Thursday, July 3, 2014

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




July 3, 2014



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pentecost 4

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


Jesus shall reign where e'er the sun (544); Spread, O spread, thou mighty word;

I heard the voice of Jesus say (692); God of our fathers, whose almighty hand (718)


Psalm 45:11-18; Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16i-19, 25-30


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
July 3 – John Hus

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 14, 5:00 p.m. – St. John Singers

Wednesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday Explorers

Fridays, 9:00-1:00 – Farmer's Market

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

Sunday, July 6, 3:30 p.m. – Food Pantry Benefit Recital

Wednesday, July 9, 4:00 p.m. – Recital (Arthur Russell Strings)


Wednesday Explorers–An open discussion group that meets from 10:00 to 11:30 in the St. John's Common Room, facilitated by Vesta Kowalski. We discuss a different topic each week, chosen by the group. Anyone is welcome to come once, occasionally, or regularly; friends are welcome, too. Upcoming topics:

July 9 – I believe – or do I? We'll look at the Nicene Creed word by word, talking about where it came from and discussing how its language does or does not convey our 21st century beliefs.

July 16 -- The other gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John made it into our Bibles. Thomas, Mary, James and Peter did not. We'll look at samples of what's in some of the many gospels that were not included in the Bible, and discuss what we might find to be of value in them.


FUNDRAISER:  Sunday, July 6th, 3:30pm; Violinist, Amos Lawrence, accompanied by Stephen Sampson, and Pianist, Lisa Lanza perform works by Sibelius, Elgar, Ravel and others.  A reception will follow in the undercroft.  This is the 12th recital in the Westside Food Pantry Recital Series.  Suggested donation-$15.  ALL PROCEEDS go to our food pantry.  Please plan to join us. FMI contact Susan Buell, 244-8061.


St. Saviour:

Study Opportunities: The previously announced study, "Living in the Prayer Book Tradition in the 21st Century" will not continue this summer at either time (Fridays at noon, alternate Sundays at 8:30).   Instead, pastor Jenny will offer two Brown Bag Book Group evenings, open to members of both parishes, and to the public. 


On Thursday, July 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library the Book Group topic will be "The Trinity in Fiction." Two books will be discussed: Toni  Morrison's Beloved  and William P. Young's  The Shack.  A couple of copies of each book will be available for sign-out in the Parish Library. Please bring your own brown bag supper, and a small snack to share with others. Drinks will be provided.


The second Brown Bag Book Group will be on Thursday, August 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library. The topic is "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. Comments? Please call Pastor Jenny, our Affiliate Priest at 952-2363 or email her at


Haitian Art Sale Planning Meeting: Monday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rectory Common Room. All parishes are encouraged to attend and help. The sale is planned for Saturday, August 2nd in the parking lot of St. Saviour's Parish, from 9 am to 4 pm. There's lots to do the day of the event so we'll need all the help we can get. Call Marti Torbeck (522-8710), Diane Phipps (664-3204), or Linda Lewis (244-0005) with questions or if you can help but can't attend the meeting.


Church of Our Father:

The Waste Not Want Not Thrift Shop is looking for clean and gently used children's and baby clothes.  The ECW ladies also welcome helping hands to sort, fold, and hang the donations which are arriving every day.  Come by Thursdays at 10 am to lend a hand!



Community Events


Arthur Russell Strings Chamber Music Program

Arthur Russell Strings (ARS) and Director Nancy Colter are pleased to invite the public to two performances by young Maine musicians.  

Benefit Chamber Music Concert for the Westside Food Pantry. Wednesday, July 9th at 4:00 pm.  St. John Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor

Talented ARS former mentor, now freelance professional violinist and violist Kallie Ciechomski (Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music), along with violinist Gabrielle Price (Honors College, University of Maine, Orono) and cellist Ryan Dyer, graduate of Mount Desert Island High School (Longy Conservatory), will perform ensemble and solo works along with selected Arthur Russell Strings 2014 students. This is a community benefit concert; donations for the Westside Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted at the door.  

ARS Final Concert.  Friday, July 11th at 5:30pm. St. John Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor

​A free event open to the public, the ARS Final Concert will highlight the week's accomplishments for participants in this year's program. The session's chamber ensembles will perform the pieces they have refined over the course of the week, and the entire ARS student body will unite as a chamber orchestra for the summer's celebratory conclusion. Following the concert, audience members are invited to an informal reception to meet the musicians and partake in light refreshments. Donations to support ARS are welcome.  

ARS is a one-week summer chamber music program in scenic Southwest Harbor. Middle- and high-school students are given the opportunity to develop their musicianship in a supportive community atmosphere. Our highly respected faculty members, led by noted pianist Nancy Colter and Bangor Symphony principal cellist Noreen Silver, match students with chamber groups specifically tailored to their experience and age level. Carefully selected chamber pieces highlight students' strengths and push their abilities to the next level, and daily in-depth coachings with faculty and conservatory mentors refine students' technique and musicality. Although the program primarily consists of string and piano students, each year ARS welcomes applications from all students with a passion for ensemble playing. The 2014 ARS student body has attracted musicians from Mount Desert Island to Mattawamkeag.


Rooms Needed: People are coming for the August 22 and 23, 2014 premieres of George Swanson's opera at St. Saviour's.  He wonders if any MDI folks might offer a free bed and breakfast.  A Baptist pastor from Alaska and a Catholic peace activist from Massachusetts are considering it.  Contact George at  See:


Downeast Spiritual Life Conference with John Philip Newell, July 11-12, The Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Call 207-374-5200 or go to to register.


Classical Education: You may remember Aaron Hanson's adult forum this spring on Classical Education and the new Mirus Academy opening this fall in Town Hill.  Mike McKenna will be speaking on the subject of Classical Education at the Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor on Saturday July 12th from 6:30 to 8:30, with desserts and coffee beforehand.  Mr. McKenna has more than 10 years of experience in Classical Education and is the current Headmaster at Rockbridge Academy in Rockbridge, Maryland.  He will be speaking on the historical roots of Classical Education, an explanation of its method as well as how it challenges and develops the mind.



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Keep in your prayers this week: Pamela Theodore, Lance Funderburk, Emily Frazier, Bruce Blake, Trisha Roy, Shelley Hoover Payne, Terry Musson, Molly Lyman, Angelina Sharpe, James Stanton, Wayne Buchanan, 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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