Thursday, November 10, 2016

News & Events from St. John's




November 10, 2016



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pentecost 26

9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine


Christ whose glory fills the skies (7)

Steal away (WLP 804)

Lord of all hopefulness (482)

All my hope (665)



Canticle 9; Isaiah 65:17-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

Celebrant: The Rev. Timothy Fleck

Usher: Sandy

First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Margot

Prayers: Patsy

Chalice and Acolyte: ____

Altar Guild: ____

Flowers: Betsy

Vestry Member in Charge: Rita


Weekday Holy Eucharist—Thursdays at 12:00 noon

November 17 – Morning Prayer

November 24 – Thanksgiving (no service)

December 1 – Nicholas Ferrar

December 8 – Karl Barth

December 15 – 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

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

Friday, available by appointment.






St. John:

Upcoming Forums:

November 13 – Aging in Place: At Home MDI

November 20 – Hospice of Hancock County

November 27 – Ignatian Examen and Reconciliation

December 4 – Christian Meditation

December 11 – Anglican Rosary/Vestry

December 18 – Praying with Icons


Would you and a friend be interested in being the next organizer of the forums to begin after Christmas? Contact Tim and Kathleen and they will be happy to help.


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.


Westside Food Pantry Report: The Pantry opened for our 26th season this past Sunday.  As always, the first Sunday of November and a new distribution season is action-packed.  In two hours a lot was accomplished in getting the new season off to a great start as efficiently as only our corps of veteran and new volunteers can make possible.  The wait and the inconvenience of standing in line was mitigated by the need and the good spirit of our neighbors who showed patience as we all cooperated to bring about the benefits of the Pantry together.  All-in-all fifteen volunteers, a lot of preparation, and caring made it possible to serve 281 of our neighbors with vouchers, Thanksgiving basket registrations, new household registrations and changes, and Angel Tree orders in two short hours.  I was personally happy and grateful with how we all worked so well together!

Here's a feel for the need and the response in numbers:  281 neighbors from 150 households were issued $11,950 worth of food vouchers.  Every household and neighbor was either pre-registered, registered, or verified as new identification account cards were issued.  Thirteen new households were added to our roles comprised of 16 adults and children.  Additionally 110 Thanksgiving Food Basket reservations were made and 37 Angel Tree applications taken.  

I want to thank each of the volunteers who made it possible to respond to our neighbors in the "Westside Pantry Way."  Thank you: Barbara Campbell, Jayne Ashworth, Ellen Brookes, Jim Vekasi, Mary Vekasi, Edie Stanwood, Patsy Fogarty, Ida Smallidge, Gloria Higgins, Ken Brookes, Carol Nelson, Dean Henry, Kathleen Killian, Susan Buell, and Teresa McGowen.

We are off to a good start.  The response to our recently mailed annual appeal is coming in so that we now may have the funds to make this caring possible.  So many doing what they do to make this Westside a better place to live.  It truly does take a Community Together--Near & Far to make it a reality.


Thanksgiving Basket Distribution: Bar Harbor Congregational Church will once again team with the Westside Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving Meal Baskets to the westside.  Applications for the baskets will be filled-out at the November Sunday distributions of the Pantry.  The baskets will be prepared by the BH Congregational Church, the Pantry will provide financial assistance with the baskets and meat, as well as transport and distribute the baskets from Southwest Harbor. Here's where we need your help.  Two opportunities in this project.  Please consider one or both. If you can help or have any questions, phone Dean Henry at 664-8615.


1.  Monday, November 21: pick-up baskets from BH Congregational Church and return them to the Southwest Harbor Fire Station.  We need hatchback, van, or pickup truck vehicles and drivers.  We meet at the Congo Church at 12:30, Monday, Nov. 21, load, and return to SWH.  We should be finished around 1:45 PM.  Also, if you can help load and/or unload vehicles, but do not have transportation let me know.


2.  Tuesday, November 22: Help distribute food baskets from the SWH Fire Station from 11 AM until 1 PM.  (Please arrive about 10:45)  This involves retrieving the baskets by assigned number and provide a voucher for meat pickup at the Southwest Food Mart.


St. John and St. Saviour:

PDFs of Mother Kathleen’s sermons and video recordings of Fr. Tim’s sermons are now available on St. Saviour’s website ( and at St. John’s at (www.StAndrewStJohn.


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.


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.


St. Mary & St. Jude:

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


Contemplative Prayer Group: Tuesdays at 4:30, join Deacon John in exploring the practice of Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. Meetings will take place in St. Mary's Chapel and will include instruction and practice in this ancient form of prayer. While not required, recommended supplemental reading is Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird.


St. Dunstan’s:

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located at 134 State Street in Ellsworth will present its annual Holiday Food & Fine Crafts Sale on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Proceeds from this event will benefit two Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) programs.  The Heating and Warmth Fund (THAW), which supplies heating assistance to many area individuals and families and Friendship Cottage, which provides adult day care meals and activities in a caring facility will both benefit from the sale of products and menu items.


Shop for your holiday presents and enjoy the work of local jewelry, weaving, fabric, art glass and ceramic artisans.  Pies, cookies, jams and other baked goods will be available for sale as well.  Decorated table trees, ready to go gift tray baskets and other gifts will be available for immediate purchase to round out your holiday shopping. Many silent auction items will be up for bid including gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants, wine racks, jewelry and crafts. Children can join the fun by stopping at our children's corner to select a gift for loved ones for $1.


Breakfast items, as well as a chowder, soup and sandwich luncheon will be available for purchase. 


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THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Community Service this year is at Bar Harbor Congregational Church (UCC), 29 Mount Desert Street, on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m. This service is a collaboration among clergy from several different congregations, and is intended as an opportunity for the whole community to gather across the lines of denominations and traditions to remember the many blessings in our lives in an ecumenical service of scripture, prayer, hymns, and thanksgiving. We will also be celebrating and blessing the Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes prepared by members of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church and others. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service next door at St. Saviour’s.


Note that this will be the Thanksgiving worship service for St. John and St. Saviour; there will not be a separate service on Thursday.


Alcyon Center Events:

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

Bible Reconnaissance (open to all) - 3:30-5:00 pm - a unique and in depth Bible study experience

11/16 - Luke 23:33-43

11/30 - Matthew 3:1-12

For further information and directions contact the Center on the web at, by phone at (207) 244-1060 or by writing to PO Box 40, Seal Cove, Maine 04674.  


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Keep in your prayers this week: Anne Welles, Pete and Anna Welles, Joan Preble, Gen Mackenzie, Andrea Horner, Robert Dudley, Nicole Burnett, Steve Bell, Eileen Dunn, Bob Jackson, 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.