St. John the Divine
315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Sunday, May 23, 2021
You Tube service available at 8:00 AM
in person service at St. John's at 10:00 AM
download You Tube bulletin:
05-23-21 Day of Pentecost2.docx - Google Docs
This coming Sunday, May 23, MDI Episcopalians will celebrate Pentecost both in-person (outdoors) and on You Tube.
The You Tube service will be available at 8:00 on the MDI Episcopal site.
Click here to see the service.
The in-person service will be held at St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor at 10:00 AM. Please wear a mask. If you wish, bring a chair and for shade - consider wearing a hat or bring an umbrella.
In case of rain the outdoor service will be cancelled and you will get an announcement from the church by Saturday night.
Please sign up if you plan to attend. There is room for everyone since we will be outside.
This will assist with contact tracing, should that be necessary. Click here to sign-up.
Folks who miss the sign up (or who are walking by and want to attend) can sign in at the event, but signing up ahead of time will save time, decrease lines when people arrive, and give us better hope of actually having a list of attendees, as recommended by our diocese.
Urgent Message Neither the Rev. Holly Hoffmann nor any member of the church staff or leadership, will solicit gifts, specifically gift cards, via email. Neither will we ask if you are "free now" and request only an email response. Please disregard such emails and use your email service to report these as phishing/scam attempts and block the sender from your inbox. If you are in doubt, or need more information, please contact your church parish administrator.
If you have never used Zoom before, you will need to download the application when you click the link for the service. Then, Zoom will connect you to other people gathering online for fellowship. This short, helpful video walks you through how to use Zoom for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>
At St. John's
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 The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be in the church office on Thursdays (244-3229); for pastoral emergencies (244-8144)
Keep in your prayers this week:
Mary Ann Mahoney, 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, David Douglass, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Ray & Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Memorial Service: On Saturday, May 29, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a memorial service for Dr. Norman Aubrey, who died February 17, 2021. Dr. Aubrey will be buried in Forsythe Field next to his wife. All members and friends are invited to the service.
Notice of Second Special Parish Meeting
The Rector, Wardens and Vestry of St. Andrew and St. John Episcopal Church request your presence at the second Special Parish meeting for the purpose of revising the Parish By-Laws. The Vestry proposes three amends or changes, generally described as:
1) Expanding the eligibility requirements of who can serve on the Vestry, removing the position of Summer Vestry person, and requiring residency in Maine for three months per year;
2) Providing for video-conferencing of vestry and parish meetings and electronic or online voting;
3) Various changes to nomenclature such as changing "minister" to "priest" or "rector; and redefining parish membership consistent with current common practice in The Episcopal Church.
Detailed copies of the proposed changes are available in the church office.
The First meeting was held on May 9th and was well attended. However, in order to revise the Parish by-laws, there must be two meetings with a vote and it is necessary to have a quorum at each.
The Second Meeting will be Sunday, May 23rd at 11:15 following the All-Island Pentecost Service at St. John. In case the worship service is cancelled, due to rain, the parish meeting will still be held inside the church at 11:15.
We are looking for readers who are willing to read scripture for the services to be held in the church this summer. If you are interested, please contact the church office, 244-3229.
MDI Episcopal Church Directory
The three churches (Church of Our Father, St. Andrew & St. John, and St. Saviour's) have compiled a directory that lists all of its members. We will be printing the directory in the near future. If you would like a copy, please call the church office.
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
There will be an extended schedule again this year. Distribution site will continue to be at St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor.
May 16, noon to 1:00 PM
June 6, noon to 2:00 PM
June 20, noon to 1:00 PM
A big thanks to Girl Scout Troop #1258 in Southwest Harbor, who have donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies, which will be given to pantry Neighbors.
For the month of May, the Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at 86 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor.
We invite you to visit our facebook page where you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry.
Please visit the page at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry and like it.
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.
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 Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study has started a new study on the Book of Exodus (chapters 5-7). Join us on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. If you would like to be added to the class mailing list please email me. We will be honored to have you join us for study and conversation: Email Steve Muncie.
Church of Our Father Music and Chatter: On each Wednesday at 5:30 pm there is a 30 minute program entitled "Music & Chatter". It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg.
All are invited to the Families First Community Center Grand Opening, on Saturday, May 22nd, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. The center is located at 41 North Street in Ellsworth. There will be a presentation of a van (donated by Darlings Auto Mall), BBQ, door prize, 50/50 raffle, virtual tours, and a chance to see Gail Page's mural.
Island Connections is looking for volunteer drivers. Help us to support the MDI community of neighbors. Call or email 207-288-4457 or email@example.com
The Good Food Box: The MDI Food Access Project provides weekly vegetarian healthy meals, non-perishable food, and fresh produce to residents of MDI, the Outer Islands, and Trenton. The food delivery van stops at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church; The Neighborhood House in NEH, and the Community Health Center in SWH. To participate in this program you may complete a short registration form and be a current resident of Hancock County. To request more information: firstname.lastname@example.org , 669-2208; or www.opentablemdi.org
FREE MEALS AVAILABLE:
Open Table MDI exists to inspire strong, loving, and inclusive communities by bringing people together to share in nourishing food. A free takeout meal is available for pickup each Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Delivery, based on need, is also available by calling/texting 207.664.9026 or by emailing email@example.com. Visit their website at www.opentablemdi.org.
Everybody Eats Free Community Meal is a project whose goal is to provide free, healthful and wholesome meals to the Ellsworth community. Free takeout meals are available every Monday from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 134 State St. Ellsworth.
FRIENDS IN ACTION OFFERS
"VACCINE BUDDIES" PROGRAM
Friends in Action is offering a program that matches volunteers with older people needing help getting their Covid vaccine. A volunteer will help to set up the registration and can also help provide the trans-portation to both appointments. There is no charge for the service.
Many people may not have access to the internet or the ability to set up the registration for an appointment. A volunteer will assist and will keep all information completely confidential. Transportation is also available through Friends in Action to local vaccination sites, as well as to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The volunteer will help to remind about both appointments, as well.
To access the service, simply call Friends in Action at 207-664-6016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org