Thursday, December 1, 2011

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





December 1, 2011



Second Sunday in Advent, December 4, 2011

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


Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Hymns: 66, 67, Hymn to MDI, 59


Celebrant: The Rev. George Swanson and Moorhead (Mike) Kennedy

Usher: Fred Benson

First Lesson and Psalm: Chloe Hatcher

Second Lesson: Ann Benson

Prayers: Elise Felton

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Rita Redfield (8:00); Chloe Hatcher (10:00)

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage



12:30 – Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman


December 11

8 and 10 a.m. - Debbie Little Wyman

December 18

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

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

Christmas Eve, December 24

4:00 p.m. – Johanna-Karen Johannson

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

10:00 a.m. – Johanna-Karen Johannson


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Sunday 9:00 Forums

December 4:  Email and Blogs: Tips and Tricks for Your Electronic and Spiritual Journeys
Jayne Ashworth and Jim and Mary Vekasi will talk about using email effectively and demonstrate how to get the best use from the St. Andrew and St. John website.  If you are confused about some of the ins and outs of email and want computer questions answered this forum is for you! 

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).



MDI Episcopal Church Events



In-Gathering Sunday, This Sunday, December 4, please bring your pledge cards to worship.

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.



Choir: Julia Morris-Myers, Organist and Choirmaster of St. Saviour's, would like to invite you to join the choir for the Festive Service of Lessons and Carols on December 18 at 10:00 am. Three anthems have been selected in addition to many beautiful carols. Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings (December 1, 8, and 15) at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. It is important that you attend all 3 rehearsals so that we can be comfortable with the music and develop a unified choral sound.

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. The service will be preceded by open forums discussing loss during the holidays on Thursday, December 8, from 9:30-10:30 at St. Saviour’s and 1:30-2:30 at St. John’s. All members of the community are invited to participate in the forums and/or 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.



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.



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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 (November 16-26)

Afghanistan: Sean Walsh, Matthew Colin, James Burnett Jr., Joshua Corral, Adam Dobereiner, Zachary Reiff, Jackie Diener II, Dennis Murray, Adam Buyes


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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Pregnant priests! Celebrating!

The Rev. Deborah Galante Seles, Diocese of Chicago