Thursday, February 2, 2012

Events & News




February 2, 2012



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Epiphany 5

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


Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39


The spacious firmament on high; O God of mercy;

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord; O for a thousand tongues


Celebrant: The Rev. Debbie Little Wyman

Usher:  Karen Craig

First Lesson and Psalm:  Ann Benson

Second Lesson: Elise Felton

Prayers: Susan Buell

Chalice: Ted Fleltcher

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

Altar Guild: Dean Henry



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


9:00 FORUM – Sunday, February 5:

College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins

A Human Ecological Education at COA:

Adventurous Learning on Mount Desert Island

Darron Collins is the first president of COA to be born after the college was founded in 1969. Collins, who has a Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, came to COA from the World Wildlife Fund, where he served as the organization’s director of creative assets.

He has served as a World Wildlife Fund managing director in the Amur River region of northeast Asia and as a senior advisor to the environmental organization’s CEO, and has helped lead the group’s outreach efforts. While at WWF, Collins helped raise more than $10 million in grants and donations. Collins earned his Ph.D. studying ethnobotany in Guatemala, has researched the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and has worked on leopard conservation on the Russia-North Korean border. He also has taught at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. As a COA student, Collins received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and a Watson Foundation Fellowship. As a Watson fellow, Collins studied the environmental and social impacts of hydroelectric dams in Latin America. Collins is an avid fly-fisherman, mountain biker, and trail marathon runner.


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Church office hours:

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

Tuesday: 8:30-2:30 at home

Thursday: 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



Westside Food Pantry will be open February 5 (12-2) and February 19 (12-1) at the Harbor House.



Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) Service will be held on Thursday, February 2, at 5:30 with the Rev. Johanna-Karen Johannson as celebrant. Donations of baby blankets will be welcome.

Community Valentine Pot Luck Dinner on Sunday, February 12 at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall. All donations will go to St. Saviour’s MDI Fire Fund which benefits fire victims on Mt. Desert Island. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and a dish to share (if you can) with friends old and new. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome – with or without a dish!

Natural Causes Killed Victor: a folk opera, written by George Swanson, will premier on May 4 and 5. The opera relates the suffering and death of Maine prisoner Victor Valdez to the passion and death of Christ. Checks for tax exempt donations may be made out to “St. Saviour’s Parish,” memo line “Opera,” and mailed to St. Saviour’s Parish, 41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. Proceeds will go for food and fuel donations on MDI. For more information contact George Swanson at 207 244 0579 and



Spiritual Practices for Lent and Beyond is the topic for Adult Study on Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 am (at St. Savior’s) and 1:30 pm (at St. John’s.)  This session focuses on what spiritual practices participants are doing presently and possible ways to improve those practices.  Also, the group may explore other spiritual exercises such as meditation, prayer, fasting, service and sacred study.  Attendees are encouraged to bring pen and notebook.  The session will be facilitated by The Rev. Johanna-Karen Johannson, retired priest, formerly of the Diocese of New York.



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.”



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


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, 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, February 21, 5-6:30 p.m. Community Meal at Bar Harbor Congregational church, 19 Mt. Desert Street.

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.


St. Dunstan's is having a Bean Supper to benefit THAW (the Heating and Warmth Fund of WHCA). 134 State Street, Ellsworth - 3-6pm Saturday, February 4 - suggested donation $10.


The Alcyon Center First Weekend – February 3-4

Friday, 3 February – from 9 AM–noon, join a small group of people taking three hours of uninterrupted silence. At noon a lunch of homemade soup and bread is served with fruit for dessert. From 1–4 PM, three hours of uninterrupted silence is observed. All are welcome to participate in the Quiet Day silence and luncheon meal. There is no fee for the day.  Free will offerings are appreciated. Women are invited to participate in the evening event called Soul Friends from 7–9 PM. 

Saturday, 4 February – Every first Saturday the Alcyon Center hosts a breakfast and conversation from 8–9:30 AM. All are welcome to attend beginning with the 20 minute silent meditation time at 7:30 AM. Group Spiritual Direction offers a guided experience of attending to the spirit in your life; from 10–noon an introduction of background and process will be offered. Rose Mary Dougherty’s book: Group Spiritual Direction is helpful. The group will discuss whether to continue to meet for more sessions. Pot luck lunch follows at noon.


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Keep in your prayers this week:  Beverly, Loretta, Jimmy, Louanne, Tom, Helmut, Joel, Bob, Lois, Kay, Linda, Lois, Kay, Taylor, Mel and family.


Military Casualties (January 21-31)

Afghanistan: Christopher Singer, Joshua Pairsh, David Johnson, William Stacey


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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The Episcopal Church is a place where bishops are people too, and some of them know it. Many even have spouses to remind them.

Linda M. Maloney, Diocese of Minnesota