Friday, July 30, 2021

Weekly News from the MDI Partnership

Thursday, July 29, 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 

By design, there will be Holy Eucharist offered on each side of MDI every Sunday in the parishes of the Partnership.

Sunday, August 1

8 am at St Andrew by-the-Lake: Holy Eucharist
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann

10 am at Church of Our Father: Holy Eucharist
Officiant: James Kitler

10 am at St. John the Divine: Lay led Morning Prayer

Officiant: Ted Fletcher
Note: Worship at St. John's will be outdoors and masking not required.

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

You are invited to attend church on Sundays at any of the Episcopal parishes, including St. Mary's (Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 am) with the Rev. Stephen Muncie or at St. Jude's (Holy Eucharist at 10 am) with the Rev. Dr. William Hague.  

For the complete worship schedule in the Episcopal churches of MDI through October, please visit: 

Masks are required to protect the most vulnerable: younger children,
the immunocompromised, and others who have not yet been vaccinated. 

Pre-registration and social distancing are not required.
Holy Communion will be offered in one-kind only (Bread).
Coffee hour will be held outdoors and canceled in poor weather.

Online Worship Resources
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)

If you are interested in being a lay leader of Morning Prayer or becoming a lay preacher on Sundays,
please contact Mother Holly and the parish administrator of your church. 

On Wednesdays IN PERSON
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 of Morning Prayer or Holy Eucharist every other week.
The next service of Holy Eucharist midweek will be on Thursday, August 5 with Bishop Thomas Brown.

Assisting at Services
We are in need of support for our worship services: Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Coffee Hour/Lemonade on the Lawn Hosts, 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
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. 
There will be a memorial service for Sandy Watts on Saturday, July 31, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John the Divine, 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor. The service will be indoors, so masks are required.
Bishop Brown makes his official visit to the Episcopal churches on MDI August 4-9. During this time there will be many parish and island-wide events, including a Celebration of New Ministry with Mother Holly on Sunday, August 8 at 3 pm held at St. Saviour's, our largest indoor worship space. 
If you would like to sing in the special, island-wide Episcopal choir for this event, please contact Dr. Daniel Pyle. 

Bishop Brown's Visits with the Parishes:

Thursday, 8/5: Church of Our Father: Holy Eucharist 9 am followed by parish gathering - no Wednesday morning worship this week! 
Friday, 8/6: St. Andrew's and St. John's:  Parish Gathering at 4 pm at St. John's followed by Evening Prayer on the Transfiguration
Saturday, 8/7: St. Saviour's: Parish Gathering at 11 am

Sunday, 8/8: All Parishes Celebration of New Ministry at St. Saviour's at 3 pm 
Please join us for the Celebration of New Ministry
with the Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be on Sunday, August 8 at 3 pm
at St. Saviour's as a part of Bishop Brown's official visit to MDI. 
Ordination of Tracy Shaffer

On Monday, August 9, Bishop Brown will ordain Tracy Shaffer, St. Mary's and St. Jude's former Diocesan Intern, to the Sacred Order of Deacons, at St. Dunstan's Church, Ellsworth, at 5:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

Newsletter articles are due!
There will be combined July / August Newsletters in the three parishes this time.  If you have something to submit, please send it to your Parish Administrator as soon as you can.  Thank you!

Summer Organ Series at St. Saviour's
The annual organ-recital series at St. Saviour's resumes next month. The concerts take place on the four Fridays of August; they start at 12:15 and last for about an hour. There is no charge for admission, but we do request donations in support of the Friends of Music at St. Saviour's. This year we are asking for all persons attending to wear masks.

The four performing-artists are:

August 6:  Susan Ferré (St. Barnabas, Berlin NH
            joined by Charles Lang, viola da gamba

August 13: Daniel Pyle (St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor ME)
            joined by Elena Kraineva, viola d'amore

August 20: Julia Morris-Myers (St. Paul's, Centreville MD)

August 27: George Bozeman (First Congregational, Pembroke NH)

Memorial Benefit Concert at St. John's
Sunday, August 8 at 4:30 pm
Amos Lawrence and other musicians will offer a memorial concert in memory of his mother, Susannah Jones.
Donations will benefit the Westside Food Pantry. 

If you are a staff or vestry member, a Eucharistic visitor, or want to work with children and youth in the church, you need to complete Safe Church training.

If you haven't been trained in the last four years, please re-do it. Click here to visit the diocesan website for information and links to the two online training sites.  Be sure to read through the requirements carefully, completing both Part A and Part B.  When you have finished either Part A or Part B, be sure to print 2 copies of your certificate - a copy for the church office and a copy for your own records.

These certificates are due to your parish office by July 15. One of the bishop's tasks when he is on an official visit is to check that each parish's Safe Church Training is up to date. He will do that during his visit here in August.

Improvements are underway to the on-line Diocesan training system, and in order to accomplish them, access to Safe Church "Part A " online courses will be suspended beginning July 12, until September. If you need to reprint your certificate, please do so by logging in by clicking here before the system shuts down on July 12.

Training for "Part B" of diocesan Safe Church requirements is still available and you are encouraged to complete the State of Maine Online Mandated Reporting Course found by clicking here.

Stay tuned for further announcements, and if you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to be in touch with Canon Barbara Martin.

Thank you in advance.  Mother Holly is available for pastoral support while completing the training, if you find that it would be helpful.  
Submit a Resolution for Diocesan Convention

Resolutions for consideration by the 202nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine (October 23, 2021) are now being accepted. 

The deadline for submission is before 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Resolutions Committee, and/or the Committee on Canons (if the resolution involves a change to our governing policy).

Any parishioner of a congregation in Maine, a member of a recognized diocesan body, or member of the Bishop's Office may propose a resolution.
  • Resolutions must be titled and include the name and contact information of the submitting person/body.
  • Standard Resolution language is required: all clauses begin with the word "RESOLVED:" if there is more than one clause, the words, "AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED" appear at the beginning of a new clause.
  • Read through the guidelines on the form before submission to ensure that you include all required information. 

Please use this form to submit your resolution.

For more information or assistance please contact Canon Barbara Martin.

Diocesan Area Structure: Town Hall Presentation and Follow-up

If you missed the last town hall on July 20th, click here for the Diocesan Council Area Structure Task Force presentation.

The Task Force is receiving comments in advance of the next Town Hall in August. Please submit comments to the Task Force in care of Canon Barbara Martin no later than August 15th.

At the next Town Hall on August 17th, the Diocesan Council Task Force on Area structure will provide a final presentation, starting at 5pm. You can click here to register for August 17th Town Hall meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Adult, Youth, and 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. 

Pray, Play, Connect: A Fun and Prayerful Space for 6th-12th Graders across the Diocese
Summer registration is now open for Pray, Play, Connect LIVE! Click here to register! There is more events in person at Camp Bishopswood in Hope on August 29th from 1-4 pm. All youth graduating 5th-12th grade are welcome! FMI: The Rev. Sara D'Angio White, Canon for Youth Formation here.

Let's Talk About It: Compline + Conversation for 9th-12th graders
Fourth Sundays from 7:00-8:30 pm Click here for the ZOOM LINK
Youth have jumped right in and engaged on difficult subjects, such as school violence and racism. Adults are welcome; contact Sara D'Angio White here.

Summer Finale Day for Youth, Individuals and Families, Sunday, August 29 at Camp Bishopswood
This day-long opportunity for youth will be paired with an opportunity for individuals and families to engage in faith formation while enjoying all camp has to offer. Folks will have the optional chance to spend Friday and/or Saturday night, August 27-29, at camp. FMI: contact Sara D'Angio White at

Contemplative Prayer: How About Adding a Group Contemplative Prayer experience to your spiritual life this summer?
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, starting on Friday, June 18. Beginners are always welcome, as are the more experienced, so long as they have "beginner's mind"!  If you are interested please call or email Jenny and she will give you directions to Oranbega. 207-952-2363.
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 summer be richly blessed with prayer and meditation!

Register now for Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life

The Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine invites you to practice the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life with a retreat beginning in early October 2021 and running through June 2022. It's for people who live in or near Maine, and there are options that would permit someone to be fully remote.

In this retreat, pray imaginatively with scripture and explore spiritual resources for decision making, growing closer in authentic friendship with Jesus and finding a greater awareness of God working in your life. Meetings will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month online, and they also offer individual or group spiritual direction monthly (online or in person). It requires you to set aside 3/4 hour for prayer and reflection each day, which is the crux of the retreat.

Find out more and apply at or contact Jane Hartwell or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. Space often fills up, so apply soon.
Monthly 'Peacebuilding Online Project' launches August 1st: Join the wider church for this series

Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) will host a series of online, 1-hour presentations the first Sunday of each month starting in August on different aspects of and approaches to peacebuilding, both with others and within ourselves. They will meet via Zoom at 4:00 pm. Hear inspiring voices, learn, and discover resources for going deeper. The first offering on Sunday, August 1 is Being the Church in a Fearful Time. Explore all the Peacebuilding Online Project options through January 2022 here.
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.

Partnership Parish Directories are available!

Members of the three parishes are welcome to pick up the Directory. Please stop by during parish office hours or contact the parish administrator to schedule a time. Contact information is at the bottom of this email. 
Support the 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. 
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Fun & Fellowship
St. Andrew and St. John has music available on their website by Stephen Byers Sampson at any time. You may go to their website by clicking here  then click on the Music tab on the left side of the page

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
An AA group meets in St. Saviour's Parish Hall in small groups Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at noon, and on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 7 pm. 
Urgent Message 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.
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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 4 pm, and Tuesdays from 8 am to 4 pm.

The sanctuary and parish hall of all churches are handicap accessible.

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Sunday Worship
There will be Eucharist at St. Andrew by the Lake this Sunday, August 1, at 8:00 a.m. The Rev. Holly Hoffman, Celebrant. Masks are required.

You may also join us on the lawn at St. John the Divine at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Prayer, led by Ted Fletcher.

There will be a parish gathering with The Right Reverend James Brown at St. John the Divine on Friday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer on The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ at 5:00 p.m.

Ushers and Morning Prayer Leaders are needed for services in August and September. If you are willing to help, please call Michele at the church office (244-3229).

Cards to Ted Bromage may be sent to PO Box 488, Mt. Desert, ME 04660

Keep in your prayers this week:
Marilyn DiBonaventuro, Nancy O'Brien, Anne Wetzel, Bunny Watts, 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, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.

There will be a memorial service for Sandy Watts on Saturday, July 31, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John the Divine, 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor. The service will be indoors, so masks are required.

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