Thursday, February 25, 2016

News & Events from St. John's




February 25, 2016



Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lent 3

9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine


When Israel was in Egypt’s Land (648)

Before thy throne, O God (574

Lord, dismiss us, with thy blessing (344)



Psalm 63:1-8; Exodus 3:1-15; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian

Usher: Sandy

First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Candace

Prayers: Michael

Chalice and Acolyte: Bob

Altar Guild: Margot

Flowers: Gen

Vestry Member in Charge: Marilyn


Thursday Holy Eucharist – 12:00 noon

March 3


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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 Forums at 10:15 a.m.: Lenten Devotional Study: Pilgrim Road by Albert Holtz.  For these Lenten reflections, Brother Albert breaks out of downtown Newark to write daily on his sabbatical travel throughout the world. 

Learn to Meditate in Lent: Please join us for a contemplative Lenten series Breathing in the Spirit on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 at St. John’s in Southwest Harbor. We will learn about breathing, the subtlest form of body work, and the prayer of the heart; how the two entwine to carry us deeper into communion with God, and both of which are ancient Christian practices and traditions. Group will meet Thursdays through March 17th, led by Mother Kathleen.


By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies. (Isaiah 30:15)


During Lent we will be collecting our parish gift to Episcopal Relief & Development. You may put a check in the plate with ERD in the memo line. We will also be collecting for United Thank Offering (UTO). Boxes and envelopes are available at the back of the church. Return your boxes on Palm Sunday.


Volunteer (s) needed to cover the Back Pack Program Friday 2/26, 3/4 and 3/11

Meet Diana Novella from Harbor House in the Undercroft at 10 AM to pack up. HH will deliver to Tremont if necessary. If you are able to pick up apples, baby carrots etc. Michele will reimburse you. We have 11 children as of this week. Also there is a box inside the front door at Bar Harbor Banking & Trust that has food donations. If that could be checked a few times, but watch out for expired and open packages (yuck). This food is used to restock the bag in the back pew and is stored in the closet with the Back Pack food (upper left shelf).

Thanks and Peace, Dianne McMullan.


St. Saviour:

The Caregiver's Support Group meets in the Rectory Library from noon until 1:30 on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. It is open to all local residents who are involved with the care of a loved one in their home or at an institution. 


Church of Our Father:

Beginning the Conversation Wednesdays, March 2nd & 9th – 6:00-7:30 pm. Participants will explore views, attitudes and fears about death and the dying process, as well as learn how to talk with loved ones about end-of-life decisions. We will also consider medical advanced directives. They will consider medical advanced directives, medical powers of attorney and gain knowledge to help honor individual beliefs and values. This program is supported by Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. These talks will follow Stations of the Cross starting at 4:30 pm and a light supper.


St. Mary & St. Jude:

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




Prayer and Supper on MDI in Lent: Tuesdays (and one Wednesday) in Lent, gather with MDI Episcopalians (and others!) for a quiet, contemplative evening worship service at 4:30 followed by a light supper.

March 1: at St. Saviour, Bar Harbor (Note that this coordinates with the March on Mount Desert Community Progressive Dinner in Bar Harbor)

March 9 (Wednesday): at Church of Our Father, Hull’s Cove

March 15: at St. John, Southwest Harbor


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.


Are you interested in learning more about world religions?  Beginning March 1, Harvard Divinity School is offering a series of free online courses on World Religions through their Scriptures.  After an orientation, the six 4-week courses explore Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism through their own sacred texts, taught by Harvard faculty in the individual traditions.  For an overview of the class, see  If the idea of an online class seems daunting, talk to Tim+ and we’ll figure it out together.


The Alcyon Center is an experience of being welcomed body, soul and spirit into the life of a small, practicing contemplative community.  The vision for the Center is rooted in a desire for bold and practical ways to meet the spiritual hunger of our times.  As well as the events listed below, the Center is open for personal or group retreats.  For directions and other events call (207) 244-1060, email:, or check the website:  

Bible Reconnaissance on Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm (open to all):  

     March 2 - Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32; March 16 - Luke 19:28-40; March 30 - John 20:19-31

Quiet Day on Friday, March 4 (open to all)

Quiet is observed between 9:00 am-Noon followed by a simple lunch with conversation between Noon-1:00 pm; a second quiet period is then observed between 1:00-4:00 pm.

 Soul Friends on Friday, March 4 7:00-9:00 pm

This is a gathering of women for contemplation on a particular subject using poetry, personal experience and silence.  


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Keep in your prayers this week: Murl Wheeler, Michael Shook, Barbara Loveland, Karen Pike, Scott and Debbie Hammond, Sherry Warner, Joy Ryan, Catherine English McCann, Adam Temple, Jamie Li, Malcolm Hughes, 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 and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.


Give thanks for the lives of Melissa Watership, Catherine English McCann and Meredith Hutchins who died this week. Keep their family and friends in your prayers.



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