Thursday, July 17, 2014

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




July 17, 2014



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pentecost 6

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


Blessed Jesus, at thy word (440); Lord of all hopefulness (482);

As Jacob with travel was weary (453); Give praise and Glory unto God (375)


Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23; Genesis 28;10-19a; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Marilyn Mays

First Lesson/Psalm: Floy Ervin

Second Lesson: Neela Zinsser

Prayers: Ellen Gilmore

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

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

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Betsy Hewlett

Vestry Member in charge: Marilyn Mays


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:30 pm
July 24 – Thomas a Kempis

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

Fridays, 9:00-1:00 – Farmer's Market

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


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 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).

July 30 Is contemporary capitalism compatible with Christianity? This question will probably require more than a one-word answer. We'll discuss our undoubtedly differing views of the relationship between faith, religion, and economics – personal, corporate, and governmental.


St. Saviour:

Taizé Service, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Haitian Art Sale, Saturday, August 2, 9:00-3:00. 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

July 31—"The Trinity in Fiction." Two books will be discussed: Toni Morrison's

Beloved and William P. Young's The Shack.  

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.


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.



Community Events


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


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.



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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, 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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