Thursday, November 12, 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 15, Pentecost 24
Spiritual Eucharist
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



St. John's Calendar

The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>


Vestry meeting will be held on Monday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.


At St. John's
Keep in your prayers this week:

Scott Hatcher, 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, 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

Next distribution will be Sunday, November 15 from 12:00-1:00 at St. John's.

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.

Remarks by The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown,
Bishop of Maine

November 2, 2020
My dear siblings in Christ -
Let me begin by sharing how proud I am of you, the leaders of our faith communities from across the state. You are doing everything you can to balance the spiritual needs of your church alongside the priority of slowing the spread of the virus in your community.
The situation with this virus is ever-evolving and we continue to follow the guidance of our public health and government officials. What they are saying, especially within this past week, is cause for concern. As I record this, we are seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases here in Maine and elsewhere across the country.
As Dr. Shah and Governor Mills mentioned last week:
● We now have transmission in every part of the state and the infection rate is high and climbing each day
● The virus is affecting all of us, everywhere in the state, in every age group, in every county, in every walk of life.
● And the trends are significant and concerning
● We are facing the possibility of exponential growth in infection rates, a worst case scenario that is happening in other states and could happen to us here in Maine
● According to health officials, much of the rise continues to be driven by small, indoor gatherings.
I say to you, there are risks here that we cannot ignore. We in the Episcopal Diocese of
Maine are called to do whatever we can to slow the spread of this virus.
Whereas in the past we have taken a regionalized, one size does not fit all approach to regathering, widespread community transmission statewide changes things.
I am asking you now to move to online-only, or broadcast-only, worship.


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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