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, Bishop Brown has conducted weekly town hall meetings with clergy and vestry officers since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The meetings have provided updated information and allowed for Q & A sessions. As of June 1 services may resume under strict guidelines -- limits of 50 people maintaining social distancing and wearing facemasks. Morning prayer is to be continued through the month of June. Worship services can be held in the sanctuary or outside. Also, small groups may begin to meet. These changes require the continued use of masks and disinfection of surfaces before and after use.
The partnership will be meeting this evening to discuss the June services. On Sunday the vestry will be discussing the partnership meeting and the resumption of services.
Discerning the use of our church is important for all of us. Do contact the vestry with your concerns, suggestions and questions. Please continue to pray for those affected by the pandemic. May we seek God's guidance and direction as we face the unknown.
Faithfully, Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden
Reflections from Pamela Smith
As blue sky May days unfold, Covid19 continues its silent stealth throughout our world, leaving unspeakable carnage, sorrow, relentless uncertainty and frightening disease in its wake. It is in this context I now feel called to create new rhythms and rituals, discerning fact from myth and need versus want...I have also asked myself what is my story that I would tell...for it is story that knits us together.
If I could uncover all the layers of my life, would I or could I, unearth the perfectly preserved beautifully distilled essence OF my story? And could I name that which I long for? What MAKES my story? Is it only the seasons of my heart which invite the chambers to open expansively in one breath while in the next, clamp it firmly shut? May it include the countless uneven footsteps both dragging and eager, leading me to the precipice or drawing me to the center? Is it my hands that have tended and healed, and sometimes wounded and repelled? Or could a chapter be my voice in it's kindness and tenderness, and also it's protesting and harshness? And/or is it the folk unbidden and invited who walk into my space, who challenge me, dismiss me, mold me, exhaust me, love me? Or my eyes, that perceive a awe and beauty yet are unable or refusing to recognize suffering? Or my ears that listen and are humbled or hear and are rejecting? Does my body enter into my story? My body that softens and welcomes, and then stiffens and repels? Or, my mind, which not only receives facts, and innovates, but also dismisses and rejects? Or is it merely my soul that both rejoices and glows; grieves and dulls?
My story is all of these pieces and none of these pieces. And it is my STORY in the presence of this shadowy now, that will enable me to endure and compassionately weave my way in the life of the stranger and the friend. ..so tell me, what is YOUR story?
I choose the Sufi poet, Rumi, to provide a concluding portal! "LOVE sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out."
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 and Susan 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.
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 worshiping community.
If you are not subscribed to the Diocesan twice monthly email newsletter, the DioLog, please click [here] to subscribe. If you are subscribed, don't forget to open it and read it every time! There is a lot going on in every corner of the Diocese, and you wouldn't want to miss anything.
Planning is underway for two diocese-wide worship services:
Sunday, May 17
Sunday, May 31 (Pentecost)
Each service will be on YouTube and Facebook at 10 a.m. on those Sundays. If you would you like to volunteer to participate in the Pentecost service we would love to have you. We are especially looking for musicians and participants. Contact us if you would like to volunteer!
MDI+ Episcopal Churches:
Music and Chatter: On each Wednesday at 5:30 pm there will be a 30 minute program entitled "Music & Chatter". The idea is to keep us all involved and up to date. It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg. (You can see yesterday's premiere program by David Dawson, guitar and voice, and Tony Sousa, piano by clicking on the link above.)
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)