Thursday, October 2, 2014

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







October 2, 2014



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pentecost 17

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


Christ is made the sure foundation (518); O Lord, hear my prayer (WLP 827);

When from bondage we are summoned (WLP 753); Christ is the world’s true light (542)


Psalm 19; Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9; 12-20; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson/Psalm: Candace DaCosta

Second Lesson: Mike DaCosta

Prayers: Spencer Ervin

Chalice: Bob Theriault

Acolyte: (10:00) Elaine Theriault

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: ______

Vestry Member in charge: Elaine Theriault


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:30 pm
October 9 – Robert Grosseteste

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, October 5 & 12, 9:00 a.m. – Vesta Kowalski, Discussion of Explorations at the Wednesday meetings

Monday, October 13, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s 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 –An open discussion group that meets in the St. John’s Common Room from 1:30-3:00 on Wednesday afternoons, 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:

October 8One God in Three Persons? What do we mean when we say Jesus is “fully divine and fully human”? Is the Trinity a useful theological concept for us in our time?

October 15The Top 10 Reasons to Be an Episcopalian. Robin Williams left us this tongue-in-cheek yet thought-provoking list of reasons that includes “you can believe in dinosaurs” (#9) and ends with “No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you” (#1). Today’s discussion will continue the discussion begun at the St. John’s Sunday Forum on October 12


Congregational Pastoral Care continues: We welcome any comments or suggestions from parishioners about this ministry. Please share them with Fr. Tim, Vesta Kowalski, Wardens or Vestry or Joan Bromage. And have a fresh look at our wonderful pew cards – do you know anyone who might need some friendly help?? We are blessed with parishioners who are always ready with generous help where it’s needed. Thank you all.


Cards to Bill Baker - People have been asking where to send cards…The address is:

William Baker, patient

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Cardiac Care

70 Francis St.

Boston, MA 02115



St. Saviour:

Blessing of beasts for St. Francis’ feast

St. Saviour offers public blessing of animals in Bar Harbor

October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, known by many as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  In celebration, St. Saviour Episcopal Church will be offering a free public ceremony for the blessing of pets and companion animals on Saturday, October 4, 2:00 PM in Grant Park, at the end of Albert Meadow near the Shore Path in Bar Harbor.


All sorts of animals are welcome, so long as they are in pet carriers or on a leash and under control.  If your animal companion does not do well in crowds or with other animals, you may bring a photo, a favorite toy, or some sort of representation of your animal to be blessed instead.  There will also be an opportunity to remember and honor departed pets:  you are invited to bring a photo or other memento of them.


The Rev. Tim Fleck, Priest-in-Charge of St. Saviour, says, “Animals are an important part of our lives – our pets as well as the wild animals among whom we live here on MDI.  Many of us have learned how to love and to be loved in our relationships with animals, and have experienced closeness with God through appreciation of creation.  It’s only natural that we should want to give thanks for the blessings of nature.”

The attached image is © David W. Raber, used by the permission of the artist.


Kevin Campbell & The Color of Sound at St. Saviour's

Musician/composer Kevin Campbell will lead his contemporary Jazz ensemble, The Color of Sound, in a performance of original compositions and familiar Jazz classics at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church on Friday, October 10 at 7 pm. Merging sensitive vocal Bossa Nova influenced stylings with exciting instrumental Jazz, Color of Sound offers a wide sonic palette that appeals to music lovers of all styles. Performing songs from his debut CD, “First Light”, new original compositions and Jazz classics, the ensemble will present an evening of dynamic musical entertainment featuring some of the area's finest Jazz musicians.

Winner of both Helen Hayes and Barrymore Awards for musical direction in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, Campbell will present compositions and arrange-ments highlighting the chemistry of interplay between ensemble and stylistic artistry.

Come and join us as the melodies flow and reverberate through the wonderful walls of the church. Suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit Local Solutions and St. Saviour's Outreach programs.


For Your Reading pleasure, please see pages 31 and 32 from the Friends of Acadia Journal for September 2014. You can copy and paste the following address to access the journal on line or read the articles which have been posted on the bulletin board in the undercroft… Living on Beauty (Susannah Jones, p. 32); Reflections and Foresight (Ed Samek, p. 31).




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.


St Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill will offer a new study: "The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer". This fascinating program will begin on October 8th and run for four weeks from 10:30-11:45 am at St. Francis by the Sea. The series is based on the New York Times best-selling biography, “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas.

Purchase of the book is not required since this is a DVD and discussion based course created by the book's author. Each week, Metaxas will present the forces that formed Bonheoffer's theology that ultimately led him to efforts to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland as well as involvement in plots to kill Hitler. There is no charge to participate and all are welcome. Each week an optional, "long-table" Eucharist will follow the program. Please plan to join us. For more information contact St. Francis Church at (207) 374-5200.


The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is offering two programs with Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, on “Gandhi’s Practice of Love.” This is the practice that inspired the nonviolent movements of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the US, Desmond Tutu in South Africa and Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam, among others; yet, Gandhi said he learned the practice from his wife, Kasturbai, during the storms of their early marriage.

These two programs are a Day of Teaching (Friday, October 17, 9 am-3 pm) and a Retreat (Saturday, October 18, 9 am to Sunday, October 19, 12 pm). The cost of the Day is $75 (lunch included) and the Retreat $150 (Saturday lunch and supper included). Place: Pacific Hall in West Tremont.

The following link to the Guild web site offers more information and makes it possible for folks to register:

Dr. Gandhi is currently visiting Research Professor at the University of Illinois. He is also the author of perhaps the most complete biography of his grandfather, Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire. He is a former member of the Indian Parliament and represented the Indian delegation at the UN Human Rights Commission in the 1990s.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Sharon Green, John Cronin, Mary Burden, Sarah Moore, Bill Baker, Sara Etta Dudley, Johanna-Karen Johannson, Ephron Catlin, Sarah Flynn, 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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