Thursday, October 25, 2012

Events & News from St. John's




OCTOBER 25, 2012



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pentecost 22

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




Psalm 34:1-8; Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52


Celebrant: The Rev. Persis Williams

Usher:  Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Susan Buell

Second Lesson: Ellen Gilmore

Prayers: Patsy Fogarty

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Flowers: Ginny Agar



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


Sunday 9:00 a.m. Forums:

October 28: That We All May Be One: Equal Protection, Diversity, Multi-Culturalism, Assimilation and Affirmative Action” Beyond the buzz words: What is the state of play in the country and the courts concerning acceptance and promotion of diversity? What does our faith and church tell us? Discussion will start with recent cases, platforms, church resolutions. (Ted Fletcher)

November 4: Parish Town Meeting

November 11: TBA

November 18: Take This Bread, 2nd session (Tim Fleck)

November 25: TBA




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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:

Westside Food Pantry: The location has been changed this year from the Harbor House back to the undercroft at St. John’s. Distribution of food vouchers will begin on November 4 from 12:30-2:30.


St. Saviour:

Choral Evensong, Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 pm in honor of All Saints’ Day. It will be followed by an open house in the Rectory and Rectory Common, hosted by Tim+, Bob and the choir.

Taizé service at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 16. The Taizé style of chant reflects both the simplicity of life of the abbey, and our community’s commitment to an all-embracing, ecumenical approach to ritual and prayer.


St. Mary and St. Jude:

Contemplative Evening Prayer, Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Chapel.


Church of Our Father:

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


St. Dunstan:

Christmas Fair: Saturday, November 17 - 9 am to 1pm - in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan’s Church – 134 State Street, Ellsworth. Come do your Christmas Shopping and find a few things you can't live without for yourself! Decorations, jewelry, books, sporting goods, games, household goods, Christmas Basket Raffle - everything you need to make a great Holiday Season! Enjoy a delicious lunch to refresh you as well!


All MDI Episcopal Churches

Request for Christmas Cards

Elder Chaplain Reginald Bellamy requests Christmas cards once again.  Remember In 2010 when the four Episcopal parishes collected approximately 2,000 Christmas cards for prisoners incarcerated at Jessup Prison in Jessup, Maryland? Well, Chaplain Bellamy needs cards again to give to the prisoners so they can send Christmas greetings home to their families. A decorated box will be in each of the Episcopal churches on Mount Desert Island. Please put new Christmas cards in the box. Cards that you donate could be the leftover cards from previous years or a new box. Please place Christmas cards in the box between October 28 and November 14. The cards will be mailed on November 15 in time for distribution, Thank-you very much. If you need more information please contact Mary Vekasi (244-3499)



Community Events:


Fall Frock Swap by MDI Hospital Auxiliary and the Women’s Health Center:

Thursday, November 8, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, Eden Street, Bar Harbor—cost is $10.00. Participants can bring up to 10 garments they would like to swap. Items need to be in good condition and can include shoes, outerwear and lingerie. Clean out your closets and renew your wardrobe! Items can be delivered to MDI Hospital’s reception desk, the Women’s Health Center, or can be dropped off during the day of the sale at the Atlantic Oceanside. All proceeds to benefit the MDI Hospital Auxiliary to help fulfill their $50,000 pledge in support of the new Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. FMI contact Brenda Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198.


MDI Hospital Auxiliary Fair and Luncheon: Friday, November 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, Eden Street, Bar Harbor. Start your holiday shopping early and make plans to attend this annual event. At the raffle table, take a chance to win jewelry and gift certificates donated by many local businesses, restaurants and shops. Fabulous Silent Auction items will include paintings from local artists. Look for great bargains on homemade handicraft, fleece items and baked goods. What treasures will you find on the White Elephant table? There will be a kid’s table, jewelry table and something for everyone! The luncheon will feature fish chowder, sandwiches (including crabmeat) and delectable desserts. It’s a festive and fun atmosphere – join your neighbors and friends as we kick off the first community Fair of the season. Donations of items and monetary contributions accepted. Proceeds to support the MDI Hospital Auxiliary’s commitment to the new Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. FMI contact Auxiliary President Shirley Conklin at 288-3083.  


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Keep in your prayers this week:  Jonathan Appleyard, Tina Baker, Christina Baker Kline, Malala Yousufzai, Shazia and Kainaat, Brenda Merritt, Bob Jackson, Julie Russell, Drayton Grant, Emmet and Betty Whittlesey, and Joel Sipes. Pray for the safe return of Shawn Reed, Adam Holt and Susan Falt, who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.



Jonathan Appleyard: Jonathan’s second replacement knee must be removed as a bad infection has returned.  The surgery was scheduled to happen Wednesday, but in the process of doing pre-op tests, a cardiac irregularity was discovered.  The irregularity is probably associated with the medications, and nothing more serious than that, but the surgery has been postponed until next week so that more tests can be done. Ruth says that Jonathan's spirits are good despite this significant set back.  They ask that we keep them in our prayers and add Jonathan to our prayer list.

Emmet and Betty Whittlesey: A thank you for the birthday card for Emmet. He fell and broke a vertebra and, therefore, has been moved into a rehab home near Sandy (his middle son). Betty is now in assisted living and Emmet will join her in the near future. Their new address is: 15 Meridian Street, Apt. 240, Greenfield MA 01301.

Tina Baker: She is at Eastern Maine Medical Center recovering the strength to walk with minimal totter, and to grip with her deadened hand. Her speech has still not returned though she can voicelessly mouth a few favorite songs and nursery rhymes. She has three sessions of physical, occupational (life skills) and speech therapy each morn, and three more each afternoon, all punctuated with rest as needs be.  Best time to visit is 4-6 p.m.


In Memoriam: Marcia Lawford (member of St. Saviour’s who died October 23) and Steve Bowen (Tim’s cousin who died October 24).


Military Casualties (October 18-23)

Afghanistan: Shane Wilson, Michael Duskin


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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Alex H. MacDonell, Diocese of New Jersey