Thursday, December 6, 2012

Events & News from St. John's




DECEMBER 6, 2012



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Advent 2

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


People look East; Comfort ye my people;

Once He came in blessing; Prepare the way, O Zion


Canticle 16; Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher:  Ann Benson

First Lesson/Psalm: Ellen Gilmore

Second Lesson: Patsy Fogarty

Prayers: Elise Felton

Chalice: Floy Ervin

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood (8:00); Chloe Hatcher

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Susan Buell



December 13, 12:30 p.m. – Morning Prayer


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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)


Advent Discussion Group

Wednesdays, December 12 and 19—10:30-12:00

Come for some lively discussions around themes of Advent. Using poetry and our lived experiences, we will explore: Making space for God, Expectations of change, Living between “the world” and hope, and Possibilities for new birth. Facilitated by Sarah Flynn. No preparation required.






St. John:

Christmas Fair: Saturday, December 8, 8:00 to 2:00. There will be a luncheon (chili, hot dogs, tuna salad sandwiches), 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.)

Prayer Group Formation: There will be a meeting following the January 6th 10:00 a.m. service to discuss the formation of a St. John prayer group. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful ministry, please join us. Rita Redfield (244-4025); Gen MacKenzie (244-7313).


St. Saviour:

Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 pm.  This ancient season of hope and expectation will be explored thru readings and music. The service will feature anthems by the modern British and American composers Andrew Carter, Malcolm Archer, Daniel Gawthrop and Robert Powell. Peter Warlock’s Adam Lay Ybounden will be sung by Jay Emlen and there will be opportunities for the congregation to join in singing carols. Diana Brookes Brown will offer a flute prelude and descants on the carols. There is no admission charge to this program, but any donations received will go to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry.

Music for Advent and Christmas:  Friday, December 14, at 12:15 p.m. Julia Morris-Myers, organ, and David Woolsey, oboe, will present a program that includes music by Bach, Telemann, Alec Rowley, Richard Hahn and others.


St. Mary and St. Jude:

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

CrècheDisplay: Friday, December 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Redfield Gallery on Main Street in the midst of the Christmas Festival.


Church of Our Father:

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

Christmas Musical Event:  Sunday, December 9, 2:30 – 4 pm at Church of Our Father.

Come hear the amazing musical talent of all our generations as they sing (and play) beautiful melodies old and new!


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.


Southwest Harbor Community Holiday Celebration: Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th – craft fairs, shopping, Christmas tree lighting with Santa, caroling, cookie decorating, holiday card making, storytelling, photos with Santa, etc.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Ruth Cary, Jonathan Appleyard, Tina Baker, Christina Baker Kline, Brenda Merritt, Julie Russell, Emmet and Betty Whittlesey, and Joel Sipes. Pray for the safe return of Shawn Reed and Adam Holt, who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


Military Casualties (December 2-3)

Afghanistan: Anthony Denier, Darren Linde, Tyler Orgaard


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 leave neither our minds, nor our hearts, nor our bodies at the church door..

Larry Graham, Diocese of Atlanta