To the Glory of God and for the Common Good, we make God’s love known now and for generations to come through worship and service to all.

                                           -- Mission Statement

                                            adopted June, 2010

Welcome to St. John’s Episcopal Church! Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Sundays at 8am & 10am.  Choral Evensong is offered on the first Sunday of each month at 4pm, during the academic year.  (Nursery care is provided during the 10am service & during Choral Evensong).   

Since 1835, the Parish of St. John’s has been worshiping and serving God, both from within our Church family and within our community of Bangor, Maine.  We conduct traditional Episcopal services in our historic gothic building high atop State Street Hill at 225 French Street.  We have a notable choir who has a reputation for fine music-making in the Anglican choral tradition.  Please join us as we worship in prayer and song!  

Eastertide Adult Formation & Education Opportunities

Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Walter Brueggemann on Confronting Today's Pharaohs.  Join one of America's leading Old Testament scholars for this six-part discussion of the (perhaps surprising) relevance of the messages of the Hebrew prophets for our own time.  Each week will begin with a 10-15 minute video presentation by Professor Brueggemann, followed by his filmed interaction with a diverse small group.  Our own small group will then continue the conversation using study materials provided by the course developers.  Wednesdays, 1:15-2:30, in the parish office building.

 

Sunday Book Discussion: Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus, by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  As has been true for 2000 years, Christians need to be ready to respond to challenging times and contexts.  In this creative and lively book, Bp Curry offers a refreshing reflection on how to seem "crazy" to the world by acting faithful to God.  Crazy Christians is based on Bp Curry's 2012 General Convention homily (included in the book) and the video that went viral on the web.  "We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God - like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness."  Sundays, 1 p.m. in the Oratory (parish office building)..

Announcements

Do you love to cook?  We have a new ministry opportunity for you!  The youth are looking for volunteers to provide food for their upcoming March visit to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. Please sign up to bring a side dish, dessert or casserole through VolunteerSpot or contact Diana Meakem with any questions at youth@stjohnsbangor.org.

St. John's Book Club will meet on April 26th at the home of Jane Zenk. The book is Seeking Allah Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim's Journey to Christ by Nabeel Qrieshi. The meeting will be at Jane Zenk's  and Carly Anderson will lead the discussion. RSVP to Jane.

 

Are you looking for new ways to get involved at St. John's? We are looking for new volunteers to Usher during either the 8 am or 10 am services.  If you're interested in learning more, please contact Jim Blanchette after the 10 am service.

 

We are also in need of volunteers for our Meals Ministry. We serve our church families and individuals in times of need such as after the birth of a baby, after surgery or hospitalization, during times of crisis. How Do We Serve? We provide a full meal for the family. If you are willing to help, please sign up on the sheets provided on the bulletin board in the Undercroft. You may also contact Lisa Romero.

 

Please plan to join us for our Choral Evensong, Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm - Music includes Elgar's extended anthem based on Psalm 29, Give unto the Lord. Donations benefit Ronald McDonald House.

 

The Property Spring Cleanup will be held Sat. May 7th from 8 am to Noon.  We will focus on raking the lawns, washing windows, cutting branches behind the church, etc.  If you have any special areas that you would like to clean, please bring your cleaning materials.  If you can only spare an hour or two, please come a join us.  We will have coffee and donuts available.  If you have any questions, you can call or email Jim Blanchette.

 

Our Spring Fundraiser, a ‘Dessert & Silent Auction’ is coming on May 14, 2016 at Wellman Commons in Bangor. The Event will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and feature a silent auction of delicious desserts and other items. We are asking for desserts to auction, use as cake walk prizes, or to serve at the event.  For the auction we are also seeking non-food Items --- such as: Restaurant Gift Cards, Jewelry, Pamper set, cabin for the weekend, Paintings, Pictures, retail gift cards.  We also need volunteers to help with set-up, children’s games, cake walks, raffle ticket sales, serving and clean up.  Please call Judy Allen at 356-0169 if you wish to donate dessert or to help with the event. 

 

Save the date for Spring Rummage Sale:  Saturday, May 21 from 8 AM to Noon.  Start sorting your items to donate (clothing, books, toys, small household items, jewelry, music/video, and linens)  More information will follow in the coming weeks.  Any questions see Claudia Blanchette or Nancy Henry.

 

Our freezer is empty so prepared meals are needed for the homebound. Folks should include: the date that the item was prepared/frozen, and a list of all ingredients. Vegetarian items, small portions of soups, etc., are always good to have.

 

If you are not currently receiving our “This Week at St. John’s” updates via email and would like to, please send your name and email address to office@stjohnsbangor.org and we will add you to our mailing list.

 

Bringing communion to our sick and homebound is an important part of our life together. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion please e-mail: deacon@stjohnsbangor.org .

 

On Sundays, when making your offerings to God and giving financial support to the church, please consider also bringing canned food each week for our donations to the Food Cupboard at the Bangor Homeless Shelter.  They can be placed by the bread and the wine at the entrance of the church and will be brought forward at the Offertory by our children and youth.

 

"CLYNK" for St. John’s! There’s a new and easy way to contribute to St. John’s.  Just pick up a green "CLYNK" bag with a St. John’s sticker already on it.  The bags are in the undercroft and the parish office. Then take the bag home and fill it with your returnable bottles and cans.  Return the bag to the "CLYNK" counter at Hannaford's. All the money from your returnable’swill be credited to St. John’s account.