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
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)
St. Saviour's Annual Meeting is Sunday, July 17 after the 11 am service, see information below
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.
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 Guildand 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 from Creighton University. 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 Join Christian Spirituality Program's "Missioning Mass" online Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm EST. Link to the service will be distributed next week.
NEW MDI EPISCOPAL CHURCH MUSEUM!
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!
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!
Upcoming Events and Dates
June 18: Evening Music Concert Series Continues
at St. Saviour's at 4 pm
Members of Baroque Orchestra of Maine or BOOM will perform a program of Bach, Corelli and Mealli this Saturday, June 18 at 4pm at St Saviours Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor. This concert is sponsored by the Friends of Music at St Saviours and will feature Heidi Powell, baroque violin and Max Treitler, baroque cello performing on period baroque instruments. Donations are accepted at the door. 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: https://www.baroqueorchestraofmaine.org
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
St. Saviour's Annual Meeting, Sunday, July 17 after 11 am worship In Person and On Zoom: click here to join this Zoom 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)
Save the Date: Stained Glass Talks at CoOF on July 19 and at St. Saviour's on August 23
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: www.episcopalrelief.org 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: https://www.savethechildren.org
Bar Harbor Food Pantry for Rest of June and July Once again thanks to all who have given in these times. Going forward, the Food pantry greatly appreciates our offerings of coffee/tea, cooking oil and jam and jelly. They hope we still continue that. However, they are also in need of the following from their Facebook page: (not surprising) diapers, baby food and snacks and formula. So I pose this to all: Give to any and all I have listed. Thank you for your support. Brad
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. Updates:
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: 207-288–502417 Hancock Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Community Health Center: 207-244–563016 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Trenton Health Center: 207-667–5899394 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605
Project ACT 2) Additional Free Tests can be ordered for those living in some communities in Hancock County. Search by Zip Code: https://www.accesscovidtests.org
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.
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 20from 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, July 4 at 6:30 pm. The group will talk about current events, their faith, God, and everything in between - wherever the conversation goes!
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!
New Faith in Maine podcasts are available regularly, and currently are focusing on the themes from the 2021 diocesan convention: Listen, Connect, Adapt, and Hope.
You can download the Faith in Mainepodcasts from whatever podcast hosting service you prefer: Google Podcasts, Podbean, Apple, Pocketcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and more!
Just a reminder for your church community - especially for your church members in rural, tech-challenged areas or who are elderly and may not have good connectivity, smart devices, or computers - that the Faith in Maine podcast (always the most recent episode) is also accessible by telephone.
The permanent phone number to listen to the Faith in Maine podcast is: 207-223-6402
This is a number you can publish in your church bulletins, as it will never change. The content that people will listen to will change each time a new podcast is published.
Please feel free to call and test it out!
The tech behind this is low-cost and easy to learn. If you are interested in providing a solution like this to your church members (such as allowing them to call in and listen to a recording of your latest sermon), connect with Katie Clark, Canon for Communications.
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. All are welcome, beginners or experienced, so long as you bring a "beginner's mind"! Participation via Zoom continues to be the norm. Please contact Jenny at 207-952-2363 for directions if you wish to come in person to the Retreat House. To receive a zoom link, call or text the same number or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May peace surround you as you learn, perhaps with us, to "be still and know" the God of love.
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 email@example.com
Birthdays: June 22 Cheryl Libitzki June 22 Nancy Tucker June 24 Jan Sinnett June 28 William Kitler June 29 Tedd Higgins
Anniversaries: June 16 David & Audrey Mills June 17 David & Kay Dawson June 22 Brad & Kate Berry June 28 Brad & Lynn Thompson
We pray for Bill Scott, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthdays: June 22 Debbie Parlee June 24 Melia Antiqua Parlee June 26 Constance Brown
St. Andrew and St. John
We pray for Bob Stanwood, Charles Sellick, Mary Ann Mahoney, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, 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.
Birthdays: June 24 - Ted Fletcher June 25 - Jim Vekasi June 27 - Dean Henry
Mother Holly's Office Hours Resume in July. Email her in the meantime. 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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .
Island-wide Shared Worship Resumes in October
Island-wide worship on the fourth Sunday of the month will resume in October 2022.
Weekly Sermons and More
Sermon Easter VI
Sermon by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann Easter VI May 22, 2022 at St. Saviour, Bar Harbor, ME. "I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:23-29). Sermon begins 1:56.
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont bishops to assist each other's dioceses
Episcopalians from across Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire participated via Zoom at Maine's Spring Training event on May 14. The bishops of the three dioceses had the opportunity to discuss their collaboration and announced that they will serve as assisting bishops in each other's dioceses as part of an effort to increase collaboration in the region.
Starting in September, Maine Bishop Thomas J. Brown, New Hampshire Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld and Vermont Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, in addition to serving as diocesan bishops and ecclesiastical authorities in their respective dioceses, each will be able to preach, teach, and provide sacramental rites in the other dioceses.
Read the full joint letter in which they shared this announcement here.
The Presiding Bishop released the pastoral statement below on the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York: "My heart is heavy with the news that a white supremacist gunman took the lives of 10 children of God in Buffalo on Saturday. I grew up walking distance from the scene of this hateful crime, and my friends and I used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood. Buffalo's Black community raised and formed me. I grieve with the city and people I love. The loss of any human life is tragic, but there was deep racial hatred driving this shooting, and we have got to turn from the deadly path our nation has walked for much too long. Bigotry-based violence—any bigotry at all—against our siblings who are people of color, Jewish, Sikh, Asian, trans, or any other group, is fundamentally wrong. As baptized followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we are called to uphold and protect the dignity of every human child of God, and to actively uproot the white supremacy and racism deep in the heart of our shared life.
Please join me in prayer for the shattered families in Buffalo. Please also join me in expressing profound gratitude for the intervention by Buffalo police that likely saved many other lives. Even amid tragedy, even when manifestations of evil threaten to overwhelm, let us hold fast to the good. It is the only way that leads to life."
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.
AND, AS ALWAYS . . .
$$ No Frills Oil Discount $$ 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.
Stewardship: 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.
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:
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.
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. https://www.downeastcommunitypartners.org
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: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry 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.
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