Thursday, January 5, 2012

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




January 5, 2012



Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Baptism of Christ

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


Psalm 29; Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11


What star is this; When Jesus went to Jordan’s stream;

The people who in darkness walked; Songs of thankfulness and praise


Celebrant: The Rev. John Van Siclen

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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Church office hours next week:

Monday 8:30-11:30 at home, 12:00-2:30 at church; Tuesday 8:30-2:30 at home; and Thursday 8:30-11:30 at home, 12:00-2:30 at church. Michele can be reached during office hours at 664-4237.  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



Thursdays in January— 9:30 a.m. at St. Saviour’s and following the 12:30 Eucharist at St. John’s, The Rev. Debbie Little Wyman invites you to join her for a group discussion. For the first two Thursdays in January the group will read TS Elliot’s Journey of the Magi and discuss their own experiences of journey and why we journey and what do we seek and then what do we find.

Poinsettias: You are welcome to take one of the poinsettias that are in the church (after Friday, please).


Congregational Pastoral Care —  CPC teams are now being formed. Through prayer, study of the book "Christian Caregiving-- A Way of Life" , and practice of listening and caring skills, several members of St. Saviour's and St. John's are preparing themselves to be witnesses to the love of God to those among us who may be in need. If you would like to be part of this ministry please contact Deacon Jenny (812-2365). The next meeting will be on January 11 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John's. Please note that this is a change from the original published schedule.



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.”



Epiphany Service: Friday, January 6, there will be a service of the Epiphany of our Lord, Jesus Christ at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.


Building Global Vision.  A study, led by David Underwood, on determining "What does God want to accomplish in the world through our church?"  begins Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8:00 pm.



The next planning meeting for the Winter 2012 Alpha Course will be at the First Baptist Church of Bar Harbor on January 8 at 4:30 pm. The course will begin on Sunday, March 4, and end in mid-May. An ecumenical leadership team will be assembled.  If you are interested in participating, contact Pastor Scott Records at the First Baptist Church at 288-3563 or email him at:


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Keep in your prayers this week:  Rick, Nancy, Amanda, Betsy, Jonathan, Aimee, Beverly.


Military Casualties (December 31-January 2)

Afghanistan: Pernell Herrera, Chad Regelin


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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Like Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Episcopalians are in touch with the ancient voices and aesthetic and spiritual practices of the Christian tradition. We are united by a common liturgy and by the Book of Common Prayer. And so long as we do the liturgy right, we are orthodox, and thus permitted a broad range of theological opinions. With its riches of liturgy, prayer, and music, it is for me a sacrament of the sacred, and it feels like home.

Marcus J. Borg, Diocese of Oregon