Friday, December 5, 2014

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




December 5, 2014



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Advent 2

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


Prepare the way, O Zion (65); O come, O come, Emmanuel (56);

Comfort, comfort ye my people (67); On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (76)


Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson/Psalm: Gen Mackenzie

Second Lesson: Chloe Hatcher

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: Susan Buell

Vestry Member in charge: Chloe Hatcher


Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 12:00 noon

December 11 – John of the Cross

December 18 - Thomas

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:


Mondays, December 10, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s Singers

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

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong


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.

Upcoming topics:

December 10 – How did we come to faith? We often find ourselves lamenting that the coming generations are not receiving the religious background that we did, and therefore don’t have the foundation for faith that we do. Is that true? Does our faith stem from Sunday School, personal experience, continuing education? Have we taken many different paths to faith?

December 17 – How do we cast out fear? It is increasingly clear that as a nation as well as individuals, we make many of our decisions based on fear. What is it that we fear? How might we live a life without fear? Does our faith help?


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


St. John’s and St. Saviour’s:

Advent Discussion Series: The O Antiphons

Tim, Jenny, and Vesta are leading discussions of the seven ancient titles for the coming Messiah which have been sung as antiphons to the Song of Mary at Evening Prayer in Advent since at least the sixth century.  We perhaps know them best as they are paraphrased in Hymn 56, “O come, O Come Emmanuel.”  What did it mean for the early Church to call Christ by the name “Wisdom?”  What does it mean for us?  How about “Root of Jesse” or “Key of David?”  Explorations of these questions will be during Forum time (9:00-9:45) at St. John, and after the 10:00 service (11:30-12:15) in the Parish Hall at St. Saviour, and will be led by the priest celebrant at each church. 


St. Saviour’s:

The St. Saviour Festival choir, directed by Julia Morris-Myers, will present a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 pm. The holy season of Advent will be explored through scripture, carols and choral anthems, and special music will be provided by Richard Hsu, violinist. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Admission is free and donations will be accepted for the church's outreach ministry.

Free Community Supper, Tuesday, December 9th 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Homemade soups, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, beverages and desserts.


A service for “The Longest Night.” Advent and Christmas are joyous times for many, but for others they are a time heavy with grief, anger, and sadness.  While our culture tells us relentlessly that we should be celebrating a perfect Christmas, our very human feelings of loss or loneliness may make joy difficult. If Christmas is a hard time for you, please consider joining the community at St. Saviour’s Church for a service of quiet prayer and remembrance, for sharing grief with one another and with the God who knows what it is to be human. “The Longest Night” Tuesday, December 17, 6:00 PM, in the chapel.  All are welcome, and no one will be asked to share more than is comfortable.  


Bar Harbor Congregational Church:

Christmas Fair! WEDNESDAY-DECEMBER 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch begins @ 11:00. ~ Lunch Options ~ Super Sandwiches, Savory Soups. Perfectly Wonderful Pies, Gift Items, Candy, Baked Goods, Cook Books, Great Raffle Items, Attic Treasures!



Harbor House Holiday Celebration, Friday December 12th & 13th

Friday December 12th

3:00-7:00 pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.

5:30 pm Southwest Harbor's finest fire truck brings Santa to town to light the Village Christmas Tree.

5:45-6:45 pm Hayrides around town

5:45-7pm Photos with Santa by Mary Ellen Martel at Harbor House. Refreshments and cookies will be offered by the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church.

7:00 pm Acadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School. 

Saturday December 13th

9am-2pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.

3:00 pm Acadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School.

4:30pm Contra Dance after the show at Pemetic.


COFFEE’S ON! The Maine Sea Coast Mission cordially invites all MDI Senior Citizens to join them for Coffee, Conversation and Music the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor.



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.


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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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