Thursday, December 19, 2013

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




DECEMBER 19, 2013



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Advent 4

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


Come thou, long expected Jesus (66); O come, Emmanuel (56);

Hark the glad sound (72); People look East (WLP 724)


Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Isaiah 6:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Usher:  Chloe Hatcher

First Lesson/Psalm: Ken Cochrane

Second Lesson: Candy DaCosta

Prayers: Mike DaCosta

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: (8:00) Bob Stanwood (10:00) Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Vestry Member in charge: Bunny Watts

Coffee Hour: Floy Ervin



9:00 Forums

December 22: Christmas Fair and Bake Sale!

December 29: No Forum


Thursday Holy Eucharist:
NO service on December 26


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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 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 and there will be an insert in Sunday’s bulletin.  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. Please get your names to me no later than Monday MORNING.

We have beautiful greeting cards made from a striking new photo of the church by Anne Wetzel, featuring the new red door.  Suitable for any occasion.  They are available for $2 each, 12 for $20, 20 for $30, with matching envelopes.  They are in the undercroft.  




Thursday, December 19, 6:00, Vestry


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Fiddle player Emma Walsh and mandolin player Pepin Mittlehauser will perform for the Westside Food Pantry, Saturday evening, January 4th at 6:30pm.  Suggested donation - $10.00.  ALL proceeds go directly to the Westside Food Pantry.  For more information about the performance or the Westside Food Pantry contact Susan Buell, 669-5482.


St. Saviour’s

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, Thursday, December 19 at 7 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.


Christmas Craft Making, Caroling & Meal is scheduled for Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 pm. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon organized by Rachel & Dan Sieja.  After making your choice of a Christmas craft (there will be several to choose from), we will sing carols at several nearby homes, and then return for a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup and toasted cheese sandwiches!


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


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, Sylvia Gott, 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.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013

“May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you,
enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.”

[December 12, 2013] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2013 prays: “May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world’s notice. May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.”

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message:

Christmas message 2013

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.    Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah pronounces these words to a people who remember the yoke of slavery laid on their shoulders.  They’ve been waiting for this child, whose birth transforms that yoke into a mantle of authority.  They are promised that this authority will continue to grow as the peaceable commonwealth is established – with justice and righteousness for all, and for ever.

This promise is spoken anew to people in every age, to those who have lived under oppression or in dark depression, to the hungry and ill and imprisoned.  The birth we celebrate offers hope, in Word made flesh, who comes among us to heal and walk this way with us.  The mantle of authority on his shoulders begins in the swaddling clothes of a child born in the humblest of circumstances.  Yet that authority is recognized even by foreigners from far away.  That mantle of authority does continue to grow, through a life offered for others, raised into new life, and passed on to new generations of fleshly God-bearers.  Wherever justice and righteousness is done, that authority is growing, borne on the shoulders of the Prince of Peace. 

He comes again, bearing the grace of the One whose image he wears in flesh.  Seek him, sing his new song, declare his glory, and tell out the good news to all the nations:  God reigns, and he is coming bearing righteousness and truth on his shoulders. 

May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world’s notice.  May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.  Bear it abroad in peace, this year and throughout the ages.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church


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Tuesday, December 24

Church of Our Father

4:00 p.m. — Holy Eucharist

St. Andrew & St. John

4:00 p.m. — Holy Eucharist

Dean Henry and Alice Downs, Celebrants

St. Mary & St. Jude

4:00 p.m. — Family Service, Pageant and Holy Eucharist

St. Dunstan’s

5:00 p.m. — Holy Eucharist

St. Saviour’s

4:00 p.m. — Family Service and Holy Eucharist

10:00 p.m. — Holy Eucharist


Wednesday, December 25

St. Saviour’s

7:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist

Church of Our Father

9:00 a.m. — Holy Eucharist

St. Dunstan’s

10:00 a.m. — Holy Eucharist

St. Andrew & St. John

10:00 a.m. —- Holy Eucharist

Tim Fleck, Celebrant

11:30 a.m. — Community Christmas Brunch