Thursday, December 12, 2013

Events & News from St. Andrew & St. John Church




DECEMBER 12, 2013



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Advent 3

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


Comfort, comfort ye my people (67); O come, Emmanuel vs. 5-6 (56);

O Day of God draw nigh (601); Tell out my soul (438)


Psalm 146:4-9; Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11


Celebrant: The Rev. Ted Kanellakis

Usher:  Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Spencer Ervin

Second Lesson: Ann Benson

Prayers: Ellen Gilmore

Chalice: Chloe Hatcher

Acolyte: (8:00) Jayne Ashworth (10:00) Chloe Hatcher

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Vestry Member in charge: Jayne Ashworth

Flowers: ______

Coffee Hour: Floy Ervin



9:00 Forums

December 15: No Forum

December 22: Cookie Exchange!


Thursday Holy Eucharist:
December 19 at 12:30

The Rev. Alice Downs


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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:

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. If you have questions please contact Edie Stanwood, 244-3429; Michele Daley, 244-3229; Bunny Watts, 244-3699; or Chloe Hatcher, 244-4436.

Please bring your items for sale (baked goods, crafts, gifts, etc.) to the church on Friday.


Christmas Brunch: On Christmas Day at 11:30 a.m. our parish will host an Island-wide Community Christmas Brunch. Come alone or bring family and friends. If you wish to help, please call Chloe at 244-4436. If you plan to attend, please leave a message with Michele or on the church answering machine at 244-3229.


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.

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.  




Thursday, December 19, 6:00, Vestry


A Thank You note from Anne Welles: “I know there are so many ‘worker bees’ behind the scenes keeping the ministry of our community going. Please share our love and appreciation to all who should be thanked for help given by parishioners at the time of the Memorial Service for Cuff Train.”


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.

Gloves & Soup needed: St. Saviour’s is collecting warm, waterproof men’s gloves for Rev. Debbie Little-Wyman’s the Common Cathedral Church, plus canned soup for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry (they are OUT!) which can be put under the Outreach Christmas Tree in the Narthex. As you shop for food for yourself, remember the folks for whom every day is a struggle.


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

Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm.  Come, bring your family and friends to hear a delightful collection of Christmas favorites and a few new renditions by the Praise Band, Gospel Gents, Rachel and Dan Sieja, and more!  Cookies, milk, coffee and tea afterwards in the parish hall.  $3.00 suggested donation to help support youth ministries.


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


St. Mary and St. Jude

We are thankful for our new Rector, Jane Cornman, who has accepted our call.

Jane comes to us from the parish of St. Mary’s, Wayne, PA, where she served as Associate Rector for eight years. There, she participated in all priestly duties, with a special focus on ministry to families and young adults. She earned her M.Div. at Yale Divinity School and her Anglican diploma from Berkley Divinity School at Yale. Prior to her calling as an Episcopal Priest, she served as Director of Operations for Messiah College’s urban satellite campus at Temple University, in North Philadelphia. In her spare time, Jane enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Jane and her husband Douglas have been married for 22 years. Their daughter Katie is a sophomore in high school, and their son Max is a freshman. The Cornman’s have been vacationing on MDI since 1990, and are thrilled to be permanently joining the island community. They will be accompanied by their golden retriever, Jack, and their cat, Zebra.



Community Events



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, 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 welcomed - call 288-2000.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Dan Schreiber, Don Tomayko, Tony Sousa, Violet, Ron, Edie Stanwood,  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, 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 Ryan Maynard, Nathan Gumm, and Ty Elkins who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.

With sadness I share the news of the death of the Rev. Anne L. Hunter, M.D., 70, of Falmouth, on Sunday, December 8, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. After a long career as a physician - as a family physician in Rangeley and later specializing in hospice and end-of-life care in southern Maine -  Anne was ordained to the diaconate in 2006. She served as deacon at both St. Nicholas', Scarborough, and Good Shepherd, Rangeley. She is survived by a brother, two nieces, a nephew, and many friends and colleagues. A celebration of Anne's life will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland, with the Rt. Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen preaching.
Her obituary may be found
here. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine


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