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
Just a reminder to send in your pledge card for 2021.
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
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.
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, By mid-month, last Sunday the 15th we had completed the November distribution already. Even though this is the first month of the new distribution season, and the Sundays were early in the month, I was somewhat surprised by the number of vouchers that went unclaimed. Since Sunday five persons phoned me confused by all sorts of things and I had to make arrangements for them to receive their voucher packets. I am a lot more flexible than I have been in past years with these requests for special arrangements. I am making allowances for "Covid fog" that I suffer from occasionally, and perhaps others are as well. As a result, our numbers this November were slightly down from last year's, but by month's end they may rise to or exceed last year.
I believe that our safe protocols are working well. So far the only neighbors entering the building are those who are newly registering and we have arranged for that to be done as safely as possible, I believe. I extend my thanks and appreciation to Sunday's distribution volunteers: Barbara Campbell, Pamela Hattem, Jean Warren, Patsy Fogarty, Ed Fogarty, and Dean Henry.
For those who like to follow the numbers, here are November's results: $16,310 in vouchers distributed, $4,675 in special Thanksgiving vouchers ($25 per household, provided by an anonymous donor); 187 households served comprised of 248 adults and 73 children; and we registered 7 new households comprised of 14 persons.
I want to thank our two new donor thank you note writers Leza Colquhoun and Gen Mackenzie for joining Ellen Gilmore and Ann Benson during this very busy season of acknowledging the many donations we receive in response to our Annual Appeal. This is a critical service to our work. Timely, accurate, and grateful acknowledgment of donations helps build the credibility and goodwill that is so crucial to the faithfulness of our annual donors. Thank you--all four of you! FYI: Ellen Gilmore is building Hall of Fame credentials to go along with her long service--she has written over 1,600 notes in her career! Very impressive and very much appreciated.
In the realm of donations, you may have seen in the MDIslander that Bar Harbor Bank and Trust encouraged giving to local pantries on MDI and Downeast by offering to match dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 contributions received during the period November 8 through 14. We topped all area pantries by receiving $21,780 from 25 donors (one donation was for $15,000.) We will receive an extra $1,000 in matching funds from BHB&T!
My best regards and gratitude for our work together, Dean
The next distribution will be Sunday, December 6 from 12:00-2:00 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: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry/
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism Two Part Lecture Series and Community Discussion sponsored by the University of Maine PART I: Thursday, November 19th from 4-5 pm PART II: Monday, November 30th from 4-5 pm Virtual via Zoom, Free and Open to the Public REGISTER AT: https://forms.gle/QkZobyEPXYRatYBw7
Part I: Defining Race and Racism: Institutionalization and Experience (Thursday, November 19th, 4-5 pm)
Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism: U.S., India, Sri Lanka, Holocaust, and Today Dr. Douglas Allen, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Affirmative Action for White People Dr. Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science
The Deception of Invisibility Dr. Judith Josiah-Martin, Faculty in the School of Social Work
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism series is supported by Native American Programs, The McGillicuddy Humanities Center, The School of Social Work and the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Communications and Journalism, and Political Science. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
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.
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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: 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 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)