Thursday, September 6, 2012

News & Events at St. John in Southwest Harbor







Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pentecost 15

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. Andrew by the Lake

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


Psalm 125; Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37


Immortal, Invisible God; Lord whose love;

For a thousand tongues to sing; Praise to the Lord, the Almighty


Celebrant: The Rev. Lynn Orville

Usher:  Marilyn Mays

First Lesson/Psalm: Elise Felton

Second Lesson: Ken Cochrane

Prayers: Ann Cox Halkett

Chalice: Rita Redfield

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

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel (8:00); Dean Henry (10:00)

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett


Participants: A sign up sheet is in the Sanctuary for October-December 2012.



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


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Office Hours:

Monday – Tuesday – Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator

Fr. Timothy Fleck will be at St. John’s (244-3229) on Tuesdays and Thursdays

and at  St. Saviour’s (288-4215) on Mondays and Wednesdays

He can be reached at 812-8362 or 

Sr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-3115); Jr. Warden, Mary Mitchell (244-9951)








St. John:

On September 16th, there will be an 8:00 service at St. Andrew’s and a 10:00 Morning Prayer at St. John’s led by Floy and Spencer Ervin.


St. Saviour:

Auditions are this Sunday, September 9th, at 1 pm for George Swanson’s folk opera. A list of the singers is on the opera web site:  and on the facebook page -- . The chorus of 30 doesn't have to memorize their lines; they sing from scores like the choir.  Come help raise thousand$ for food and fuel donations on MDI.  Information: George Swanson at 415-464-7744 and


St. Mary and St. Jude:

Stewardship Workshop: Lisa Meeder Turnbull will be at St. Mary’s Chapel, Parish Hall, 9 am to noon, Northeast Harbor on Saturday, September 22 to lead a workshop on stewardship.  Lisa is the stewardship consultant for the Diocese.


Church of Our Father:

Holy Eucharist and Breakfast, Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.; Healing Service on the fourth Wednesday.


All Area Episcopal Churches are invited to join together at Suminsby Park on Sargeant Drive in Northeast Harbor at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 16th. The Rev. Patricia Robertson, Rector of St. Mary & St. Jude, will be the celebrant; The Right Rev. Stacy Sauls, Bishop of  Lexington from 2000-2011, and currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, will preach. The service will be followed by a potluck picnic hosted by St. Mary and St. Jude. Hot dogs, buns and condiments will be provided as well as bottled water.  Please bring:   a chair, a dish to share (salads, finger foods, desserts) and your own dishes and cutlery.  Some extra chairs, dishes and cutlery will be available for those who forget or who have need.  Carpooling is highly recommended due to limited parking. 



Community Events

Serendipity is looking for more clothing donations!  We are accepting nearly new or slightly worn men's, children's and women's clothing of all sizes.  We also are happy to take shoes, purses, bags, hats, scarves and any jewelry (costume or otherwise). Please make donations during open hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 12-4, Thursday & Friday 12-7, Saturday 10-4, or call 288-2000.


Sunday, September 9 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  The Bar Harbor Food Pantry (BHFP) will collaborate with Beech Hill Farm and Sassafras Catering to bring together many local farmers and chefs to create a casual farm-style sunset cocktail party.  This will be an opportunity to learn more about the efforts of the BHFP and Beech Hill Farm to address the hunger issue here on MDI and learn more about what you can do to help.  Limited tickets are available for $45.  Please contact Kate Sebelin at for information. Funds generated from this event will go to support Beech Hill Farm’s Share the Harvest program and support other events scheduled throughout the month.


The MDI Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual June Bake Sale on Monday, September 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in front of The First on Main Street. Many luncheon items will be available along with pies, cookies and all the special things that a bake sale brings! Baked goods and monetary donations are welcomed! The Auxiliary has recently pledged $50,000 to the new Women’s Health Center and appreciates the support of our community! Contact Mary Grindle at 288-2392 or Brenda Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198 to see how you can help!

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Keep in your prayers this week:  Chuck and Beth Bradshaw, Brenda Merritt, Bob Jackson, Julie Russell, Jenny, Wanda Talmidge, Richard Shepherd, Drayton Grant, Betty Whittlesey, and Joel Sipes. Pray for the safe return of Adam Holt and Susan Falt, who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


Military Casualties (September 1-3)

Afghanistan: Jonathan Schmidt, Jeremie Border, Kyle Rookey, Alec Terwiske,


Prayer for the Community of St. Andrew & St. John                       

Gracious God, we offer thanks for our parish, for your inspiration, and for the many generous open hearts whose donations will bring accessibility to all at St. John’s. Guide us all as the planned expansion of the facilities comes to reality. 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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Another reason to be Episcopalian is that the altar is not fenced. In my days as a Presbyterian “seeker” I frequently attended both Roman Catholic and Episcopal liturgies: at the former I was explicitly refused communion; at the latter I was welcome to receive. As Woody Allen didn’t quite say, I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that wouldn’t take me as a non-member.

Deborah Smith Douglas, Diocese of The Rio Grande











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