Thursday, September 11, 2014

Events & News from St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church (take 2)




September 11, 2014



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pentecost 14

8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor


Through the Red Sea brought at last (187); Forgive our sins as we forgive (674);

Bless the Lord, my soul (WLP 825); Go forth for God (347)


Canticle 8; Exodus 14:19-31; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Usher: Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Ann Cox Halkett

Second Lesson: Candace DaCosta

Prayers: Patsy Fogarty

Chalice: Bob Theriault

(10:00) Elaine Theriault

Altar Guild: Edie Stanwood

Vestry Member in charge: Rita Redfield


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:30 pm
September 18 – Oxford Reformers

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. Jennifer Reece, Affiliate Clergy





St. John:


Sunday, September 14, 9:15 a.m. – Forum, Paul Weiss, Director of the Whole Health Center,

         "The Cosmos of Intimacy: A Personal Spiritual Journey”

Monday, September 22, 5:00 p.m. – St. John Singers

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. – Wednesday Explorers

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 1:30 to 3:00 on Wednesday afternoons (note the new time beginning in September). 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 September:

September 17 – Mysticism. Many different religions, including Christianity, have mystical aspects and persons who are called mystics. We’ll try to learn a little about this particular way of relating to the divine, and perhaps identify aspects of the topic we’d like to discuss at another session.

September 24 – Just what are we doing on Sunday mornings? Liturgy is, in a sense, theater (as well as “the work of the people”). We’ll talk about our Episcopal liturgy step by step, discussing what it’s trying to accomplish – and what works and does not work for us as individuals.


Lay Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Bishop to carry Sunday Eucharist to church members who are unable to attend.  A training and licensing session for Lay Eucharistic Visitors will be held Saturday, September 13th, 9AM to 1PM at St. Patrick's, Brewer.  If you are interested, please check the Diocesan website ( for details and registration.


Outreach—Child Sponsorship: Sharon Dayana Salazar has been our sponsored child for many years. She is now 14 and probably should be called a young teen. At the present only two people have signed up and paid for her sponsorship this season. The cost is $28/month and you can sign up for any month you wish. If you would like to participate, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the undercroft and write a check to St. John’s.



From the Finance & Investment Committee

As we did last year, the Finance & Investment Committee (FIC) will be delighted to accept requests for increases in budgets for 2015 or (preferably, from your Treasurer’s point of view) decreases to your 2015 budget.

By way of background, our budget for 2014 on the income side is $162,586 with expenses estimated at $164,701, leaving a budget deficit of $2,115 for our current calendar and fiscal year.  To date, we are running close to this projection so we may run a slight deficit in 2014 (with the emphasis on “slight”), unless unforeseen circumstances change our numbers dramatically in the next six months.

The Vestry will conduct personnel reviews this fall and shape requests for personnel compensation changes. We will collect all other requests for increases or decreases to the 2015 budget by October 1 (please email requests to me at the following email:

If you have questions or thoughts about the 2014 or 2015 budget, I invite you to join our FIC meeting to be held on October 14 at 5:00 pm.  If you plan to attend and could let me know, I’d be most grateful.

As ever, minutes of FIC meetings are available to all (through Michele Daley); anyone can attend FIC meetings (generally the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm); and we report regularly to the Vestry and to the entire parish at the parish’s Annual Meeting.

We encourage those of you responsible for any of our various parish ministries to communicate with me by email.  If you believe your present budget is workable for another year, I would find it helpful to know that, too.

For all our Finance & Investment Committee members, many thanks to each of you!

Liz Erickson, Treasurer

St. Saviour:

Benefit Baked Bean Supper and Silent Auction: You're invited to "Share the Love" at a benefit Baked Bean Supper and Silent Auction in the Parish Hall on Friday, September 19, 5 - 7 pm.  All proceeds from the dinner and auction will be used to help defray medical expenses for community member Mary Parker who is undergoing experimental cancer treatment at NIH in Bethesda, MD. Mary and her husband David are always supportive of benefits in our community (especially bean suppers!) -- now friends of Mary want to return the favor. Please join us for great food, a fabulous auction, and a really good time. For more information, please contact Gail Leiser at or 288.9083.  

Contemplative Prayer Group: Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God.  Julia Morris-Myers will be leading a small group exploring several different contemplative prayer forms on Fridays October 3 - November 21 from 12-1:30 PM in the Rectory Common Library.  Because of the intimate nature of this topic, the class will be limited to eight participants who are committed to regular attendance.  If you are interested, please contact Julia directly at 667-9529 or


St. Mary and St. Jude:

Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 14th picnic and worship will be held at 11 AM at Suminsby Park. This will be the only service held on this Sunday.


Church of Our Father:

The Rev. Suzanne L. Cole’s first day will be on September 17th.


“A Place at the Table” will be shown on Wednesday, September 17 at 6 pm. This poignant film shows how 50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The film tells the powerful stories of three Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, this film shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.



Community Events

Touch-A-Truck: Saturday, September 20th at the former Lowe's in Ellsworth from 10am - 2pm. $5/person $20/family; infants FREE! All proceeds benefit Harbor House Children's Center and the Westside Food Pantry. Fun for the whole family! Come see the inside and outside of more than 60 vehicles! Earthmovers, excavators, diggers, rescue vehicles, fire trucks, 18-wheeler, limousine, ambulance, snow plow, cherry picker, dump truck, bulldozer and many more humongous vehicles! LIVE Broadcast by 97.7 WNSX


Kid’s Care Outreach Meal Program at St. Andrew Lutheran Church! This program distributes pre-packaged, healthy meals that can be easily cooked or microwaved. Each package feeds 6 people. On Saturday, October 4th, as many volunteers as they can get from the Ellsworth and MDI community will gather at St. Andrew’s, Ellsworth, to help make these packages between 9 am--12 noon. The goal is to make 20,000 packages of meals, which will be distributed to local shelters, food pantries and school kids back pack programs.


The Hungry Heart: A film about the hidden world of prescription drug addiction will be shown at the SWH Library on September 17th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on October 17th at 6:30 p.m. This 93 minute documentary film provides an intimate look at prescription drug addiction and recovery.


MDI Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale on Wednesday, September 17th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at The First Bank, 102 Main Street in Bar Harbor. There will be something for everyone at MDI Hospital Auxiliary’s Annual Fall Bake Sale on Wednesday, September 17th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at The First on Main Street in Bar Harbor. Items include baked goods, homemade pies and desserts, quiches, breads, and even luncheon items such as sandwiches, wraps and homemade macaroni and cheese! Once again the Auxiliary have set their goals high! They have committed to provide over $10,000 worth of equipment to the MDI Hospital Organization. Items that will benefit patients and our community, and support the MDI Hospital Staff in providing the quality care they are so well-known for. How can you help? Take a walk to The First on Main Street to check out the goods! If you are unable to attend, baked goods and monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated!




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Keep in your prayers this week: Sara Etta Dudley, Johanna-Karen Johannson, Ephron Catlin, Sarah Flynn, Jean Martinez, 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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