Thursday, December 15, 2011

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





December 15, 2011



Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 18, 2011

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


Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Celebrant: The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood

Altar Guild: Mary Vekasi

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett

10:00 a.m. – Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Saviour’s

Readers: Susan Buell and Ellen Gilmore

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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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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).


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



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.



Winter coats for adults and children needed. As you purge your coat rack or closet, keep in mind the guests for Everybody Eats, the Senior Center and WHCA. Clean donated coats will be given to these organizations to give to those locally who need something to keep them warm this winter! Bring to St. Dunstan’s and place on the rack in the Parish Hall.


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


Military Casualties (December 3-13)

Afghanistan: Thomas Mayberry, Ryan Lumley, Clark Corley Jr., Christopher Levy, Christopher Muniz, Ronald Wildrick, Jalfred Vaquerano


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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It’s a church where you can come in without leaving your brain at the door and then have the opportunity to love all of those who managed to come in with their “wrong” ideas.

The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, D.D., Diocese of Southeast Florida