Thursday, April 28, 2022

Worship Schedule, News, & More from the MDI Partnership!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Weekly News from the Parishes of
St. Andrew and St. John,
Church of Our Father,
& St. Saviour

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Join Us for Worship:

Sunday, May 1
9:00 am Morning Prayer
Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove

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11:00 am Holy Eucharist
St. Saviour's Parish, Bar Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson 

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4:00 pm Holy Eucharist
St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor

Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson* 
(*The Rev. Holly Hoffmann is attending the diocesan clergy retreat at the Schoodic Institute May 1 - May 3)
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The 9 am service of Holy Eucharist in the Partnership Parishes will be live-streamed to our YouTube channel:

You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:

If you are looking for other online worship,
please visit (click on church name): 
St. Luke's Cathedral at 10 am
The National Cathedral at 11:15 am

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.

Covid Precautions:

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid,
please choose to attend a service online. 

Our Covid protocols will be followed:

Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited
Everyone masked indoors
Socially distanced seating is available, not required
Communion in one-kind, Bread only
Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting
Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion. 

God bless you for keeping our church, our community, 
and our loved ones safe.
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.
An Easter Message from The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown,
Tenth Bishop of Maine.
Weekly Sermons and More

Sermon Easter II
Sermon by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann Easter April 24, 2022 at St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, ME. "Jesus said to her, "Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.' Thomas answered him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.'" (John 20:19-31).
Assisting at Services
We are in need of support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Flower 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!
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.
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. 
Upcoming Events and Dates
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann read a letter by Bishop Brown to the diocese about Creation Care at this past Sunday's worship service in recognition of Earth Day. To read this letter and to learn more about the Climate Justice Council, visit: If you would like to be involved in this ministry on MDI, please be in contact with Linda Foster. Her contact information is in the parish directory. 
April 30: Join the Episcopal Churches Team for an Earth Day Clean Up with Friends of Acadia

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Friends of Acadia is excited to host its 21st Annual Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

This community volunteer event brings together friends, families, neighbors, and organizations to celebrate Earth Day and beautify Mount Desert Island and Trenton by cleaning up roadside trash, together.

To join the team of Episcopalians, contact Rebekah Heikkila by email (click here), or see the directory for the address, who will register you as a part of our team.  

For more information on Friends of Acadia visit:
May 4: Outreach Meeting, 9 am 
The Outreach, Evangelism, and Mission committee meets every first Wednesday at Church of Our Father after 8 am worship. Please join us Wednesday, May 4! We conclude by 9:30 am, so people can attend the 10:30 am Bible study led by Fr. Steve Muncie over Zoom.

Special Guest: Executive Director of Camp Bishopswood, Mike Douglas, will be joining our meeting to share more about this diocesan ministry to our youth.
Click here to join the Zoom shortly before 9 am.  

We will discuss plans for outreach this summer and look ahead to initiatives for the fall, too. 

The fourth Sunday loose plate will go to the benefit of Camp Bishopswood. 

May 7: St. Saviour's Clean Up Day at 9 am

Gather together at 9 am on Saturday, May 7 at St. Saviour's to clean up the grounds of our church.  We need to do weeding and raking outside plus change light bulbs in the Rectory Common, clean the filters in the heat pump, change the timer for the lights on the stained glass windows, change  bulbs in the lights at the entrance to the parking lot.

All are welcome! Contact Junior Warden Carolyn Reed with questions. (Her phone number is in the church directory.)   Rain Date is Saturday, May 14.
May 12-14th: 2022 Global Episcopal Mission
Network Conference 
Conference Theme: Women in Mission
online, via Zoom
Free, donations welcome

Registration is open for the 2022 Global Mission Conference that will be held May 12-14 online on the theme of Women in Mission. Sign up now to join with people around the world to celebrate and reflect on the vital role of women's participation in God's mission.

Sponsored by the Global Episcopal Mission Network, the conference will meet for 3 hours via Zoom on each of the 3 days, 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Conference plenary speakers will highlight the history of women in mission, Mothers Union work in Africa, women missionaries' work today, and Anglican women's work at the United Nations. Workshops will feature the mission work of women in Mozambique, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, India, and Korea. The work of religious orders, Episcopal Relief & Development, Five Talents, and the United Thank Offering will be featured, and Mission Spotlights will offer further insight into women's global work.

The conference is free and open to the public, and donations are encouraged. Attendees will receive the Zoom connection information upon registration.

Click here to visit the conference page for more information and to register.
Register Now for the May 14 Diocesan Spring Training 2022

Spring Training 2022 - Featuring a Conversation with the Bishops of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Saturday, May 14
9 am -12 pm 

Join us for a morning of conversation, prayer, and learning. Participants will attend two workshops of their choice, as well as engage in a conversation between our own Bishop Brown, Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont, and Bishop Hirschfeld of New Hampshire. 
Click here for workshop descriptions.

Click here to register for Spring Training
May 15: Annual Meeting Reports Due

All reports for this year's Annual Meeting are due to be emailed to the church office by Sunday, May 15. Thank you!

Annual Meeting Dates are:

Church of Our Father, June 19 after 9 am worship
St. Andrew's and St. John's, June 19 after 4 pm worship 
St. Saviour's, July 17 after 11 am worship

Folks may attend in person or on Zoom. 
May 21: Evening Music Concert Series Continues
at St. Saviour's at 4 pm

Baroque Orchestra of Maine's mission is to present dynamic world class period instrument performances to the rural Downeast Maine area featuring local artists. The group strives to engage and educate a wide audience about historically informed performance by presenting concerts in accessible, eclectic, non-traditional concert venues. For more information, visit:

Future concerts for the season will include:
May 27, 4 pm — Dueling Clavichords: Gregory Crowell and Kevin Birch play clavichords
May 22: Island-wide Shared Worship
Island-wide worship on the fourth Sunday of the month will be held on May 22. This service will be held at St. Mary's by-the-Sea at 10 am. 

Loose plate collection at this service will be offered to support Camp Bishopswood. 

If you would like to donate by check, simply make the check payable to "Camp Bishopswood," and we will mail your donation with a note from our four parishes.  
Outreach News
Ways to Support Those Suffering from Violence in Ukraine

Continue to pray for Ukraine and those in danger. 
Collect for Peace from the BCP:

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Members of the Partnership parishes gathered in the first week of the month to discuss Outreach projects for the spring. There was a strong desire to focus our energies on promoting organizations that are helping those living in the Ukraine. Two organizations that are being recommended are:  

Episcopal Relief and Development
 is working closely with Anglican agencies and ecumenical partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. People quickly packed up and fled Ukraine to safety and are now in need of basic supplies and will need long-term support. Your contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development International Disaster Response Fund will help provide clothing, food, water and other items. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: or call 1.855.312.4325

Save the Children: UKRAINE CRISIS RELIEF FUND Ukraine's children are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Your donation to Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis.
For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit:
A helpful resource for evaluating charitable organizations is Charity Navigator:
Bar Harbor Food Pantry for 2022

The BH Food Pantry Facebook page says they now are in considerable need of jams, jellies and cooking oil. There is a collection basket by the entrance of the nave at St. Saviour's and Church of Our Father. Thank you for your care of those living in need within our community.
Circles of Caring:
Every other Wednesday (other than third Wednesday of the month) at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm over Zoom

As the pandemic continues, a number of us have been feeling a lack of connectedness. There's an opportunity for anyone in the Partnership to join a " Circle of Caring" where you can connect with others. Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone you think would be interested. The groups are fluid, no necessary commitment, just an opportunity to "see: friends, meet new ones, and reach out to others." 

If you are interested in attending, contact Roger Samuel by emailing click here or call him by phone (number is in your directory).
Fellowship Outdoors 

As the warm weather returns, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship. If you are interested in assisting with refreshments for these times, please be in touch with the parish administrator of your church, and she will connect you with others assisting in this ministry within our community.
Covid Task Force Update
Our MDI Covid Task Force meets regularly to discuss our protocols.
  • An area (not the whole worship space) will be marked off for Social distancing for those who want to sit in an area designated for this seating arrangement
  • We will no longer keep a list of attendees at services to assist in contact tracing. 
  • At meetings of the church (ex. Vestry and including choir) and those who use our buildings (like AA), masking will be encouraged but not required. (All vestry meetings on MDI have the option to be attended via Zoom.) Masking will continue to be required for indoor worship and large public events for all people in attendance. 
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited. 
Age 5+ eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccination,
Age 12+ eligible for booster

COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots are available by appointment at the Community Health Center, Cooper Gilmore, Trenton Health Center, 
and Carroll Drug Store.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for children ages 5-17. Everyone age 12+ is eligible for a booster shot. You must be 5 months past your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months past your first dose of Johnson & Johnson to receive a booster dose. If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, please call one of our vaccination sites below or check our Bar Harbor Regency Clinic calendar. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are also available by appointment at local pharmacies in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth.

Call now to schedule your vaccine or booster (Pfizer/Moderna/J&J):
Cooper Gilmore Health Center: 207-288–5024 17 Hancock Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Community Health Center:  207-244–5630 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Trenton Health Center: 207-667–5899 394 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605
Carroll Drug Store 3 Village Green Way, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

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Growing in Faith
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. 

Connect with other Episcopal Maine households walking the path of faith via this private Facebook group. Our team will provide curated resources, and we will be resources for one another.

Episcopal Maine Youth of all ages are gathering online
All 6th-12th grade youth are welcome to join in for prayer, song and community on third Mondays, the next being May 16 from 6:30- 8 pm. If you haven't yet joined us on our Dungeons & Dragons-style epic adventure, we invite you to hop on! You don't need to know anything about D&D to attend. We'll welcome you into a co-created mystical realm of mischief and magic. Click here to join us on Zoom.

High schoolers and young adults (21 and younger) are invited to gather for conversation and prayer online.

They can click here to join on Zoom on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm. The group will talk about current events, their faith, God, and everything in between - wherever the conversation goes! 

Questions about either of these monthly gatherings? Please contact the Rev. Cn. Sara D'Angio White.
Celebrate the end of summer at Camp Bishopswood
Start thinking about summer! Families and households from the Diocese of Maine are invited to celebrate the end of summer together at Camp Bishopswood. Spend a night or two cabin or tent camping while you swim, boat, hike, rest, and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook. All meals included.

There will be free diocese-wide programming during the day on Saturday, August 27 including worship with Bishop Brown. Come for the day or stay for the weekend!

Scholarships are available. Click here to register for Summer Finale. Cabins and tenting available.
Adult Formation
A new series of the Faith in Maine podcast began last month with "An Invitation to Listen Better". Listen here. The series will focus on the four themes from Bishop Brown's 2021 diocesan convention address: Listen, Connect, Adapt, Hope. Be on the lookout for a new episode next week!
Advocacy 101 for Individuals and Teams
A six-week course offered by Bexley Seabury Seminary
May 15-Jun 25
Taught by John Hennessy, Director of Public Advocacy for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Sometimes we need to work to address issues from an institutional or systemic perspective. This course is designed to help individuals or teams (two or more members of a community) to move from understanding their theological grounding for social action to developing and implementing a plan for change.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am through the month of May, but not Holy Week or the two weeks after it 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. Beginners are always welcome, as are the more experienced, so long as they have "beginner's mind"!  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. If you intend to come to Orland in person, please call or text Jenny at 207-952-2363 for the schedule (or if you need directions), as the meeting will be Zoom only on the weeks when she is absent and Mother Regina is leading the group.
Prayers of the Parishes
We pray for the victims of the recent natural disasters around the world.
We pray for all essential services personnel, the first responders and healthcare workers affected by the pandemic.

Church of Our Father 
Please let us know if we don't have your birthdate or anniversary date to celebrate!
April 30     Joanne Sousa
May 2    Brad Berry
May 8    Tony Sousa
May 16    Andrea Horner
May 19    John Reeves
May 27    Liz Libby
May 5  Steve and Yvonne Johnson

St. Saviour

We pray for Gregory Berube, Connie Brush, Yolanda Ferrari, Cheryl Kolodziej, Julie Grindle, Geoff Schuller, Eleanor Raynes, Howard Brush, John Stewart, Ruth Westphal, Gretchen Westphal, Lucy Triplett, Gail Leland, Christopher Lebida, Christopher Walls, Linda Carman, Mary Smith, John Fibiger, Ray McDonald, Emily O'Connor, Sarah Cleaves, Nicholas, Janet Flood, Rachel, Mimi, Charlie, Sarah B., Dickie, Alex, Penny Ayer, Arletta Sullivan, and Anne Cleaves.   

Please let us know of any updates.

Please let us know if we don't have your birthdate or anniversary date to celebrate!
April 21   Wilda Higgins
April 23    Joyce McFarland
April 26   Jim McKay
April 27    Frank Zito
April 28    Linda Carman

April 30 - Leman and Mary Smith
St. Andrew and St. John

We pray for Mary Ann Mahoney, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Paul Haertel, Chuck Bradshaw, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.

Please let us know if we don't have your birthdate or anniversary date to celebrate!
9 - Joan Bromage
15 - Ward MacKenzie
19 - Anne L. Welles
21 - Stephen Byers Sampson
28 - Fred Benson
29 - Doris Walton
5 - Stephen and Mary Ann Mahoney
7 - John and Betsy Hewlett
19 - Steve and Wanda Fernald

A Prayer for Ukraine from Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell

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 on Zoom or in person, 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.

Easter is the celebration of the victory of God," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2022 message. "The earth, like an egg, has been cracked open, and Jesus has been raised alive and new, and love is victorious."

View or read Presiding Bishop's Curry full message here.
Participate in General Convention Hearings - Happening Now + April/May! 

The 80th General Convention will convene in Baltimore in July 2022. The Convention is the Episcopal Church's governing body, making decisions about:
  • Worship, authorizing new liturgical materials and deciding about revision of the Book of Common Prayer
  • Programs and policies in areas such as racial justice, congregational and diocesan vitality, and Christian formation
  • The Church's stance on issues such as the economy, poverty, war, health care, violence, climate change, racism, and human rights.
  • The budget of the Episcopal Church
The Convention works by adopting resolutions. Legislative committees have begun meeting to review resolutions assigned to them. 

All Episcopalians, and all members of the public, are invited to register to attend or testify at online hearings on resolutions being considered for the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Some important notes to help you plan your participation:
  • Online hearings are being scheduled for April 30-May 21. Committees will meet throughout the winter and spring.
  • Resolutions can be found on the General Convention Virtual Binder.
  • More than 100 resolutions have been submitted so far, and one way to narrow your focus is to browse the list of Committees. Select a committee whose topic is of particular interest to you, then view the resolutions assigned to that committee.
  • Anyone can observe a meeting of a legislative committee and/or testify at an online hearing. Registration in advance is required. The Legislative Committee Calendar lists upcoming meetings and hearings; additional meetings will be posted as committees schedule them with the General Convention Office. Links for "more info" on the Legislative Committee Calendar will take you to the sign-up page to observe or testify. 
  • There are two types of Legislative Committee meetings: deliberation and hearing. Only those listed "Video - Open Hearing" are available for members of the public to testify. Members of the public can opt to attend and observe hearings, but will not have the option of speaking unless they change their registration to testify prior to the meeting. If the meeting is listed as "Video - Ctte Deliberation Only - No Testimony," members of the public are invited to request to observe the meeting.
  • To testify, you must indicate a specific resolution. The time allocated to each witness may be limited to as little as one or two minutes, so prepare your remarks carefully.

Summer Study at Yale Divinity School: June 6-10 on Zoom
This program is open to anyone interested in theological education. There are no prior educational requirements necessary to participate. Courses can count towards continuing education requirements for some clergy. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week. Courses are not for academic credit, but can count towards continuing education requirements for some clergy. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week. All courses are offered exclusively online via Zoom. Yale Divinity School's Summer Study program is open to the public, and all are welcome. 

The Center for Continuing Education at Yale Divinity School provides opportunities and resources for churches, clergy, and laity to foster the knowledge and love of God in their communities. The Center makes available the theological resources of YDS —events, lectures, programs, instructional resources, publications, and more—to enable and enrich ministry and lay learning. These resources are intended to support faith formation, religious education, and personal and professional enrichment.
An Invitation to Pray: Transformation Northeast

David Janssen. Email questions to  here to "start to pray". Sign up for a time slot that isn't yet taken. You will receive an automatic reminder to let you know your prayer time is coming. Find prayer guidesClick hereJoin them in praying 24/7 for Church and regional renewal, transformation, and awakening. Tony Sousa, Senior Warden of Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, encourages churches in our diocese to become involved.  is a nondenominational effort to renew Christianity in New England. Transformation Northeast
Praying Compline in the Diocese
Monday-Friday at 8 pm 

A core community at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland have been praying the service of Compline together for sometime. They would now like to invite anyone in the diocese to come and pray with them! Follow this Zoom link to join them Monday through Friday at 8:00pm. They look forward to meeting you as they end the day in prayer together.
$$   No Frills Oil Discount  $$
No Frills Oil gives a discount to all Episcopalians for a private home: 8 cents off the cash price. Inquire directly with No Frills and contact Andrew McMullan, Junior Warden of St. Andrew and St. John, with questions. 
Support Your Church
Online Giving
To facilitate stewardship, the Diocese of Maine has an online giving site 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.

If you would like to set up automatic payments for your pledge, 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 or click the button below. 

As always, the church accepts other forms of donations (cash, check, etc.).
Donate to Your Church
If you haven't returned your pledge card, please do so now.
If you did not receive a pledge card and would like to, please contact the parish office.
Stock Gifts 

Gifts of appreciated stocks are greatly appreciated and can have significant tax advantages. (Please consult your tax advisor for details.) To make such a gift to your church, please follow the following procedures: 

For Instructions for giving to Church of Our Father, click here. 

For Instructions for giving to St. Andrew and St. John, click here.

For Instructions for giving to St. Saviour's, click here.

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. 
Community Resources
AA recovery groups, online and in person, in Downeast Maine can be found by clicking here.

Downeast Community Partners DCP brings community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. Our Housing division helps people maintain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing (including heating assistance through the THAW program). Our Transportationdivision staff travels over a million miles each year, helping people get to medical appointments, senior food programs and other important services. Helping Hands Garage helps people buy affordable roadworthy vehicles. Friendship Cottage in Blue Hill offers an Adult Day Service Program. Our Energy Services division provides a variety of services to prevent hunger, hypothermia, and homelessness. At Home provides services to assist seniors aging in place. Everybody Eats! provides a free community meal each week to Ellsworth area residents. Our Early Care and Education program provides Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K and Childcare services to local families. Our Supportive Services division provides support to individuals and families working to make changes in their lives.  Nurse Bridging and Maternal and Child Health services provide caring nurse support to families with infants and small children. Peninsula Free Health Service provides free medical care to the uninsured on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

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

Westside Food Pantry Distribution of vouchers at St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor occur on the first Sunday (12:00-2:00) and third Sunday (12:00-1:00) of each month from November through April and beyond, if necessary. We invite you to visit the facebook page where you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry.  Please visit the page at: and like it.
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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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
The church office is staffed Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm
If you need to be in touch with the Parish Administrator, email or call and leave a message anytime.

St. Saviour's 
41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-4215   Email the Parish Office

The church office is staffed Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm
If you need to be in touch with the Parish Administrator, email or call and leave a message anytime.

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