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 8 am & 10 am. Choral Evensong is offered on the first Sunday of each month at 4 pm, during the academic year. (Nursery care is provided during the 10 am 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!
The annual poinsettia sale is now underway. Poinsettias will be available in the large size for $25 and small for $15. The colors are red, white, pink and marble and all pots are foil wrapped. Last year’s flowers were absolutely beautiful and received rave reviews. Payment is due when placing your order, which are due in by Sunday November 19th. Delivery is anticipated to be on Friday, December 1st. The morning that the plants are delivered there will be a need for several helpers to unload, carry them to the chapel and sort them. Please contact the office to let us know if you can help.
Donations for food for Christmas baskets are starting this week. After so many have lost food and incurred expenses from this past storm, let’s come together to give food and gifts to families in need at Christmas.
Time to Nominate! Annual Meeting will be January 28th, 2018 when we will elect Vestry members and delegates to Convention. Forms describing Vestry service are in the Narthex and Undercroft. To nominate, please speak to a current Vestry Member or Clergy. Convention delegates elected in January will automatically serve twice: October 27, 2018 in Portland and in February 2019 for the special convention to elect the tenth Bishop of Maine. (February date and place to be determined.)
There are several ways St. John’s is preparing to celebrate our 100th year in February. The first way is by creating a new cookbook filled with our own time tested recipes for sweets, savories and beverages from our Advent Tea, Coffee Hours and lemonade-on-the-lawn events. Please pick up recipe cards on the table at the rear of the church or in the Undercroft, and return your recipes to the same place. Time is growing short for making “Our Teas at St. John’s” cookbook happen.
Living Liturgy—occasional series. Our next presentation and discussion on liturgy will be in the Bethlehem Chapel on November 19th—considering the significance of the offertory in our liturgy and in our lives. What does our offertory say about human nature and God? How is that different from our Protestant brothers and sisters? What does it suggest about the relationship of baptism and Eucharist? How does it speak to our living now and in the life to come. Come and discuss.
Join us on November 22nd for our Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7 pm to offer thanks to God for the blessings of this life with a service featuring hymns sung by our choir.
Advent Wreath making for all ages will be early this year at coffee hour on November 26th. We hope you can join us for this fun holiday activity.
Win or Lose, “ God Be Praised! Ecumenical and informal worship at the end of the day for everyone and especially for those travelling in the morning (for sports or this month, for Thanksgiving). Join us on November 26th at 5 pm in the Bethlehem Chapel.
Extra help is needed for our monthly serving at the soup kitchen. We are scheduled to serve the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army, from 10 am - 1:30 pm. Our next scheduled date is Tuesday, November 28th. For more information, please see Nancy Henry or Deacon Ann.
Women's Book Group: Time change. To accommodate readers who cannot drive at night and/or prefer to be home in the evening, the November meeting will be in the afternoon. New members are most welcome. St. John’s Book Group will meet Tuesday, November 28th, 2 pm, at the home of Cass Wright, and will be discussing My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation. The book was edited by Jennifer Howe Peace. Please call Cass if you would like to attend.
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2017 - Once again St. John’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring the Homes for the Holidays Christmas house tour. This year the tour will include five historic homes located throughout the city of Bangor. A pamphlet will describe the historic and architecturally significant details of each house. Seasonal refreshments will be available at each site. The Bangor Area Children’s Choir and the St. John’s Episcopal Church choir will visit each home to sing seasonal carols. Date: Saturday, December 2nd from 12 - 4 pm. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in advance at: Chapel Hill Floral, Rebecca’s, Sprague’s Nursery, the St. John’s Episcopal Church Office. Ticket may also be purchased at each home on the day of the tour. FMI: Call St. John’s Episcopal Church: 947-0156
Advent Lessons and Carols - Sunday, December 3rd, 4 pm . This popular annual service in preparation for Christmas will feature familiar carols such as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming and Adam Lay Ybounden as well as new gems such as Voices in the Mist. The service is followed by our festive Advent Tea. Child care provided.
Do you shop on Amazon.com? If you do, you can help raise money for St. John’s while you shop. Use this link- https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-6001182 to enter Amazon.com, and then 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to St. John’s from their AmazonSmile program. You can also find the link in “This Week at St. John’s” and on our website. Thank you for supporting St. John’s while you shop.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.