Thursday, October 13, 2022

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

Thursday, October 13, 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, October 16:
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

9:00 am Holy Eucharist*
Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann

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

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4:00 pm Evening Prayer

St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor
Officiant: Ward Mackenzie
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If you are unable to attend a service on any Sunday, you will see a link to the bulletin for each church above for you to open and enjoy in a home service. 

*= this services will be streamed to our YouTube channel: 

Island-wide Shared Worship services on the island will resume October 23, hosted this month by St. Mary's by-the-Sea, Northeast Harbor.

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 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

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.
Assisting at Services

Perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! We would love your support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Flower Guild and 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. 

Winter Coat Drive in Bar Harbor

Holy Redeemer Parish, Bar Harbor is sponsoring a winter coat drive. Collection date is Oct. 14 from 8-11 a.m. Gently worn coats, vests, gloves and hats are being accepted.

The distribution date is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall (Ledgelawn entrance). The event is free and open to the public.

Maison de Naissance
This Sunday is the last opportunity to have your donation hand delivered by one of our parishioners.

Twenty years ago a doctor who had been working in Haiti, and a group of other volunteers, laid the foundation for a birthing home in a rural area of Haiti. The first baby, Prima, was born in the Home about two years later. Since that time close to 8,000 healthy babies have been delivered and over 350,000 patients have been served throughout the community.

The vision for, "a healthy birth experience for every mother and every baby, regardless of who they are and where they live," continues.

The mission, "to significantly reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Haitian communities," has become a reality. Use of modern technology in an area with no electricity, and connections with medical centers and specialists in the U.S., has contributed to fulfilling that mission.

In addition to the birthing home, the staff, which is 100% Haitian, reaches out into the community with pre and post natal care, and a variety of educational and health related programs. 

A connection with the Episcopal Church of Haiti has existed from the beginning.

If you follow news about Haiti, you know life is more difficult day by day. The foundation office here in the U.S. attempts to find new ways to ensure essential supplies keep flowing, while managing ever increasing costs. 

In Haiti there is always hope. As Haitians say, "Lespwa fe viv", (Hope gives life)

To learn more about this organization, visit their website:

My sincere thanks, and the thanks of those who are served, for any contributions you may offer. 

Rita Redfield

Please write checks payable directly to (Maison de Naissance) and give or send it to Rita Redfield BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, who will hand deliver your check along with our collections from the Partnership-wide service on September 25 (we collected $276).
Thanksgiving Dinner baskets 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). 
Stay up to date with 2022 Diocesan Convention news
The 203rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine will convene online on Saturday, October 22. Clergy and delegates who are voting will meet via Zoom. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube for everyone to watch!

Finding Convention Information

Convention information is sent out in the weekly Clergy and Lay Leaders (CLL) email newsletter. We also have an all-in-one place diocesan convention webpage here. Scroll through to find the information you need.

If you'd rather subscribe to updates, all of the same info sent out in these enewsletters is also placed on our website's blog.

Afraid you missed something in a past newsletter? This page on the website lists all convention communications that have gone out. (To find it, type "Convention Communications" in the search bar.)

Finally, for all clergy and lay delegates, an "all you need to know" email will arrive in your inbox closer to convention time.

Important Convention Dates

Mark the important dates below and watch for Town Hall invitations via email!
  • October 18 Diocesan Convention (Town Hall 7 pm)
  • October 22 Day of Convention (Convenes at 9 am) 
  • October 25 Convention Debrief (Town Hall 7 pm)
Upcoming Events and Dates
Now - October 22: SASJ Office Is Closed 

Michele, our parish administrator, is out of the office for vacation.

Please call or email the office if you have a need during this time.
We will be checking for messages daily.
Thank you!

All pastoral calls should go directly to Mother Holly at the Dolliver House phone: 207-244-8144 
October 15: Prayers for the Ukraine at St. John's, Southwest Harbor at 2 pm
St. John the Divine will host a prayer service for the Ukraine on Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm. Debby Governor will be the musician for the service. If you have questions, would like to participate in the planning or leading this service, please be in touch with Gen MacKenzie (contact information is in the directory). Invite a friend to join you for this service.  

October 15: 
Evening Music series at St. Saviour's Continues at 4 pm

Evening Music continues with music for Flute, Piano, and Soprano
The second season of chamber-music concerts, Evening Music, continues on Saturday, October 15, with a program of music by Franz Schubert, Samuel Barber, and Cécile Chaminade, for flute, piano, and voice. Flutist Catherine Bull will be joined by pianist Ann Sears and soprano Sara Michale Smith, in the concert which begins at 4:00 pm in St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor. Smith will sing Schubert's song "Trockene Blumen" ("Dry Flowers") from his song-cycle Die schoene Muellerin, after which Bull will play the Introduction and Variations on that same song, also by Schubert. The program will also include the Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, a cycle of ten songs on texts by medieval Irish monks, along with Barber's "Canzona" for flute and piano, and "Portrait" a song for soprano, flute and piano by the French post-Impressionist composer Cécile Chaminade.
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 several times in Bar Harbor. 
The Evening Music series was inaugurated last year, to bring concerts of chamber-music to the year-round residents of MDI and the rest of 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. 
The Fall season of 2022 will continue with a another concerts of music for flute, piano, and voice, performed by flutist Catherine Bull and pianist Anne Sears with vocalist Marcia Gronewold Sly, on November 19.

Evening Music at St. Saviour's returns! | St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, Maine (
October 17: Ready for a hike?
This walk is to Tilting Rock at the base of Day Mountain. Although it will require some elevation gain,(about 200 ft) it is gradual and about a mile to our destination. We will leave from the Day Mt parking lot on Rte 3 on Monday, 10/17 at around 1 PM. I'm hoping we will see great foliage colors while in the woods there. Again, I hope you can join me to see this little known, but amazing rock formation.
If you are interested in this walk, please contact me via email (click here) or see me at church. It is always wonderful, soul healing and inspiring to spend time with God. There is no rain date, so if it's raining, it will be cancelled. 

Linda Foster, Earth Keeper for the MDI Partnership
October 17: Newsletter Photo and Article Deadline
All submissions for the newsletter "Upon This Rock" should be submitted to your parish administrator by today. Thank you! 
October 19: Bible Study with the Rev. Stephen Muncie Resumes 
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:
October 22: Diocesan Convention

Delegates, remember to register with plenty of time to receive the Zoom link. All can view the Convention at the YouTube channel of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
If you were elected a delegate an Annual Meeting, please register here.
October 23: Shared Worship
Island-wide worship  with SMSJ on the fourth Sunday of the month resumes on October 23, 2022
at St. Mary's by-the-Sea. 

The loose plate offertory collection at this service and the one in November at St. Saviour's will go to support the collection of funds for the holiday gift cards for local high school students. 
October 26: Join us for our monthly Taize service

October 30: Eucharistic Minister Training 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 before 4 pm worship on Sunday, October 30 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 discuss initiatives for the fall and winter, such as the Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gift cards we've participated in for many years. We will continue to discuss the invitation we received from St. Andrew's Lutheran, Ellsworth to co-sponsor the "adoption" of a Ukrainian family who is relocating to the greater Ellsworth area.  
November 5: Save the date for a memorial service for Ted Bromage at St. John the Divine at 1 pm
Outreach News

Supporting Partners Affected by Hurricane Ian

Web Statement

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: 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:

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. 
A helpful resource for evaluating charitable organizations is Charity Navigator:
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.