Thursday, November 5, 2020

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St. Andrew & St. John

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Worship Schedule

St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

November 8, Pentecost 23
Morning Prayer
St. Mary & St. Jude
The Rev. Scott Planting
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



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, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Haborak, Richard K. McMullan, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Ray & 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 spite of a period of blowing rain and cool temperatures Sunday's distribution went well--thanks to your much appreciated help, some good planning, and maybe good luck.  We registered six new households and safely delivered a large number of vouchers.  Some new features were added to this month's distribution:

  • A new Thanksgiving Voucher for $25 went to every household.  This was made possible by an anonymous donor who covered the expense in full and also helped compensate for changes to the usual Thanksgiving Basket program sponsored by the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.
  • A new safety protocol for registration of neighbors.  Thank you John Burton who constructed a plexiglass barrier at the Common Room doorway.  We are now able to bring new neighbors into the hallway, one-at-a-time to register.
  • Neighbors over the age of 70 or, who are disabled, may apply to have their vouchers mailed to them monthly.  This will reduce the number of persons waiting to receive vouchers outdoors in the winter months.

As it said, this work could not be carried out without your good help.  To the previously listed volunteers that prepared the voucher envelopes for November, and to you who helped get the Annual Appeal mailing out, thank you again!  And, to this past Sunday's on-the-scene volunteers who made our distribution smooth, and accomplished with good spirit and grace, thank you.  Helping on Sunday were: Barbara Campbell, Mary Vekasi, Beth Renault, Jim Vekasi, Ellen Brookes, Edith Stanwood, and Dean Henry.
Finally, you may have heard that our long-faithful volunteer Dot Mead died last week in Massachusetts.  Well into her 90's Dot was a faithful and gracious volunteer each month through winter snow and cold.  Dot would be upset with me if I did not assign her to the two hour distribution on the first Sunday each month.  Her gentle smile and exquisite penmanship helped tremendously in our goal of breaking down any barriers between those who give and those who receive vouchers and in carrying out our work efficiently.  I will miss Dot, as we did last season, and I know many of you will too.  Here is a link to Dot's obituary from the Bangor paper:  Dot's family has asked that in lieu of flowers a memorial donation be given to the Westside Food Pantry.
All my best to you as we head into this season of our work,

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
        +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:



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)
The Church Office is open Monday and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)
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