Thursday, December 5, 2013

Events & News from St. Andrew & St. John




DECEMBER 5, 2013



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Advent 2

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


Prepare the way, O Zion (65); O come, Emmanuel, vs. 3-4 (56);

Christ is the world’s true Light (542); Isaiah the prophet has written of old (WLP 723)


Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Preacher: Mr. John Dieffenbacher-Krall

Usher:  Karen Craig

First Lesson/Psalm: Floy Ervin

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: (8:00) Ted Fletcher (10:00) Elaine Theriault

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Vestry Member in charge: Marilyn Mays

Flowers: ______

Coffee Hour: Patsy Fogarty



9:00 Forums

December 8: John Dieffenbacher Krall

December 15: No Forum


Thursday Holy Eucharist:
December 12 at 12:30

Rev. Tim Fleck will celebrate the Feast of Lucy


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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)






St. John:

A recital to benefit the Westside Food Pantry will be held at St. John's on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.  Eileen Brennan, recorder, and Stephen Sampson, piano, will play music by J.S. Bach, Robin Milford, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, and others.


Advent Book Study Group: People of the Way:  Renewing Episcopal Identity by Dwight J. Zscheile (pronounced like “Shiley”) is an invitation to re-imagine what it means to be an Episcopalian in North America in the twenty-first century, in a post-Establishment, post-Colonial, post-Denominational, and nearly post-Christian world.  Father Tim is leading a discussion of the book during Advent on Mondays from 9 to 10:30AM following Morning Prayer in the Library at St. Saviour, and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2PM in the Common Room at St. John’s. Anybody from any parish can attend either group, and it’s okay to bounce back and forth.


Christmas Fair, Wreaths and Lunch: St. John’s will hold their Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 14 from 8:a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We need items to sell – both crafts and foods (cookies, cakes, pies, etc.) If you are willing to help please contact Edie Stanwood, 244-3429; Michele Daley, 244-3229; Bunny Watts, 244-3699; or Chloe Hatcher, 244-4436.


Christmas Flowers/Wreaths: A sign-up sheet for donations to the Christmas flower/wreath fund is in the undercroft.  All contributions are gratefully accepted.  NO minimum!  Folks should list the names of people they want remembered or honored.  These names will be listed in the Christmas bulletins.


Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the St. John's  Community Thanksgiving a huge success! We provided 60 meals for guests from all over the island as well as Trenton, Hancock, Ellsworth and Lamoine. So many of you volunteered to set up, cook, serve and clean up that everything ran smoothly. We especially are thankful for the help and attendance from members of St Saviour's. With the generous monetary donations that we received, we will be able to provide more free meals throughout the winter months. With deep appreciation, The Martha's .


We have beautiful greeting cards made from a striking new photo of the church by Anne Wetzel, featuring the new red door.  Suitable for Christmas cards, or any occasion.  They are available for $2 each, 12 for $20, 20 for $30, with matching envelopes.  They are in Michele’s office, on top of the file cabinets.  





Mondays, December 9 & 23, 5:00, St. John Singers

Tuesday, December 10, 5:00, FIC

Thursday, December 19, 6:00, Vestry


St. Saviour’s

St. Saviour’s Parish at 41 Mt. Desert Street in Bar Harbor invites you to join us for a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday December 15 at 4 pm and for an Advent Organ Recital at 12:15 pm Friday, December 20. The entire community is welcome at all events and we are handicap accessible.


.A service for “The Longest Night” will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm in St. Saviour’s Chapel, 41 Mt. Desert Street in Bar Harbor.  If Christmas is a hard time for you, please consider joining the community at St. Saviour’s for a service of quiet prayer and remembrance, for sharing grief with one another and with the God who knows what it is to be human.  No one will be asked to share more than is comfortable.

Book Study -- The Education for Ministry group is inviting anyone who is interested to join them on Tuesdays, January 14 and 21 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. to discuss two supplemental texts: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan; and And God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible for the Church Today by Christopher Bryan. Books can be obtained from the bookstore or library.  If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to order some copies for individuals or for sharing if you are willing to help pay for them.  Please let Sarah Flynn ( at St. Saviour's or Jayne Ashworth ( at St. Andrew & St. John know if you would like to pursue this approach to obtaining a copy of the books or if you have questions.


Church of Our Father:

Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 followed by a light breakfast.


Community Events

Women of Faith Christmas Program: An evening of hope and joy for the entire family on Friday, December 6, 8-10 p.m. Southwest Harbor Congregational Church, 29 High Road, will show a simulcast of the program which is for all people of all ages and shows the reason why we celebrate. There will be refreshments and fellowship before the program at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 244-4300.


Acadia Choral Christmas ConcertA Celebration of International Carols, St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor, 7 p.m. Saturday December 7 2013; 5 p.m. Sunday December 8, 2013.  Tickets are $15.00.


The Alcyon Center – First Weekend – 6,7 December 2013

From 9:00 AM – Noon join a small group of people taking 3 hours of uninterrupted silence.

At Noon a lunch of homemade soup and bread is served with fruit for dessert.

From 1:00 – 4:00 PM, 3 afternoon hours of silence complete the Quiet Day.

All are welcome to participate in the Quiet Day silence and luncheon meal.

If you would like to stay for Soul Friends, let us know and join us for a light supper.

There is no fee for the day.  Free will offerings are appreciated.


Soul Friends for Women, Friday, 6 December 2013

Women from near and far who have gathered for many times or who come for the first time

are warmly invited to come to The Alcyon Center from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

There is no membership in Soul Friends; all women are welcome as Soul Friends for the evening.

Our evening consists of listening to each other speak from our lived experience

for the purpose of deepening our practice of the theme.

 In December the theme “Offering” will be considered.


Alcyon Breakfast, 7 December 2013

 You are invited to a 20 minute silent sit at 7:30 AM followed by breakfast at 8:00 AM.

We continue our discussion on the theme of “Offering” from a broader, societal perspective


Joyful Noise Community Singing on MDI – 2nd Tuesday (December 10), 6 p.m. at Common Good at Seawall, All Island December 15th, 6:30 p.m. Eden Parish Hall, Salisbury Cove.  Also 4th Monday (in January), 7 p.m. Bar Harbor YWCA.



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Keep in your prayers this week: Tony Sousa, Violet, Ron, Edie Stanwood, Michael Shook, Spencer Ervin, Mary Parker, Amy Beal Church, Mary Jones, Bradford Fleck, Jean Martinez, Sylvia Gott, Sinclair Family, Boyd McFarland, Sarah Flynn, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Ruth and Bob Zachary, Sachi Mallack, Carolyn Bowman, Martha Thompson, Karen Floyd, Lydia Thayer, Martha Masiello, Gary Dunlap, Penelope Place, Kay and Bill Barney, Matt Fisher, George Swanson, Jennie Cline, Julie Russell and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica. Pray for the safe return of Andy Young, Ryan Maynard, Nathan Gumm, and Ty Elkins who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


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