Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen: An ecumenical service project at the Salvation Army in Bangor. St. John’s volunteers cook and serve hot noontime meals to over 100 people once a month (4th Tuesday).
Haiti Matrix: Formed in March 2008, the Haiti Matrix is a group of parishioners at St. John's and interested others who work to increase awareness about and facilitate interchange with our Companion Diocese of Haiti. Efforts in 2009 centered on welcoming Margarette Saintilver to Maine for a two-month "field placement" between her third and fourth years of seminary. She will be completing her education at the Seminaire Theologique in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, in 2010. When she is ordained there, she will be only the second Haitian woman to become an Episcopal priest in her country. One other woman is among the 13 other students in the Episcopal seminary of Haiti at this time.
We also, as a congregation, have joined in partnership with a number of other US churches to help support a rural birthing center in southwest Haiti. The Maison de Naissance serves a 36-square-mile district near Les Cayes and has dramatically lowered the infant mortality rate in its 5 years of existence. The center is staffed by nurse midwives sponsored by the Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Foundation in Kansas City, MO. An art show mounted by Haiti Matrix in the fall of 2008 raised $800 in support of this project.
We hope to be able in the next year or so to send one or two of our members to visit Maison de Naissance and attend the annual "Haiti Connection" conference, which brings together professionals from many disciplines each fall in Port-au-Prince (weather and politics permitting). Perhaps by then, our 'own' Margarette will be serving in her own church, and we will be able to bring greetings there from her friends in Maine.
Haiti Matrix meets periodically in Bangor. All are welcome. For more information, call the Parish Office or Dr. Ann Holland Faulkner at 945-6831.
Second Saturday Meals: FREE meal offered monthly from noon - 1:30 pm for any in need of food and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome and needed! The proceeds from every 4th Sunday Plate Offering help fund this ministry.
United Thank Offering (UTO): The UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Through the UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in the UTO have discovered that thankfulness leads to generosity. Many people offer a short prayer of thanksgiving followed by putting an offering in the UTO blue box. All donated money is used to support grants for ministries at home and overseas as an outreach of the Episcopal Chruch.