Thursday, July 8, 2021

Weekly News from the MDI Partnership

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, July 11

8 am at St Andrew by-the-Lake: Lay led Morning Prayer
Officiant: Joan Bromage

10 am at Church of Our Father: Lay led Morning Pryaer
Officiant: Mike Bullard

10 am at St. John the Divine: Holy Eucharist

Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. Regina Christianson
Note: Worship at St. John's will be outdoors and masking not required.

10 am at St. Saviour's: Holy Eucharist

Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Deacon: The Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin

Annual Meeting following service

Masks will still be required for indoor worship to protect the most vulnerable. 
Pre-registration and social distancing will not be required.
Holy Communion will be offered in one-kind only (Bread).
Coffee Hour will be held outdoors, or 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)

Sunday, July 18

8 am at St Andrew by-the-Lake: Lay led Morning Prayer

10 am at Church of Our Father: Holy Eucharist
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Jenny Reece

10 am at St. John the Divine: Holy Eucharist

Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Note: Worship at St. John's will be outdoors and masking not required.

10 am at St. Saviour's: Lay led Morning Prayer

Officiant: Linda Foster

If you are interested in being a lay leader of Morning Prayer on Sundays this summer,
please let Mother Holly and the parish administrator of your church know. 

You are invited to attend church 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.  

On 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 of Morning Prayer or Holy Eucharist every other week. The next service of Holy Eucharist on Wednesday will be July 14 with the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. 

Wednesday, July 14:
Interment for Connie Whalen following the 8 am service. Please join the community for this special prayer service. 

One of the Daily Office readings is selected for the devotional Day by Day (Forward Movement) which is available in the church offices. All readings appointed for the day are available online at:

All are invited! 

If you will be leading Morning Prayer this summer at your church on a Sunday, please try to join us for a refresher on leading this prayer service on a Wednesday morning.  


Note that Mother Holly is fully vaccinated.
We ask that everyone mask while indoors for worship to protect the most vulnerable. 

Opportunity to worship with the diocese on July 11

Please join us for a full online worship service for The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost which includes music, a sermon from Bishop Brown, and participation from across the diocese.

How to find us on the morning of Sunday, July 11th:
  • On the diocesan YouTube channel at 7:30 am
  • On the diocesan Facebook page at 10:00 am

More diocese-wide worship is planned for 2021! See the schedule here. Please be in touch with Director of Communications Katie Clark if you would like to take part in an upcoming service.

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.  
SAVE the DATES: 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 and the parishes of the MDI Partnership on Sunday, August 8. 
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 Communion Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home. 

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
Third Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom - click here to join.
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

SAVE THE DATE: Confirmation Class for Adults and High Schoolers on Saturday, July 24 from 9 am - 2 pm
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann and the Rev. Steve Muncie will lead a day-long confirmation class on Saturday, July 24. The class is open for those high school aged and older who would like to learn more about The Episcopal Church and consider being Confirmed (or Received from another tradition in which you have been previously Confirmed) into the church when Bishop Brown is here for his official visit to MDI the first week in August. More details forthcoming! Contact Mother Holly to register BY JULY 9 or if you have questions by clicking here. 

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!
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. 
The MDI Covid Task Force Update 5/25: 
  • Sunday, in-person worship resumes on June 20. 
    • Communion will be distributed in one kind only (blessed bread). The full grace of the sacrament is received. 
  • People will be required to wear masks when gathered for worship indoors. 
    • Worship leaders who are vaccinated can unmask only when at the lectern or altar. 
    • Unvaccinated people must remain masked at all times. 
    • Anyone singing will be required to mask. 
  • People will not be required to mask when gathered for worship outdoors at St. John's.
  • People will be required to wear masks when entering the church offices and buildings.
  • Coffee hours and receptions may be held outdoors only and may only offer pre-poured beverages and "grab and go" foods like cookies or plated foods.
  • Groups from outside the parish will be using the church buildings again and will be required to mask when indoors. 
  • Small groups from inside the parish are requested to talk to the Priest-in-Charge about masking, if all people in the group are known to be vaccinated.   
  • Buildings will be cleaned as before the pandemic. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitation will be encouraged, especially before receiving Communion. 
Fun & Fellowship
St. Andrew and St. John has music available on their website by Stephen 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. 
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.
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. 
MDI Episcopal Website
MDI Episcopal YouTube
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 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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