Participants at St. John's: Officiant: Kai Ce Burton Usher: Edie First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Linda Prayers: ___ Acolyte: Ted Altar Guild: Joan Coffee Hour: ___ Vestry Member in Charge: Linda
Weekday Healing Prayer and Eucharist at 12:00 noon on Thursdays
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
Sunday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer 12:00 p.m. – Westside Food Pantry distribution Sunday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. – Eucharist, The Rev. Tom Mousin Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. -- Combined Service at St. Mary & St. Jude Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. — Meditation Thursdays, 12:00 noon — Healing Prayer & Holy Eucharist Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – Prepare backpacks
Michele will be out of the office until March 19
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The cut glass bowl that was in the Baptismal Font at St. John's is no longer there. If you know of its current location, please let Joan Bromage know. Thank you!
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At St. John's
During Lent, there is a 9:00 A.M. Book Study on Sundays in the Undercroft, beginning March 1st. Copies of the book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week, by Amy-Jill Levine, professor, and biblical scholar are available in the office for $8.50.
Meditation on Tuesdays 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.
Westside Food Pantry
Upcoming distribution Sundays are as follows: March 15, April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17. The first Sunday distribution hours are 12 noon to 2 PM, the second Sunday hour is 12 noon to 1 PM. Distribution will be held in Harbor House.
From the Diocese of Maine
As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshipping community.
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Gretchen Lane was beloved in our diocese, and her death evokes sadness in all of us who knew her. At the same time, this is an occasion for us to proclaim hope in resurrection, to give thanks for her presence and friendship, and to convey our love to Steve, who was our bishop for over a decade. Her funeral is the same day as Spring Training. Several in our community, especially members of governing bodies and diocesan staff, would like to be in Rochester on the 21st of March. Therefore, I am taking the decision to cancel Spring Training.
Certainly some of us will be disappointed about this decision. Many of you had already committed to being in Augusta, to hearing the Reverend Jay Sidebotham, and to attending or leading workshops. However, not all is lost, not ever. Early in May we will gather in Bangor to be with Canon Stephanie Spellers, and with our Presiding Bishop, Michael Bruce Curry. It will be an occasion for us to gather together, to claim our call as evangelists, to learn, and to worship. I hope all of us will make this a priority. For more information about the Presiding Bishop's visit, click here.
Gretchen's memorial service will be at the Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, 2000 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY at 11:00am on Saturday, 21 March. If you are interested in joining others from the Diocese of Maine in attending the service, arrangements have been made for bus transportation and a room block at a nearby hotel. Those details appear below.
Please send condolence notes, and sympathy cards to: The Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane and Family, 1400 East Avenue, #313, Rochester, NY 14610. Memorial contributions in thanksgiving for Gretchen may be made to: Saint Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry, 143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101 or The Center for Wisdom's Women, PO Box 1016, Lewiston, ME 04240.
Read the full letter from Bishop Brown that includes details about bus transportation to the service.
Refunds for lunch purchases have been issued. If you wish to independently donate to Maine Youth Mission Exchange, click here to donate.
EXPLORING OUR ANGLICAN HERITAGE A Pilgrimage for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Dear Friends, Will you join me for a pilgrimage in England after Easter -- April 15-27, 2020? A neighbor in Portland asked me, "so, is the Episcopal Church the same as the Church of England?" "Well, "I said, "yes and no." So I proceeded to explain the similarities and differences. She said, "Oh, so they're like the mother ship." It's probably not the way I would have put it, but you know something? It fits. A tour through England's many cathedrals will take on a quality of vacation, and in one sense it will be a holiday. Yet in another way this will be much more than a vacation, you will return from this pilgrimage with a keen knowledge of our history, and I hope, a stronger sense of your faith in Jesus Christ. Please prayerfully consider joining this journey designed to foster a deeper relationship with God by visiting and praying at holy places, connecting with old friends, and making new ones, and discovering for the first time (or once again) the depths of the English church's spirituality and history. I will serve as our chaplain, and local guides will accompany us at the various sites. We will be blessed to pray as a pilgrimage community along the way, and to be a learning community, too. All in all, we shall gain great insight as we love the Lord and the Church.
Download the pilgrimage brochure for the full itinerary. The brochure contains the booking form that you'll need if you wish to reserve a space on the tour. Brochures are also available at the back of St. John's Church. Deposits and forms should be mailed to: LightLine Pilgrimages, 1829 N Cleveland Ave., Unit B, Chicago, IL 60614.
Faithfully in Christ, The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maine
MDI+ Episcopal Churches:
Prayer and Supper around the Island An opportunity to gather with brothers and sisters from all our island churches for a quiet evening prayer service followed by a simple soup and bread supper, 5:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in Lent.
March 18 — St. Mary & St. Jude, Northeast Harbor
March 25 — St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor (Evensong) April 1 — Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
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.
The Alcyon Center is a place of contemplation and peace, offering a variety of programs including quiet days, a gathering of women to discuss various topics through poetry, personal experiences (Soul Friends), a monthly quiet day and a weekly study of the Gospel for the coming Sunday. The center is located in Seal Cove on MDI. For more information please visit their website at alcyoncenter.org.
Services at the Partnership Parishes:
St. Andrew & St. John First and Second Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—Eucharist Third Sundays, 10:00 a.m.— Morning Prayer Tuesdays, 4:00 pm — Meditation Thursday, 11:00 a.m. — Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist
Church of our Father Second and Third Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—Eucharist First Sunday, 10:00 a.m. — Morning Prayer Wednesdays, 8:00 am—Eucharist
St. Saviour's First and Third Sundays, 10:00 a.m. — Eucharist Second Sundays, 10:00 a.m. — Morning Prayer Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am — Moring Prayer Tuesdays, 12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist
St. Mary and St. Jude Sundays — 10:00 a.m. — Eucharist
All four Churches Fourth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. — Combined Worship Service on a rotating basis
Keep in your prayers this week:
Stephen Lane, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Keith Storm, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Susannah Jones, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Harorack, Lee Pike, Fred Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Dorothea Mead, Ray McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland, Wanda and Rick Wright. .
Stephen Sampson, Music Director Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229) Sr. Warden, Gen MacKenzie (244-7313) Jr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-5225) The Church Office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)