Campaign in thanks for your willingness to share your time and talents.

Peace, Dianne


Men's Gloves Needed

One of Debbie Little's ministries is with the homeless in the Boston area. She began Ecclesia Ministries and has a website that will explain all about that ministry. Visit for more information. This holiday season Debbie is requesting gloves for homeless men in the Boston area.  If you would like to bring in new men's water-proof gloves, drop them off in a box on the back pew at St. John’s or take them to St. Saviour’s on December 18th. The glove collection will last until Christmas Eve.  Thank-you.

Questions or Comments contact Debbie by email:




MDI Episcopal Church Events



In-Gathering SundayDecember 11. If you have not already returned your pledge cards, please bring them to church this Sunday.

Christmas Decorations: If you would like to contribute to the Christmas greens and flowers for the church, please send a check to the church at PO Box 767, Southwest Harbor ME 04679 or put it in the offering plates in an envelope before December 19.  If you would like your gift to be in honor or memory of someone, please be sure to include their name(s).

The Westside Food Pantry is open the first (12:00 to 2:00) and third (12:00 to 1:00) Sundays at the Harbor House.



Holiday Musical Offerings. On Friday the 16th at 12:15 Julia will present a program of organ music for Advent and Christmas. Joining her this year will be bass Paul Bartels. This is the 6th year that Julia has put together a program for this season and she hopes it will be a respite from your hectic holiday preparations. Much of the music will be of a quiet and reflective nature. All donations received will go to St. Saviour’s Outreach fund.



Community Bible Study at the Neighborhood House Living Room in Northeast Harbor on Thursday mornings at 11:00. The Rev. Linda Hatch (Union Church) and The Rev. Patricia Robertson (St. Mary & Jude) will present “First Person: a study from the perspective of the characters in the Bible.”



Holy Eucharist - Wednesdays - 7 a.m. followed by breakfast; healing service on fourth Wednesdays.



Festival Service of Lessons and Carols: at St. Saviour’s, December 18, at 10:00 a.m.

Cookies for Shut-ins: Following the service on December 18th, you are invited to bring and fill cookie tins for the homebound. Please bring cookies to share during coffee hour and to fill the tins, and a plan for distributing the tins to your homebound folk.


Service of Remembrance and Hope: Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. St. Saviour’s will offer a special service of remembrance and hope. Led by The Rev. Dr. Debbie Little Wyman, this service is for all who have experienced any kind of loss (death, divorce, employment, estrangement, etc.) that make Advent and Christmas a difficult season. All members of the community are invited to participate in the Service of Remembrance and Hope.


Congregational Pastoral Care (CPC): If you want to be one of a CPC team, or if you are just interested in incorporating more listening and caring skills into your daily life and ministry, pick up the book Christian Caregiving- A Way of Life from Muffet at St. Savior's. It only costs $6! The group will alternate between St. Saviour's and St. John's for meeting sites. The schedule is as follows:

     December  14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Saviour's
     December 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. John's
     January 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Saviour's
     January 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. John's
     February 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Saviour's.
     February 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St John's

You do not have to attend every meeting to be part of the team, but a commitment to the process and to the other members of the team will mean a sincere attempt to attend as many as possible. Please bring a simple "brown bag" supper that includes something for yourself and something to share. We will incorporate fellowship over a shared meal into each evening's learning and growing. Each session will combine a presentation and discussion of the ideas in the book with a hands-on practice of caring skills. Our prayer: Make us instruments of your healing, O Lord. Teach us to live in your hope so that others may know your love, in Jesus' name, Amen.




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Keep in your prayers this week:  Josh, Chelsea, Mark, Rick, Nancy, Amanda, Betsy, Jonathan, Aimee.

(Jonathan Appleyard has recently had additional surgery on his knee and will require more in the future.  His address is 26 Montsweag Rd., Woolwich ME 04579, )


Military Casualties

Afghanistan: Vincent Bell

Iraq: David Hickman


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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I love Anglicanism for its basic humanity, its sense of decency and order, its freedom of thought and its insistence on the corpus of faith, “those things necessary unto salvation.” I love it for its tradition and for the women and men of faith who have been lights of the generations in whose company we worship. I love it for its quirkiness, its untidiness, its comprehensiveness and for its ability to receive, accept, alter or jettison new things, while being always merely and astoundingly the Church.

Father Tony Clavier, Diocese of South Dakota