Participants: Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian Homily: Rita Redfield Usher: Karen First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Patsy Prayers: Alison Chalice and Acolyte: Jayne Altar Guild: Dean Coffee Hour: Joan and Ted Flowers: Gen Vestry Member in Charge: Karen
Weekday Healing Prayer and Eucharist at 12:00 noon on Thursdays
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
Sunday, February 3 9:00 a.m. – Forum (Maine's 10th Bishop Candidates) 10:00 a.m. – Eucharist at St. John's Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian; Homily: Rita Redfield 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Food Pantry distribution at Harbor House Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. -- Meditation Thursdays, 12:00 noon — Healing Prayer Eucharist Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – Backpack assembly Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – Special Convention to elect the 10th Bishop of Maine, at the Cross Center, Bangor Sunday, February 10 – NET TENDER DEADLINE Send articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At St. John's
Meditation on Tuesdays at 4:00 at St. John's.Please join us for 30 minutes of shared silence and "prayer of the heart," an ancient meditative practice of the Christian tradition. All are welcome! We meditate sitting on chairs, though if you prefer to sit on the floor, feel free to bring a mat or cushion. If you are new to meditation, have questions or concerns, or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathleen.
Westside Food Pantry
The next distribution will be Sunday, February 3, 12 Noon to 2 PM, in the Harbor House.
The third Sunday Pantry opening was rescheduled to Monday, January 21 due to the snow and ice storm. Fortunately, a large percentage of our neighbors had picked up their vouchers on the 1st Sunday. A small number of our neighbors made their way over the ice at 5 PM and we were able to serve them. Additionally, we opened the Pantry to our neighbors who have been furloughed or working without pay during the partial government shutdown.
We provided vouchers to 12 Coast Guard households made up of 21 adults and 18 children. The gratitude expressed was genuine and deep. One young man told me that he has a whole different view of Southwest Harbor since the shutdown by the care and help that the Coast Guard personnel and families have received. To a person there was an embarrassment in presenting themselves for this help and in receiving it. I expressed personally my own embarrassment that we as a country find ourselves in this situation where we are having to help people who are working and not being paid for that work. It saddens me, and at the same time I am grateful that the Pantry is in a position to offer this help to our Coast Guard neighbors. As to the embarrassment, it is real, but unnecessary. We are neighbors, and neighbors are called upon to care for one another when necessary. No one need be embarrassed to seek help when needed.
I want to thank those of us who came out Monday evening to show their compassion and hospitality to all are neighbors: Ellen Brookes, Patsy Fogarty, Bill Morrison, Ken Brookes, Liam Higgins, Carol Nelson, and Dean Henry. I also want to thank Michael Shook for helping prepare the special "shutdown vouchers".
Here are the monthly statistics for "normal operations", i.e., not including vouchers to the Coast Guard neighbors. We distributed $15,890 in vouchers to 278 adults and 95 children. This represents 203 west side households. We registered 6 new households comprised of 14 persons.
To the Coast Guard neighbors we distributed $1,620 worth of vouchers.
I want to report that we are in a position financially to offer this help to the persons effected by the "shutdown." The results of our Annual Appeal are ahead of last year this time, and voucher distribution through January is slightly down from last year. We are also receiving a few special donations for the purpose of aiding the shutdown "victims" as well. I will keep us advised of our ability to provide this help in the event the shutdown continues.
Again, thank you for putting your caring into practice.
From the Diocese of Maine
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From the Bishop...
We're now just a week from the Electing Convention for the Tenth Bishop of Maine. I give heartfelt thanks for the labors of the Discernment and Transition Committees in nominating and presenting five strong nominees for bishop. Many of you were able to attend the walkabout meetings, and the videos from those meetings are now online at youtube.com/episcopalmaine. These are professional video recordings with good sound and picture. You may also find written responses to questions and other information on our Bishopquest website.
If you haven't already, now is the time to hold a parish meeting or to speak with your delegates and clergy about your discernment and your preferences. Remember that voters may well need a second and third choice, if their preferred candidate is eliminated.
And some folks are reading The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell as part of their prayerful preparation for voting. I commend the book to you.
The Electing Convention will be live streamed so that anyone interested may watch in real time to learn what happens. I hope you may want to take advantage of the live stream.
Finally, please hold the convention, the clergy, the delegates, the staff, and me in your prayers. This is a critical time in our common life. Pray that God will bless our discernment and guide us in choosing a bishop to work with us and guide as we join God in our neighborhoods.
Special Convention to Elect the Tenth Bishop of Maine: Official notice is hereby given, in accordance with Canon Six, Section I, of the Canons of the Diocese of Maine, that a Special Electing Convention of the Diocese will assemble, God willing, at the Cross Center, Bangor on Saturday, February 9, 2019. St. John's representatives will be Pamela Smith and Ted Fletcher. Information and updates will be available on our website: episcopalmaine.org/convention/2019. I urge you to check the website and The Dio Log regularly for updated and new information.
The Diocese of Maine has published our Diocesan Profile at http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/timeline/profile/. This snapshot of our diocese has been made available across the church, and it is worth reading to see how we are presenting ourselves to potential candidates. The profile also includes a timeline of the process, culminating in an election in February and the consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine in June, 2019.
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 or Mother Kathleen.
Schubert Song-Cycle at St. Saviour's
The Friends of Music at St. Saviour's have rescheduled this concert of Franz Schubert's song-cycle Winterreise ("The Winter Journey") on Sunday, February 24, at 4:00 pm, performed by baritone Jeffrey Heyl and pianist Daniel Pyle.
Winterreise is a set of 24 songs, on poems by the German poet and soldier Johann Müller, and set to music by Franz Schubert in 1828, the last year of his all-too-short life. They constitute a dramatic monologue, a series of meditations by a young man as he is journeying on foot in the heart of winter. He is leaving his home village, where he had formed a deep attachment to a young woman whom he hoped to marry, only to have her reject him in favor of another. As he wanders through the snowy countryside, the sights and sounds which he encounters trigger reflections on his grief and despair.
Jeffrey Heyl sings extensively in and around St. Louis, including Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Beethoven 9th Symphony, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem & Mahler's Songs of a Wayfayer with Robert Hart Baker and the St Louis Philharmonic, and the midwest premiere of Mark Hayes' Requiem with conductor Kevin McBeth. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony with conductors David Robertson, Nicholas MeCegan, John Starguard and in Robert Kapilow's Summer Sun, Winter Moon where he sang the part of Raven with the composer conducting. In the past two seasons he was bass soloist with the symphony in Beethoven's Mass in C, Nielsen's 3rd Symphony and Weill's Flight of Lindbergh. Dr. Heyl holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, & the University of Iowa. He presently teaches at Millikin University and Maryville University.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations benefitting the Friends of Music will be welcome. The church is handicap accessible to all, and parking is available.
MDI COFFEE HOUSE: Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the YWCA, 36 Main Street in Bar Harbor. Refreshments, musical entertainment and conversation. Bring a friend with you! Need a ride? Call Joan Bromage at 244-3227.
Free Meals in our community. Enjoy the great food, fellowship and warm hospitality!
Second and Fourth Sundays—4:30 at Bar Harbor Baptist Church, 46 Ledgelawn St. Bar Harbor. Childcare provided.
First Sunday each month starting May 6, 11:30-12:30, Seaside UCC, 8 Main St., Seal Harbor.
Common Good Café, 19 Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor, Mondays, 11:00-1:00.
Mondays from 3-6 pm, Everybody Eats Free Community Meal, in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan's Church, 134 State Street, Ellsworth.
Tuesdays from 4-8 pm. Open Table MDI, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert Street.
Wednesdays from 3-6 pm – Welcome Table - First Congregational Church - 2 Church St., Ellsworth
Services at the Partnership Parishes:
St. Andrew & St. John
Sundays — 10:00 a.m.—Holy Eucharist
Tuesdays — 4:00 pm–Meditation
Thursdays—12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist
Church of Our Father
Sundays—8:00 and 10:00 a.m.—Eucharist
Wednesdays, 8:00 am—Eucharist.
Sundays—10:00 a.m. Eucharist
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am—Morning Prayer
Wednesdays, 12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist
Keep in your prayers this week:
Carroll Fernald, George Swanson, Richard Ramsdell, Mike McFalls, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeifer, Eric Lange, Dorothy Clunan, Anne DeGolyer, Jim Risser, Bill and Barbara Loveland, and Win Short.
The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Priest in Charge (669-2029) Stephen 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 through Thursday 8:30 - 2:00 (244-3229)