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May 12, 2016



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Day of Pentecost

9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine

Jazz Mass


There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit (LEVAS 120)

Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit (WLP 751)



Psalm 104:25-35, 37b; Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27

Celebrant: The Rev. Timothy Fleck

Usher: Dean

First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Margot

Prayers: Floy

Chalice and Acolyte: Rita

Altar Guild: Dean

Vestry Member in Charge: Bunny


Get into the spirit with the Spirit! This coming Sunday, May 15 is the Day of Pentecost, one of the seven principal feasts of the Episcopal Church. Pentecost simply means “fiftieth,” and in the Old Testament refers to an ancient Jewish festival of the harvest that occurred fifty days after Passover. In the New Testament, the term Pentecost refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, and is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red, symbolizing the fire and power of the Holy Spirit—fire that warms and energizes the body of Christ. So please join us for this joyful fiftieth day, Pentecost often referred to as the “birthday of the Church," and wear something, anything red!  


Weekday Holy Eucharist—Thursdays at 12:00 noon

May 19 – Dunstan


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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 Tuesday through Thursday


Mother Kathleen is now taking her sabbath day on Monday.

She will be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday;

Friday, available by appointment.







St. John:

Meditation on Thursdays at 4:15 at St. John’s. Please join us for 30 minutes of shared silence and “prayer of the heart,” an ancient meditative practice of the Christian tradition. All are welcome! We meditate sitting on chairs, though if you prefer to sit on the floor, feel free to bring a mat or cushion. If you are new to meditation, have questions or concerns, or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathleen. 


Yard Sale Update: Please note the 3rd Annual Yard Sale, at St. Andrew’s, is now on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m. both days. We are still asking for donations to make this another fabulous sale with lots of great treasures.  Everything will be “Make an Offer” unless you let us know otherwise.  The basement is open and tables are up and ready to receive your fine merchandise.  As usual, please no books, electronics or clothing. If you would like to volunteer to help set up, we will be scheduling dates for that in late May.  We also need a happy sales team to work the days of the sale.  Give a call if you would like to help! Thank you, Jayne Ashworth (244-5985) and Barbara Campbell (244-9087)


Time to spruce up St. Andrew by-the Lake: There will be a clean-up morning at St. Andrew on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:30. A push broom, rake and clippers would be helpful for outside work. We are all set with rags for inside. See you there.


St. Saviour:

Taizé: An Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Saviour’s Parish at 6 pm on Friday, June 19

Da pacem cordium. Give peace to every heart. 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. ALL are welcome!

Candlelight • Scripture • Silence • Song • Prayer


Church of Our Father:

Prayer Shawl Ministry, Wednesdays at 1:30 in the Parish Hall.


Spring Cleaning?? The E.C.W. is now collecting items for the “Waste Not, Want Not Thrift Shop” for the 2016 season June opening. Our little Thrift Shop is an important ministry in our community. We welcome donations of good clean clothing for all ages, household bedding and fine linens, decorator pillows (popular), yarn and glassware collectables for the Knick Knack Corner. Please leave donations in the Parish Hall or Thrift Shop.


St. Mary & St. Jude:

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





Alcyon Center, Seal Cove, a center of spiritual experiences for body, soul and spirit:

Meditation/Silent Sit:  Mondays (please call ahead) Time:  1:00-2:00 pm with 20 minute sit; 5 minute silent walk; 20 minute silent sit

May 23 – Bible Reconnaissance – open to all – an in depth approach to Bible Study, concentrating on Mark 14:12-16 – 3:30-5:00 pm

May 16-20 - "My only me is God", a classic contemplative prayer intensive:  sitting in silence, a daily talk, time for rest and individual conference lead by Martin Laird, author, professor at Villanova, Augustinian brother.  

For more information and directions go to our website at; phone (207) 244-1060; email:; write PO Box 40, Seal Cove ME 04674.


Touch-A-Truck: One of the major fund-raisers benefiting the Westside Food Pantry is the Touch-a-Truck event, this year to be held at T. J. Maxx in Ellsworth on Saturday, May 14 from 9 AM-3PM.This is a new location at the Mall on Route 1.  The pantry receives one-half of the proceeds. Come and be part of this delightful family event.


YWCA MDI TO HOLD ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR: On Thursday, May 19, YWCA MDI in Bar Harbor, in conjunction with the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, will offer an opportunity for you to find out how much your valuables are worth.  The Fair will begin at noon, and go until 5:00.  Admittance fee is $25.00, which includes 3 items to be appraised.  Additional items are $10.00 each.  All money raised goes towards affordable, safe housing and programming for women and girls.   


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Keep in your prayers this week: Heather Frazer, Bettina Dudley, Paul Milligan, Jean Martinez, Barbara Loveland, Karen Pike, Scott and Debbie Hammond, Sherry Warner, Adam Temple, Jamie Li, Malcolm Hughes, Nancy Kincaid, Herb Hasenbalg, Jack Weisner, John Cronin, Sarah Flynn, Trisha Roy, Bob Theriault, Ron Martin, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.



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Jesus Then and Now

An Adult Retreat hosted by the Diocese of Maine

June 17 - 19 at Camp Bishopswood

 Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden, and explore your connection with the many dimensions of Jesus, the Christ. This retreat is for everyone who wonders how Jesus made a difference in his own day and how he makes a difference today. It will put us in touch with Jesus at crucial points in his ministry and beyond.  How will you find your life story in the life story of Jesus?   Come ready to experience God’s love as revealed in Christ, the natural beauty of Camp Bishopswood and in new friendships.

Heart  +  Mind  +  Soul 

Camp will open for recreation at 3PM Friday; Dinner at 6PM; Program begins at 7PM. The retreat ends 11:30AM on Sunday. 

Retreat cost (including 2 nights lodging, meals): For a shared cabin clustered around the bathhouse: $95.  A few spaces are available in buildings with shared bathrooms: $125. For those who wish to make their own lodging arrangements: $65.  Scholarships for Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers, and financial aid, are available.

To Register:  Visit   Space is limited to 60 people.  Please register by May 31st or earlier.

For information: Contact Mary Ann Perry at or Jane Hartwell at   



“We haven’t failed: the world has changed”

Bishop Lane in his second Convention address

The world has changed.  More and more of our neighbors are encountering God in places other than church buildings and services.  And more and more, if we want to encounter God with our neighbors, we have to go out into our neighborhoods and see what God is up to.


Over the next two years, Episcopalians across Maine will work with our friends in the Dioceses of Connecticut… Southwest Virginia… and East Tennessee, doing experiments in how we might join God in our neighborhoods, and coming together locally to learn from the results.


This will be exciting!  We’ll have great support, from people like Dwight Zscheile (People of the Way), Alan Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.  We’ll help and learn from one another.  And we’ll move step by step so that everyone can take part.


The first step is coming up soon, and you’re invited!


WHAT:  Joining God in the Neighborhood, a one-day program that will offer ways you can meet God where your neighbors are, and that will invite you to consider trying a few experiments in company with others

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 10 am to 3 pm (coffee’s on at 9:30)

WHERE:  Christ Church in Gardiner

WHO: Everyone!  We especially hope that a clergy person and at least a couple of lay leaders will come from many congregations, big and small, all across Maine

WHY: Because God is doing a new thing, and we’re part of it


The fine print: Every Episcopalian in Maine is welcome and wanted.  It’s best (but not required) if you come with a few lay leaders and a clergy person from your congregation.  Registration is NOT required, though it would be helpful if you let us know you’re coming—if you can, send an email to Michael Ambler at  Same thing if you need further information or have any questions.  Bring a brown bag lunch, and whatever you need to take notes.



Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom

The 2016 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference has partnered with the Jesus Seminar on the Road to bring you ways of thinking about Jesus that are the result of more than ten years of extensive research by members of the seminar, leading theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars, anthropologists and archeologists. The event will be held with scholars David Galston and Robert Miller on Friday and Saturday, July 15-16 at the Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, Ellsworth. Fees: $60 (before July 1) and $75 (after July 1); $50 (full-time students). For complete information or to register go to