Thursday, February 7, 2013

Events & News from St. John's




FEBRUARY 7, 2013



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Last Sunday after Epiphany

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


O wondrous type; O light of Light;

Laudate Dominum; Ye watchers and ye holy ones


Psalm 99; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a


Celebrant: The Rev. Persis Williams

Usher:  Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Jean Rohrer

Second Lesson: Candy DaCosta

Prayers: Mike DaCosta

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: Jayne Ashworth (8:00); Elaine Theriault (10:00)

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Susan Buell


Ash Wednesday, February 13

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

12:00 noon – St. Saviour’s (The Rev. Dean Henry)

5:30 p.m. – St. John’s (The Rev. Alice Downs)



Sunday, February 17 will be Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday. There will be a booklet of Lenten meditations available and a special collection will be taken to support this vital ministry in the world. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s with ERD in the memo section.  ERD has one of the highest ratings for non-profits through whom the dollars donated reach those who need it. Their administrative costs are among the lowest. For more information on the programs they support, go to


Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

February 14, 28 – Holy Communion

February 21 – Morning Prayer


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Office Hours:

8:30-2:30, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

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 (cell) or 

Sr. Warden, Bunny Watts (244-3699); Jr. Warden, Mary Mitchell (244-9951)


Fr. Tim will be away until February 14.






St. John:

Prayer Group meets on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 in the meeting room. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful ministry, please join us. Rita Redfield (244-4025); Gen MacKenzie (244-7313).


From Bach to Broadway—Saturday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., Soprano Bonnie Hersey and Stephen Sampson will present an evening of song. Suggested donation $10.00 at the door--ALL proceeds will help the Westside Food Pantry help others. What a lovely way to spend an evening!



St. Saviour:

Lenten Study: Julia Morris-Myers and Sarah Flynn will be offering a Lenten study on Kathleen Norris' Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith.  Do you struggle with the words of our faith, such as judgment, dogma, salvation or sinner? If so, this is the class for you!  Norris blends history, theology, storytelling and memoir in this fascinating book which encourages us to embrace ancient traditions and find faith in our contemporary world.  The class will meet on Fridays in Lent, beginning February 22, from 12-1 in the Rectory Library.  Please order your own book (used for as little as $.01 on Amazon) and look for the vocabulary you'd like us to talk about. Please talk with Julia (667-9529) or Sarah (244-9496) for more information.  This is a great book and we anticipate lots of lively discussion!


FREE Community Valentine Pancake Supper! Shrove Tuesday, February 12 from 5-6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Any donations will benefit St. Saviour’s MDI Fire Fund which benefits fire victims on Mt. Desert Island.  Bring your family, friends, neighbors. ALL are welcome!


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 8:00 a.m.


Community Events

Bar Harbor YWCA: On Sunday, February 10, at 4:00, the Amazing Women Series continues with a panel presentation by several local women who have faced some of life’s toughest challenges, with discussion time to follow.  Light Refreshments served.  Call 288-5008 for more information.

Island Connections needs volunteers! Island Connections seeks to provide free services to seniors, elderly and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands that will enable them to live independently and with a strong quality of life. If you would like to volunteer please call 288-4457.

Serendipity is looking for more clothing donations! They are accepting nearly new or slightly worn men's, children's and women's clothing of all sizes. Donations are accepted during their open hours. Call 288-2000.



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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement:
The United States has witnessed far too many public shootings in recent months and years. Far too many lives have been cut short or maimed by both random and targeted acts of gun violence. The school shooting in Newtown was horrific, yet since that day several times as many young people have died by gunshot.

It is abundantly clear that Americans are ready to grapple with the complexities of gun violence. The Spirit is moving across this land to mobilize people of faith to act. I urge the United States members of this Church to call your federal legislators on Monday 4 February to express your concern and your expectation that gun violence be addressed. The outlines of the necessary policy decisions are clear and widely supported: limits on sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, effective background checks for all gun purchases, better access to mental health services, and attention to gun trafficking.

We believe all God's people should be able to live in peace, as Zechariah dreams, "old men and women shall again sit in the streets...And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing."  The prophet reminds his hearers that even if this seems impossible, with God it is not. [Zech 8:4-6]  I urge you to add your voice to those clamoring for peace. Call your legislators and sue for peace.


Day of Reflection, Meditation and Prayer: Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has designated Monday, February 11, as a day of reflection, meditation and prayer to support the purpose of their work. You are invited to join them. Pray for the healing of deep and ancient wounds. Visualize the possibilities of service-systems built on mutual respect. Call for courage, clarity of purpose and openness. Please pause during your day, in whatever way you are able, to stand in spiritual solidarity with the TRC. For more information visit .


Episcopal Church World Mission Sunday, February 10

“The last Sunday of Epiphany is recognized every year as World Mission Sunday around the Episcopal Church,” notes the Rev. David Copley, Episcopal Church Officer for Mission Personnel. ”The word ‘mission’ comes from the Latin verb mittere ‘to be sent out’; mission is about being sent out,” he noted. “But what are we being sent out to do, and where are we expected to go? The mission that we are all called into as Christians is the mission of God.”

The annual observation of World Mission Sunday was designated to increase awareness of, and participation in, the wider global mission of the Episcopal Church. Keep in our prayers this week Dianne McMullan, Mary Mitchell, Jean Rohrer, Pamela Smith and other members of the Hancock County Medical Mission team who are on their way to Ecuador for two weeks.


Keep in your prayers this week: Peggy Walls, George Swanson, Jennie Cline, Bettina Dudley, Marcy MacKinnon, John Chryssavgis, Paul Haertel, Keith Storm, Christina Baker Kline, Brenda Merritt, and Julie Russell. Pray for the safe return of Shawn Reed and Adam Holt, who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


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In a global family, like the Anglican Communion, the voice of prayer is never silent.

Canon James Rosenthal, Diocese of Canterbury, Canterbury, England