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: The Vestry met Thursday, May 19th to discuss worship services for June and July. Given the current risks associated with Covid-19, it was decided that St. Andrew and St. John would continue with the online partnership worship services. In this week's Town Hall Zoom Meeting, Bishop Brown stated that it may be possible to have an outside July Picnic Eucharist with individuals supplying their own bread and wine. Meanwhile, he has advised continuing with the Prayer Service.
The Annual Meeting is in June. We are discussing the various ways in which we can comply with our By-Laws. It requires the election of Vestry members, Annual Convention representatives, Treasurer and Clerk. We are in conversation with the Diocese. You will be kept informed once we have made a decision.
These days many of us may be feeling powerless at times and unable to exercise control over our lives. May God's love and presence touch us during these moments.
Happy Spring! Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden
Closing Prayer at May Vestry Meeting i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings and of the gay great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any-lifted from the no of all nothing-human merely being doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened) e e cummings
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
Vestry minutes – April 19, 2020 Present were: Gen Mackenzie, Michael Shook, Michael DaCosta, Ted Fletcher, Linda Lewis, Liz Erickson, Rita Redfield. Edie Stanwood joined the meeting at 1:30.
The meeting was opened by Gen at 1:00 PM with a prayer by Michael DaCosta.
Rita Redfield reported that the phone calls to members and friends of St. Andrew and St. John were well received. A new list will be prepared to address those who would like to be contacted in the future and frequency of the calls.
Treasurer, Liz Erickson reported that the FIC (Finance Investment Committee) had met. She said that Investment income is down, and that she has been in touch with the Diocese regarding the CARES Act which may help supplement payroll for employees. A summary of March finances is attached to the minutes.
It was moved by Michael DaCosta and seconded by Linda Lewis, that, "St. Andrew and St. John open a Zoom account for use by the Vestry officers, the church administrator, and other church related groups". Following discussion it passed unanimously. Liz and Gen will work with Administrator Michele Daley to determine the type of account.
The Food Pantry report is attached. A request was made by Dean Henry to allow the Food Pantry to distribute food vouchers through June. A motion to that effect was made by Michael DaCosta and second by Michael Shook. It passed unanimously.
Junior Warden Ted Fletcher reported that he had requested Terri Cobb to continue to clean St. John and to clean St. Andrew before it is open.
Senior Warden Gen Mackenzie reported that the June tag sale at St. Andrew will be put off to a later date. St. Andrew will remain locked and donations are not being received until the quarantine has ended.
Michele will work in a locked office on Monday and Thursday and work at home on Tuesday.
The Wardens of the Partnership will meet soon to determine how to move forward with worship services. St. John will prepare the April combine service for view on You Tube.
The next meeting, probably via zoom, will be held on May 17 at 9:00 AM.
Gen closed the meeting with prayer at 1:45.
Faithfully submitted, Rita Redfield, clerk
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
Dear friends, Our "Special" May Distribution is in the books. The word of our extended season seemed to get out for the most part. And, we were blessed with another good day for our two-window operations--sunny! Thank you to everyone who made this extra distribution possible: our anonymous donor, you who wrote all the vouchers in advance, and our "inside" and "outside" volunteers to carry out our safe protocol. Special thanks go to Sunday's volunteers: Barbara Campbell, Patsy Fogarty, Ed Fogarty, and Dean Henry.
Here are the May statistics to tell their story: $16,380 worth of vouchers distributed, 252 adults and 71 children served from 190 households. We registered 4 new households comprised of 7 new or returning neighbors. Most of the unclaimed vouchers for May were the same neighbors as missed the April distribution which leads me to believe if you didn't pick up your vouchers in April, you likely did not know of the May distribution. If the economy remains weak after the summer season, then I would expect to see more of our neighbors pinched financially, and requests for help likely to increase.
I hope that you feel as I do--we are doing a good job in responding to the virus emergency thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and stay safe. My best, Dean
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: 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.
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Pentecost is almost here! The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is planning a diocese-wide online worship service and would love to include your Pentecost celebration video. If you'd like to participate, please record a video of you and your family wearing the color red, and celebrating or cheering. Please send your video to Director of Communications Katie Clark at email@example.com by Tuesday, May 26 at 3pm.
MDI+ Episcopal Churches:
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.
Church of Our Father 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.
St. Saviour's Thursdays at 5:30 pm Zoom Evening Prayer. The invitation is below. You can call in or join by touch tone, smart phone, ipad or computer! The Order of Worship for the Thursday 5:30 Evening Prayer with The Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece this week follows as well. Do join us for this wonderful way to end the day! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486667602?pwd=L29oTTBxNUozRlArZlNLUVZybkx3dz09 Meeting ID: 814 8666 7602 Password: 787839 Or on a touchtone phone, dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 814 8666 7602 Password: 787839
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)