Masks are required indoors to protect the most vulnerable: younger children, the immunocompromised, and others who have not yet been vaccinated.
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.
Coffee hour will be held only outdoors and canceled in poor weather.
Pre-registration is not required, and social distancing is encouraged. Holy Communion will be offered in one-kind only (Bread).
Sunday, October 10
10 am at Church of Our Father: Holy Eucharist Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson Deacon: The Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin
10 am at St. Saviour's: Lay Led Morning Prayer Officiant/Preacher: Linda Foster
10 am at St. John the Divine: Holy Eucharist Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
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.
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:
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!
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 Parish Offices will be closed in observance of Indigenous People's Day.
Monday, 10/11 (Indigenous People's Day) Native Voices: A Response to The Episcopal Church's History with Indian Boarding Schools
5 to 6:30 p.m. ET Join us for a panel discussion with Indigenous Episcopalians as they respond to a statement on Indigenous boarding schools issued by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Jennings. A moderated Q&A will follow the panel.
The Rev. Bradley Hauff, Indigenous missioner of The Episcopal Church, moderator, Lakota
The Rev. Isaiah (Shaneequa) Brokenleg, The Episcopal Church Office of Justice, Reconciliation and Creation Care, Lakota
Buzz McDonald, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Caddo tribe
Pearl Chanar, Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, Athabascan
The Venerable Paul Sneve, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, Lakota
Christine McCleave, CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Forrest Cuch, Episcopal Diocese of Utah, Ute Tribe
The Rev. Bude VanDyke, Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, Eastern Band of Cherokee, musician
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 lead a seminar for lay preachers to inspire and guide them in both inner, spiritual and practical preparation of sermons.
Folks from MDI may attend in person, if they desire. The seminar may also be attended by Zoom. To attend in person email Mother Holly to attend on Zoom click here 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.
The Rev. Dr. Mark 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. He 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 . . .
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).
Tech Tip: Changing Your Zoom Screen Name
How do you change your Zoom screen name? We're here to show you how! Click on the video link below (or click here) for a brief video from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine that shows you three different ways to change your Zoom screen name.
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.
Warning 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.
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