Thursday, December 10, 2015

Events and News from St. John's




December 10, 2015



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Third Sunday in Advent

8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine



Prepare the way, O Zion (65); O come, Emmanuel vs. 5-6 (56);

Lo, He comes with clouds descending (58); Rejoice! Rejoice, believers (68)



Canticle 9; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian

Usher: Fred

First Lesson/Psalm: Spencer

Second Lesson: Patsy

Prayers: Ann B.

Advent Wreath: Gen & Ward (8:00); Jayne Ashworth & Jackson DaCosta (10:00)

Chalice & Acolyte: Sandy

Altar Guild: Edie

Vestry Member in Charge: Bunny


Thursday Holy Eucharist – 12:00 noon

December 17 (Dorothy Sayers)


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The Rev. Timothy Fleck, Rector (207-812-8362)

The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Assistant Rector (718-775-6069)

Stephen Sampson, Music Director

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229)

Sr. Warden, Bunny Watts (244-3699)

Jr. Warden, Rita Redfield (244-4025)

The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday






St. John:


Sunday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. – Forum: Advent Book Study

Monday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. – St. John’s Singers

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong


Christmas Flowers/Wreaths: A sign up sheet for donations to the Christmas flower/wreath fund is in the undercroft. All contributions are gratefully accepted. No minimum! Folks should list the names of people they want remembered or honored. These names will be listed in the Christmas bulletin.


Reminder: Starting on December 27, there will be one service at 9:00 a.m.


St. Saviour:

Festival of Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 13, at 4:00 PM, St. Saviour’s, will continue its long tradition of offering a Festival of Lessons and Carols in anticipation of Christmas. This traditional worship service for the season of Advent developed in England in the nineteenth century and has become a favorite in Anglican and Episcopal churches throughout the world.  It follows a simple format, with scripture readings telling of God’s love for humanity and the promise of the coming Messiah, each followed by carols sung by the congregation or anthems sung by the choir.

St. Saviour’s Festival Choir is made up of the parish’s regular choir with the addition of numerous additional singers from throughout the area, and will be directed by Andrea Horner, Interim Music Director of St. Saviour’s Church, and accompanied by Robin Ann Barron, Organist and Music Director of Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

The Rev. Tim Fleck, Rector of St. Saviour’s, says, “In a time when it is easy to be distracted by commercial glitter, this service is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, that God became a human being for the sake of humanity.  I hope that everyone will feel welcome to come and participate in this beautiful service.


Eastern Orthodox Congregation invites Families to Russian Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 19, at 10:00 AM, Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission Church will gather at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor to celebrate Christmas.  All are welcome; families and children are especially invited to participate in a Yolka, or traditional Russian Christmas pageant, complete with a visit from St. Nicholas, gifts, and treats.  All are also invited to coffee and a potluck meal following the service. Father John Pawelchak of Berlin, New Hampshire, leads Christ the Savior Mission in Bangor.  Since this spring, Father John and members of Christ the Savior have celebrated the Orthodox Divine Liturgy once a month in Bar Harbor as a gift to the Orthodox community here, as well as anyone who is interested in the Orthodox Church. Father John will be available for confession prior to the 10:00 Divine Liturgy.


St. John and St. Saviour:

Advent Book Study:  For the four Sundays of Advent, Tim and Kathleen invite you to a discussion of From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk through Advent by Albert Holz, OSB.  The author, a Benedictine monk who lives in the center of downtown Newark, New Jersey, invites the reader to join him on his daily walks as he points out dozens of often-unnoticed connections between our holidays and the spiritual meaning of Advent and Christmas.  Rather than criticizing trappings of the holiday season, this book looks at them from the viewpoint of Christian contemplation, once aptly described as “a long, loving look at the real.” 


Quiet Time: While the world tells us that there are a million things to do, especially this time of year, the Church invites us to a time of reflection and anticipation during Advent.  In that spirit, Tim+ and Kathleen+ are committing to some quiet time each week during this season:  Monday mornings from 10-noon, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:30.  We will still be in the office and are always available for emergencies, but during these times we would ask for your consideration.  In the same spirit, we also encourage you to think about ways you might set aside some quiet time for yourself during this Advent season.


Christmas Services:

 Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve

Psalm 96; Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

4:00 p.m. — Holy Eucharist at St. John

The Rev. Kathleen Killian

4:00 p.m. — Family Eucharist at St. Saviour

The Rev. Timothy Fleck

10:00 p.m. — Choral Eucharist at St. Saviour

The Revs. Timothy Fleck & Kathleen Killian

Friday, December 25, Christmas Day

Psalm 97; Isaiah 62:6-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

10:00 a.m.—Holy Eucharist at St. John

The Rev. Kathleen Killian

10:00 a.m. — Holy Eucharist at St. Saviour

The Rev. Timothy Fleck



Church of Our Father:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 am: Morning Prayer in the Rectory Library


Fridays: Contemplative Prayer Group ~ 12 noon ~ Pray together in silence and share resources and experiences from our 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 this group which meets in the Rectory Library.


St. Mary & St. Jude:

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

Angel Tree: The Parish will be pairing with local organizations and our local elementary school to identify those in need.  Our goal is to alleviate some of the stress of the Christmas season by continuing to support their needs through our Angel Tree program. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our program, we reach out to our parishioners each year asking for donations. With these donations we purchase clothing, outerwear, sneakers and boots for children of the identified families.  We also have a tree in the back of our church with tags representing other types of gifts the children are hoping to find under their Christmas tree.   Individuals can pick up these tags in the weeks prior to Christmas so they can buy the gifts listed on the tag for an individual child.  Once purchased, you would return the gift to the church and leave them under the tree where they will be picked up, wrapped and delivered to the individual families.  We are happy for people to participate in whichever way they wish.


COFFEE’S ON! The Maine Sea Coast Mission cordially invites all MDI Senior Citizens to join them for Coffee, Conversation and Music every first and third Tuesday of the months during the winter. The next get together is Tuesday, December 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor. Music will be provided by Ruth Grierson! Come, brings senior friends and neighbors and join the fun!


Birch Bay Retirement Village is offering “Holiday Survival & Support for Caregivers” on Wednesday, December 16 from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the Birch Bay Library.  Peter Sullivan, Birch Bay’s Director of Health & Resident Services, will provide insight, support and strategies to help make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.  For more information call 288-8014.


At Home Mount Desert Island, a program of Washington Hancock Community Agency, is a member-based, volunteer supported program designed to provide older residents of Mount Desert Island with core services, empowering them to continue to live independently in their homes for as long as they are able.  Contact Program Manager, Kara Janes at 374-5852 or about volunteering.


Community Holiday Celebration

December 11th & 12th, & Friday December 11th

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

4:00-7:00 pm Holiday Cookie Sale at Harbor House to benefit the Pemetic Music Boosters

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

5:30-7:00 pm Stop by the Common Good for Hot Cocoa, Cookies and music!

5:45-6:45 pm Hayrides around town

5:45-7 pm Photos with Santa at Harbor House

7:30 pm Acadia Community Theater production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Pemetic Elementary School

Saturday December 12th 

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

11:00 am Acadia Community Theater production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Pemetic Elementary School


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Keep in your prayers this week: Scott and Debbie Hammond, Sherry Warner, Joy Ryan, Kirsten Haertel, Gloria Magruder, Catherine English McCann, Adam Temple, Jamie Li, Malcolm Hughes, Adam Harkins, Nancy Kincaid, Trevor Agar, Herb Hasenbalg, Jack Weisner, John Cronin, Sarah Flynn, Trisha Roy, Bob Theriault, Ron Martin, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson, Jennie Cline and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.

Give thanks for the life of Pauline Reece Sampson, mother of The Rev. Jennifer Reece. Hold her family and friends in your prayers. A service will be held at St. Saviour’s on Saturday, December 12th at 3:00 p.m.




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