Thursday, December 2, 2021

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St. Andrew & St. John
 Masks are required for in-door worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday, December 5, Advent 2 
4:00 PM - Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Celebrant

 Keep in your prayers this week:
Rob Higgins, Susan Buell, Edie Stanwood, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Paul Haertel, Chuck Bradshaw, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Episcopal Worship Services on MDI
9:00 am - Church of Our Father 
10:00 am - St. Mary & St. Jude 
11:00 am - St. Saviour's Parish
4:00 pm - St. John the Divine
The fourth Sunday of the month will be our island-wide service.
For location and other details on the services,


"People Look East"
Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m.
St. John the Divine
Southwest Harbor
Festive music for the season with The Harborside Trio
Cherie Magnello, Soprano
Carl Wrubel, Baritone
William Merrill, Piano
A freewill offering is appreciated.
Audience members must be masked.

You are invited to bring mac and cheese (see photo) for the backpack program. Please place your donations in the front pew by the piano or you may bring them to the church office during the week. Each week the backpacks are assembled and given to 20 children at Pemetic and Tremont Elementary Schools.

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Worship Schedule & More from the MDI Partnership!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Weekly News from the Parishes of
St. Andrew and St. John,
Church of Our Father,
& St. Saviour

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Worship With Us IN PERSON
NEW Service Schedule

Sunday, December 5

Second Sunday in Advent

9 am at Church of Our Father: Lay led Morning Prayer
Officiant/Preacher: Mike Bullard/ Tony Sousa

11 am at St. Saviour's: Holy Eucharist
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 
Deacon: The Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin

4 pm at St. John the Divine: Holy Eucharist
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann

You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:

Covid Precautions
Masks are required indoors to protect the most vulnerable: younger children, the immunocompromised, and others who have not yet been vaccinated. Pre-registration is not required, and social distancing is encouraged.We will be keep a list of those who attend services, should contact tracing become necessary. Holy Communion will be offered in one-kind only (Bread).
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.

Sunday Worship with the wider church ONLINE

The Episcopal Church on MDI has returned to in-person worship in all four Island parishes. For those unable to attend in-person services at this time, Online Worship is available this morning at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland and at Washington National Cathedral:

Worship at 10:00 am with St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland (Livestream)
Worship at 11:15 am with Washington National Cathedral (Livestream)
Midweek Holy Eucharist on MDI
Wednesdays at Church of Our Father at 8 am

Using the readings appointed for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, 
we will have a service Holy Eucharist.
On the first Wednesday of the month, we will use a Rite I liturgy.

Weekly Sermons and More

This past Sunday's sermon:

The Rev. Holly Hoffmann at St. Saviour's Bar Harbor, ME for our island-wide worship service. "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap." Luke 21:25-36. Sermon starts at 2:34.

If you missed a sermon offered by Mother Holly or want to hear it again, 
you can watch a recording of it by visiting the
MDI Episcopal YouTube Channel.
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
Remember that wearing your name tag at worship is helpful to each other, Mother Holly, supply clergy, and to visitors! If you would like a new name tag, contact your Parish Administrator.
Assisting at Services
We are in need of support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, and officiants for Morning Prayer. If you would like to help at any of our services, please contact the parish administrator of your church. Thank you!
Pastoral Care Requests
Holy Communion: If you are unable to attend an in-person worship service and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the church office (contact information is at the bottom of this email). We will arrange a time for the clergy or Eucharistic Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home or hospital bedside.

Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please let Mother Holly know. She is glad to come visit you in the hospital or call you during your stay. 
St. John's Office temporarily closed
Please be aware that Michele, the SASJ Parish Administrator, will be away now through December 5.  
December 4 and 5: Acadia Choral Society at St. Saviour's

Saturday, December 4 at 7 pm
Sunday, December 5 at 3 pm

Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols
Francis Poulenc: Four Motets for the Time of Christmas
Gustav Holst: Christmas Day
John Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Tickets are sold for a suggested donation of $15 online at They are also available from chorus members and at the door. Masks are required. For more information:

December 12:  The Harborside Trio: A Christmas Concert for The Community at St. John The Divine

On Sunday, December 12th at 2 pm, "PEOPLE, LOOK EAST," a concert of festive music for the season, will be presented by the Harborside Trio. The musicians will be Cherie Magnello, soprano; Carl Wrubel, baritone; and William Merrill, pianist. The music on the program will include medieval chant settings, Christmas solos and duets by Vivaldi, Dello Joio, Alec Rowley, and John Rutter. William Merrill has been supporting worship at St. John's this season on the first and third Sundays of the month. The audience and performers will be masked. Freewill offerings are appreciated. (limited to 30 people for social distancing)

December 12: Christmas Cookie Ministry 
There are two opportunities to donate cookies to fill tins for folks in our community who are homebound. We need both bakers and helpers! Fully decorated cookies will be brought in on December 12, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Contact Pat Samuel or Gail Leland to volunteer to help bake or deliver (see the church directory). Please contact Pat, Gail, or Mother Holly if you have someone you think should receive a tin from any of the three parishes. 
Christmas Worship Schedule on MDI 

Christmas Eve, December 24
4 pm Church of Our Father, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
4 pm St. Mary's, The Rev. Stephen Muncie
7 pm St. Saviour's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
9:30 pm St. John's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 

Christmas Day, December 25
10 am St. John's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
10 am St. Mary's, The Rev. Stephen Muncie
Advent Resources from the Diocese
Please click above for Bishop Thomas Brown's Advent message for 2021.

Diocese of Maine Hymn Advent Calendar

We are delighted to share this Advent resource with you. Follow along each Advent day in December as we share favorite Advent (and Christmas) hymns and songs, submitted by members, youth, clergy, and staff from all around the diocese!
The link to the Advent calendar is here.
Just like any Advent calendar, door #1 is not available to be opened until December 1st!
Advent Calendar

Once again The Rev. Tom Mousin and Merry Watters have created an Advent Devotional Calendar for all to share. Here is a PDF of this calendar as we begin our Church year, and our personal journeys of deep reflection, preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ.
For more information, and to access it at their blog, click *here*

Youth & Family Formation

Children's Faith Formation at Home on MDI

Brad Berry and Chris Krenicki of Church of Our Father send home materials to support faith formation at home monthly for elementary and middle school aged youth. If you would like to receive these materials or be notified when in person events are happening here for youth in this age range, please be in touch with the parish office. Contact information is at the bottom of this email. 
Episcopal Maine Youth of all ages are gathering online
All youth grades 6-12 are invited to join a fun and prayerful online space each month! The next meeting for this age group is Monday, December 20 at 6:30 pm.

No registration needed! Youth can just click here to join via Zoom to spend time getting to know one another, playing some games, and praying together.
High schoolers and young adults (21 and younger) are also invited to gather for conversation and prayer online.

They can cick here to join on Zoom on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, December 6 at 6:30 pm. The group will talk about current events, their faith, God, and everything in between - wherever the conversation goes! 

Questions about either of these monthly gatherings? Please contact the Rev. Cn. Sara D'Angio White.

Adult Formation
Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie The Wednesday Morning Bible Study has resumed. If you would like to be added to the class mailing list please send Fr. Steve an email here:  Email Father Steve.
Contemplative Prayer Group: Mother Regina Christianson and the Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece are gathering those who have or would like to learn a centering prayer practice every Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Oranbega Retreat Center in Orland, Maine. Beginners are always welcome, as are the more experienced, so long as they have "beginner's mind"!  Participation via Zoom will be available for those who live too far away to come to Orland for an hour on Fridays. To receive a link, use the above contact info. May your Advent be richly blessed with prayer and meditation! If you intend to come to Orland in person, please call or text Jenny at 207-952-2363 for the schedule (or if you need directions), as the meeting will be Zoom only on the weeks when she is absent and Mother Regina is leading the group.
Mother Holly's Office Hours
Sunday as scheduled and where needed
Monday at St. John's
Tuesday at St. Saviour's
Wednesday at Church of Our Father
Thursday where needed and sermon preparation

She is happy to schedule an appointment if you would like to see her!
Call the parish office or E-mail her

For pastoral emergencies, call her at 207-244-8144
and leave a message,
if you do not reach her immediately.

New Worship Schedule Starting in November:
             9 am at Church of Our Father
            11 am at St. Saviour 
            4 pm at St. John the Divine (moving to 5 pm for the summer months)

This schedule allows Mother Holly to worship with you in a celebration of Holy Eucharist all but one Sunday a month while keeping her Sunday schedule manageable across the three parishes. 
Our shared, island-wide Episcopal worship services with St. Mary's and St. Jude's will be on the 4th Sunday of the month at 10 am during the program year in different churches that can host larger worship services. 
We will continue to have a lay-led prayer services but now only once per month and on a predictable schedule because of the new service times: 
         1st Sundays of the month will be Morning Prayer at 9 am at Church of Our Father
         2nd Sundays will be Morning Prayer at 11 am St. Saviour's
         3rd Sundays will be Evening Prayer at 4 pm St. John the Divine
All other Sundays will be services of Holy Eucharist, and Mother Holly will be the celebrant unless otherwise noted. You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:

Booster Vaccine Doses: 
The latest from the Maine CDC:

"The U.S. CDC recommends that some individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine get a booster dose. This includes those who are 65 years and older, residents in long-term care facilities, and people ages 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions. People ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions and those ages 18-64 at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission may also receive a booster. For more information, see this FAQ. To find a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, find a vaccination site offering the Pfizer shot."

Read the complete information at the Maine CDC website:

Covid Task Force Update

Our Covid Task Force of the Episcopal churches of MDI have started meeting regularly again due to the increase of cases in Maine. We reviewed our protocols: 
  • Masking is required for all, regardless of vaccination status at all indoor gatherings
  • Social distancing will be marked within the worship space of all our churches
  • We will keep a list to assist in contact tracing should that be necessary
  • Refreshments will be only served outdoors (as has been our policy)
  • Ushers, take care to encourage masking when entering the building and maintaining social distancing, especially during the distribution of Communion
Support Your Church  
To facilitate stewardship, the Diocese of Maine has launched an online giving resource at no charge to the parishes. The Diocese will transfer the funds you give to your church or summer chapel using this online payment system. Simply select your church and set up your one-time or recurring gift or establish automatic weekly or monthly donations to the parish, either charged to your credit card or to your personal checking or savings account. You can also name your gift in memory or honor of someone through this site in the memo section. Congregation names begin with their town; chapels begin with "Chapel" followed by town and chapel name. Click here to visit the online giving portal of the Diocese.

As always, the church accepts other forms of donations. Contact the church office if you would like to request pledge envelopes for the future. 
Donate to Your Church

Devotional Materials to Support Prayer at Home 

  • Teen Simple Daily Devotional This resource is used by teens across the country. It walks you through simple daily devotionals (sort of like meditations). You could use it any day, to strengthen you on your faith journey.
  • Forward Movement has the daily office (morning prayer, noonday prayer, evening prayer, or compline) on the Forward Movement Daily Prayer website.
  • There is also a daily podcast, A Morning at the Office, with various people leading the prayers and reading the scripture lessons for the day.
  • The popular daily devotion Forward Day by Day is posted each day online, and it too is available as a podcast.
  • Hardcopies of the Day By Day readers are available by contacting the church office or stopping by when the parish office is open. 
Community Resources
Everybody Eats Free Community Meal is a project whose goal is to provide free, healthful and wholesome meals to the Ellsworth community. Visit their Facebook page at
Open Table MDI
 exists to inspire strong, loving, and inclusive communities by bringing people together to share in nourishing food.  For more information visit their website here
AA recovery groups, online and in person, in Downeast Maine can be found by clicking here
Warning about email, phone and text scams. 

Neither the Rev. Holly Hoffmann nor any member of the church staff or leadership will solicit gifts, specifically gift cards, via email, phone or text directly. Neither will we ask if you are "free now" and request only an email or text response.  Always check the actual email address from the sender to see if it matches Mother Holly's email and do not respond to the email, text or call.   Please report these emails as phishing/scam attempts and block the sender or caller from your inbox or phone . If you are in doubt, or need more information, please contact the parish office. We will return your call.
MDI Episcopal Website
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The MDI Episcopal Partnership 

St. Andrew's and St. John's
PO Box 767
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
GPS Location: 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine 

207-244-3229       Email the Parish Office

St. Andrew's and St. John's parish office is staffed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm. 

Church of Our Father 
P.O. Box 186
Hulls Cove, Maine 04644
GPS Location: 91 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine

207-288-4849      Email The Parish Office

St. Saviour's 
41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-4215   Email the Parish Office

St. Saviour's Parish office is staffed Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 pm, and Tuesdays from 8 am to 4 pm.

The sanctuary and parish hall of all churches are accessible.

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