Thursday, January 22, 2015

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





January 22, 2015



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Epiphany 4

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


Jesus calls us o’er the tumult (550); I want to walk as a child of the light (490)

O, Master let me walk with thee (660); I have decided to follow Jesus (LEVAS 136)


Psalm 62:6-14; Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20


Celebrant: The Rev. Timothy Fleck

Usher: _____

First Lesson/Psalm: Floy Ervin

Second Lesson: Spencer Ervin

Prayers: Margot Haertel

Chalice: Ted Fletcher

Acolyte: Ted Fletcher

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Flowers: Susan Buell

Vestry Member in charge: Bunny Watts


Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 12:00 noon

January 29 – Lydia, Dorcas and Phoebe

The Rev. Timothy Fleck


v v v v v v v v v v v


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


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

January 25 – no forum (annual meeting)

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


Annual Meeting, Part One

Sunday, January 25  

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?


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. 

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.”

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.


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.


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


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


U  U  U  U  U  U  U


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



~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~