Thursday, January 15, 2015

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








January 15, 2015



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Epiphany 3

9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor


Thou whose almighty word (371); How wondrous and great (532);

The Lord of sea and sky (WLP 812); The people who in darkness walked (126)


Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Samuel 3:1-20; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Dean Henry

First Lesson/Psalm: Ann Cox Halkett

Second Lesson: Joan Bromage

Prayers: Ellen Gilmore

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Flowers: Susan Buell

Vestry Member in charge: Rita Redfield


Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 12:00 noon

January 22 – Vincent of Saragossa

January 29 – Lydia, Dorcas and Phoebe

The Rev. Timothy 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, January 25, 10:15 a.m. – Annual Meeting

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. – Explorers

Mondays, January 26, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s Singers

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong


WEDNESDAY EXPLORERS is an open discussion group, facilitated by Vesta Kowalski, which meets in the St. John’s Common Room from 1:30-3:00 on Wednesday afternoons. 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 (slightly rescheduled from previous announcements):

January 21 – (How) should the church be involved in politics? We hear a lot about the separation of church and state, but does that mean that the church as an institution has no role to play in the life of the nation?

January 28 – What does “spirituality” mean anyway? It’s a word that’s been used a lot over the last several decades, particularly in the phrase “spiritual but not religious.” Using an article by Stephen Charleston to start our discussion (copies available from Michele or Vesta for anyone who wants to read it in advance), we’ll explore the idea of spirituality and its possible relationship to another word that can be understood in many ways, “faith.”


SUNDAY FORUMS: 10:15 a.m. (following the service)

January 18 – Wardens, Vestry and Congregation in Dialogue

January 25 – no forum (annual meeting)


Annual Meeting, Part One

Sunday, January 25, 2015:  

At an official Parish Meeting on August 25, we passed two resolutions amending our Bylaws to move our Annual Parish Meeting from January to June, to allow seasonal members voting rights at that meeting, and to allow seasonal Vestry members voting rights on the Vestry.  Since any change to the Bylaws requires passage by a majority of those present at two successive Parish Meetings, we will take these resolutions up again at our regularly scheduled Parish Meeting on January 25, 2015, immediately following the 9:00 service.  After hearing reports on ministries and on the budget, we will vote on these two resolutions.  If the change of date passes, the plan is immediately to place the meeting into recess until June of 2015, when we will reconvene for Part Two of the Annual Meeting, when we will conduct elections and all other business.  That means that those folks whose terms as vestry, wardens, clerk and treasurer will “stretch” until June (terms do not end until the close of the Annual Meeting).  Make sense?


Come play mahjong every Friday from 1:00-3:00. You’ll have a good time, learn (or re-learn) something new, enjoy the company of friends and watch the winter months melt away. 


St. Saviour:

Contemplative Prayer Group meets for one hour at noon on Fridays to pray together in silence and to share resources and experiences from their prayer journeys. The hour will begin with gathering in silence, then the leader will share a resource or an insight about contemplative prayer, then there will be a time of silent prayer, and finally a short time to share our thoughts and experiences in group discussion. Everyone is invited to come to this group.


Taizé, an ecumenical prayer service, 6 pm, Friday, January 16. By candlelight and in stillness…we make our pilgrimage. Simple, yet profound. Experience the spirituality and the meditative songs of the Taizé community of France, an interdenominational and ecumenical monastic order known around the world for its message of trust, peace and reconciliation.

Candlelight • Scripture • Silence • Song • Prayer


St. Mary & St. Jude:

Prayer Shawl Ministry: 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays.


Church of Our Father:

Holy Eucharist and Light Breakfast every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.


St. Dunstan:

BUNCO night, January 17th (snow date January 24), $10 entry fee, all proceeds go to the ECW to fund the "extras" that are not included in the church budget. No prior experience is needed to play nor is any sort of dance repertoire. Lorna McCormick will give lessons as needed.


Maine Sea Coast Mission invites you to an Ecumenical Community Service commemorating The Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January 19 at 12:00 noon at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. There will be Spirituals, Readings, and Remembrances. All are welcome.

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.  This month, on January 20, volunteers from St. Andrew & St. John and from St. Saviour's are the hosts -- please come and join us!   It's an enjoyable gathering in a beautiful place.   If you'd like a ride, or perhaps might like to help or to bake a little something, please call Joan Bromage (244-3227)


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Keep in your prayers this week: Clara Levin, Trevor Agar, Bill Loveland, Charlie and Ann Bradford, Herb Hafenbalg, Evan Brugman, Jack Weisner, Mo and Barbara Moser, John Cronin, Mary Burden, Sarah Moore, Sarah Flynn, Emily Frazier, Bruce Blake, Trisha Roy, Molly Lyman, Bob Theriault, Norman Shaw, Ron Martin, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Gary Dunlap, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson, Jennie Cline and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.



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