Sunday Worship Sunday, November 28, Advent 1 10:00 a.m. - Shared service at St. Saviour's The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Celebrant
Keep in your prayers this week:
Rob Higgins, Susan Buell, Edie Stanwood, 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.
Episcopal Worship Services on MDI - starting November 7 9:00 am - Church of Our Father 10:00 am - St. Mary & St. Jude 11:00 am - St. Saviour's Parish 4:00 pm - St. John the Divine
The fourth Sunday of the month will be our island-wide service. For location and other details on the services, visit: http://www.mdi-episcopal.org/
A CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY "People Look East" Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. St. John the Divine Southwest Harbor Festive music for the season with The Harborside Trio Cherie Magnello, Soprano Carl Wrubel, Baritone William Merrill, Piano A freewill offering is appreciated. Audience members must be masked.
ADVENT WREATH MAKING November 28: Advent Wreath Making at St. John's at 2 pm Gather outside at St. John's at 2 pm on the first Sunday of Advent to make Advent wreaths with real candles and fresh greens. Hot cider to be served. This is a great activity for people of all ages! Consider inviting a young person in your life to join you in making advent wreaths to mark the weeks to Christmas Day. Questions? Contact Dianne McMullan or speak with Edie Stanwood. Sign up on line by using this form or calling the office at St. John's. Cost is $10 if you need both a wire candle ring and candles, $5 if you have either, $0 if you have both. Come join the fun!
On behalf of all of us, Mother Holly delivered Altar Flowers to the staffs of the Emergency Department at MDI Hospital and to the Emergency Department and ICU at Northern Lights Hospital in Ellsworth with a note of thanks from all the Episcopal parishes on MDI. The Covid Task Force of the four churches has been thinking of how to express our gratitude during these trying times for our medical system and came up with this idea. We greatly appreciate their care!
Worship With Us IN PERSON NEW Service Schedule
Sunday, November 28
First Sunday in Advent MDI Combined Worship (10:00 am)
10 am at Saint Saviours: Holy Eucharist Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Holly Hoffmann Deacon: The Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin
Masks are required indoors to protect the most vulnerable: younger children, the immunocompromised, and others who have not yet been vaccinated. Pre-registration is not required, and social distancing is encouraged.We will be keep a list of those who attend services, should contact tracing become necessary. Holy Communion will be offered in one-kind only (Bread).
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.
Sunday Worship with the wider church ONLINE
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:
If you missed a sermon offered by Mother Holly or want to hear it again, you can watch a recording of it by visiting the MDI Episcopal YouTube Channel.
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
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, 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.
This Wednesday's celebration of Holy Eucharist at Church of Our Father observed Thanksgiving. Please enjoy this service as a part of your holiday.
Tonight faith leaders and people of faith from several different religious traditions in the Greater Portland (Maine) area will come together in gratitude. Join us for this worshipful celebration — to sing, to pray, to celebrate the gift of being neighbors and friends, and to give thanks.
Southwest Harbor's Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream Shop will be offering both free to-go and in-person Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 25. Traditional Thanksgiving meals will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at its location on 11 Seal Cove Road. The restaurant will not be taking reservations as it will be on a first come, first serve basis.
IMPORTANT NEWS and DATES!
St. John's Office temporarily closed
Please be aware that Michele, the SASJ Parish Administrator, will be away now through December 5.
November 28 at 10 am: Island-wide Worship
Our next shared, island-wide Episcopal worship service will be on Sunday, November 28 at St. Saviour's.
November 28: Christmas Gift Cards for Local High School Students The parishes of Church of Our Father, St. Andrew and John, and St. Saviour all participate in the outreach ministry which provides $50 Gift cards at the holidays to local island students in need. The students are anonymous to us and selected by their counsellors. If you are a parishioner at any parish and would like to donate a $50 gift card (or money towards it), please contact Pat Samuel by e-mail or by phone (see your copy of the church directory for e-mail address or number). Also, Church of Our Father is providing some funds for the gift cards from their 2021 Outreach funds. Thank you for thinking of these students!
ANY LOOSE PLATE CASH OR DESIGNATED CHECKS PUT IN THE OFFERTORY PLATE THIS SUNDAY AT THE ISLAND-WIDE SERVICE WILL SUPPORT THIS PROJECT.
November 28: Advent Wreath Making at St. John's at 2 pm
Gather outside at St. John's at 2 pm on the first Sunday of Advent to make Advent wreaths with real candles and fresh greens. Hot cider to be served. This is a great activity for people of all ages! Consider inviting a young person in your life to join you in making advent wreaths to mark the weeks to Christmas Day. Questions? Contact Dianne McMullan or speak with Edie Stanwood. Cost is $10 if you need a wire candle ring, $5 for candles, $0 if you have both. Come join the fun!
Slow down. Quiet. It's Advent. Coloring Calendars Jay Sidebotham coloring calendars will be available at all churches on Advent 1. In years past, people have found coloring this creative calendar a relaxing way to center themselves and slow down during this season of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.
December 1: Personal Wreath Orders Due
If you would like to purchase a homemade wreath for the holidays for yourself or others through ECW, the cost will be $22 for a single with a bow, $30 for a single with additional decorations, and $30 for a double with a bow. This is a fundraiser for ECW (Episcopal Church Women). Please contact Sue Olson (info. in parish directory) before Wednesday, December 1, then mail your check to Church of Our Father. Please be very clear in your note enclosed with your check and write "ECW Christmas Wreaths" in the Memo Line. The form to enclose with it is accessible by clicking here!
December 12: Christmas Cookie Ministry
There are two opportunities to donate cookies to fill tins for folks in our community who are homebound. We need both bakers and helpers! Fully decorated cookies will be brought in on December 12, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Contact Pat Samuel or Gail Leland to volunteer to help bake or deliver (see the church directory). Please contact Pat, Gail, or Mother Holly if you have someone you think should receive a tin from any of the three parishes.
Concerts! SAVE the DATES:
December 4 Acadia Choral Society, St. Saviour's 7 pm December 5 Acadia Choral Society, St. Saviour's 3 pm December 12 Harborside Trio, St. John's 2 pm December 17 Bagaduce Chorale, St. Saviour's in the afternoon
Christmas Worship Schedule on MDI
Christmas Eve, December 24 4 pm Church of Our Father, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 4 pm St. Mary's, The Rev. Stephen Muncie 7 pm St. Saviour's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 9:30 pm St. John's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Christmas Day, December 25 10 am St. John's, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 10 am St. Mary's, The Rev. Stephen Muncie
Covid Task Force Update
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 is required for all, regardless of vaccination status at all indoor gatherings
Social distancing will be marked within the worship space of all our churches
We will keep a list to assist in contact tracing should that be necessary
Refreshments will be only served outdoors (as has been our policy)
Ushers, take care to encourage masking when entering the building and maintaining social distancing, especially during the distribution of Communion
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."
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.
Episcopal Maine Youth of all ages are gathering online
All youth grades 6-12 are invited to join a fun and prayerful online space each month! The next meeting for this age group is Monday, November 18 at 6:30 pm.
No registration needed! Youth can just click here to join via Zoom to spend time getting to know one another, playing some games, and praying together.
High schoolers and young adults (21 and younger) are also invited to gather for conversation and prayer online.
They can cick here to join on Zoom on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, December 6 at 6:30 pm. The group will talk about current events, their faith, God, and everything in between - wherever the conversation goes!
Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen MuncieThe Wednesday Morning Bible Study has resumed. If you would like to be added to the class mailing list please send Fr. Steve an email here: Email Father Steve.
Contemplative Prayer Group: 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 . . .
New Worship Schedule Starting in November:
9 am at Church of Our Father 11 am at St. Saviour 4 pm at St. John the Divine (moving to 5 pm for the summer months)
This schedule allows Mother Holly to worship with you in a celebration of Holy Eucharist all but one Sunday a month while keeping her Sunday schedule manageable across the three parishes.
Our shared, island-wide Episcopal worship services with St. Mary's and St. Jude's will be on the 4th Sunday of the month at 10 amduring the program year in different churches that can host larger worship services.
We will continue to have a lay-led prayer services but now only once per month and on a predictable schedule because of the new service times:
1st Sundays of the month will be Morning Prayer at 9 am at Church of Our Father 2nd Sundays will be Morning Prayer at 11 am St. Saviour's 3rd Sundays will be Evening Prayer at 4 pm St. John the Divine
All other Sundays will be services of Holy Eucharist, and Mother Holly will be the celebrant unless otherwise noted. You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule: https://mdi-episcopal.org/calendar/
Volunteer for Upcoming December Diocese-Wide Worship Service!
This is a call for volunteers to participate in the December diocese-wide online worship service. The service will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, December 26th.
If you or your church have not yet participated in a diocese-wide online worship service, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. Participating is easy: attend a volunteer meeting to learn more about the process and the liturgy, and then record your part (on your webcam or smartphone) and send it in.
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
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.
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