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 Schedule Survey Your Input Needed by 10/1/21
We are considering adjusting service times so that Mother Holly is able to celebrate Holy Eucharist and worship with EACH church MORE often every month. She would like to find a way to see you more often for worship.
This short survey is anonymous and will take just a few minutes to complete.
Thank you for completing it!
If you or someone you know needs to fill this out by hand, stop by the church office to pick up a copy. Please return by 10/1
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, 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 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.
IMPORTANT NEWS and DATES!
William "Bill" Baker 1938-2021
A private service in memory of William "Bill" Baker, a member of the Parish of St. Andrew and St. John, will be offered on Friday morning for Bill's family at St. John's. The family appreciates the prayers and support of the community at this time.
Gifts in his memory can be made to the Christina and William Baker Scholarship Fund at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 or https://www.coa.edu/giving/give-to-COA/. If giving by check, please include "Baker Scholarship" in the memo. If giving online, please select "other," then add "Baker Scholarship" in the designation field.
1st Sunday of Every Month: Giving to Those in Need
On the first Sunday of the month, the loose cash and checks designated (memo line "RDF") placed in the offertory plate go to the Rector's Discretionary Fund to be used for charitable works helping individuals living in need within the community.
Thank you for your generosity!
Sunday, 10/3 The Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis
We will join with other Episcopalians and Congregationalists on MDI for Pet Blessings:
Bar Harbor Green at 1:00 pm St. John's Church, Southwest Harbor at 3:00 pm Bring your family pet for a blessing!
Wednesday, 10/ 6 Mother Holly leads worship at Birch Bay
Residents of Birch Bay are invited to a weekly worship service coordinated by their staff and led by local clergy. Mother Holly will be officiating the service on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 am. If you are a resident of Birch Bay, please plan on attending and introducing Mother Holly to your residential community.
Wednesday, 10/6 Outreach Meeting
The Outreach, Mission and Evangelism committee of Church of Our Father (OME) invites everyone to the October outreach meeting following the morning service. The first Wednesday of the month will become the scheduled meeting time going forward, and we invite participation from all parishes. All are welcome.
Building off of the work that Deacon Tracy Shaffer did with us as a part of her ministry internship on MDI last year, OME has identified three possible themes of collaboration across the Partnership based on past Outreach commitments:
Food Insecurity (fall), Children (winter), and to be determined (spring).
We also hope to address outreach in three areas over any given program year:
Local to MDI, Hancock County/ State of Maine / National, and International
We hope that these "trinities" of shared commitment and geography will provide a way for parishes in the partnership to collaborate and support one another on the particular ministry projects that speak to them and their congregations.
At this October meeting, we will discuss possible outreach projects the spring and the CoOF outreach budget. Please come, worship and share your thoughts and ideas.
If you are a member of St. Andrew and St. John or St. Saviour and are passionate about outreach, please talk with Mother Holly as we are looking for leaders at both of these churches who are called to the ministry of service to others.
Saturday, 10/9: Baroque Concert Series Continues at SSP
The second program in the new concert-series "Evening Music", presented by The Friends of Music at St. Saviour's, will take place on Saturday, October 9 at 4:00 pm in the church at St. Saviour's. This concert will again feature the Baroque Orchestra of Maine (aka BOOM), with baroque violinist Heidi Powell accompanied by cellist Max Treitler and harpsichordist Daniel Pyle. They will be playing music by J. S. Bach and Heinrich Biber. The first concert was great success, and this second one promises to be just as good. Admission is free, but we are asking for donations in support of the Friends of Music; and all audience-members must wear masks.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary, is our guest preacher for the island-wide service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, October 24 at St. Saviour.
Mother Holly met Mark while in Omaha, Nebraska in June when he was preaching at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Following this service and time to eat lunch, Mark will be offering at seminar on preaching to any lay person interested in developing their skills in offering a homily.
Folks from MDI may attend in person, if they desire. The seminar may also be attended by Zoom. Stay tuned for registration to attend in person or to receive the Zoom link or email Mother Holly now to reserve your spot.
This seminar will be hosted by the parishes of the MDI Partnership and open to others in the Diocese of Maine and Province 1.
Dr. Jefferson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion focusing on Homiletics from Emory University where he was a doctoral fellow for the Fund for Theological Exploration (FTE) and the Lilly Foundation. During his doctoral work, he received the W.E.B. Du Bois Award from the Candler School of Theology. Active in the life of the church in graduate school in Atlanta, Dr. Jefferson was the Director of Christian Education at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, which, at the time, was counted as one of the fastest-growing churches in the country, according to Outreach Magazine. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he concentrated his coursework in homiletics, completed a certificate in Black Church Studies, and served as President of the Black Student Caucus. He majored in Political Science and concentrated in Public Administration at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Virginia. While at NSU, he served as the President of Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society), earned the Vince Lombardi Most Outstanding Football Athlete Award, and was named a Coca-Cola Academic All-American.
Dr. Jefferson's preaching, scholarship, and engagement with popular culture outline his commitment to be a public theologian. The critical engagement of the American social imagination and African American socio-political enfranchisement and empowerment are areas of concentration for Dr. Jefferson's life and work.
Dr. Jefferson is an emerging scholar interested in the ways that consciousness and imagination inform the practice of preaching. His dissertation titled "Beyond the Talented Tenth: W.E.B. Du Bois, the Hip-Hop Emcee, and the Reimagination of African American Homiletics" explores Du Bois' advocacy of the "Talented Tenth" social imagination and its influence in the formation of black preachers and preaching. In his upcoming book, tentatively titled, The Mis-education of the African American Preacher, Dr. Jefferson extends the work of Carter G. Woodson and his critique of the educational and cultural formation of African American leaders, namely preachers, by arguing that they are being formed to ineffectively preach and connect with the black masses. Dr. Jefferson has also contributed to the African American Lectionary and the Academy of Preachers.
Dr. Jefferson is an internationally respected preacher and teacher of preachers. He was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College and appeared in The Nassau Guardian (Bahamas). He has preached at churches such as: Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.; Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA; Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA; The House of Hope Atlanta, Decatur, GA; Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA; Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ; Alexandria Detention Center, Alexandria, VA and Bethel A.M.E, Hampton, VA among many others churches, conferences, chapels, public gatherings, and occasions. Dr. Jefferson was selected for the historic Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church, in Memphis, TN. VTS is honoring its 200th anniversary on October 15, 2023, and in contribution to this effort, Dr. Jefferson is currently preaching 200 sermons locally, nationally, and internationally in the years leading up to the Bicentennial Celebration.
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."
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 for all regardless of vaccination status at all indoor gatherings
Social distancing will be marked within the worship space of all our churches
Refreshments will be only served outdoors (as has been our policy)
Ushers take care to encourage masking when entering the building and to maintain social distancing, especially during the distribution of Communion
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.
Pray, Play, Connect: A Fun and Prayerful Space for 6th-12th Graders across the Diocese All youth graduating 5th-12th grade are welcome! If you haven't participated in a diocesan youth event, this is a great opportunity to check one out. 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.
Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen MuncieThe Wednesday Morning Bible Study will resume on October 13, 10:30 am. We will pick up our study of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 16. However, we will spend some time offering an overview of the beginnings of Exodus and the Moses story, the plagues of Egypt, and the deliverance at the Red Sea. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be added to the class mailing list please send Fr. Steve an email here: Email Father Steve.
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! If you intend to come to Orland in person, please call or text Jenny at 207-952-2363 for the schedule, 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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .
2021 Invitation to Operation Christmas Child
It is such a joy to give gifts to children at Christmas time! In order to include interested summer parishioners in the joy of Operation Christmas Child, Church of Our Father is beginning our involvement in OCC now and invites you to join in. Operation Christmas Child is the program under the umbrella of the missionary program, Samaritan's Purse, in which we fill shoeboxes with toys, stationery, and hygiene items for needy children around the world. Shoeboxes can be filled for boys or girls, ages 2 to 14. Once filled, the shoeboxes are collected and flown to distribution sites. Before shoeboxes are distributed, children hear a Gospel lesson. Many children never before will have received gifts or heard the good news of Christ's love. Afterwards, weekly Bible lessons are offered. Children who attend all lessons receive their own Bible.
There are three ways to be involved. You may stuff a shoebox yourself according to guidelines. You may send in items to help fill a shoebox. You may send a donation to Church of Our Father with a by-line of OCC so we can fill shoeboxes for you. If you want to send in items, please email Marilyn Kitler so we can coordinate and avoid duplication. Gen MacKenzie is the point person for St. Andrew's and St. John's. If you are a member of St. Saviour's and would like to serve as a point person at this church, please be in touch with Mother Holly or me. We look forward to sharing the joy with you!
Marilyn Kitler, Coordinator
Preparing for the 202nd Convention of the Diocese
"Go forth with hope and grace"
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NRSV
The 202nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine will take place online on Saturday, October 23. Time TBA. All information will be posted to the convention page of the diocesan website as it becomes available. Please contact Canon Barbara Martin with any questions.
Update Your Zoom!
Zoom regularly pushes out new versions of their desktop client and mobile app to fix bugs, add enhancements, and address security concerns.
Zoom pushed out a new update on Monday, August 2nd. If you haven't updated your Zoom, consider this your reminder to do so!
Click here for more information and to select the download you need (PC, Mac, Linux, mobile).
AND, AS ALWAYS . . .
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.
Teen Simple Daily Devotionalhttps://d365.org/ 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 Prayerwebsite.
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.
Hardcopies of the Day By Day readers are available by contacting the church office or stopping by when the parish office is open.
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 https://www.facebook.com/Everybody-Eats-A-Free-Community-Meal-568143769902367/. 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.
Sunday Worship Masks are required for in-door worship On Sunday, September 26
Morning Prayer will be held at St. John the Divine at 10:00 a.m. Eric Erickson, Officiant
Keep in your prayers this week:
Bill Baker, 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.
Operation Christmas Child is a missionary outreach sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. This involves packing a shoe box with items for either a boy or girl ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. The shoe boxes are provided with a list of suggested items to be purchased by participants. The boxes are provided and should be completed 1-2 weeks before Thanksgiving for shipment to missionaries around the world. Completed boxes will be transported to Church of Our Father for shipment. You are encouraged to consider participating in this missionary effort.
Please contact Edie Stanwood (244-3429) or Gen MacKenzie (244-7313) for information.