Thursday, January 29, 2015

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




January 29, 2015



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Epiphany 5

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


Spread, O spread, thou mighty word (530); Surely it is God who saves me (679)

God of the prophets, bless the prophets’ heirs (359); O for a thousand tongues to sing (493)


Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Karen Craig

First Lesson/Psalm: Elaine Theriault

Second Lesson: Ellen Gilmore

Prayers: Ann Benson

Chalice: Bob Stanwood

Acolyte: Bob Stanwood

Altar Guild: Dean Henry

Flowers: Floy Ervin

Vestry Member in charge: Marilyn Mays


Thursday at 12:00 noon

February 5– Morning Prayer


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Office Hours:

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator

(Fr. Tim will be out of the office until February 22)

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:


Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. – Explorers

Mondays, February 9 & 23, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s Singers

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong


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

February 1 – Church and State in Supreme Court Decisions, Spencer Ervin and Ted Fletcher


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. 

February 4 – What about the Bible? We think about the Bible and use it and relate to it in very different ways. Let’s talk about them. (Rescheduled from a January “snow day.”)

February 11 Discipline? Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are the traditional “Lenten disciplines.” What do we mean by the word? Are these helpful practices in our lives today? Have we developed personal ways of observing Lent that are more meaningful or useful?


Lenten Discussion Series:  Bishop Steve has invited the whole Diocese to share one book this Lent:  Being Christian by Archbishop Rowan Williams.  Tim, Vesta, and Jenny will be leading Sunday discussions on the four topics of this book (Baptism, February 22; The Bible, March 1; Eucharist, March 8; and Prayer, March 15), and we will figure out together what we want to discuss on the last two Sundays of Lent (March 22 and 29).  We will be using Archbishop Williams’ short book as a resource, but feel free to participate whether or not you’ve read it.  It is available through Amazon, or if you’d like the church to order you a copy, please give Michele or Muffet $10 and your name by February 11 to get the book by February 15.



Annual Meeting Minutes, 2014 Treasurer’s Report, and 2015 Budget are attached and are also available at



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.


FREE Community Pot Luck Valentine Supper on Tuesday, February 10 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Any donations will benefit St. Saviour’s MDI Fire Fund which benefits fire victims on Mt. Desert Island. Checks may be made payable to St. Saviour’s Parish (note Fire Fund in the memo section) and sent to St. Saviour’s Parish, 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.  Bring a dish or dessert to share, your family, friends and neighbors for an evening of wonderful fellowship and food. St. Saviour’s is handicap accessible and ALL are welcome!



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.



At Home Mt. Desert Island (formerly At Home Southwest Harbor) is a non-profit, member-based, volunteer supported organization that provides services to older residents allowing them to live independently in their homes as long as it is safe. The program is expanding to include services to the town of Tremont.  There will be an informational meeting on the program’s design and services on January 29th at 5:30 at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. All interested in gaining information regarding the mission, goals, services to be offered, and steps to becoming a member or volunteer are encouraged to attend the meeting. Questions please contact Kara Janes, 374-5852 or


BRAVE EMPTINESS: A Mid-winter Contemplative Retreat, February 4-7, begins Wednesday evening with dinner and worship, and ends with lunch on Saturday.  Thursday and Friday will follow a pattern of gathered prayer, time apart for individual prayer and reflection, spiritual guidance, time outdoors and evening vespers—all optional.  When not gathered for prayer, we will enjoy the practice of shared silence.  Additional resources and details will be available to those who register. The fee for this 3-night/4-day retreat is $410, and includes a private room, nine healthy meals, spiritual guidance, and full use of The Alcyon Center, including walking paths and Seal Cove located on “the quiet side” of Mt. Desert Island.  Because of the quiet nature of this retreat, space is limited, and preference will be given to those who can make the entire retreat. If you are interested in registering, please email or call Susan MacKenzie ASAP at or 207/660-3513.  Use that contact information for questions, too.


Emmaus Shelter Needs Volunteers: Clothing Closet, Linens Room, Housewares Rooms (separating and sorting); Food Pantry (stocking and dispensing); Transportation (transporting people and/or belongings); Cooking (basic meal preparation and teaching); Maintenance (painting and small repairs); Workshops (reading to children, sharing hobbies and skills, building confidence); Office Support (general clerical work); Furniture Warehouse (pickup and delivery). Contact Dawn at 667-3962 or


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Keep in your prayers this week: Mary Suhr, Betty Crawford, Clara Levin, Trevor Agar, Bill Loveland, Herb Hasenbalg, 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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