Saturday, December 1, 2012

Events & News from St. Andrew & St. John




DECEMBER 1, 2012



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent 1

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


How bright appears the morning star; My Lord, what a morning;

Blessed be the God of Israel; O day of God, draw nigh


Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Usher:  Karen Craig

First Lesson/Psalm: Susan Buell

Second Lesson: Bob Theriault

Prayers: Elaine Theriault

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Chloe Hatcher (8:00); Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett and Susan Buell



12:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist


Sunday 9:00 a.m. Forum:

December 2 – Parish Meeting


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Office Hours:

8:30-2:30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

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.

Christmas Flowers: St. John’s will be decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation in honor of or in memory of friends or relatives, please send your checks along with the names you wish to remember to the church office. (Please designate “Christmas Flowers” on your check.)


St. Saviour:

Once again, we are collecting warm hats, gloves and scarves for the Emmaus Center and for Debbie Little-Wyman’s program in Massachusetts.  As you shop in the next 6 weeks, pick up what you are able and bring on Sundays. There will be a box and the Outreach Tree at the back of the church.


TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians will sparkle in two performances of the Christmas Cheer Concert - Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth and a reprise concert on Sunday, December 9, 3:00 pm at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor. This thirty piece orchestra, comprised of middle school and HS musicians from central and Downeast Maine, will perform an array of familiar carols and the galloping strains of Leroy Anderson to unusual instrumental settings of vocal composer Samuel Barber. There will even be an opportunity for audience participation in a brief sing-a-long with the TEMPO instrumentalists. Door admission: $9/adults, $5/students


St. Mary and St. Jude:

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

CrècheDisplay: This year’s Crèche display will be held in Redfield Gallery on Main Street in the midst of the Christmas Festival on Friday, December 7th from 4-7 PM. If you have a crèche display to share, please leave a message for Carolyn Drew at the church office, 276-5588, to arrange to get it to them by December 4 or drop your crèche off at the Parish office. 

If you would like to leave your crèche on display in the window of Redfield Gallery until Epiphany please let us know.


Church of Our Father:

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

Christmas Fair continues on Sunday, December 2 from noon until ???.


Community News

The Alzheimer’s Day program at the Strauss Center in Southwest Harbor has invited the Saint John’s community and friends to sing familiar Christmas songs and carols with the people there on Friday, December 14th beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at about 2:00 p.m. Bill Voorhies will accompany the singing. Please ask others to join in -- no singing experience is necessary! And, please let Susan Buell ( know if you will be able to be there.


The Sea Coast Mission once again welcomes the community to our annual Advent Vespers Service on Sunday, December 9th at 4:30pm at the Mission's Colket center.  The liturgy is a beautiful, melodic, contemporary (and participatory) evening prayer setting composed by Marty Haugen.  Local cantors and musicians will lead, and there is no cost to attend.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Ruth Cary, Jonathan Appleyard, Tina Baker, Christina Baker Kline, Brenda Merritt, Bob Jackson, Julie Russell, 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 12-26)

Afghanistan: Rayvon Battle Jr., Joseph Richardson, Channing Hicks, Dale Means, Zachary Shanafelt, Kevin Ebbert, Christopher Monahan Jr.


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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We find our unity in shared worship, not in enforced agreement.

Lou Poulain, Diocese of El Camino Real