Quietside Chamber Music Festival Concert Summer 2021

Music Director Christina Spurling is delighted to again arrange for a summer series of musical performances featuring musicians & vocalists connected to MDI & Maine. Face masks required indoors.

July 17 @ 7pm: Palaver Strings 

July 31 @ 7pm: Sarah Shreder, cello & Christina Spurling, piano (with a student ensemble!)

August 7 @ 2pm: Resinosa Ensemble (cello, piano, soprano)

August 14 @ 7pm: Annie Leonardi & Cassandra Douglas, sopranos

August 21 @ 7pm: Guts Baroque (baroque violin and viola da gamba) 

August 27 @ 7pm: Daniel Fisher Lochhead, saxophone & friends

Sept 4 @ 7pm: Eric Perry, tenor & Christina Spurling, piano

Sept 11 @ 2pm: Anna Dembska (vocal quartet)

Tickets  available online through Eventbrite, or at the door, for suggested donation $20 pp. To contribute to the Quietside Music Festival itself, mail your donation c/o Somesville Union Meeting House, P O Box 96, Mt. Desert ME 04660.

Maine has lifted indoor attendance limits, but SUMH is requiring masks indoors. 

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Often special musicians also play for Sunday morning worship, such as these photos from a "Jazz Sunday Worship" summer 2019.

Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 AM. After holding services remotely via Zoom since March 2020, we are thrilled to be resuming in-person worship for July 2021. Masks required, and those entering the sanctuary for worship imply that they are fully vaccinated against Covid. Online worship through Zoom will also continue to be offered. Windows & doors will be open for ventilation. Members are asked to wear name tags & visitors asked to register (in case contact-tracing is needed). Maine no longer has social distancing requirements. However there will still not be congregational singing, nor passing communion or offering plates around the sanctuary. 

Summer 2021 we will enjoy monthly Outdoor Worship on 3rd Sundays, on the lawn behind the church, which belongs to the Fernalds. Father's Day June 20th will be the first, then July 18, Aug. 15, and Sept. 19. 


The church bell is rung at the start of in-person services. Worship follows an Order of Service, beginning with a Prelude and ending with a Postlude, provided by Music Director Christina Spurling -either on the grand piano or the organ.


The Sermon is in the middle,

and usually the Scriptures

are based on the "Lectionary"

texts. Unison readings by

the congregation include the

special "Peace Affirmation"

and "The Lord's Prayer."

The Call to Worship is often

a "Responsive" Readings. A "Moment for Mission" is highlighted weekly. The Deacon of the month lifts up a "Friend of the Week" to whom a card is sent. At the end of worship, after recording ends, Prayer Joys & Concerns are shared. 

The Interim Pastor serves 3/4 time, with the 4th Sunday off - so a variety of special messages have been brought by church members and invited "Pulpit Supply" preachers. 

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The Somesville Union Meeting House congregation highly values music, and has been blessed with gifted and accomplished Music Directors. The late Jamie Hagedorn was the church's Music Director before Christina Spurling came in May 2017. Hagedorn had also directed the Acadia Choral Society. Church members and friends have not only sung for our Church Choir, but for the Acadia Choral Society and for Evensong (a hospice choral group for Hancock County). 

Many of the members of the Acadia Handbell Choir also belong to our church. The Parish House is the location for rehearsals,  and the handbells are stored in our facilities. 

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