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St. Andrew & St. John

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St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

June 28, Pentecost 4
The Diocese of Maine
The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown
10:00 a.m.
The bulletin and link to YouTube will be sent out on Friday.

Join your sister MDI Episcopal Churches at a Zoom coffee hour with Bishop Brown on Sunday, June 28 at 11:00 am, following the 10:00 am Diocese service on YouTube!
(See From the Diocese of Maine below for hospitality link)

Links to other churches:
Cathedral of St. Luke is
(website is for info)
National Cathedral in Washington DC is
(website is 

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:
This past week St Andrew & St. John and two partner parishes completed writing the parish profiles and position description that describes our life and work together. Each of the vestries voted to approve moving forward with these descriptions as we seek a priest-in-charge for the three parishes. Our progress was, of course, interrupted by events, but we have reason to believe there may be a healthy pool of candidates and we look forward to interviews. The Diocese will now start receiving names, and then the joint committee will reconvene in a few weeks to determine whom to call for interviews.
Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden
Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden


Reflection from Edie Stanwood
This is the reflection of a retired RN, ex-wife, and mother of three adult children and six grandchildren. What a blessed past. I want to reflect on what I forgot. I had a job on my days off at the hospital. I was the stern person for my Dad since he couldn't go out without someone with him.
It would take all day to haul his 100 traps. I was the eyes that searched for the yellow and green buoy with a yellow and green spindle. Dad did the hauler that pulls the trap up to check for catch. I baited a new bag filled with cut fish. Sounds awful, but very clean with lots of available water – 'A clean job!" I have much gratitude for a day on a lobster boat with my dad and being blessed with a closeness of God and all the beauty around the boat.
At lunch time dad would shut down the boat and we would have a picnic. He would have a special treat for me which was my pay for the day. What an adventure my day off brought. Lucky me.
Below is a poem written by a local lady, Katherine Higgins, that tells the story about a day at sea and a feathered friend that would join us for the trip home.


The Hitch-Hiker
The black-backs bullying the rest,
they squabbled
over bits of day-old bait
and, then, aware
we'd hauled our final trap
they left us for a boat
far to the east.
But one, a herring gull,
stood calmly on the stern,
her knobby legs
a'straddle of the cleat.
The wind disturbed
the feathers on her head
and stood them up in comic disarray
Full-bosomed, with an orange smear
across her beak,
she brought to mind
a baggy-stockinged dowager
who'd put her lipstick on
without a looking glass.
We tossed a piece of herring at her feet;
she gulped it down
without a sign of gratitude
and rode with us
as far as Rice's Head.
Then, by some inner urge possessed,
she spread her wings
and climbed up on the wind,
thing of grace and beauty,
reunited with the sky.
We watched her disappear
and, churning wake behind us,
headed home.




St. John's Calendar

The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>




At St. John's

The ANNUAL MEETING will be held on Monday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.
You can also call by any touch tone phone.
1.  Dial   1 929 205 6099
2.  Punch in Meeting ID: 829 4030 0516
3.  (no participant ID) press #
4.  Punch in Password: 148834

Reports have been emailed/mailed and hard copies are available at the church.

Pamela Hattem—1 year vestry term (filling a vacancy)
Edie Stanwood—2nd vestry term
Ted Fletcher—2nd term Junior Warden
Rita Redfield—Clerk
Paul Haertel—Treasurer
Rita Redfield—Representative to Annual Convention
Bob Stanwood—Representative to Annual Convention
Andrew McMullan – Alternate Representative to Annual Convention
Pamela Smith – Alternate Representative to Annual Convention
Liz Erickson will continue with the FIC as Assistant Treasurer
One vestry position remains open.

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.

We give thanks for the life of Mittie Butler, who died June 18. Keep her family and friends in your prayers.

Remember to check out our website for MUSIC:

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:

Upcoming distribution Sundays are as follows: 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{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

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Password: 130746
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MDI+ Episcopal Churches:

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 ( 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: 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:



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:
1)   Via a website -  MDI Community Response
2)   Via FaceBook - search for the group: MDI Helpers:   Pandemic Mutual Aid
3)   Contact Jessica Stewart, one of the coordinators for the group
      home (207) 266-0919

5)  Also:

6)  Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting:



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)
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