Thursday, July 23, 2020

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St. Andrew & St. John

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St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

July 26, Pentecost 8
Diocese of Maine
8:00 a.m.

Link to bulletin:

Link to MDI Episcopal Channel if you wish to see former services from this month:  

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:
Another Small Group Discussion is scheduled for 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.
Gen and Ted


St. Andrew and St. John Vestry Minutes
July 19, 2020
Present: Gen Mackenzie, Ted Fletcher, Liz Erickson, Paul Haertel, Rita Redfield, Michael Shook, Pamela Hattem, Andrew McMullan, Linda Lewis.
     Gen opened the meeting with prayer at 4:07 PM via Zoom.
     Andrew moved to accept the minutes of the June 2020 meeting as written. Being no objection the motion passed.
     Gen recognized the Vestry members who are continuing for another term, Edie Stanwood, Ted Fletcher, and Rita Redfield, as well as new members Pamela Hattem, and Paul Haertel who is serving for one year as treasurer.
     Linda Lewis shared that she will be spending winters in the Portland area, returning to MDI for the summer. She will retain her seat on the Vestry but has resigned from the Profile/Search Committee.
     Gen asked for nominations to fill the position on the Profile/Search Committee. Ted Fletcher nominated Rita Redfield. She accepted the nomination and was affirmed by unanimous vote.
     Treasurers report is attached to the minutes. Paul reported that there are enough available funds that it is not necessary to transfer the payment from investments at this time. The treasurer is seeking a possible Vestry member to compare the checks written from Quick Books to the bank statements, as additional oversight to the financial structure. An appointment will be considered at the next Vestry meeting.
     Junior Warden report is attached to the minutes. Ted is seeking a contractor to repair the entry step at St. John. The interior repair at St. Andrew has been completed. Potential purchasers for the Aubrey property are in discussion with Ted.
     Senior Warden report is attached to the minutes. Gen said that she and Ted are planning for
small group discussions for parish members.
     The Partnership committee, of officers of the three participating parishes, will meet via zoom on Monday evening, July 20.
The next Vestry meeting will be Sunday, August 16, at 9:30 AM. Necessity for the meeting will be determined by the wardens.
     The meeting closed at 5:00 PM with prayer offered by Rita.





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.

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

Dear friends,
Three months later than usual we have brought the 2019-20 Pantry Season to a close. What began as a very routine distribution season ended after being extended by three months, and with a whole new way of operating.  I want to extend my most effusive, sincere "Thank You" on behalf of myself and our neighbors who were served faithfully and well, to all who volunteered their time.  What a team we have been this season.
Now it's time to replenish the Pantry and plan for November's opening.  That will include our Annual Appeal mailing in October, a review of the Covid19 Operating Protocols, and determining a safe and efficient distribution system for the winter months.  The one unknown in all of this is the "virus".  What will it have to say about the needs of our neighbors?  How will our faithful financial supporters and their giving be affected?  Due to the generous response of the Westside community since the pandemic, we are in a good financial position to open this November, and hopefully fully respond to our neighbors' needs, regardless of the virus' impact on their lives and livelihoods. I promise to keep you informed.
Finally, the sign board on Main Street, Southwest Harbor, offering the Pantry's "help" will remain in place until we reopen.  The Wardens of St. John Episcopal Church have agreed to continue to help with the emergency food needs of our neighbors who contact the Pantry during our time of replenishment. I will screen any requests, make alternative sources of food aid known, and refer appropriate cases to the St. John's Wardens. 
Again, all my continued best wishes for a safe and happy summer!
Dean Henry

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:



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.

Cathedral of St. Luke
Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart. 
Join us on Thursdays at 4:30 as we open our minds and hearts to God. 
Join our  Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 484 179 071
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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:



The Racial Justice Challenge is around the corner and we hope you'll join us! Each day, for five days, you'll receive an email with several tasks designed to learn, listen, share, and take action regarding race, racism, and anti-racism. We'll explore how to be anti-racist (versus "not racist"), move beyond a single story, examine issues of race in the media, and design a personalized racial justice plan.

The Challenge will take place from August 3 - August 7, 2020. To join, sign up online <>.

We encourage everyone who is interested in the materials to sign up — even if you won't have time to complete the tasks during the Challenge week.

Please share this challenge <> with friends, colleagues and others as you see fit. All are welcome to participate, wherever they may live!

Have questions? Contact Jen Bonnet,

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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 Byers Sampson, Music Director
Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229)
Sr. Warden, Gen MacKenzie (244-7313)
Jr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-5225)
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