Thursday, July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pentecost 8

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. Andrew by the Lake, Seal Cove

10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor


O Praise ye the Lord (342); Shepherd of souls (343);

Open your ears, O faithful people (536); Glorious things of thee are spoken (522)


Psalm 17:1-7, 16; Genesis 32:22-31; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Dean Henry

First Lesson/Psalm: Spencer Ervin

Second Lesson: Ann Cox Halkett

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: (8:00) Rita Redfield; (10:00) Elaine Theriault

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: Susan Buell

Vestry Member in charge: Elaine Theriault


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:30 pm
August 7 – John Mason Neale

The Rev. Tim Fleck


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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, Rita Redfield (244-4025)

The Rev. Vesta Kowalski and The Rev. Jenny Reece, Affiliate Clergy





St. John:


Monday, July 28, 5:00 p.m. – St. John Singers

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday Explorers

Thursday, July 31, 7:00 p.m. – Kneisel Hall Concert at St. John’s

Fridays, 9:00-1:00 – Farmer’s Market

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 – Mahjong (Come learn and play)



Wednesday Explorers is a weekly open discussion forum, facilitated by Vesta Kowalski, which meets in the St. John’s Common Room from 10:00 to 11:30 on Wednesday mornings. There’s a different topic each week; the topics are chosen by the group. Anyone is free to come once, occasionally, or regularly, and friends from outside the church community are welcome, too. Schedule of topics for August:

August 6 S/he said what? The second of our first-Wednesday open forums to discuss ideas from recent or past sermons that you found intriguing, irritating, inspiring, provocative, puzzling, peculiar . . . anything that made you want to talk back to the preacher.

August 13 I believe in . . . what? Having discussed our feelings about the Creed in July, this time we’ll look at the words, talking about where it came from and discussing how its language does or does not convey our 21st century beliefs.

August 20 Maturity and faith. A recent unscientific poll in Japan suggested that as people age, their faith becomes stronger and their belief in the afterlife diminishes. What do we think?

August 27 – The one who sings prays twice. We’ll talk about how music and poetry work to convey ideas and feelings, and how the music in our liturgies – particularly the hymns – help or disrupt our experience of worship. If there’s a particular hymn you love (or hate), we can talk about it.

Note: Wednesday Explorers meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 during August, and will move to Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 beginning September 3.


A Simply Divine Luncheon: Saturday, August 9, 11:00 to 1:00. Katie Barney Moose will give a lecture and demonstration on “Living a Healthy, Holy Life with Biblical Foods, Herbs, and Spices”. Lunch in the undercroft will include: chicken salad plated with fresh herbs and edible flowers, refreshing cool beverage, divine dessert, tea and coffee; all for a donation of $12.50.


St. Saviour:

Haitian Art Sale, Saturday, August 2, 9:00-3:00. The MDI Episcopal Haiti Outreach committee is sponsoring the sale to benefit Episcopal Schools in Northern Haiti. Art items will include paintings as well as silk scarves, Haitian flags, children’s shirts, small wooden animals, black iron work, painted iron work, and other miscellaneous items.  Refreshments will also be available including rice and beans, tropical baked goods, iced coffee and lemonade. Singing Rooster Haitian coffee will be available for sale. Donations and proceeds from coffee sales will go toward a computer for Jean-Gardy Saint Vil, a recent Haitian Graduate from Quisqueya University in Port au Prince.  Jean-Gardy’s college was sponsored by Maine Episcopalians. Help is needed to set up tents and tables on Friday, August 1 from 5-7 pm; provide baked goods (lemon bars, coconut cookies or other tropical baked goods), please bring items either Friday night or before 9am on Saturday; pouring drinks during the bake sale; clean up, 3pm Saturday to take tents and tables down. Contact Diane Phipps (664-3204), Marti Torbeck (522-8710), Linda Lewis (244-0005). 


Brown Bag Book Group, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Library. Please bring your own brown bag supper, and a small snack to share with others. Drinks will be provided. Comments? Please call Pastor Jenny, our Affiliate Priest at 952-2363 or email her at

August 28"Episcopal Mysteries". We will be discussing the works of mystery writers Julia Spencer-Fleming, Kate Gallison, and Mark Schweizer, all of whom write entertaining mysteries featuring Episcopal clergy and church members. Participants are invited to read at least one book of one or two of these authors (Great summer reading!). The entertaining work of these fiction writers may well spark some good conversation about serious topics of theology and Episcopal church life. And we'll have fun! Plan to come, and bring a friend.

Summer Organ Series: The eighth-annual series will be held on Fridays in August from 12:15-1:00.  The church features a 27-rank Visser-Rowland tracker organ which is used in worship services each week as well as to support community choral and instrumental performances.  The schedule for the recital series is as follows:

August 1: Kevin Birch, Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, will present a program of a colorful tour through 17th-centure Northern Europe and include music by Sweelinck and Bruhns.

August 8: The Somerset Consort (Diana Brookes Brown, flute; Lorna Russell, viola da gamba; Carlton Russell, harpsichord; Catharine Cloutier, soprano) in a program of Baroque music.

August 15: Ellen Jones, Athens TN and Julia Morris-Myers, St. Saviour’s, playing a recital of American organ duets and solos.

August 22: Ray Cornils, First Parish Church, Brunswick and City of Portland Municipal Organist.

The Summer Organ Series is made possible by the generous support of St. Saviour’s Friends of Music. Admission to the recitals is by donation and a reception will follow to meet the artists. The church is handicap-accessible. For more information please call the church at 288-4215 or visit the website:


Church of Our Father:

The Waste Not Want Not Thrift Shop is looking for clean and gently used clothes, linens, and knick-knacks.  The shop is open on Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 and Saturdays 9:00-noon.



St. Mary and St. Jude:

Casserole sale will be held on August 14 on Main Street in Northeast Harbor. Contact Linda Lewis for more information (244-0005, Proceeds are used in ECW outreach programs.


Community Events


YMCA MDI Events:

Thursday, August 7, which is Purple Heart Day, the YWCA MDI is holding a Tea from 2 pm to 4 pm to honor our veterans. There will be music, food, and good conversation. Donations are welcomed, which will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Come, thank a veteran, and share stories.

On Tuesday, August 19, the UCC of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, International Partners in Mission, and YWCA MDI are sponsoring a Community Forum, “The Hidden Hurt: Domestic Violence in our Community”. The Forum begins at 6:30 pm at the Parish House in Northeast Harbor, next to the Union Church. A 3-person panel will provide information and be available for questions. Refreshments will be served. Jackie Davidson 288-5008,


Local Solutions is creating an independent lifestyle for young adults with special needs who are connected to the MDI community. You’re invited to a Garden Party at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor! Please join us to learn about Parish House Renovations. August 27, 5:00–7:00 PM. In case of rain we will be inside the St. Saviour’s Parish Hall. RSVP appreciated




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Keep in your prayers this week: Ephron Catlin, Sarah Flynn, Jean Martinez, Marie Seavey, Pamela Theodore, Lance Funderburk, Emily Frazier, Bruce Blake, Trisha Roy, Shelley Hoover Payne, Molly Lyman, Angelina Sharpe, James Stanton, Dorothy Smith, Bob Theriault, Norman Shaw, Ron Martin, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Ruth and Bob Zachary, Gary Dunlap, Kay and Bill Barney, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson, Jennie Cline and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.



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In accordance with Article V, Paragraph 4 of the Constitution and Bylaws of St. Andrew and St. John Episcopal Church (as adopted January 28, 2007), notice is hereby given of a Special Parish Meeting to be held Monday, August 25, 5:30 PM at St. John’s Church.

The subject matter of the meeting is two proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. 

Proposal #1:  Paragraph 8 of Article IV (Wardens, Vestry, Officers, and Delegates to Diocesan Convention) shall be amended as follows:

4.8 Following the annual meeting the rector and wardens (or the wardens if there is no rector) shall appoint for a three-year term as an associate member of the vestry a person who worships at St. Andrew and St. John, but who is in residence for less than half a year. A person so appointed shall only serve while in residence for less than a half-year. An associate member of the vestry may participate and vote in all meetings of the vestry, but is not entitled to vote unless a member of the parish. Upon completion of a full three-year term, an associate member of the vestry shall not be eligible for reappointment until after an interval of one year

The intent of the first proposed change is to extend voting rights to associate members of the vestry, with the larger aim of giving greater representation to seasonal worshippers.

Proposal #2:  The first two paragraphs of Article V (Parish Meetings) shall be amended as follows:

5.1 Right of voting shall extend to persons who are at least fifteen years of age and who have, during three of the previous three twelve months, been stated worshippers in this church and stated contributors to its support. Twenty members of the parish shall constitute a quorum at any meeting; and, a quorum being present, a majority shall control.

5.2 The annual meeting of the parish shall take place on the third Sunday in January or on such other date in January June as the wardens and vestry shall determine.


The intent of the second proposed change is to move the Annual Parish Meeting to June, with the hope that it will allow more of our seasonal worshippers to participate.  The change to the voting requirements is intended to make it clear that seasonal worshippers may vote if they have been faithful in the last year.

This change would not change the fiscal or budget year of the parish.  It is anticipated that the budget adopted by the Vestry would be presented at a Parish Meeting in January called for that purpose.

Any change to the constitution and Bylaws requires the vote of a majority of members present at two successive meetings of the parish.  This is the first proposal of these changes; if they are accepted at this meeting, they will be proposed again at the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for January 18, 2015.  If accepted then, the Annual Meeting would be placed in recess until a Sunday in June, 2015, at which point elections would be held and other parish business would be conducted as usual.