9 am at Church of Our Father: Lay led Morning Prayer Officiant: Steve Johnson Homilist: Tony Sousa
11 am at St. Saviour's: Holy Eucharist Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann Deacon: The Rev. Mary-Carol Griffin
4 pm at St. John the Divine: Holy Eucharist Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Daylight savings ends this weekend. Set your clocks back 1 hour. .
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/
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.
If you are interested in being a lay leader of worship on Sundays, please contact Mother Holly and the parish administrator of your church.
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:
Midweek Holy Eucharist on MDI 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 Holy Eucharist. On the first Wednesday of the month, we will use a Rite I liturgy.
*************************** 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!
Weekly Sermons and More
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, 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.
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.
Lee Garret, parishioner of St. Saviour's, had his car significantly damaged by a fallen limb in last weekend's storm. He is looking for a car to borrow while he shops for a replacement. If you have a car you'd be willing to loan him for a few weeks, please be in touch with Lee by email or by calling him (see your church directory for phone number).
IMPORTANT NEWS and DATES!
"By God's grace we are becoming a church that looks and acts, and maybe better yet, that loves like Jesus. A church that is his witness to his love and not to ourselves." Read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's opening remarks for Executive Council from October 25 here.
Friday, November 5: Baroque Concert Series at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor continues with a concert at 12:15 p.m.
The third program in the new concert-series "Evening Music", presented by The Friends of Music at St. Saviour's, will take place on Friday, November 5 at 12:15 pm in the church at St. Saviour's. This concert will feature a recital on the clavichord played by Dr. Kevin Birch. Kevin will be playing a his very new clavichord, completed just last year, modeled on an instrument described by Michael Praetorious in his music-encyclopedia Syntagma Musicum of 1619. The program is entitled "The Orpheus of Amsterdam — In Celebration of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck" (in observation of the 400th anniversary of his death in 1621). Admission is free, but we are asking for donations in support of the Friends of Music; and all audience-members must wear masks.
In Celebration of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck "The Orpheus of Amsterdam" (1562-1621) featuring a new clavichord by Martin Kather (2020) after Michael Praetorius' Syntagma Musica (1619)
Sunday, November 7: All Saints' Sunday Service with Holy Baptism of Charlotte Judith Mace
Join us for an observance of All Saints and for the baptism of Charlotte Judith Mace, daughter of Donny and Taylor Mace and grand-niece of Tammy Bloom at St. Saviour's at the 11 am service.
All Saints' Day is a traditional day within the liturgical year for baptism because of the celebration of the Christian community throughout time. Please plan to join us for church on this Sunday and to welcome Charlotte "Charlie" to the Christian community!
Vocations Webinar: Deacons and the Future of Expanding Ministry?
Tuesday, November 9th 3:00pm EST Online Offered by CEEP
This workshop will focus on on how deacons work, how they are trained, and what discernment might look like in the future. The session will start with a discussion on how a community of deacons can be utilized as a resource for the church and region. Next, we will pivot to the expanding options for Spanish speakers with a call to the diaconate. Finally, the Rev. Jac Essing, Deacon, and Rt. Rev. Doug Fisher, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts will discuss how they are working together to create pathways for younger people to discern a call in the diaconate.
Panelists include: Jac Essing - Deacon, All Saints Episcopal Church; South Hadley, Massachusetts
Doug Fisher - Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Springfield, Massachusetts
Join us for Holy Eucharist with special prayers and music on Wednesday, November 10 at Church of Our Father at 8 am.
Before November 14: Drop off your canned vegetables for the joint Thanksgiving Project
As a Partnership, the parishes of St Saviour's, St. Andrew & John, and Church of Our Father will team with the Bar Harbor Congregational church (BHCC) in their program of boxed food distribution at Thanksgiving. Each church will be responsible for a canned vegetable item: St Saviour's: canned green beans and cans of cranberry sauce; Church of Our Father, canned corn; and St. John's, canned peas (which the SASJ vestry determined will be purchased by 2021 Outreach funds so that collected food items this fall focus on an item for the children's Backpack program - see St. John's email next week for details)..
Each church can also assist (boxing/delivering food) BHCC, if they are able. The final day for drop off of the canned vegetables is November 18. Please bring the designated canned item to your church's collection area by Sunday, November 14. In terms of delivery at other times, call Doreen Willet – 266-8660, and she will meet you at BHCC at the appointed time.
May the Lord bless everyone's effort in this activity of helping others at Thanksgiving!
November 21: Stewardship Ingathering on Christ the King Sunday
The stewardship pledge cards mailed to the church offices and those put in the offertory plate through this Sunday will be received and blessed at the altar during the Eucharist on the celebration of Christ the King Sunday. Mother Holly will be celebrate at all three services this day.
If you did not receive a stewardship mailing and you wish to, please contact the church office.
Please join together in this festive service and the offering of gifts - time, talent, and treasure - to God.
November 21: Advent Calendar Making at St. Saviour's at Noon
Join Pat Samuel at others at St. Saviour's in this tradition of cutting and pasting together an Advent Calendar of Bible verses right after church in the Parish Hall. Take home kits available, too!
This is a great activity for people of all ages! Consider inviting a young person in your life to church that day and to make a calendar to count down the days to Christmas.
This year's kit (all materials included) will make up as a poster-style Christmas tree to decorate with scripture/thought for each day. Questions? Contact Pat Samuel. Please sign up by November 14 so we have appropriate materials prepared.
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 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!
Please sign up by November 14 so we have appropriate materials prepared.
Slow down. Quiet. It's Advent. Coloring Calendars
Jay Sidebotham coloring calendars will be available at all churches when they arrive. 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.
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!
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.
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
We will be keeping a list of those who attend a service so we can do contract tracing should that be necessary.
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.
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 and then
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. 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 . . .
Diocesan Convention: Resolutions, Elections, and Thanks
Click here to view a one-page recap of the 202nd annual diocesan convention held on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
Thank you, Delegates!
Congratulations to Ted Fletcher, elected to Provincial Conference Lay Deputy.
Thank you to Rita Redfield who led the diocese in prayer at Convention.
Bishop of Maine's Annual Address The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown
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