Thursday, November 13, 2014

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









November 13, 2014



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pentecost 23

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


On this day, the first of days (47); Strengthen for service, Lord (312)

Once he came in blessing (53); Hark! The glad sound! (71)


Psalm 123; Judges 4:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Dean Henry

First Lesson/Psalm: Spencer Ervin

Second Lesson: Candace DaCosta

Prayers: Mike DaCosta

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Susan Buell

Vestry Member in charge: Paul Haertel


Thursday Holy Eucharist at 12:00 pm
November 20 – William Byrd, John Merbecke, Thomas Tallis

The Rev. Tim Fleck

November 27 – Thanksgiving (Service at 11:00)

The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

December 4 – Nicholas of Myra

The Rev. Tim Fleck


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Office Hours:

8:30-2:30, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator

Michele will be out of the office until December 8

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:


Mondays, November 17 & 24, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s Singers

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

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong


Copies of "Hard Choices for Loving People" by Hank Dunn will be available Sunday for $6.00 per copy for individuals who expressed interest at the 9:00 forums with Nan Miller and Cookie Horner.

WEDNESDAY EXPLORERS 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. There’s a different topic each week; the topics are suggested and 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 November follows (note that we will not meet on November 26, the day before Thanksgiving) 

November 19 – Is doubt a part of faith? Most of us have at some point in our lives taken a “vacation” from church, and often returned with a more mature faith. What do we doubt? How do we balance faith and doubt in our daily lives?

November 26 – No meeting.


Thanksgiving Dinner:  The second annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held in the Undercroft following the 11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day service. Reservations are appreciated but not required. Leave a message by calling the church office (244-3229) or sign up in the Undercroft. If you would like to help in any way (help serve, clean up, bake pies, etc.), please contact Dianne McMullan (244-4582) or Chloe Hatcher (244-4436).


Advent Wreath Making:  Join Dianne McMullan in the Undercroft on Sunday, November 30th at 5:30 for a fun evening of Advent Wreath making! Delicious soup and cider will be provided! Bring a sandwich (or whatever) to share. Please bring your wreath form/candles and some "tipped" pine, cedar or other material to weave into your form. Please RSVP to Dianne 244-4582.  If you need a wreath form let me know ASAP. I have 3 left from last year’s gathering. This is a fun way to start Advent and keep it visible each day.


Net Tender: The deadline for the articles to be included in the December/January issue of the newsletter is December 8.




St. Saviour:

The Evensong scheduled for November 2nd was postponed and moved to Sunday, November 16 at 4 pm. St. Saviour's Festival Choir will offer a special service of Evensong in honor of All Saints and will feature music by Robert Powell, Craig Phillips and Geraint Lewis, all living composers working in the field of sacred music. The anthem, The Souls of the Righteous, by Lewis, is one of Julia’s favorites in the entire repertoire. It speaks beautifully of our eternal souls resting in God's loving hands. Please join us for this service of prayer and music and for a reception of wine and cheese afterwards.


St. Dunstan:

Holiday Fair with special events for Kids! Saturday, November 22 from 9 am to 1:30 pm!

Please come for a wonderful day and help support THAW, the WHCA Heating & Warming Fund. The event will feature local artisan’s handmade gifts, St. Dunstan's most excellent pies and baked treats, and new cookbook, a silent auction and snack bar. Special activities for children include Santa's Workshop and Elf Activities where kids can buy special gifts for the special adults in their life for $1.00. 





Mondays, 3-6 p.m., Everybody Eats, in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan’s Church, 134 State Street, Ellsworth.

Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., Welcome Table, First Congregational Church, 2 Church Street, Ellsworth.

Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., Holy Redeemer Church, 21 Ledgelawn Avenue, Bar Harbor.


The Maine Sea Coast Mission cordially invites all MDI Senior Citizens to join them for Coffee, Conversation and Music Tuesday, November 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor.


At Home Southwest Harbor: Would you like to remain in your own home as long as it is safe? Would you like to participate in a conversation about ways that could support this wish for yourself, your neighbors, friends and relatives? The At Home SWH Steering Committee is sponsoring this conversation at two locations: November 18, 5:30-6:30 – SWH Library; November 22, 2:00-3:00 – Harbor House Community Room.


Island Pastors Offer Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Sponsored by MDI Clergy Association and Maine Sea Coast Mission

Thanksgiving is a time when we remember the many blessings in our lives, and a group of MDI pastors are sponsoring an ecumenical service of scripture, prayer, hymns, and thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 25 at 5:30 PM at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor. 

The service is a collaboration among clergy from several different congregations, and is intended as an opportunity for the whole community to gather across the lines of individual denominations and traditions.  The Maine Seacoast Mission is sponsoring the service, along with the MDI Clergy Association.

The Rev. Jane Cornman of The Episcopal Parish of St. Mary & St. Jude will be preaching.  Singing will be accompanied by Robin Ann Barron of Bar Harbor Congregational Church at the organ.  The Rev. Rob Benson of Bar Harbor Congregational Church, the Rev. Suzanne Cole of The Church of Our Father in Hull’s Cove, The Rev. Tim Fleck of St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church Bar Harbor and the Episcopal Parish of St. Andrew & John, Southwest Harbor, and The Rev. Dr. Deborah Jenks of the United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, will also be participating.

The Rev. Scott Planting, President of the Maine Seacoast Mission, says, “Thanksgiving is a holiday that does not belong to any one religion or tradition, so it is an excellent opportunity for this sort of shared community service.  We hope that it may have something to offer every person of faith, no matter their background.”

The MDI Clergy Association has developed over the past two years from an informal gathering of island pastors invited to meet for lunch regularly by Rev. Planting.  The group discusses and coordinates response to island-wide issues as well as supporting one another in ministry.  Last January, the group coordinated the ecumenical Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Mission.


Riverside Café and Emmaus Shelter to Offer Free Community Thanksgiving Meal

This is the 17th Annual FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  The Emmaus Shelter is partnering with Riverside Cafe to offer a free Thanksgiving Dinner to those in need of a hot meal or some companionship this Thanksgiving.


Volunteers will serve a “turkey and all the fixins” from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Riverside Cafe, located on Main Street in downtown Ellsworth. This is a tradition Sister Lucille MacDonald began in 1997 at the shelter, making this the 17th year the Emmaus Shelter has offered this free holiday meal to not only those in need but for those just looking for some good company as well. This annual event has seen anywhere from 150 to 250 people in attendance.


The Emmaus Homeless Shelter and Riverside Café are seeking volunteers to cook turkeys and donate fully prepared side dishes and desserts. Volunteers to work on and before Thanksgiving Day and entertainment are also needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nichole or Dawn with the Emmaus Shelter at 667-3962.


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Keep in your prayers this week: Jim Schreiber, Herb  Hafenbalg, Carter Frank, Lillian Leighton, Marilyn Mays, Evan Bruggman, Jack Weisner, Mo Moser, John Cronin, Mary Burden, Sarah Moore, Bill Baker, Sara Etta Dudley, Ephron Catlin, Sarah Flynn, Pamela Theodore, Lance Funderburk, Emily Frazier, Bruce Blake, Trisha Roy, Shelley Hoover Payne, Molly Lyman, 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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