Thursday, November 8, 2012

Events & News from St. John's




NOVEMBER 8, 2012



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pentecost 24

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


Ye watchers and ye holy ones; Jerusalem, my happy home;

For the bread which you have broken; Give thanks for life


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


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher:  Ann Benson

First Lesson/Psalm: Ken Cochrane

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Susan Buell

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Chloe Hatcher (8:00); Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Floy Ervin



12:30 – Holy Eucharist


Sunday 9:00 a.m. Forums:

November 11: The Gospel of Mark and the Odyssey (Floy Ervin and Ted Fletcher)

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

(books are available in the meeting room for $15)

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:

Christmas Fair: Saturday, December 8, 8:00 to 2:00. If you would like a wreath, there is a sign up sheet at the back of the sanctuary. If you would like to help, call Mary Mitchell (244-9951). There will be a luncheon; and baked goods, wreaths and other craft items for sale.


St. Saviour:

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.

Christmas Fair:  December 1 & 2.


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

In 2010 the four Episcopal parishes on the island collected approximately 2,000 Christmas cards for prisoners incarcerated at Jessup Prison in Jessup, Maryland? Chaplain Reginald Bellamy would like cards again to give to the prisoners so they can send Christmas greetings home to their families. A decorated box/basket is in each of the four 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)


Thanksgiving Basket Distribution 

Once again, the Bar Harbor Congregational Church will supply Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets to be distributed through the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry.  Help is needed to pick-up the baskets in Bar Harbor and deliver them to the Southwest Harbor Fire Station on Monday, November 19th late afternoon, and help in distributing the baskets to our clients on Tuesday, November 20th from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  Please contact Dean Henry with offers of help at 664-8615, or  Thank you.


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.  


Episcopal Relief & Development:

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the far-reaching storm responsible for unprecedented flooding, power outages, fires and loss of life, continues to overwhelm eastern regions of the US and the Caribbean. Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with partners in the Caribbean and along the US East Coast as they assess needs, formulate relief activities and minister to their affected communities. We stand ready to support our partners through the immediate relief and long-term recovery phases of their storm response. Your help is critical in providing assistance to those needing it most. Visit Episcopal Relief & Development's website,, for updated information on the aftermath of the storm and to assist those in need by making an immediate, convenient and secure contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development's Hurricane Sandy Response Fund. Thank you for your partnership and compassion, and continue to pray for those devastated by the storm.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Ruth Cary, 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.


Military Casualties (November 1-5)

Afghanistan: Matthew Kantor, Brett Gornewicz, Ryan Jayne, Dain Venne, Brandon Buttry


Prayer for those in the Armed Forces of our country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils that beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be—through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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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My favorite reason for being an Episcopalian is the coherence of scripture, tradition and reason/experience as basic tenets of our belief. I appreciate our melding of church and world, sacred and secular, soul and body, sophistication and simplicity, literary and non-verbal, seriousness and nonchalance, holiness and ordinariness, indeed, our being deeply rooted in the Incarnation.

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, Diocese of Los Angeles


The kitchen is almost finished. Call Dianne (244-4582) if you can help clean cupboards

and help put the dishes, etc. into the cabinets next Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday.