St. John the Divine is temporarily closed. If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
From the Wardens: The Wardens, Clergy, and Parish Administrators met with the MDI YouTube Broadcast Team on June 15th. Broadcast procedures for worship services and for the July and August services were approved. The schedule for July is as follows: July 5th - St. Mary's and St. Jude; July 12th - St. Saviour's; July 19th - Church of Our Father; and July 26th - Diocese of ME. The August services are as follows: August 2nd - St. Andrew and St. John; August 9th - St. Mary's and St. Jude; August 16th - St.Saviour's; August 23rd - Diocese of ME; and August 30th - Church of Our Father. There will be no MDI Episcopal YouTube worship services on Sunday June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. Please refer to the weekly Thursday emails for additional information. Presiding Bishop Curry hosts a weekly meeting with all Bishops. Bishop Brown shared this week's meeting with the Town Hall participants. The Minnesota Chief of Police was a guest speaker. He shared his personal experience and emotions with the death of George Floyd. He stated that churches are very important in providing safe space for peaceful dialogue and asked for their help. May we all be guided by the Holy Spirit during this period of unrest and confusion! Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden
Reflection from Liz Erickson Treasurer's Reflections Fiscal Year 2019 Having just submitted the Treasurer's Report for 2019 for our Annual Meeting, I thought I would recap some of that information here. Ordinary income for 2019 was $113,606 with an additional $42,954 from our investment payout of 4% for a total of $156,560. Expenses were $157,404. Thus, we had a deficit of only $844. For the eight years during which I have been involved with parish finances, this is the closest we have come to a balanced budget. Everyone connected to St. Andrew & St. John should feel terrific about parish finances in 2019. We have wonderfully generous parishioners; we do not spend more than is necessary; and the strength of the stock market has provided a substantial payout at our policy payout rate of 4%.
We had anticipated that we might have a larger deficit that would require permission of the Vestry to withdraw more from our investments than 4%. However, due to changes in personnel costs with the departure of Kathleen Killian+, our expenses were lower than budgeted. Moreover, our pledge income exceeded our budget projection resulting in a close-to-balanced budget.
In 2020, our budget will also be helped by lower personnel costs as is always the case when we are between clergy. We are all aware that the stock market is volatile presently, and that may have an impact on our payout this year. We calculate the payout on the previous three years' rolling average to even out the vicissitudes in the market, so our payout this year should not be greatly affected. I am hopeful that 2020 will be another good year in terms of our parish budget. Thanks to everyone!
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
Reports have been emailed/mailed and hard copies are now available at the church.
Keep in your prayers this week:
Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, 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. Give thanks for the life of Vicky Vendrell who died June 13th. Keep her family and friends in your prayers.
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: June 21; July 5 and 19. 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.
The Diocese of Maine Staff is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with Bishop Brown.
Topic: MDI Hospitality /Q&A/TJB (Barb 10AM - Noon) Time: Sunday, June 28, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time
The MDI Episcopal Broadcast Team is looking for a person from each parish to act as the Transporter of the MDI Episcopal Broadcast Studio (MDIEBS - which is the iPhone on which we record music and readings and services to be used in creating the online services.) Duties would include, on the week recordings are being made when your parish is hosting/coordinating the service, getting the MDIEBS from the person who last had it (at the moment, likely Tony and Joanne Sousa, Jim Vallette, or Jayne Ashworth) and coordinating the timely and early-in-the-week recordings needed for that week (you would have the names and telephone numbers for those who have agreed to share with us - and you need to be aware that you may need to meet someone someplace if they live off-Island.) It is also possible that you may be asked to help them record their reading/music, and you can do/not do whatever makes you comfortable in that respect. If you are willing to do this task for St. Andrew & St. John (we host/coordinate a service once a month), or would like more information, please contact Jayne Ashworth, (207) 244-5985 or (434) 227-0738.
The parishes of Mount Desert Island have been offering Sunday morning worship via the MDI Episcopal channel. Those of us assembling the service would like to know if you are having problems accessing or viewing the service. If so, please send an email to Jayne Ashworth (email@example.com) and describe the problem(s) you have experienced. While we cannot do anything about a power outage, we can try to assist if the difficulty is of the "how do I" variety.
From a computer or smart phone, to access the weekly services, you need to open an Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, there are others ... however you access the Internet from this device)
From the browser, go to: https://www.youtube.com/ and into the empty box at the top of the screen put: MDI Episcopal and then press the Enter/Return key, You Tube will find the channel for you.
Click the channel name (MDI Episcopal) when it appears and YouTube will take you to the channel, where you can see everything available. To access one of the offerings, click on it.
When you are first on the MDI Episcopal YouTube channel, you will see a SUBSCRIBE button. If you subscribe to the channel, YouTube will display the latest offerings from the channel as soon as you open YouTube.
There are other ways to access YouTube, through smart televisions and devices like Roku, Fire Sticks, etc. Please consult the information provided with that device to determine how to access YouTube with it.
MDI Episcopal Morning Worship is moving! On Sunday, July 5, 2020, the "premiere" of the MDI Episcopal Morning Worship is moving from 10 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. - still on the MDI Episcopal YouTube Channel! After the premiere, it is available for your viewing at any time.
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 of 1 Samuel, which tells of the rise of King David, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. He is using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible but you may use any translation you have on hand. 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.
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)