Thursday, September 22, 2016

News and Events from St. John's




September 22, 2016



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pentecost 19

9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (438)

What does the Lord require (605)

Before thy throne, O God, we kneel (574)

Jerusalem, my happy home (620)



Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian

Usher: ____

First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Candace

Prayers: Margot

Chalice and Acolyte: Spencer

Altar Guild: Margot

Flowers: Betsy

Vestry Member in Charge: Michael D


Weekday Holy Eucharist—Thursdays at 12:00 noon

September 29 - Jerome


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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

Mother Kathleen will be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday;

Friday, available by appointment.







St. John:


NET TENDER DEADLINE is Sunday, September 25!

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Meditation on Thursdays at 4:00 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. 


Flower Guild and Altar Guild Gathering: Please join Gen Mackenzie and Ginny Agar for refreshments Monday, September 26th, 10:00 AM in the St. John’s common room. We want to thank you all for the recent successful seasons of altar arrangements and any other decorative work done for our parish. We also need to begin to plan for our present and forthcoming months of fall, winter and springtime. We would love to encourage you to share any photos, drawings, of your gardens, arrangements that you have, and/or comments on what your successes were with your arrangements, as well as your frustrations (we will have 3x5 cards available with pencils to write your comments down if need be.) We welcome your attendance, and so hope you can join us!


1.     Perennial plants for the taking!  After much discussion, the garden crew has suggested to the Vestry that the garden bed between the front parking lot and the lawn be replaced with less labor-intensive landscaping.  In preparation for that conversion, all are invited to dig up and take home any of the perennial plants you want from that garden.  Strictly first-come first-served, and no fighting!


2.     Sunday Forums:  Vesta and Marilyn have queued up an interesting series of Forums through the end of the year (see below), but 2017 still remains very open.  This Sunday, September 25, Forum time will be given to a brainstorming session for what we’d like to see and do for forums this winter.  Do you have a particular interest or topic you’d like to share with the community?  Something you’ve always wanted to know more about?  Bring your ideas!  And if you’re feeling very committed, the Vestry is also looking for a person or persons to take responsibility for scheduling forums in 2017.


3.     Sunday Forums: 

September 25

Brainstorming:  upcoming forums

October 02

Violence and Religion:  Why does religion so often seem to lead to violence?  Is it inevitable?

October 09

Living Gently in a Violent World, based on the book by the same name.

October 16

MDI MARATHON, no forum

October 23

Report from Convention Delegates on Diocesan Convention October 22 in Portland.

October 30

Vestry Meeting: no forum, but all are encouraged to come to the meeting.

November 06

Finance and Investment Committee:  The process toward our 2017 Parish budget

November 13

At Home MDI:  Programs and resources to support aging-in-place (to be confirmed)

November 20

Hospice of Hancock County (to be confirmed)

November 27

Advent:  Ignatian Examen and Reconciliation, Christian spiritual practices of self-examination

December 04

Advent:  Meditation as a Christian practice and in Christian tradition

December 11

Advent:  Prayer practices, including Anglican Prayer beads.  Vestry to follow.

December 18

Advent:  Praying with Icons


4.     Congratulations to Alison Bell, appointed our replacement Delegate to Diocesan Convention at last Sunday’s vestry meeting.


St. John and St. Saviour:

A memorial service will be held for Sarah Flynn at St. Saviour’s on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.; a reception will follow. If you would like to help with the reception please contact Dianne McMullan (244-4582) or Karen Craig (244-5267).


Video recordings of Fr. Tim’s sermons are now available at  – the most recent posted on the home page, and prior Sundays archived under “Sermon videos online” in the archive listing on the left.  If you have to miss a Sunday, if you are away for the season, or if you just want to listen again to try to figure out what he was talking about, this is a great way to stay in touch.  You can also find the sermons Tim+ preaches at St. Saviour at


Confidential Prayer Chain: Unlike our published prayer lists, prayer requests that come into the Prayer Chain remain private to the prayer chain itself, which will pray devotedly for one week unless an updated request is made. If you’d like to know more about this or our Pastoral Care Team, please contact our office administrators or Mother Kathleen.


Pastoral Care Retreat has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


St. Saviour:

Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesdays at noon in the Chapel, in a simple, non-musical service.  We plan to commemorate saints and seasons using the church’s published calendar, as well as focusing on healing for ourselves and for the world.


Church of Our Father:

The “Waste Not, Want Not Thrift Shop” is open on Saturdays from 9:00 to noon and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00 p.m. 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.


Summer Morning Prayer: Tuesdays, 10:00 am, at St. Mary's by-the-Sea. Join us for a time of quiet, communal prayer in the Anglican tradition. What better way to start your day? 


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Kids’ Care Free Meal Packaging Program is back! Friday, September 30 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9 to 2 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth. 667-7641. Packages of meals such as macaroni & cheese or beans & rice that are then given to local food pantries are assembled. Last September, in partnership with a number of churches and groups, they packaged a bit over 40,000 servings ($10,000). It would be great to do even more this year. Checks can be sent to: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, PO Box 145, Ellsworth ME 04605. They are a Thrivent Action Team and so snacks and t-shirts will be provided for all the workers on the Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. Everyone is welcome. People can work either day for an hour or two or for the whole event.


Mittens are needed for The Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program: Lap robes, hats and scarves, too! Yarn is available. Contact Marilyn Nickson, 546–5867, ; or Douglas Cornman on the Sunbeam, 479-0707,


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Keep in your prayers this week: Robert Dudley, Nicole Burnett, Neela Zinsser, Steve Bell, Eileen Dunn, Michael Shook, Bob Jackson, Bettina Dudley, Karen Pike, Sherry Warner, Adam Temple, Malcolm Hughes, Nancy Kincaid, Herb Hasenbalg, Jack Weisner, John Cronin, Bob Theriault, Ron Martin, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.