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
SACRED GROUND: A FILM-BASED DIALOGUE SERIES ON RACE & FAITH final registration date is Monday, January 11
Stewardship 2021Winter/Spring study group on racism, racial healing, racial justice and reconciliation
Part of the Episcopal Church Becoming Beloved Community initiative
Documentary film and text-based learning with small group discussion twice monthly
Open to the MDI Episcopal community (registration for the entire series is required)
Sacred Ground is an Episcopal-developed series of gatherings that are "part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. ...This is a race dialogue series designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society. It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds the vision of beloved community as a guiding star – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another's pain and seek one another's flourishing." (Quotes are from the Episcopal Church Sacred Ground website at: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/ )
This study is part of a journey that requires an openness and willingness to examine our histories, our current lives, and how structural racism affects everything we know, including our faith. We hope that you will prayerfully consider making a commitment to joining us. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a part of the circle for Sacred Ground here on MDI, please contact Jayne Ashworth (firstname.lastname@example.org , (207) 244-5985) or Gail Leiser (email@example.com , (207) 288-9083). Should you need financial assistance for obtaining the books needed for the study, please contact Rev. Stephen Muncie: firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you. Jayne and Gail
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Peppy Seavey, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Ray & Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, 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
A quick note to say that Sunday's distribution was accomplished safely and efficiently. With the increase in Covid cases on the west side there was a bit of apprehension in the air among everyone involved--volunteers and neighbors alike. With our preparations and protocols I believe that we maneuvered the potential dangers as well as possible. We owe a deep bow of gratitude to our "front line volunteers". Special thanks go to Sunday's distribution team: Pamela Hattem, Jean Warren, Barbara Campbell, and Dean Henry. We were able to perform a wide-variety of functions, safely, and with minimum personnel.
Sunday, we distributed to our Neighbors a brief announcement from the St. Andrew and St. John Wardens and Vestry offering monetary help from their Rector's Discretionary Fund with winter emergencies such as heating, electricity, warm clothing, repairs, and rent. I believe that this is a generous response on the part of the church to these typical winter needs in particular, especially in these uncertain times. Thank you St. Andrew and St. John.
We invite you to visit the facebook page for the Westside Food Pantry! 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/
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.
A Letter from Bishop Brown (written January 6) Dear Friends, Earlier this afternoon people stormed our nation's capitol offices and are threatening both our lawmakers and our democratic process, and indeed the very understanding of what it means to live in a democracy. We have long been a country and a people who have stood for the right and the principles on which peaceful demonstrations occur. And we denounce and we deplore what is happening right now.
The need for us to come together as a country and the need for us to understand each other is very great. But so is the need for leaders to denounce violence in every form.
Earlier this afternoon Presiding Bishop Curry led us in prayers and we have shared those on our social media channels. I invite you to use those throughout this evening as well as in the days to come.
Tonight, I bid you to hold one other close, to light a candle, and join together (virtually or socially distant) along with the Diocese of Maine, the Maine Council of Churches, with Maine congregations, people of faith, and people of goodwill at 7pm for a candlelight prayer vigil.
We will be standing together in the Spirit (even if we are alone on our front porch), unified by our love of neighbor and Creator and by our commitment to establishing a peaceful and just community and nation where grace, dignity, respect, truth and compassion are protected and preserved.
For now, let us pray:
Save us, O God, from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. When things are dark either in our own lives or in the life of our nation, stir our memory of those who have long-hoped in your Son, Jesus, those who found in him and his cross and rising again, a peace that surpasses understanding. At the same time, as you make us remember, equip us with the courage to work together to make everything and everybody shine with the new splendor of peace and harmony. We pray in your holy names,
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:
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)