Thursday, February 23, 2012

Events and News from St. John's




February 23, 2012



Sunday, February 26, 2012

First Sunday in Lent

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


Psalm 25:1-9; Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15


The Great Litany; Lord, who throughout these forty days

Sing, my soul, his wondrous love; O love, how deep, how broad, how high


Celebrant: The Rev Johanna-Karen Johannson

Usher:  Ken Cochrane

First Lesson and Psalm:  Elise Felton

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Susan Buell

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

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

Altar Guild: Margot



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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Church office hours (February 27-28-29):

Monday 8:30-2:30 at home

Tuesday: 8:30-11:30 at home; 12-2:30 at church

Wednesday: 8:30-11:30 at home, 12:00-2:30 at church

You may contact Michele Daley at 664-4237 during office hours.

If you have questions or need assistance at other times,

call Ted Fletcher (244-3115) or Mary Mitchell (244-9951)




MDI Episcopal Church Events



Lenten Study with Debbie Little Wyman—Every Thursday 1-2 pm beginning this week through the season of Lent, we welcome all to a time of short reading, silent meditation, and reflection. We will use Wondrous Encounters: Readings for Lent, by Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Copies are available, and participants are welcome to take one home for use between meetings. Please come and go as you are able.

Westside Food Pantry will be open March 4 (12-2) and 18 (12-1) at the Harbor House.

Net Tender deadline for submission of articles for the March 2012 issue is Sunday, February 26. Articles may be submitted before that date, but must be submitted no later than that date. You may give your article to one of your co-editors (Anne Wetzel or Jayne Ashworth) or send it via email to the Net Tender's email:



Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Debbie Little Wyman invites you to the Rectory Library for a group discussion. She will also be available in the Rectory Study from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Thursdays for anyone wishing a private conversation with a priest.



Congregational Pastoral Care.  CPC teams are 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) 



Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers: Quiet evening prayer at 5:30; simple soup supper at 6:00; Lenten class (Celtic Christianity) at 6:30; no class on March 7th.



Holy Eucharist - Wednesdays – 7:00 a.m. followed by breakfast. Healing service on the 4th Wednesdays.

Building Global Vision.  A study on Thursdays, March 1, 15, and 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. led by David Underwood, on determining "What does God want to accomplish in the world through our church’"  Come share this journey.  Bring your booklet, Bible, and any journaling that you have done!


Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites a focus on the Millennium Development Goals for Lent 2012.  “I invite you to use the Millennium Development Goals as your focus for Lenten study and discipline and prayer and fasting this year.  The Millennium Development Goals are truly reflective of several of the Five Marks of Mission.” A printed copy of her Lenten message is on the bulletin board in the undercroft and an audio is available at


The Bible Challenge – Bishop Lane invites individuals and congregations to join him in this challenge starting in Lent.  Following this schedule of daily readings, you will be able to read the entire Bible in a year, from Lent to Lent.  Read devotionally—not as an intellectual or academic exercise.  (Piety, rather than study.)  Each day’s readings include 3 chapters of an Old Testament book; one Psalm; and one chapter from the New Testament. Click… …for a schedule of readings that began on Ash Wednesday (February 22) and ends on Shrove Tuesday (February 12, 2013).  Or if you shy away from commitment to reading the WHOLE Bible in one year, you might begin more modestly this year, using part of this schedule, for example, (1) to read the entire New Testament, or (2) read one of the Gospels each day, or (3) read the whole book of Psalms. Then next year in Lent you can start the schedule over again, using more of the readings for those days.  Invite family members and friends who aren’t church members to read with you. Your chances of following through with this commitment are better if you tell others, and ask for their support. 

Free Meals Available in our community:

Each Monday from 3-6 p.m. Everybody Eats provides a free meal in the parish hall of St. Dunstan’s Church, 134 State Street, Ellsworth.

Each Thursday from noon-2:00 The Common Good Soup Kitchen provides a meal at 566 Seawall Road in Southwest Harbor.

Each Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Soup Dinner at Holy Redeemer Church, 21 Ledgelawn Street, Bar Harbor.

Tuesday, March 13, 5-6:30 p.m. Free Community Dinner at St. Saviour’s Parish. Traditional boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, plus homemade desserts.


Mardi Gras Festival and Island Dining – Tuesday, February 28th at Sips in Southwest Harbor. The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers followed by dinner at 7:00. Cost is $50/person for a festive 4-course dinner which includes tax and gratuity; does not include alcoholic beverages. The program was created to raise funds for the many programs and services offered by Harbor House.  Reservations required and Masks are optional. For more information or to make reservations call Diana at 244-3713 or 

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Keep in your prayers this week:  Beverly, Loretta, Jimmy, Louanne, Tom, Helmut, Joel, Lois, Kay, Lois, Kay, Taylor, Mel and family. Pray for the same return of Adam Holt, Tracy and Troy DeGolyer, John Ourisman, and Carl Reed, who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


Military Casualties (February 10-21)

Afghanistan: Osbrany Montes De Oca, Kyler Estrada, Jerry Reed II, Paris Pough, Ryan Hall, Nicholas Whitlock, Justin Wilkens, Julian Sholten, Allen McKenna Jr.


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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Episcopalians try to love with the heart of Christ, think with the mind of Christ, and act as if we were the body of Christ.

Prof. Willis H. A. Moore, Diocese of Hawaii












Almost under roof










Michele in the church office




February 19, 2012

Cayambe, Ecuador


Greetings to all/saludos a todos,


A relaxing day in Cayambe.  Most of us opted to hang around and rest/relax after a busy day in Otavalo and Cotacachi yesterday shopping (to say nothing of the exhausting week of work in clinic and surgery teams). 


As you know, the clinic teams go out each day to smaller towns (some of them quite small) and set up in whatever facility has been provided by the community and by interSALUD, our host organization.  Fort the first four days we set up in small (cramped) subcentros, or clinics, complete with nurses and a doctor on duty.  This is sometimes awkward, but it’s good to be able to ask local advice (social services, etc) of the doc on duty and they also have access to copiers and some medical equipment, not the least of which is exam tables and other furniture.  But I think a lot of us prefer to set up in a school building, or a church, or a community hall (as we did on Friday) because to tell the truth we have more room and there is no existing medical infrastructure to stumble around and feel apologetic toward.  And it’s a lot faster to set up because we don’t have to decide whom to displace for the pharmacy team, or inscription/vital signs, or where to put which doc.  We simply get to work, after local volunteers hang sheets or tarps for privacy where needed and round up benches and tables.


We have about four health care providers this year in the clinics, depending on how they are counted.  I’m translating for Dr Bob Walker of Blue Hill, and we also have Kathleen Kotas from the Ellsworth/MDI área.  My daughter Marya (third-year med student) has been seeing patients under Kathleen’s direction, and Laura Hendricks, nurse practicioner is treating patients as well.  Those three work in the same space and are covering a lot of women’s health, which is very much in demand here.  Dr Bob sees just about everybody else and there is a lot of second-opinioning among the docs which I find very encouraging. 


I haven’t worked with the surgery team this year (and I miss those guys) but it’s pretty much business as usual with a lot of hernias and gall bladders.   Our clinic has referred a lot of cases to them, particularly varicose veins (some dangerous ones among the elderly) and I think three cases of undescended testicles in boys from 4 to 11.  Tomorrow the surgery team has 12 cases scheduled but they do expect a few no-shows because of Carnaval (happens every year). 


Speaking of Carnaval (equivalent of Mardi Gras) it’s getting a head start this year.  Ash Wednesday comes this week on the 22nd, and the President of Ecuador has declared no-work days Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues.  Right now I’m in an internet café in el centro de Cayambe (next to the city square and large Catholic church).  Outside there is live music (all day) and a street has been closed off with a stage and bleachers set up for the event.  The music is all Andean, some with a rock sound, some more traditional/folklórico, almost all with pan pipes and flute as well as guitar (some electric), and drums, and charango, which is a mandolin-like instrument with 10 strings and loud for its size.   


I walked into town this morning with daughter Marya and Stephan, one of the teens with us (he’s here on a scholarship as a translator) and we hung out around the park listening to the music as well as watching the traditional dance troupes in front of the stage.  I can hear it all still and there seems to be no stopping it until tonight.  Occasional firecrackers going off and in general a good family time.   


The dance troupes are a lot of fun to watch, with traditional costumes, indigenous dresses on the women and Spanish gaucho (cowboy) costumes on the men.  Some of the troupes are children.


We met up with Charlie and Laura and Julia Hendricks and after a lot of music we went for lunch and by chance met with a few others from our group.  Now back to el centro for more and a cab ride later to the hotel. 


And Marya bought me a Che Guevara coffee mug.   More on Che at last year’s blog post--


Yesterday, Saturday, we all went to nearby Otavalo, known for its Indigenous market.  They close off all the streets in el centro and set up booths selling just about everything, and it’s all colorful.  I was on the team buying sweaters to bring back to sell as fundraiser for the mission, and others went around buying scarves, or women’s pants, or handbags, or hammocks.  Otavalo is busy on Saturdays and so colorful that it’s worth a trip even if you don’t buy anything. 


There is a favorite café that we often go to called ?The Pie Shop? and as some of us went in (it’s very popular among Gringos even though it’s run by Ecuadorians) Dr Bob Walker bumped into some friends of his from Blue Hill (in fact, he had delivered one of their babies).  Que pequeño el mundo.  So he ate with them and had a chance to catch up.  The lunch there was so good and filling that we didn’t have room for pie, and if that’s my biggest disappointment on the trip life is good. 


A few anecdotes from the clinic team this week:


Dr Kathleen Kotas had a male patient who had had a craniotomy some time ago: a piece of skull the size of a poker card was missing, and as she was looking at his X-ray she asked him about it.  He pulled the piece of skull out of his pocket and showed it to her!  She said that she was so blown away that she forgot to ask for a photo.


At the inscripción desk, Phyllis Leeman was signing in patients,  and for lack of a better description she wrote up one man as having  “twisted elbow injury” .  The man said that his arm was inside a cow and the cow fell over. 


Other than that it’s pretty darn routine.


The music is still going on and I think I’ll go back outside and enjoy it.  I love hanging around these central parks anyway and I think the city planning in Latin America is far superior to the US.  The centers all have a tic-tac-toe pattern of streets with a beautifully-kept park in the middle, trees and bushes and often a fountain, with a church across from that and usually city hall on another street opposite the park, and shops all around.  It makes kind of a mall área (in the best sense) and very pedestrian-friendly, safe and inviting.


Tomorrow back to work. 


For more info, keep tuning in to my blog for posts that go up automatically (today churches) as well as posts from last year by clicking the Ecuador link or better yet scrolling to the bottom and clicking Older Posts until you’re back to last February.  Easier that way in the long run.


Thanks for being there for your family member or friend, and please continue to pray for the group.  We have had at least three illnesses where people lost a day of work (they are OK now), and ojalá (God willing) there will be no more.


Ted Spurling