St. John the Divine is temporarily closed. If you need access or need to talk with someone, please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
From the Wardens: Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Our worship services will continue on line for the month of May. Sunday services will be conducted on MDI Episcopal YouTube. There will be an Evening Prayer Service on Thursday on Zoom. The first service is this evening at 5:30 PM.
Beginning in June, churches in the Diocese of ME, may open their doors again. There will be a limit of 50 congregants. Social distancing, masks and sanitation must be maintained. The Vestry will evaluate these measures and determine whether it is possible for St. Andrew and St. John to conduct services in the sanctuary.
Normally, the first Sunday plate collection is designated for the Discretionary Fund. It is used to assist individuals and/or families with electricity, heat, water, sewer bills, and food. Would you please consider mailing a contribution to the church.
This has been and continues to be a challenging time for all of us. There has been time for prayer, meditation and contemplation. This is a good thing. May God continue to guide and protect us as we look forward to worshiping together at St. Andrew and St. John.
Faithfully, Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden
Reflections from KC Burton
"You are the salt of the earth; have salt within yourselves, and be at peace with one another." Mark 9:50
Last June, at the annual gathering of The Order of Julian of Norwich, the Guardian of the Order facilitated a silent retreat reflecting on the words of Jesus concerning salt. So why am I thinking about salt now, almost a year later? Perhaps because this week holds Lady Julian's feast day- with no Eucharist to be had; or because June is right around the corner- with no annual Julianfest gathering of the dispersed community. But actually, I think I am considering saltiness at this time and stage of pandemic because social distancing guidelines are beginning to lift. There is guidance to be apprehended in the Good News: I think it a good time to reflect on saltiness and for us all to take a little salinity test, individually and collectively.
So what about salt makes it so important that Jesus speaks of it in 3 out of 4 Gospels? On the physical level, salt- sodium- is an essential electrolyte. Salt regulates the balance of fluids between and inside the body's cells, and is necessary in regulating many vital bodily functions. Salt is critical: too much, as well as too little, can cause death. And yet, salt is a manna-like substance: the body cannot manufacture it or store it up. We must get salt from an outside source on a regular basis. In culinary arts, salt can make tender, draw out bitterness, or preserve. Salt has been used for millennia in the healing arts, and has been ritualized in Christian liturgy for the healing and protection of souls. Imagine, then, the psycho-emotional/social/spiritual implications!
Jesus' exhortations about salt are found in Mark, Matthew and Luke. Salt, we can trust, is important. Jesus tells us that whatever is the stuff of good and holy community life, saltiness is a necessary element. Gospel saltiness, and the salty implications to be apprehended from the Word, is good grist for reflection as bans are being lifted and life activities resumed. How we discern, approach, and live re-entry will salt the future, and no less than the common good is at stake.
As members of the human family and of the body of Christ, let us have salt within ourselves, and be at peace with one another.
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
All meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
At St. John's
Keep in your prayers this week:
Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Susannah Jones, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Harorack, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Dorothea Mead, Ray McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Check out our website for MUSIC:www.saintsmdi.org Thanks to Stephen Sampson, Jayne Ashworth and Michael Shook, you may enjoy some piano music on the St. Andrew & St. John website. On the menu on the left-hand side of the home page there is now a link titled 'Music,' and clicking on that link brings you to recordings of piano pieces by Stephen Sampson.
Westside Food Pantry
We invite you to visit the new page for the Westside Food Pantry! On this facebook page you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry. Please visit the page and like it. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry/
Upcoming distribution Sundays are as follows: May 17, June 7 and 21. 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 at St. John's.
YARD SALE The sale has been postponed until fall. If you are cleaning out your house (since you now have some free time at home) we ask that you keep the items that you wish to donate until we are able to open up St. Andrew's.
Devotional Booklet If you would like a copy of the Forward Day by Day devotional booklet for May, June & July mailed to you, please let the Michele know.
From the Diocese of Maine
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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.
St. Mary and St. Jude The Rev. Stephen Muncie is conducting a Zoom Bible Study on the Book of Ruth on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. He will be using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible but you may use any translation you have on hand. For an online copy of the Book of Ruth, click here. For direct dial or URL information for this meeting, click here.
A variety of ways exist on Mount Desert Island for people to offer to provide help or to receive help during the current pandemic.
Connecting with the people who are coordinating this effort may happen:
6) Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting: theqsjournal.com
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 and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)