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 use a Rite I liturgy.
Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited Everyone masked indoors Socially distanced seating is available, not required Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion.
The Bread and Wine are both offered at Communion. Receiving the Bread only is a full communion. If individuals wish to receive the Wine, they should sip lightly from the Cup from the Chalice Bearer. For safety reasons, Intinction - dipping the Bread into the Wine - is not an option.
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.
Bishop's address video and transcript (video linked below in the weekly sermon spot)
Share Your Thoughts Regarding the Next Presiding Bishop
The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop invites all Episcopalians to participate in a survey.
The responses will help the committee develop a profile of the skills, qualities, and gifts the church seeks in its next presiding bishop, considering what the church and world may look like in the next decade.
The deadline for completing the survey—which can be found online here—is October 31.
The Necrology for All Saints Sunday, November 6
If you have a name you would like to have read during the service on All Saints Sunday, November 6, please email it to your parish administrator: Michele Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Muffet Stewart at email@example.com or ShalomCoof@gmail.com. The deadline for receiving names is Monday, October 31 at 9 am.
Assisting at Services
Perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! Wewould love your support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild,Flower Guildand Officiants for Morning Prayer (at CoOF and SSP) 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.
Small jars for pastoral flower deliveries Sue Blaisdell is in need of containers for the beautiful small arrangements she makes from the Sunday Memorial Flowers, to be taken to those being visited in homes or hospitals the next week. They can be dropped off outside St. Saviour's office door anytime.
Upcoming Events and Dates
Please call or email the offices if you have a need during this time. We will be checking for messages. Thank you!
October 23 - October 29: Mother Holly is on vacation
All emergency pastoral calls should go directly to Mother Holly at the Dolliver House phone: 207-244-8144 (which rings her cell phone). Mother Regina is also on call for in-person emergency visits: 802-734-5133.
October 30: Eucharistic Minister Training at St. Saviour's after the 11 am service and at St. John's at 3:15-3:45 pm before 4 pm worship
If you would like to serve as a Eucharistic Minister / Chalice Bearer and did not attend the training on a Wednesday at Church of Our Father in September, please contact Mother Holly and attend this training on Sunday, October 30after 11 am worship at St. Saviour's or before 4 pm worship at St. John's, Southwest Harbor .
November 2: 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, November 2!
We will continue to discuss our local outreach projects, such as the Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gift cards we've participated in for many years, and the exciting initiative Hancock County NST, where we will collaborate with St. Andrew's Lutheran, Ellsworth and other faith communities, and the wider community to support two families from the Ukraine as they relocate to Hancock County for the next two years. This meeting can be attended in person or by Zoom: Click here.
November 2: Becoming Beloved Community from an Indigenous Perspective, 1 pm
Offered by The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Indigenous Ministries Office and the United Thank Offering present this webinar at the start of Native American Heritage Month. Panelists will share about how their ministries—some supported by United Thank Offering grants—help reconnect or restore Indigenous practices within those communities.
Join to hear stories and discussion of how we can heal historical, environmental, and personal trauma through reconnecting humans to creation.
Forrest Cuch, member of Ute Indian Tribe, former teacher/administrator/tribal planner
Robert Fox, cultural wellness specialist at United Tribes Technical College
The Rev. Bradley Hauff, Indigenous missioner for The Episcopal Church
The Revs. Kurt J. and Ellen B. Huber, superintending presbyters of the Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission
The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Indigenous Episcopal priest, vice president of the House of Deputies
Bude VanDyke, Episcopal priest, Cherokee descendant, musician
Read full bios and find additional information here.
November 5: Save the date for a memorial service for Ted Bromage at St. John the Divine at 1 pm
November 12: Praying through the Seasons with Mother Holly
In the first of four workshops over this year on a Saturday at 10 am, we will discuss how to establish (or revive) a daily prayer practice and provide one another support in this desire. At this session held at St. John the Divine, we introduce two simple prayers with which to begin or end the day and explore using our senses to pray within the natural splendor of Creation on Mount Desert Island or wherever you live.
Register for this event by speaking with Mother Holly or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Advent session on December 10 will be held at Church of Our Father, The Lent session on February 25 will be held at St. Saviour's, the Eastertide session on April 22 will be held at St. Andrew by-the-Lake. All workshops will be at 10 am on a Saturday for approximately one hour.
Participants will be invited to join an optional, regular Zoom or in-person check in with Mother Holly or others for support in establishing a home prayer practice. Others may desire to meet individually with a partner of their choice more regularly.
November 13: Deadline for Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Items on MDI, 2022
It's time again to join with our neighboring MDI churches to assemble Thanksgiving Dinner baskets for island neighbors who could use a little help.
This year St. Saviour's goal is to provide two canned items:
Cranberry sauce, 67 cans, and
Corn, whole kernel or creamed, 200 cans.
St. John's/Andrew's and Church of our Father will each contribute:
200 cans of cut green beans and
67 cans of cranberry sauce
for the 200 baskets that are needed. (Yes, each basket gets two cans of green beans.)
Please bring your contributions to your church and put them in the specially marked pew. We must have all in hand by Sunday, November 13th
*** Want more information? Contact Pat Samuel, St. Saviour's, e-mail her by clicking here, Gen MacKenzie of St. Andrew's and St. John's, or Marilyn Kitler of Church of Our Father. (see the 3-parish directory for their contact information).
November 19 at 2 pm: "The Presence of the Past" Baroque Lute & Guitar Concert to Benefit Episcopal Relief and Development
Freewill donations from this concert at St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor will go to support Episcopal Relief and Development, both for Hurricane Ian Relief and the Gifts for Life holiday giving project of livestock and other essentials for community wellbeing around the globe.
Why The Presence of the Past? To emphasize how past musical traditions can resurface. In the neo-classicism of Prokovief; or Jonathan Dove's L'Altra Euridice, which uses baroque instruments almost exclusively in this retelling of an ancient story. (I played theorbo in the US premier of this work at Bay Chamber some years ago.) The 'presence' of these older traditions can take many forms: architectural (genres or other structural elements, as in the Passacaglia that concludes Britten's Nocturnal for solo guitar); thematic (the Nin-Culmell variations on this program); instrumentation (Dove's L'Altra Euridice); text (Dominick Argento's Six Elizabethan Songs); to name just a few factors in play.
Mr. Burris will begin with original lute works by Denis Gaultier and Silvius Leopold Weiss, as well as transcriptions for lute of works by gambists Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray.
The second half of the program features works for solo guitar 'in the style of' music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, by the composers Joachín Nin-Culmell and Gerald Garcia. Mr Garcia's "Tombeau sur la Mort de Monsieur H" honors the late American guitar master, John Holmquist. (Preceding Mr Garcia's piece is the work that inspired it, Louis Couperin's "Tombeau de Mr. Blancrocher" for harpsichord, in an arrangement by Michael Lorimer.)
November 19 at 4 pm: Evening Music Concert
Catherine Bull and Ann Sears return to St. Saviour's: music for flute, piano, and soprano
Flutist Catherine Bull and pianist Ann Sears return to St. Saviour's for a second concert of music for flute, piano, and soprano, the third in the 2022-23 series of "Evening Music," on Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 pm. For this performance they will be joined by mezz-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, in a program centered on French music. The program will feature songs by Gabriel Fauré, and songs for voice and flute by Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel. It will also include the rarely-heard "Sonatine" for flute and piano by Walter Gieseking, who although being German was world-renowned for his performances on the piano of French music and especially that of Debussy.
Catherine Bull is the flutist in the Baroque-ensemble Harmonie Universelle, and has played with Blue Hill Bach and with Music in the Great North Woods. Before coming to Downeast Maine, she was principal flutist for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. Ann Sears is Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton MA, and has performed often in Bar Harbor. Marcia Gronewold Sly is the founder and executive director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival; before coming to Maine she was active in the San Francisco Bay area, particularly as a performer with the American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco Opera.
The Evening Music series was inaugurated last year, to bring concerts of chamber-music to the year-round residents of MDI and the the Downeast region. The concerts take place one Saturday of each month (except December) at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, presented by the Friends of Music at St. Saviour's. The admission for all concerts in the series is free, but donations are requested from the listeners in support of the Friends of Music. It is required of all audience-members to wear a mask.
November 27: Shared Worship
Island-wide worship on the fourth Sunday of the month is on November 27, 2022 at St. Saviour's.
The loose plate offertory collection at this service at St. Saviour's will go to support the collection of funds for the holiday gift cards for local high school students.
Supporting Partners Affected by Hurricane Ian
September 29, 2022
Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with Episcopal dioceses in the southern United States and Cuba in response to Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Cuba on Tuesday and in southwest Florida on Wednesday.
In Cuba, the category 3 storm killed two people and knocked out power to the entire country.
"The Episcopal Church in Cuba has mobilized its local disaster committees who are assessing the damage, and potential responses, in their communities," said Kellie McDaniel, Senior Facilitator, Training & International Development, Episcopal Relief & Development. "We pray for the people of Cuba who are living through several recent disasters."
Hurricane Ian intensified to a category 4 storm before making landfall again on Wednesday near Port Charlotte, Florida with winds of 150 m.p.h. As of Thursday morning, more than two million people were without power and a storm surge of up to 12 feet caused severe flooding. The storm also caused flooding in the Florida Keys after heavy rain on Tuesday night. It is expected to reach Georgia and South Carolina by Friday.
Dioceses in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have been preparing this week by checking in with communities in the storm's path, testing emergency communications systems and coordinating with area agencies.
"Our partners in the southern United States have deep roots in the community and are using their relationships to assess the needs caused by Hurricane Ian," said Lura Steele, Program Officer, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. "We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks."
Please pray for the people impacted by the storm. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.
For over 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.
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
St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor will host a prayer service for the Ukraine the weekend of the MDI Marathon: Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm. Invite a friend to join in this service.
Bar Harbor Food Pantry Once again thanks to all who have given in these times. The Food Pantry appreciates our donations. There is a collection spot for non-perishable food items at Church of Our Father and St. Saviour's. Volunteers will transport them to the BHFP. Thank you for your support! Brad Berry
Sunday Fellowship Outdoors
As the warm weather continues, 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.
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
To protect the most vulnerable, masking will required at all indoor gatherings for all people in attendance.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited.
Covid Home Tests Extend Shelf Life
The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the dates for at home rapid tests for Covid. For more information and a list of test kits to which this applies, click here.
A small team of people will 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 or Mother Holly. Contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Episcopal Maine Youth of All Ages
All monthly programming, including the Pray, Play, Connect group for middle and high schoolers, the Let's Talk About It group for high schoolers, and the Formation Folk gathering is on summer vacation. Play, Pray, Connect will start up again in September. We'll be switching to Third Fridays, so mark your calendars. The next session is November 18. Our new musician, Pyam Morin, will lead this amazing group! We'll keep up our theme of Role Playing Games, so feel free to spend the summer dreaming up new characters!
Join "Faith in Our Homes" a private Facebook group for households in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine to connect with one another as we walk the path of faith. We have made this group private so that we can freely share ideas, photos and thought processes.
Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie continues
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY is in full swing. We gather every Wednesday on Zoom from 10:30 am - 12 noon. All are welcome at any time. Contact the Rev. Steve Muncie to receive the Zoom link at: email@example.com
Racialized Trauma and Healing, with Dr. Catherine Meeks
Thursday, November 3, Online
Hosted by the Clergy Formation Committee
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, for an online event on November 3rd.
9:30 a.m. - Clergy sign on, pre-event conversation and coffee
10:00 a.m. - Noon - Dr. Meeks' keynote address (streamed to YouTube)
Noon -12:45 p.m. - Time for individual reflection and lunch
12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Gathering of clergy for discussion (on Zoom)
1:45 p.m. - Closing prayer and dismissal (by 2:00 pm)
The entire diocesan community is invited to watch Dr. Meeks' keynote livestreamed on the Episcopal Maine YouTube channel at 10:00 a.m., and the clergy of the diocese will have time with Dr. Meeks for discussion.
Active and retired clergy, please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The focus of our session will be asking, "What does healing look like for oppressed people who have experienced racialized trauma?" This question will apply for the Wabanaki as well as for Latinx populations, for asylum seekers as well as African American populations, and Dr. Meeks' discussion of this topic will be broad and inclusive.
In preparation for this online presentation and discussion, clergy are asked to read two books:
1) The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations by Shirley N, Hager and Mawopiyane, which the Committee on Indian Relations recently sent to all congregations in the diocese
2) Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy's work.
Dr. Meeks will come to Maine in person in the spring to lead the annual spring clergy conference, which will be held April 30-May 2, 2023, at the Schoodic Institute.
Northern New England Sacred Ground Circles this Fall – a few more spaces left
This fall there are three Sacred Groundcircles meeting on Zoom with participants and facilitators drawn from the dioceses of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are still spaces available in the Circles meeting Wednesday afternoon (which will begin October 26) and Thursday evening (which will begin in November). The circles are sponsored by the Diocese of Vermont's Anti-Racism Action Group, the Diocese of New Hampshire's Reconciliation Commission and the Diocese of Maine's Racial Justice Council.
Please contact Franci Farnsworth right away if you would like to join one of the Circles that still has openings.
Listen to the latest episode of the Faith in Maine podcast
The latest episode of the Faith in Maine podcast is out now! We continue our series focusing on the four themes from Bishop Brown's 2021 diocesan convention address: Listen, Connect, Adapt, Hope, with Bishop Brown speaking to us in this episode about "Hope".
Find it here, wherever you download your podcasts, or call 207-223-6402. This number is always updated so that you'll hear the latest episode when you dial-in!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthdays: 11/3 Barbara Kelly 11/3 Aedan Higgins 11/4 Sandra Smoker 11/9 Muffet Stewart 11/16 Steve Johnson 11/20 Ada Hatch 11/21 Betty Tiedemann 11/21 Jim Kelly 11/26 Doug Peterson 11/27 Chris Krenicki
We pray for Carol Yancey, Don Allen, Bill Scott, Gregory Berube, Connie Brush, Yolanda Ferrari, Cheryl Kolodziej, Julie Grindle, Geoff Schuller, Eleanor Raynes, Howard Brush, John Stewart, Ruth Westphal, Gretchen Westphal, 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 email@example.com
Birthdays: 10/30 Louise Millar 11/3 Sierra Bloom 11/22 Rick Leiser
Anniversaries: 11/2 Jim and Eliza Vallette
St. Andrew and St. John
We pray for Bob Stanwood, Charles Sellick, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Chuck Bradshaw, Joan 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, and Bill Merrill.
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
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 . . .
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!
** Project ACT sends FREE at-home COVID-19 tests ** Project ACT Free Tests can be ordered for those living in some communities in Hancock County. Search by Zip Code: https://www.accesscovidtests.org
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
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.
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 guides Click here Join 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: Stewardship Letters from the parishes went out this week. 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
Everybody Eats Free Community Meal is a project whose goal is to provide free, healthful and wholesome take out meals at St. Dunstan's, 134 State Street, Ellsworth each Monday from 2:30 to 4 pm. There is now also a free Brown Bag Lunch program on Fridays from 12 Noon to 2 pm. Call 973-287-9926 to reserve your lunch. 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.
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