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: Small Group Discussions: scheduled for July 23rd at 4PM and August 2nd at 4PM and is limited to 12 people plus Wardens. Place: St. John's lawn or Sanctuary subject to weather. Purpose: Profile/Search Committee Update; YouTube MDI Services; and MDI Episcopal Partnership. Call the church office, Gen or Ted to reserve your spot.
MDI YouTube Services have been scheduled through July and August. St. Andrew and St. John's service will be August 2nd. Michele has been assigning readers this week and perhaps next week. Rev. John Burton will conduct a communion service observing Covid19 restrictions.
Each of the four churches are responsible for their service. Their administrator assigns the readers for the service. An effort is made to include participants from the four churches. A "runner" moves the recording devices (IPhone & tripod) to each participant. William Fletcher has agreed to be the "runner" for our August 2nd service.
It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to produce each Sunday service. Those who volunteer are to be thanked for taking this "leap into the unknown." God leads us on paths we could never imagine,
The MDI Partnership will be meeting Monday, July 20th at 5PM on Zoom. Some of the agenda items include September services, YouTube Services and sharing equipment expenses. Those in attendance will be the officers of each church including clergy and supply clergy.
Gen and Ted
Reflection from Margot Haertel I've been going through a lot of books to send to our "kids" and found a book of poetry. One poem that I have loved was in it. The title is "Hope is the Thing With Feathers." It says a lot about how I am feeling during this stay-at-home order. Paul and I have been on many hikes on the Island with binoculars in hand. Birding is our interest and keeps our minds active by identifying birds that are arriving from the south every day. Emily Dickenson is still a favorite poet of mine.
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.
And sweetest in the gale is heard and sore must be the storm that could abash the little bird that keeps so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land and on the strangest sea, Yet never in extremity it asked a crumb of me. Emily Dickenson
Hope we can get through this time of trial with a smile on our faces and not through a mask.
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Susan Buell, Stephen Sampson, 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.
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/
The last distribution Sunday for the summer will be July 19 from 12 noon to 1 PM. Distribution will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church.
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.
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 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.
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 Byers 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)