Thursday, June 9, 2022

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

Thursday, June 9, 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, June 12: Trinity Sunday

9:00 am Holy Eucharist
Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
Celebrant: The Rev. John Burton

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11:00 am Morning Prayer
St. Saviour's Parish, Bar Harbor
Officiant: Lee Garrett

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

Celebrant: The Rev. John Burton
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*= these services will be streamed to our YouTube channel: 

Shared Worship services on the island will resume in October.

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

Worship at St. Andrew's by-the-Lake, Seal Cove begins on
Sunday, July 3 at 8 am. 

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.
Assisting at Services

If you are returning to MDI for the summer, perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! We are currently working on the schedules for July through September and would love your support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Flower Guild and Officiants for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (at St. John's). 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, our Pastoral Care Associate Maribeth Payne, or a 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. 
Mother Holly is in Omaha, Nebraska 

Until July 2, Mother Holly is in Omaha, NE completing a second theological degree, a Masters Degree in Christian Spirituality. She will also earn a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats. This June term completes her formal studies, and she hopes that you can attend the final prayer service for students in her program by Zoom. She spoke about this program in her sermon on Sunday, May 22. 

From now through July 2, please direct pastoral emergencies to Mother Holly or your senior warden. Mother Holly is available for pastoral phone calls after June 4 and will hold several parish meetings while in Omaha via Zoom.
Church of Our Father - Tony Sousa, see your directory
St. Saviour's - Linda Foster, see your directory
 St. Andrew & St. John - Ted Fletcher, see your directory
The four Episcopal Churches of Mount Desert Island are working to establish a new historical museum located in a beautiful, secured setting at St. Saviour's Church. We have found that there are many, many items of church history hidden away in boxes, closets, etc. that are never seen and should be displayed for all to see. The museum is well underway and will open this summer. This is quite exciting!
We are looking for donations of  bookcases, a glass china cabinet, a larger desk, old church history items hidden in parishioners' homes. We will need volunteer docents for times we are open this summer.  Please contact Diane Zito, Sue Blaisdell, Joanne Sousa or Lauri Fernald (all listed in the directory) if you can help with any of these items. 
Thank you so much!
Annual Meeting Dates are:

Church of Our Father, June 19 after 9 am worship
In Person and On Zoom: 

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St. Andrew's and St. John's, June 19 after 4 pm worship
In Person and On Zoom:  
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St. Saviour's, July 17 after 11 am worship

In Person and On Zoom: 
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Folks may attend in person or on Zoom. If you plan to attend on Zoom, please plan on attending worship online that day (separate links)
Message from Bishop Brown in the wake of gun violence

The Psalmist says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

We need this blessed assurance for the living of these days. Certainly, the communities of Buffalo and Uvalde (along with the other communities where... 

Read Bishop Brown's full letter here.
Lay Minister Updating
You will find a list of those who currently volunteer for Lay Ministries posted on the bulletin boards of Church of Our Father and St. Saviour's. Please update your participation for the next quarter which will come up shortly! If you would like to join the list in any ministry, we would welcome you!
Island-wide Shared Worship Resumes in October 
Island-wide worship on the fourth Sunday of the month will resume in October 2022. 
Upcoming Events and Dates
June 18: 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:
June 19: Annual Meetings for CoOF and SASJ

Church of Our Father, June 19 after 9 am worship
In Person and On Zoom: 

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St. Andrew's and St. John's, June 19 after 4 pm worship
In Person and On Zoom:  
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Attend in person or on Zoom
(if on Zoom, attend worship via the YouTube Channel) 

St. Saviour's Annual Meeting will be July 17 after 11 am worship. 
Please note the date change of the June Taize service only. Thereafter, they will be the last Wednesday of each month, also at 5:00 pm. 
June 25: Memorial Service for Barbara Fleming at Church of Our Father at 2 pm.  
Please join us and her family.
June 25: Westside Food Pantry Benefit Concert
at 2:30 pm 

Kelley Farms will perform a benefit concert at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor.

All proceeds go to the benefit of the Westside Food Pantry,
a ministry of St. Andrew's and John's. 

To learn more about the Westside Food Pantry, visit:
July 6: 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, July 6! 

We will discuss plans for outreach this summer and look ahead to initiatives for the fall, too. 
Save the Date: Stained Glass Talks at CoOF on July 19 and at St. Saviour's on August 23

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 June 2022
Thanks to all who gave so generously last month.  The need for May is the same.  The Pantry has difficulty getting these items from charitable food suppliers. The BH Food Pantry Facebook page says they now are in considerable need of jams, jellies coffee and tea.  Bring to basket at COOF if able.  Thank you.
Sunday Fellowship Outdoors

As the warm weather returns, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship outside.

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.

At St. John's, speak with Dianne McMullan.
At Church of Our Father, speak with Joanne Sousa.
At St. Saviour's, speak with Linda Foster.
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
  • Guests and visitors will be invited at announcements to provide their contact information, should they want to be notified of a possible exposure to Covid-19 at worship service.
  • Due to being in a high transmission rate according to the CDC, masking will required at all indoor gatherings for all people in attendance in addition to worship.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited. 
COVID Guidelines Reminder from Bishop Brown

Click on the video below for an update from Bishop Brown as several of our counties are now back in yellow and red community status (a reminder of the guidelines from the CDC regarding community levels is here).
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 June 20 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