Thursday, October 1, 2020

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St. Andrew & St. John

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Worship Schedule

St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

October 4, Francis of Assisi
Spiritual Eucharist
Blessing of the Animals
St. Andrew & St. John
The Rev. John Burton
8:00 a.m.


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's sanctuary is open for meditation.
Please sign in and wear a mask.

If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call
Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313
Ted Fletcher, 266-8415


Evening Prayer
There will be an Evening Prayer Service led by lay members in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew by the Lake in Seal Cove this afternoon (October 1) at 4:00 p.m. COVID19 requirements are to be observed. 


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, 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,
In one month we will open the Pantry for its 30th distribution season!  That's very close in and there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done.  I am reaching out to all of you who have been faithful to ensure this important work is accomplished.  I am very hopeful that I can call on you to help get us ready to respond to whatever these "interesting times" present to our work.  Given what happened last season, who knows what challenges we will be presented with!
Here is some news since I last reported.  
     First, not much has changed on the pandemic front.  The need to operate safely--protecting our neighbors and volunteers--from direct, face-to-face contact remains a priority.  Last spring and summer's outdoor window pickup will need to be modified to accommodate late fall and winter weather.  Since Harbor House remains closed to outside groups, we will keep our operations at St. John Church.  With church leadership, and input from people familiar with the building, we have developed a couple of options for accomplishing our distribution and registration functions inside the church building.  Our goal is to minimize face-to-face exposure, move neighbors through the process as quickly as possible.  New plexiglass shields at pickup and registration stations will be used to separate neighbors and volunteers from direct exposure to one another.  It will be possible to move a limited number of people inside the building to protect from the elements and at the same time maintain face covering and social distancing protocols.  It looks like we can achieve this in a manner similar to what is achieved in the Post Office or bank lobby.  I estimate that we can operate with four or five volunteers at our busy first Sunday distribution--safely and efficiently.
     Second.  What makes this safe and efficient distribution possible is pre-writing the vouchers.  We will continue this practice.  Here's where I need your good help in preparing these vouchers in advance as we did from April through July.   
     Third.  With regard to the Thanksgiving Basket distribution.  Given the need to safely assemble the Thanksgiving baskets, the Bar Harbor Congregational Church must launch registration for the baskets earlier this year, and reduce the amount of food that goes in each basket.  Also, the use of the Southwest Harbor Fire Station for basket distribution on this side of the Island is questionable, not to mention developing new ways to transport and safely distribute the baskets..  This year we will provide a registration form to our neighbors on "this side" to fill out and return to Bar Harbor by November 6.  All baskets must be picked up in Bar Harbor this year.  To compensate those who would be excluded from meeting this new deadline we will be distributing a Thanksgiving Special Voucher this year for $25 to each registered Pantry household.  This expense is being funded 100% by an anonymous donor.  I believe our neighbors will be happy with this arrangement.
    Fourth.  Our all-important Annual Appeal Letter will be mailed on Monday, October 26.  Barbara Campbell is once again hand-addressing the mailing envelopes to about 350 recipients.  I will request your help to stuff and stamp the appeal mailing.
Here's where I need your help this season:

  1. Help prewrite vouchers.  I plan to accomplish this October 10 through 16 if all the materials can be assembled by then.  Please "reply" to this email if you are willing to be a part of that task.  I will deliver a package of materials to accomplish this task to your house.
  2. Help stuff Pantry appeal letters for mailing on the 26th of October.  Please "reply" to this email if you will help stuff and stamp envelopes in your home.  Again, the materials will be delivered to you.
  3. I will need volunteers to safely distribute the voucher packages and other materials on Sunday, November 1, and November 15.  All persons entering the building will be required to properly wear a mask and shielding will be in place to minimize face-to-face exposure.  I will send out a special email request later in October.

We on the westside have come a long way in living with this virus pandemic.  As the Island returns to our usual way of living, visitors return home, and the safety measures put in place continue to be observed, I hope with you that our ability to operate the Pantry safely will be enhanced.  One thing is for certain--uncertainty--and this goes especially for the food security needs of some of our neighbors.  Winter is coming, government help is expiring, and summer employment opportunities are drying up.  Today, I received a phone call from one of our neighbors who lost her job, was evicted with 48 hours notice, and has two children in school.  Where is she to live?  What is she to eat?  St. John Church is standing in to provide emergency help such as this until we reopen--all with your help.
Thank you in advance and I look forward to serving our neighbors with you this season,

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.
You are invited to sing in a virtual choir presenting music during the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine (October 17-18)! We welcome singers of any age, especially children, to participate. We also welcome singers who are not members of Episcopal churches, so please feel free to pass along this invitation to musical friends. Four hymns are being produced, and participants may submit videos for just one or two or all of them. Click here to register to participate in the choir.

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
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US

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 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 is 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:



Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering an Online Grief Support Group Starting on Sept. 28: Grieving in this time of social isolation due to coronavirus can be especially challenging. You are not alone. Support from others who have also experienced a loss can help you cope with the pain of grief.  
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering a free online grief support group for those who have lost a loved one. Meetings will take place on a weekly basis during the period of September 28—November 20, with the weekday and time to be determined by the availability of registered participants. 
This group is:

  • Confidential and free of charge
  • Meets online weekly for 8 weeks
  • Starting at the end of September, so register soon!

To register, please visit our website:, and click the Support Group Registration button to sign up. For  more information you can email or call our office at 667-2531.

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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