Thursday, July 10, 2014

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




July 10, 2014



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pentecost 5

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 day of radiant gladness (48); Almighty God, your word is cast (589);

Surely it is God who saves me (679); Christ for the world we sing (537)


Psalm 119:105-112; Genesis 25:19-34; Romans 8;1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Usher: Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Jayne Ashworth

Second Lesson: Patsy Fogarty

Prayers: Elaine Theriault

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: (8:00) Ted Fletcher; (10:00) Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett

Vestry Member in charge: Floy Ervin


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:30 pm
July 17 – Macrina

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

Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. – Recital

Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday Explorers

Fridays, 9:00-1:00 – Farmer's Market

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

Saturday, July 12, 9:00-3:00 – QUIETSIDE FESTIVAL


Tuesday, July 15, 7:30pm, Violinist, Thomas Cooper accompanied by Stephen Sampson will perform works by J. S. Bach, Chaussen, Tartini and Beethoven.  Mr. Cooper is completing his degree in violin and viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  This is another in the Westside Food Pantry Recital Series--Suggested donation $15.  ALL donations go to our food pantry.


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 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.

July 23 – Art as theology. If a picture (or a sculpture) is worth a thousand words, religious art can be expected to say a great deal about the theology of the artist and the period in which it was created. We'll look at some examples of paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and any other kind of religious art we have on hand, and talk about how they speak to us about God. If you have a favorite, bring it (or a picture of it).


St. Saviour:

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 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 coaching 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.


Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is honored to sponsor a retreat with

Lama John Makransky on July 18-20, 2014 at Pacific Hall, West Tremont

Cultivating Our Innate Capacities of Love and Wisdom for Service and Action with Lama-Professor John Makransky

This weekend retreat is for both new and experienced meditators.  Participants learn powerful meditations from Tibetan Buddhism that help bring out latent powers of loving compassion and wisdom from the ground of our being.  

Such meditations, adapted for people of all faiths and backgrounds, can make us more fully present by awakening an unconditional attitude from within that nourishes all, while challenging us to see more potential in all.  When this unity of compassion and wisdom is embodied in relationships and action, it can become a great force to heal our lives and world.

The ancient bodhisattva way of awakening is rediscovered here and now in particulars of family, work and service.  By making contemplations from Tibet accessible to people of all faiths and backgrounds, this retreat is also an exercise in deep learning across religious boundaries. Guided meditations, questions and discussion will compose this weekend retreat.

About John Makransky, PhD

John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor to Chokyi Nyima Rinpocheʼs Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, and guiding teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion. In 2000, John was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist lama in the lineage of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. As a Buddhist meditation teacher in retreats across the U.S., John has become known for guiding participants in their discovery of innate wisdom and love.

John is the guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion, a socially engaged Buddhist organization that trains social servants of all faiths (social workers, therapists, healthcare givers, teachers, activists, etc.) in meditations of innate compassion and wisdom adapted from Tibet. He is on the board of directors of the Buddhist-Christian Studies Society, founding co-chair of the Buddhist Critical Reflection Group in the American Academy of Religion, and author of Awakening through Love (Wisdom, 2007).

This retreat is one in a series of interfaith programs on the theme, "Practicing Love: Awakening the Heart in Interspiritual Deepening." It begins Friday, July 18, at 7 pm and runs through Saturday, July 20, at 12 pm. Lunch and Supper on Saturday are included. Cost: $200. Register on line at or call 244-5168.


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: Marie Seavey, 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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