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: Gen MacKenzie and I propose to schedule at least two opportunities for members of the parish to meet to discuss matters that may be on your mind, provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and give voice to concerns. Topics may include the status of the search process, our online worship experience, our developing relationship with our parishes on MDI, etc. But mostly we want to hear from you.
We have scheduled these meetings for July 23rd at 4 PM and August 2 at 4 PM. Meetings will be held spread out on the lawn (weather permitting) or in the Nave if it is inclement. Meetings are limited in size to twelve people plus Wardens. We will schedule additional meetings if there is interest and necessary to accommodate the parish.
Please reserve a place by calling the Parish Office, 244-3229 (Monday or Thursday). Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden
Reflection from Gen (Genevieve) MacKenzie My 1950's school experiences in West Virginia seem so different from that of many individuals. All West Virginia public schools were integrated in September 1955 following the Supreme Court's May 1954 historic ruling.
I was a freshman and a member of the band in 1955. At the first practice session, there were several black participants and a black band director.
I found myself sitting next to a black girl named Genevieve. She must have been just as surprised as me. However, there were differences. I was a scared freshman surrounded by familiar friends. Genevieve was a sophomore surrounded by unfamiliar faces and her black high school had been closed.
Mr. Warren, the band director was unexpected for many of us. He had been a member of Count Basie's Orchestra and was a graduate of Oberlin College. Mr. Warren initiated a small jazz band. I was fortunate enough to be a member of the jazz band. When I think of my high school years, I am filled with such warm memories and feelings about the jazz band and especially Mr. Warren.
As for Genevieve, we sat beside each other in both the regular and jazz bands. I wonder where life has taken her. Could it be similar to mine, blessed with love. I hope so, after all God is color blind!
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's
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.
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:
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.
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 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)